Butterfly Gardens Gifts
Butterflies are iconic and symbolic. These amazing transformational
insects represent a special meaning to a lot of people.
Butterflies and butterfly designs on t-shirts, hats, mugs,
tote bags, sneakers, magnets, stickers, aprons, mouse pads,
speakers, and more.
Types of Butterflies
Symbolic Meanings of Butterflies
The butterfly exists in four distinct forms. Some
consider that so do we: The fertilized egg is planted
in our mother's womb. From our day of birth we are
like the caterpillar which can only eat and creep
along. At death we are like the dormant pupa in its
chrysalis. After that, our consciousness emerges from
the cast off body, and some see in this the emergence
of the butterfly. Therefore, the butterfly is symbolic
of rebirth after death.
Overwhelmingly, cultural myth and lore honor the
butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of
its impressive process of metamorphosis.
The Mandarin Chinese word for butterfly is "hu-tieh".
"Tieh" means "70 years", therefore butterflies have
become a symbol for a long life.
In this culture butterflies have also become representative
of young men in love. In the Japanese culture butterflies
are thought to be representative of young maidens
and marital bliss. Many Japanese families use the
butterfly in the family crest design.
Germany has a very unique belief about butterflies.
As butterflies can often be found hovering about milk
pails or butter churns, they have become associated
with witches trying to steal the cream. The German
word for butterfly is "Schmetterling", which is actually
derived for the Czech word "Smetana" which means "cream".
There are many links with butterflies in mythology
from all over the world, many of which, in particular
Greek mythology, link butterflies to the human soul.
The Ancient Greeks also considered butterflies as
the souls of those who had passed away. In ancient
Greek the word for butterfly is "Psyche", which translated
means "soul". This was also the name for Eros' human
lover and when the two figures are depicted they are
often surrounded by butterflies.
In one of the Russian dialects, butterflies are referred
to as "dushuchka" which is a derivative of the word
"dusha" also meaning soul. There is also an Irish
saying that refers to the symbolic meaning of butterflies.
This saying is: "Butterflies are souls of the dead
waiting to pass through purgatory".
There is a small town in Mexico that also associate
butterflies with souls. It is to this town that Monarch
Butterflies migrate every year, around the holiday
known as the Day of the Dead. The people of this town
see these butterflies as the returning souls of the