“The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe.”
– John Harricharan
Butterflies symbolize death or rebirth after death. In fact, some believe that these beautiful creatures represent the souls of those who have recently departed from this mortal world.
Furthermore, in early America, there was a widespread belief that a white butterfly foretells of death.
Interestingly, in Ireland, during the 1600, killing a white butterfly was prohibited as it was considered to be the soul of a deceased child.
The Greek mythology, too, emphasizes that there could be some sort of connection between butterflies and human souls.
In ancient Greece, Psyche, a Goddess with butterfly wings, was the deification of the human soul. Moreover, it is the Greek word for butterfly. You can learn about Psyche at Wikipedia and www.theoi.com.
Moreover, there is an Irish saying, “Butterflies are souls of the dead waiting to pass through purgatory.” In addition, as there are three steps of metamorphosis in a butterfly’s life, that is, caterpillar, pupa and winged insect, it also represents spiritual evolution and transformation.
The caterpillar represents us on the material platform, the chrysalis or cocoon represents our tombs, and the full-grown butterfly represents resurrection and rebirth. Thus, an adult butterfly can also represent the freedom of a soul upon death.
Various individuals have reported seeing a butterfly during a funeral or after a death and derived peacefulness from the fact that the soul of their loved one has moved one.
You can read about such experiences at The Butterfly Website. According to dream analysis and interpretation, seeing a butterfly in a dream signifies creativity, joy, longevity, transformation, and spirituality.
Thus, in different parts of the world, butterfly is considered as an omen of both good luck and bad luck. Unfortunately, those who believe that butterflies, especially black butterflies, foretell death are often enticed to kill these innocent creatures, thinking them to be useless and insignificant.
However, killing the delicate and beautiful creature is not going to alter the course of actions that are pre-destined, or a part of the Divine Plan.
Taking away a life unnecessarily is not fair even from the spiritual and moral points of view. In fact, even if this omen is true, one should try to understand that it is one’s own misfortune that the butterfly is merely warning against.