The Butterfly ∫ 


Evolved energy
Flitting, Gliding, Dancing
Delicate on my finger



While gardening yesterday, a butterfly landed on my hand. It seemed to do so with conviction, as it flew from the nectar of flowers directly to my hand. It rested for several moments before moving to my finger. Once on my finger, it stayed for a couple of minutes. Amazed by this exciting incident, I researched the symbolism of butterflies.

After reading several articles, I discovered some symbolic meanings of the butterfly include Resurrection, Transition, Celebration, Lightness, Time and Soul. The areas with the most information were transition and soul.

Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls – linking animal symbolism of faith with the butterfly. Faith in accepting transformation and change with grace. In some cultures, butterflies are seen as the departed souls of people’s ancestors.

“Psyche” is Greek for both soul and butterfly. In Greek mythology, Psyche, Greek goddess of the soul, is represented in the form of a butterfly. Befittingly, Psyche is forever linked with love as she and Eros, the Greek god of love, (also known in Roman myth as Cupid) shared an endlessly passionate bond of love. In the Chinese culture, two butterflies flying together are a symbol of love.

Around the world, people accept the butterfly as symoblic of the soul as well representing endurance, change, hope, and life. In the Christian faith, the butterfly represents resurrection; depicted on ancient Christian tombs, as well as Christ has been illustrated holding a butterfly in Christian art.


Image by Jeff Shea

Sources of information on butterfly include:
Animal symbolism

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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22 Responses to The Butterfly ∫ 

  1. truthspokeinwhispers says:

    I learned something new. Thank you.


  2. Jingle says:

    I always love butterflies,

    thanks for the background information…

    live and fly,
    enjoy the beauty of butterfly.



  3. jennirey says:

    I love this and I have found inspiration.. dont be surprised if I knock out my own butterfly tale soon….


  4. lolamouse says:

    Wonderful poem and a bonus with the added info! I find butterflies fascinating. I love watching the caterpillars eat my parsley plants, make cocoons, and if I’m lucky, see them hatch into butterflies. It’s amazing.


  5. Pat Cegan says:

    The better it gets…..super post. I love butterflies, your poem and you! hugs, pat


  6. dani says:

    what an amazing experience!

    “Evolved energy”

    what an amazing phrase and beautiful poem, Becca! Love it! ♥


  7. trisha says:

    in hinduism that means you are about to get married 🙂 🙂


  8. espriurenee says:

    Love things of the earth and don’t think there can be enough butterflies! Beautiful piece.


    • Becca Givens says:

      I would like one year to make it to the area in Mexico where the Monarchs migrate … a beautiful sight to behold, I am sure! Thank you for stopping by for a visit!


      • espriurenee says:

        I love your site and have to say I hope I have not offended when I emailed you. I am so new at all of this. I never touched a computer until I was in my early 30s but here I am trying to write on ‘air waves’.


  9. Gary says:

    This is a wonderful piece Becca!
    The metamorphosis process in the development of a Butterfly is rich in symbolic meaning.

    The Butterfly is a Beautiful, Fluttering Metaphor…


  10. versebender says:

    This was a wonderful read….full of information. A nice, peaceful topic. I found the verse to be very good too…and an excellent lead-in. Vb


  11. iblogmoore says:

    beautiful poetic ode!


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