BUTTERFLY: Animal Wisdom ~ Air Animal Totem Meanings


Keywords: Metamorphosis, transformation, balance, grace, ability to accept change, new birth

Oracle: A heap of exciting new love and joy are around the corner! These changes can’t be avoided, but you’ll be glad to know that they’ll be easier than you expect. Embrace the new.

Butterfly/Caterpillar’s Wisdom Includes:

  • The power of the whirlwind
  • Reincarnation
  • Transformation
  • Transmutation
  • Magick

    Butterflies in the mural called ‘The Paradise of Tlaloc’ in the palace of Tepantitla

Hopi Indians used butterfly images on much of their prehistoric pottery, and they even performed a special butterfly dance.  The spirit of the butterfly has been widely used in the Hopi Indian’s kachina figures.  Kachinas are the spirit essence of everything in the real world.  They represent game, plants, food, insects, birds and even death. Native American Zuni tribesmen believed that butterflies could predict the weather.  White butterflies indicated the onset of summer.  They also believed that if the first butterfly of the season was white, that foreshadowed a rainy summer, especially if the butterfly flew out of the southwest.  A dark butterfly meant the summer would be full of stormy weather, while a yellow butterfly predicted sunny weather. Among many Mexican Indian tribes butterflies were a symbol of Earth’s fertility.  Born out of a caterpillar in a chrysalis, butterflies became a symbol of rebirth, regeneration and joy. In Teotihuacán (“place where gods were born,” reflecting the Aztec belief that the gods created the universe here), the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl is dedicated to Quetzal-Mariposa (a mythical, exotic bird-butterfly), whose image appears painted on walls or carved in the pillars of the inner court.

MEXICO, Teotihuacan - Palace of Quetzalpapalotl - mural at Palacio de los Jaguares


One thought on “BUTTERFLY: Animal Wisdom ~ Air Animal Totem Meanings

  1. Everyday for the last 9 days ,butterflies have flown around me, sitting driving , different places . Hat now, I was driving from work, I was in the car for about 40,min. At different areas. A total of 5 butterflies flew right across my windshield. I want to understand…

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