Did you know that there are a whopping 750,000 species of butterflies in the United States of America alone? These lovely creatures not only lend beauty to the world around us but are also responsible for a lot of pollination that goes on in the world’s flowers.
Anyway, we aren’t here to discuss science and nature. The butterfly had captured man’s imagination early on, from as soon as he could observe the nature all around him.
The metamorphosis of the caterpillar, a vermiform creature into something as beautiful and delicate as a lovely little butterfly has always been taken up as an important metaphor in literature and culture because of the sheer simplicity: the caterpillar like the ugly duckling of the fable, struggles and shuts itself off to emerge as the beautiful butterfly.
As a result, there are many spiritual connotations that have been attached to the butterfly as well. Many cultures and mythologies revere it as something sacred, holy and symbolic.
For example, it’s an old Bengali saying that butterflies herald wedding bells and that if one lands on you, at home, it brings love and romance in your life.
Let’s look at 5 messages that the spiritual universe sends, through butterfly sightings:
1. That your spiritual journey should begin
The butterfly as stated earlier, stands for liminality, transition, transcendence and also change. The sighting of a creature that itself comes out of the hardest of shells after having (literally) reorganized itself thoroughly till it’s the most beautiful version of itself is something that should be obvious: you should take more time out to think on yourself, to look inside of you for answers you believe you and the world around you need, bad.
If you are grieving or mourning the loss of someone, something or simply a bond/attachment that you were very proud of, a butterfly sighting can just be a signal from your lost loved one stating that they are returning in some form or the other in your life or simply that this is not the end of your journey; you have to carry on, on your own mettle from now on. They trust you to not let them and yourself down.
3. A guardian angel
The spiritual realm often has benevolent beings that only seek to protect and nurture a human being. They have no ulterior motive in mind, nor do they have any hidden agenda. One of the ways in which these guardian angels talk to you is by sending butterflies your way: they herald news that cannot be conveyed in conventional ways.
4. The start of a new era
In the fields of romance and creativity. Butterflies stand for both in almost all Shamanic cultures. They are the spirit world’s way of saying that you have reached that moment in your life when you must branch out and bloom in ways neither you nor the ones around you could have ever expected. So buckle up and get ready to reach new heights.
You’ve been in your own cocoon for long enough. The world wants to see your plumes and you deserve to fly. So do yourself and the world around a favor and go for it.
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