What Does a Butterfly Spirit Animal Mean and Symbolise?

what does a butterfly spirit animal mean

The Butterfly spirit animal has a lot of meanings, messages, and symbolism in different cultures throughout the world.

With a better understanding of these symbols and meanings, you can better interpret what the Butterfly spirit animal tells you. 

Butterfly spirit animal would not come as a continuous power animal but as temporary guidance at an essential stage of personal development.

Below is the complete detail about the different aspects of the Butterfly spirit animal. 

Still, do not forget that the Butterfly spirit animal’s messages are specific and unique for you. You are the one who will interpret. 

What does the Butterfly spirit animal mean?

The Butterfly spirit animal symbolizes significant transformations in life, unexpected results, joy, and smartness.

Let’s look more in detail at the symbolic meanings in different cultures and occasions. 

What do Butterflies mean symbolically?

Butterflies in most cultures symbolize a significant change in one’s life, a complete rebirth or transformation. 

A Butterfly’s life is composed of phases: first, Butterflies are eggs that change into a caterpillar.

Then comes the long pupa stage; once it is finished, the final stage of the Butterfly life cycle happens, and it matures into a beautiful new creature.

The process of the spiritual transformation of humans is like the transformation of Butterflies.

It is almost as if Butterflies are there to remind us why we came to this world. 

They must give up their previous shape to get their beautiful wings and become Butterfly. 

The same goes for the person who wants to bring fundamental transformation into her life. 

She will have to go through a similar process of transformation. 

Without leaving your comfort zone, you cannot transform yourself, find your inner truth, and open your natural beauty. 

What does it mean when a Butterfly crosses your path? What do random Butterflies mean?

When a Butterfly crosses your path, it can have various meanings, and you are the one who will interpret it. 

So slow down for a while and reflect. 

Ask yourself if the Butterfly is inviting you to take the path of transformation? 

Or maybe you are already passing through a significant transformation. The Butterfly gently gives you joy and courage and reminds you that everything in life changes and life is made up of different phases. 

You are the one who knows the real invitation and the guidance of this Butterfly. 

So slow down, breathe, come to the moment, and gently ask yourself. Trust your inner guidance. 

When a Butterfly visits your house, what does this mean?

A Butterfly visiting your house or even coming up on you can be an even more powerful message. 

It could show you that the Butterfly is celebrating you for the transformation or maybe the soul of the loved one comes to visit you and support you. 

Again, only you have the response, so with the guidance of this information, ask for the real meaning yourself. 

Look at the meaning of the message inside you instead of outside. 

Is a Butterfly spirit animal a symbol of death?

In Celtic belief, Butterflies were the souls who completed their life on the Earth, and people attached badges with the shape of Butterflies to their collars as an expression of respect to their ancestors. 

When they saw a real Butterfly on a dead body, they believed that person was going directly to heaven. 

During Samhain and Halloween, Celtic people extinguished and burned all the fires again as a symbol of refreshing and transformation, just like the symbol of Butterflies. 

Therefore the name of the torch they used was called “Butterfly.” 

It was strictly forbidden to kill a Butterfly in all ancient traditions because one would kill a living soul. 

Is a Butterfly spirit animal a good sign? 

The simple answer to this question is yes. 

Butterflies are considered a sign of good luck. 

Butterflies signify good luck, creativity, compassion, and freedom in most cultures.

A more complex answer would be that there is nothing such as good or bad in this world. Instead, it is the dance of both energies. 

What does Butterfly spirit animal mean biblically?

In biblical terms, the Butterfly spirit animal refers to the resurrection or the life after death. 

Butterflies are not expressedly found in Bible, whereas there is an excellent focus on transformation. 

Below are some quotes from the Bible expressing this transformation. 

“As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.”

Matthew 17:2, NLT

“So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, raised in power. It is sown as a natural body, raised as a spiritual body. There is also a spiritual body if there is a natural body.”

1 Corinthians 15:42–44, ESV

Is a Butterfly spirit animal a sign of an angel?

According to the “Nature’s Winged Messengers, Butterflies are heaven-sent kisses of an angle.” 

In the esoteric belief, we see the analogy that death is a beginning with the imagination of the cocoon period and exit from the cocoon, and the soul evolves by opening. This is partly why most religions’ angels are portrayed with wings.

Butterflies take our attention with their beauty, and angels can get their help to grab your attention so they can be a sign of an angel. 

When you see a Butterfly, slow down and try to be aware of its message. 

What does the Butterfly symbolize in literature?

In the book Alice in Wonderland (check here for the UK and here for the US), while Alice was walking around the forest, she came across Absolem, the old caterpillar representing wisdom. 

She asks: “Who are you?”

Caterpillar responds: “I am not sure right now. This morning, I knew who I was, but I guess since I woke up, I changed several times.”

Transformations that confuse Alice do not surprise Absolem because transforming, changing, and being born again is the nature of the caterpillar.

There is another book called Papillon (Butterfly) by Henri Charriere (check here for the UK and here for the US). In this autobiographical novel, we find the story of his prison sentence for a crime he did not commit, escaping several times and being captured each time.

Finally inspired by the movements of the sea, he takes a final escape when he is sent to an island of cliffs with no means of escape. 

Finally, he reaches Venezuela and takes refuge in this country. 

All these phases change Charriere. 

Finally, the Butterfly is free and ready to fly to a new place. 

What do Butterflies represent spiritually? What is the spiritual meaning of Butterflies?

Even though the struggles it has gone through until it reaches beauty do not go out of our minds, the Butterfly has other meanings.

It reminds us that it is necessary to dance with the winds of life. 

It emphasizes the importance of our choices for a conscious transformation. 

The main idea of Butterfly symbolism is that no one phase of life will remain the same forever and that change strives with this awareness.

After each period of life- with particular goals for itself- when the wings open, completely different energy flows from these wings. 

When we feel comfortable with this new identity, we start flying freely from flower to flower like a beautiful Butterfly, and the Butterfly completes its mission.

Meaning of Butterfly colors: What do different colors Butterflies symbolize?

Different colors of Butterflies represent different meanings, messages, or symbolism. 

Let us look deeper. 

What are the different colors of Butterflies?

Butterflies have many colors, including white, red, blue, pink, orange, yellow, and black. 

Some Butterflies also have multiple colors and patterns of different colors carved on their wings. 

According to the sayings, each Butterfly color represents a different meaning, message, or represents a different concept.

Yellow Butterfly

The yellow Butterfly is a symbol of joy, happiness, and creativity. The yellow Butterfly can come into your life to do more of what makes your soul happy. 

The orange Butterfly is a symbol of courage, excitement, and passion. When you see an orange Butterfly, this can be an invitation to connect with the enthusiasm and love in your life. 

White Butterfly

The White Butterfly is a symbol of spiritual change and personal transformation. White represents innocence. 

When you see a white Butterfly, it can symbolize that you have a message from your spirit guides. 

You can purify yourself and intend to connect with your spiritual guides. Also, white Butterflies remind you of the abundant energy that comes from the source. 

Blue Butterfly

It indicates the need for change in time and that it is restricted for some reason. 

These constraints are rather internal. 

Like fear of change or thinking about what those around us will say… 

Red Butterfly

It represents that there is no restriction for change. On the contrary, it symbolizes that the person is open to change.

What color Butterfly means death? 

In most cultures, black Butterflies are a sign of death. 

Apart from death, it also represents many other unfortunate events in someone’s life. 

It also means tragedies and bad luck in many cultures.


Hopefully, the more you know about Butterflies’ symbolic and spiritual meaning, you will better understand why that specific Butterfly comes for you at that particular time. 

Whenever you see an animal approaching, you get it as an invitation from an unseen world. 

Reflect on these questions: 

  • Is it time for you to start a new path of transformation? 
  • Suppose you are already on a path of transformation at this specific moment. What wisdom do you need: embracing joy, remembering that everything is passing in life, surrendering, and dancing with what life brings? 

Maybe you would consider making a shamanic journey and ask your power animal for some wisdom. 

These articles below can also be interesting for you:

My Shamanic Journeys Experience

How to Shamanic Journey?

Learn How to Find Your Spirit Animal

What Is the Meaning of a Spirit Animal?

How to Connect with Your Spirit Guides?

Below is a Pinterest friendly photo…. so, you can pin it to your Spirit Animal Board!

Resource: Ayşe Nilgün Arıt, Sacred Guides in Shamanism, Nagual Symbolism (Şamanizmde Kutsal Rehberler, Nagual Sembolizmi)

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