The Butterfly as a Spirit Animal


The butterfly is one of the most emblematic of the totem animals because it symbolizes personal transformation. If you view the butterfly as your totem or spirit animal, read on as you learn about the areas that may need profound transformation.

Perhaps the animal totem guides you to be sensitive during a time of growth and expansion, as well as the beauty that is unfolding in life. An important message carried by the butterfly is about the ability to go through massive changes with lightness and grace.

Butterfly Symbolism

This animal totem is associated mostly with change and transformation. The secondary meaning is that of finding joy and lightness just in being. Other symbolism includes:

  • Metamorphosis in your personality and life
  • Moving through different cycles
  • Rebirth and renewal
  • Playfulness
  • Tuning into the emotional and spiritual
  • The psyche

Butterfly Totem Symbolism

The butterfly totem is a symbol of transformation and the ability to move from one state or perspective to another. When the butterfly is a spirit guide, you may be experiencing important life changes, usually internal.

As a symbol of joy and lightness of being, the butterfly may indicate the need to look at a conflicting situation with a new lightness or perspective. This totem animal is symbolic of elevating from the heaviness of tensions. The power animal of the butterfly invites us with a connection to bring joy and bliss into our lives. Butterflies are often brightly colored and associated with aliveness and brightness. The totem animal brings the message to lighten up and add color to your life, showing your colorful personality.

The butterfly also symbolizes the soul or soul world. In Chinese symbology, the butterfly represents immortality, while in Japanese, a white butterfly is representative of departed souls. For the ancient Greeks, butterflies represent the soul or psyche and immortality.

Calling on the Butterfly Totem

The butterfly is a powerful animal to call upon when you need support during a transformative time. Whether this is in work, a relationship, is for inner work, the great ally will help us through intense periods of transformation to add ease and lightness. This is a good power animal when you need inspiration to add more color and self-expression. Those who have the butterfly totem, may be inclined to naturally express themselves to reflect their environment.

If you find yourself dreaming about butterflies it can be interpreted as a sign of transformation. Depending on where you start, as a caterpillar, cocoon, or butterfly, it is reflective of where you are in your journey. The actual butterfly can also be symbolic of freedom, self-expression, and expansion or social success.