Animal Spirit Guides Meanings: Butterfly Spirit Guide
Animal Spirit Guides
Animal spirit guides come to us when we need them the most and even when we don't know they exist. The Hopi tribe referred to animals as Totems but also as spirit guides, the main difference is that an animal Totem would essentially be what an experienced and connected person shape-shifted into and the spirit guide being an animal that brings you messages and guides you along certain paths in your life.
Pretty much any animal in the world can be your animal spirit guide, and animal spirit guides can change quite often depending on the period in your life and the messages you need to receive. In this article, I will be discussing specifically the butterfly spirit guide and its importance to the us - to the people the beautiful butterfly chooses to guide. The butterfly spirit guide is a very special one, so if you have the privilege of the butterfly as your spirit guide...now is the time to be thankful and learn what it is saying to you.
Butterflies in Legend and Lore
Butterflies have been entertaining and enlightening people since they began their transformations here on earth. They have an energy that is quite unique to only them.
In ancient times, butterflies were regarded as sacred animals to various cultures and peoples including the Greeks, Native Americans, and Chinese. Many of the Native Americans believed that butterflies were messengers of the Great Spirit (God) and would bring messages to them from God and also take their messages back to God. They were regarded as having a connection between earth and sky, which gave them the ability to be messengers of the air. Some Native Americans believed that butterflies would bring good dreams to them. Many Native American women would embroider the symbol of a butterfly onto clothing and pieces to wear in their hair for good luck and good dreams.
The Chinese believed that the butterfly represented a strong bond of young love and pure happiness. The Legend of Liang Zhu tells of a pair of lovers whose lives ended tragically, only for the two of them to emerge from the grave as butterflies. They spend eternity together, flying in and out of the clouds and sky as butterfly lovers. Many Chinese people will say that butterflies embroidered onto linens is a great gift for a new marriage or wedding.
Psyche was an ancient Greek Goddess of love and was often depicted as a beautiful goddess with the wings of a butterfly. It is interesting to note that in the legends of Psyche and her lover Eros, Psyche actually has to go to the underworld...and perhaps she returns as a butterfly. This would fulfill the idea of the butterfly representing transformation - from birth, to death, to resurrection.
To Christians, the butterfly represents the eternal soul and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Butterflies are a common symbol for tombs and graveyards for this very reason.
The Butterfly Spirit Guide
So we've learned a bit about the legends and folklore of the butterfly, but maybe you're thinking "what messages are my butterfly spirit guide trying to bring me?" Think about what the butterfly represents to you...is it joy? Peace? Love? Transformation? Or could it be all of these things in one?
The butterfly spirit guide appears to me when I am getting ready to face a shift in my spirituality...and perhaps that is why the butterfly spirit guide has come to you. And in the case of the butterfly in my video above, his wings are literally like reflective pools...the pools of my soul that he is beckoning for me to look into...to look deeper within myself to find those hidden truths. Have you been searching for answers to spiritual questions? Are you going through a period of spiritual trials? The butterfly spirit guide is here to tell you that transformation is possible...and inevitable. And you will come out victorious and even more beautiful than when you went into the chrysalis, just like the butterfly.
Perhaps these animal spirit guides meanings are setting right for you. Perhaps the butterfly spirit guide is actually here to bring you a message from a recently-passed loved one. She is telling you that your loved one is safe and has moved onto the next plane. Accept the message and be thankful that the butterfly spirit guide has brought you a message from Heaven.
Keep in mind that many people believe butterflies can also be shape-shifted fairies, so perhaps the faerie realm is trying to make contact with you! Ask the butterfly why she has come into your life. Ask her to tell you her message in your dreams or by a sign. You will receive her knowledge freely and openly. Trust me.
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