Element: Air

Characteristic: Head (the intellect)

Ask Butterfly for help dealing with change:

Help me to accept change gracefully and to acknowledge the cycles of my life. Let me look to the outcome I desire, to keep my focus on the ultimate goal and not be worried by the intermediate steps. Let me accept the pain of change, so I can meld and mould into the highest form of myself.

(c) This image of a butterfly was created by Linda Karen Godden for the Australian Animal Oracle, and copyright for this image remains with Linda. Please do not copy without her permission.

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Butterflies undergo several noticeable changes during their life as they mature, and each stage in itself is the perfect place where the butterfly needs to be at that time. The first lesson is don’t try to rush to your next life cycle; it will happen soon enough.

The first stage of Butterfly is an egg, like many creatures. Then the egg hatches into a larva which sheds unwanted skin like a snake as it grows. After this the creature moves into another life cycle as a chrysalis, where it melts into its final form and emerges as a butterfly. Every one of these stages means big changes, and change at this level quite often comes with physical pain. Butterfly reminds us of transformation and of beauty, and of your ability to change into your highest self. You need to focus on the outcome you most desire, to achieve your highest goals.

Even more, the butterfly encourages you to fully understand where you are in this cycle of your life. Butterfly will help you to recognise what stage of change you are experiencing, and determine what you wish the outcome to be. Once you decide this, you can accomplish any goal you can dream into reality. 

The Celts believed that butterflies were magic creatures; they were actually faeries who changed quickly into insects when humans came too close and then changed back to faeries when we passed by. Butterflies remind us of the faery realms and of our ability to see beyond the mundane into a different reality.

When working with butterfly magic, remember the ancient proverb attributed to the Chinese people: What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.

Before you settle down to lament the pain currently in your life, first be sure that this isn’t just an opportunity for you to farewell your baby stage and grow through your current struggles into your adult life like a butterfly