The butterfly is the symbol par excellence of impermanence and transformation. The most beautiful and evocative of insects, with its colored wings and various patterns, shapes and sizes has always fascinated human beings since ancient times.
As a symbol, it brings together earth and sky, the physical and metaphysical world, death and re-birth, and can be found in the myths of many cultures of the world.
The Butterfly is actually the result of an entire Trans mutative Work that starts from the egg. The egg turns into caterpillar, then the caterpillar into chrysalis, and finally from the chrysalis the butterfly is born, the fourth and last being of this transformative process.
It tells us, metaphorically, that it is not so much the physical time that we spend on earth to make ourselves alive but it is the “way” we approach the path, it is the same possibility of being there that makes this earthly road worth living.
In the Aztec culture the butterfly is called papalotl, similar to the Latin papilio, it was a symbol of fire and the sun, and in fact, in the House of Eagles, the sun was represented by a butterfly.
For the Aztecs it is also the representation of Itzpapalotl, the nocturnal spirit of the stars and the soul of the women who died in childbirth.
They also believed that the dead went in the form of butterflies to visit their relatives, to assure them that everything was fine, flying around the house or near bunches of flowers.
In the Greco-Roman culture the butterfly was the symbol of the soul liberated from matter with the death of the body. In particular, the Greeks represented her as a young winged woman named Psyche.
They also imagined the souls of the dead as butterflies or birds in flight; in fact the souls of the dead in the kingdom of Hades are portrayed as shadows and flying ghosts.
The Greek god Hypnos (god of sleep) has butterfly wings and his twin brother Thánatos (god of death) is often represented as a winged young man holding a butterfly or a turned torch that symbolizes the life that goes out.
The butterfly is also present in Christian symbolism. Just think that in the Basilica of San Marco, the soul of Adam, placed under the breath of the creator of the Trinity, is represented by the body of a young and small girl with butterfly wings.
Even according to Irish mythology it has a similar meaning: the abandonment of the mortal condition, the liberation from the material envelope.
Color Red Symbolism
The psychological meaning of red derives from the strongest perceptibility of this color in the face of fire (cinnabar) and blood (carmine). Thus, the most common associations with cinnabar are fire, eros and danger, carmine, blood, power, power and love. The red scale has its darkest nuance, the purple, associated with domination, justice, justice and distance.
Furthermore, they are associated with red: autonomy, activity and domination, freshness, vitality, life enhancement; Proximity, sensuality, sexuality, passion, excitement, rebellion, rebellion, war, struggle, danger, life threat, finally red as the color of vice and Satan.
The fire symbolism of cinnabar belongs to the myth of Prometheus, as a decisive cultural achievement, in the figurative sense of becoming conscious.
Initiation deities with their transformative power through fire appear in red. In alchemy, the refining of the metals was accomplished by meltdown and reckoned with an analogous process of “rubedo”, the reddening, a high degree of transformation Spirit of change, mentally corresponding to the melting, strong emotion of love or hatred., The fire-red includes enthusiasm, the enlightenment as in lightning, flames, and fiery tongues that display images of the Pentecostal event at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit female symbolism is the Sophia, Divine Wisdom, which appears in a bright red and was worshiped in post-exilic Judaism as a hypostasis of the deity.
In cinnabar, as the male pole of the scale, red is color of aggression. The Red Knight, Lord Ither of the Arthurian Circle, wakes her up in the young parable, who slays him and takes possession of his equipment. Many movements of new social orientations, some of them radicalized in terrorism, operate under the sign of the red: Red flags, Red Star, Red Brigades. Red light, stop red light, signal danger. The Red Rooster stands in the center of the Tibetan wheel of life as a symbol of deluded passion and greed.
In the sign of red as an expression of struggle, sex and fire, the Greek myth of the god of war Ares stands in his relationship to the goddess of love Aphrodite, this in turn in their connection with Vulcan, the god of the blacksmith. Fighting, courage, symbolizing destructive creativity, Mithras, whose cult was that of the Roman legionnaires, appears in scarlet mantle, belonging to the fire symbolism as a god of light, as a bull-slayer to blood-symbolism.
In matriarchal cults, idols were painted with red ocher, the earth pigment, the underground mortuary temple, the hypogeum on Malta, as a womb, had red walls. As the root center, Red revives the first, the Muladhara chakra, in the Far Eastern chakra doctrine. The vital mystery glows in the deeper nuances, the female pole of the red: color of the life energy, the eros, the fulfillment in the maturity of the feeling. Red symbolizes creative power.
Intoxication of the drunkenness of the red wine and bloodlust in the myth of Dionysus symbolizes the deeper nuance of the purple. On the other hand, it is also the purple of the Roman Cardinals.
The imperial purple of antiquity, this heavy, darkest, cooled red, has since embodied dignity and authority: color of the ruling robes of Jupiter, the toga picta of the Caesars. With dark red porphyry, as a stone of purple color, the birth room in the Imperial Palace was lined in Byzantium, and Porphyrogenitos was a title of members of the imperial family. From the Byzantine imperial coat the purple garment of Christ is taken over in the early Christian mosaics.
In the Hebrew Bible, red is color of sin and punitive justice. The apocalyptic riders, one on red horse, waded into blood. The vital red of Eros, also known as the symbolic color of pagan deities, is devalued in the introduction of Christianity to the color of the devil and the witches.
On the other hand, for the Christian symbolism of the Middle Ages, the reds indicated the Passion of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the martyrs and the agape, the Caritas.
Dreaming About Butterflies
Butterflies are very special animals. They transform from a crawling caterpillar to a flying butterfly. This process usually takes several weeks. In the transitional phase, the caterpillar transforms into a doll in which the butterfly gradually forms. When the doll breaks out after a good two weeks, a small, sensitive creature springs from it, gradually unfolding into a beautiful butterfly.
The transformation process, which takes place in the development from the caterpillar to the pupa and finally to the butterfly, can in a sense also be transferred to the person who encounters a butterfly in a dream. The winged being is closely related to their own transformation and their own spiritual development.
Accordingly, dreams of butterflies are generally interpreted positively.
Interpretation of dreams of butterflies
The butterfly in the dream stands symbolically for positive qualities such as light heartedness, zest for life and happiness as well as for beauty and freedom. Its main symbolism, however, is based on transformation and change.
The reason for this is the transformation process that the butterfly itself uses to transform from an ugly caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.
It is precisely this process of transformation from the ugly duckling to the beautiful swan that determines the interpretation of the dream of the butterfly. People who dream of this animal are in a transitional phase, a mental development that is mostly positive in nature.
Probably the most important feature of butterflies is that of metamorphosis. Our unconscious mind is well aware of this, so a butterfly’s dream often hints at an imminent change in the dreamer’s watch world.
The transformation that is imminent or already in full swing is synonymous with spiritual growth. Old behaviors that may or may have been detrimental or even harmful to the dreamer have been abandoned in favor of new patterns of thinking and behavior.
The topic of death also plays a role here, because the old dies and the new is born.
Dreams of butterflies are especially common in people facing a new life-purpose, responsibility-related task. This can be, for example, pregnancy, promotion or adulthood. The dream thus means that the dreaming has grown up in a certain aspect of his life or has developed further.
Often the butterfly dream also symbolizes the yearning of the dreaming for joy, lightheartedness and lightness. This is especially the case when you have recently gone through difficult periods of life.
The butterfly is not only a symbol of change, but also of happiness and love. For example, if one sees in a dream a butterfly among flowers and grasses, one can hope for early prosperity. If a young woman dreams of a butterfly, it may indicate a happy love with a lifetime commitment.