Definition of Symbolism and their Meanings









































Butterfly Symbol
Butterfly Symbolism Meaning

To many cultures the butterfly was a symbol of the soul, love, and rebirth.

Butterflies prove that you can go through a time of extreme darkness and come out of it even more beautiful.

In Japan the butterfly symbolizes the personification of a human's soul.

In ancient Greek, the word butterfly means soul, or mind.

In China, their culture sees two butterflies flying together as the symbol for love.

In many older cultures the butterfly also symbolized rebirth, due to the butterfly being in a cocoon for a length of time and then awakening.

The butterfly also symbolizes luck to many people, if the butterfly lands on you it is good luck for you.

To many cultures the change from a caterpillar to a butterfly is one of the greatest changes in the animal kingdom. This metamorphisis often symbolizes significant change in the course of someone's life, personality, or even their way of thinking.

In the western world the butterfly is a symbol of freedom, fun and good times. The butterfly also symbolizes being natural, and it signifies purity to people in the west.

Here are a couple of nice poems about butterflies. Below we include some pictures of butterflies that symbolize love, rebirth, and joy.

Pink Butterfly

Where have those flowers and butterflies all gone
That science may have staked the future on?
He seems to say the reason why so much
Should come to nothing must be fairly faced.

~ Robert Frost



Blue Butterfly Symbolism

blue morpho

I've watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! - not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!

~ W. Wordsworth


butterfly picture

viceroy butterfly

green butterfly

colorful butterfly

Monarch Butterfly Symbols of Renewal

monarch butterfly

The Monarch butterfly is easily recognised by its bright orange, black and white coloration. The butterfly lays eggs which grow into caterpillars. As they grow they weave a silk cocoon which eventually reveals the mature butterfly. This transformation symbolizes renewal and rebirth.

In Christianity the Monarch butterfly symbolizes resurrection and transcendence.

blue butterfly



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