The Butterfly As A Symbol


What does a butterfly symbolize?

 Butterflies are often associated with hospice care. Numerous responses and interpretations have been shared for its use.

 This is a very interesting question, as butterflies symbolize many different things. One is that it symbolizes the soul, especially at the time of death. The beautiful soul leaves the body and flies away, leaving behind the body, the same way a beautiful butterfly leaves behind the cocoon.

 In paintings of Mary and her Child, the presence of butterflies stands for their care for human souls.

 In images of the Garden of Eden, Adam’s soul is symbolized by a butterfly, or drawn with butterfly wings.

Since the insect is so fragile it can be torn apart by a hard rain, the butterfly stands for human frailty, both moral and physical.

Also, as its life is not a long one, it is also a symbol of the ephemeral nature of physical existence.

A butterfly with a torn wing is the icon for a North American charity that benefits disabled children.

A butterfly represents the resurrection into a new condition of life that is free of any material concerns.

 Cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation. In many cultures the butterfly is associated with the soul, or as a representation of departed souls of our ancestors.


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