Thursday, October 24, 2013

Symbolism of butterfly

Symbolic meanings of butterfly

The butterfly is a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis. 
From egg to caterpillar to pupa, and from the cocoon the butterfly emerges in its unfurling glory
We can relate the butterfly's stages of life to our own life-phases...growing pains, times of ravenous hunger, times of vulnerability, moments of miraculous expansion. 
In many cultures the butterfly is associated with the soul. 
Christianity considers the butterfly as a symbol for the soul. 
To wit, the butterfly is depicted on ancient Christian tombs, as Christ has been illustrated holding a butterfly in Christian art. 
Olso, the butterfly can represents time, grace, growth, elegance, transition, expansion, surrender, lightness, expression, resurrection and vulnerability.

Butterfly in Mandala

 Native butterfly Mandala  
Acryl on paper