Butterfly Totem & Symbolism – The Spirit of Metamorphosis

Animal Totem is a special Animal Spirit that has chosen you to guide, and protect, for your whole life. It also represents your best, and worst qualities, who you are at your core. You can find who your Animal Totem is through meditation with the intent to know, and meet, your Animal Totem. You can also consult a psychic on this matter.

However, if you have meditated on it, but still have doubts, and you don’t want to consult a psychic, this article will shine light upon the qualities of the Butterfly Animal Totem. If you feel it resonates with you, and you share a lot of qualities with the Butterfly, there is a high possibility that Butterfly is your Animal Totem.

If Butterfly is your Animal Totem, it reveals your inner world, and your stamina. It guides, and protects you, but at the same time it reminds you the importance of embracing transformation, and easily flowing through the stages of life. Butterfly Totem is the symbol of metamorphosis. You see the beauty of every stage of life, and you are not afraid of getting older, or moving on the next thing, because you know that this is what life is about. Teaching others these qualities may be related to fulfilling your soul karma.

Other character traits of the Butterfly Totem are:

  • Metamorphosis
  • Renewal
  • Different life cycles
  • Lightness
  • Spiritual elevation
  • Physical glow up
  • Psychic
  • Playfulness

In general, if you were born under the Zodiac Sign of Libra, Butterfly would be your spirit animal. Butterfly is associated with the air element.

How to know if Butterfly is your Animal Totem?

Your Animal Totem represents qualities, abilities, characteristics, that you currently have, or that you are in the process of developing. Therefore, you can realize that Butterfly is your Animal Totem because:

  1. You resonate with almost all qualities of the Butterfly like being brave, and handling challenges well, being a good friend, guiding, and healing others.
  2. You see Butterflies all the time, like photos, documentaries, videos, but not on your choice.
  3. You just love Butterflies very much, they inspire you, and you can’t explain why.

If you are still confused, you can confirm if Butterfly is your Animal Totem through:

  • Meditation.

You will have to start your meditation with the intention that you will meet your Animal Totem. It may happen that during your meditation, you see the animal, or you smell something, or you hear something. If none of this happens, do not get discouraged, sometimes it takes a couple of tries.

  • Your dreams, as well as by pure synchronicities.

For example, you may start seeing more Butterflies pictures. You may also feel curiosity peak up for Butterflies out of the blue. You should follow your intuition.

  • If you feel you have not received any answer, or you can’t figure out your Animal Totem, you can always ask a psychic.
  • Online quizzes that tell you which is your Animal Totem. Online quizzes will depict your character, and personality traits, therefore they are accurate at some degree.

Butterfly Animal Totem Symbolism

Various traditions, and religions, believe that each Animal Totem has the qualities of the animal it represents. This means that it feeds the same way (although in an energetic way), it moves the same way, it fights the same, and it behaves the same, as a Butterfly would do in the physical world. Therefore, the best way to know what qualities your Animal Totem has, or why it is present beside you, it is to look at how the animal behaves in this physical plane.

However, these traditions also believe that your Animal Totem can foretell your destiny, or share insight into your life mission.

Spirit Animal

As a Spirit Animal, Butterfly represents renewal, and resurrection. You are in tune with your emotions, and your spirit. You want to reach enlightenment, and you tend to work a lot with yourself. You believe that you have to be the change that you want to see in the world.

Native American Traditions

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Native Americans see Butterflies as beautiful, and colorful creatures. The Butterfly represents the joy of life, being a positive presence in the world.  

Butterflies are widely considered as spirits of the deceased, or as messengers of the divine. If Butterflies suddenly appear near you, it means that a loved one that has recently passed, is near you, and they are comforting you, and protecting you.

A symbol of the Butterfly is used to give hope, positive vibes, and provide comfort in difficult times.

Eastern Traditions

According to the Chinese Zodiac, you would have a Butterfly Animal Totem, if you were born under the Zodiac Sign of Libra, during the Year of the Rabbit.

The Eastern Traditions use the symbol of the Butterfly to represent beautiful things, stages of life, and the state of transformation. They believe that you should not waste your opportunities to transform yourself, by embracing the difficult times, and taking advantage of them to build something more beautiful.

Celtic Mythology

The Celtic Traditions believe that Butterflies are the symbol of rebirth, of a soul’s reincarnation. Therefore, Celtics use the symbol of the Butterfly to ease life decisions, and life transitions. When a Butterfly appears, it indicates a second chance, and it is time to make better choices.

Christian Religion

Christian Religions tend to link Butterflies’ metamorphosis with Jesus’ miracle works. Just as Jesus was able to transform illnesses to health, water to wine, and transcend, the Butterfly does the same through by transforming itself from a caterpillar, to a creature with colorful wings. Because of this transformation, from a form of life to another, the Christians see it as a sign of rebirth, a victory over death.

What your Animal Totem indicates about:

Your personality

Butterfly Animal Totem indicates that you are someone who may be always going after the next best thing. This is not to say that you don’t appreciate what you already have, and you make sure to express gratitude often, but you are not someone to stay at the same place for a long time.

You always want to learn something new, and a better way to do things. You love to transform yourself, physically, and spiritually. You look for ways to enlighten yourself, and you change your appearance often, to match your vibration. You like to keep your vibration high, and you when you feel down, you tend to overspend on shopping, or travel to a new place.

You are also someone who gets along well with different personalities. You may not keep everyone around, but you know how to entertain everyone, and match their vibration.

Your life at the current moment 

An Animal Totem is the Spirit Animal that accompanies you since the day you were born, until the end. Therefore, if Butterfly is your Animal Totem, it doesn’t indicate much about life at your current moment, unless it starts showing up in your dreams.

The Spirit Animal that guides you through certain events in your life, is usually an Animal Guide that chooses to walk with you for a limited period of time, until you learn your lesson, or you overcome the problem. It may also choose you, to help you amplify certain qualities that you need for the next phase in your life.

If Butterfly is the Spiritual Animal that chooses to accompany you, it is reminding you to not be afraid of being yourself, and stepping outside the box. It is time for you to fully embrace your dreams, socialize more, and connect with your inner child. You don’t have to be that serious all the time, and remember that life is but a big game. If you want to win, you have to play. Your inner child may be struggling with the adult world, because you are depriving yourself of your desires, or you are not allowing yourself to have fun.

You may be working hard to make a living for yourself, but if you don’t take time to wind down, and cherish yourself, you will soon burn out. In the end, you will waste time anyway. So, make sure to socialize more, and have fun once in a while, to keep your spirit young, and your energy high.

What does dreaming about your Animal Totem mean?

If you have a dream where a Butterfly is present,it is usually a sign that someone that has passed is paying you a visit. They usually appear when they have a message to deliver, or to comfort you during a difficult time in your life.

It can also mean that a big change is coming, and you should prepare yourself. You intuitively know what changes you are going through, or what will change in your life, and the Butterfly helps to guide you through these changes. You have to let go of the fears that are holding you back.

A Butterfly in a dream would also indicate your soul’s yearning to socialize, build a community, or be surrounded by people that share the same dreams as you. It is time to go out in the world, and experience new things.

How do you handle your life based on your Animal Totem?


If you have the Butterfly Animal Totem, it indicates that you want a relationship where you can have fun, love, and grow. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you want your relationship to become a commitment, because you know that not every relationship is meant to turn into a marriage. You know to enjoy each relationship for what is has to offer, and the lessons it teaches. Therefore, you are a pleasure to be in relationship with, and your partner doesn’t feel pressed with commitment expectations, or always going out with only you.

A relationship that demands everything from you, suffocates you. You value your own time, and freedom, and you want your partner to respect these boundaries. You understand that people grow only when they enjoy things separately, and in the relationship as well.

The perfect partner for you would be someone who is outgoing, who loves making new experiences, and who chooses to do all these with you. Your partner doesn’t suffocate you, and they know how to have their own moments, with their friends. However, they also know how to balance their own life, and the relationship life. Your partner is also innovative, fun, and intuitive, with interesting ideas, and the desire to try new things.


Butterfly Totem indicates that you want to work jobs that allow you to grow, and learn more than you already have. You strive for experiences, and gaining practical knowledge of whatever you have graduated for. You may start your professional journey before graduating, by doing volunteer work, or enrolling in internships.

You do best in work environment where coworkers interact with each-other, socialize, and help each-other. You tend to get the best of your coworkers, or your bosses, because of your socialite nature, you know how to communicate with them, and they enjoy your funny side. Therefore, they are prone to share their secret techniques with you, refer you to another better paying position, or offer you better opportunities.

You may find yourself changing careers, if you don’t like the one you are in, or you may work different kind of jobs in your teen years, to support yourself. Your best suited careers could be in an artistic field, or even other fields that allow you to perform creatively, like business marketing, building a foundation for a social cause, or even coaching others.

Regarding finances, Butterfly Totem represents a flow in your finances. This means that you may see ups, and downs in your financial situation. It usually comes as a result of overspending, because you enjoy the fine things in life, and you don’t make realistic calculations of your expenses, and your savings. Your youth is all about experiences, and enjoying life. If you get a hold on money matters, how to save money, and how to spend it, you may build wealth later in life.

Relationship with yourself

Butterfly Animal Totem reveals your inner struggles, as well as your true self, which you may hide from others. You try to keep your vibration as high as possible, and try to always have a smile on your face. You hide everything behind a smile, or jokes. People usually don’t see behind that smile you put on, and they may perceive you as someone who is light-headed, always fun to be around, and even naïve. Sometimes, you may even be perceived as someone who you can’t rely upon, because you never seem to be serious enough, to handle important issues.

However, you are nothing like that. People don’t see how much work with yourself, goes behind the scenes, and how much you struggle sometimes, to keep a smile on your face. Those judgements may get to you,and hurt you. They may even come from people who you keep close, and who you think should know you better.

For someone who is always transforming themselves, you are nothing but plain, or naïve. Don’t let other’s judgements fool you, or hold you back from expressing your full self. People will always judge what they don’t understand, or they don’t like. Take time for yourself, if you feel things are getting too much for you.

How to honour or connect with your Animal Totem?

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If you want to connect with your Butterfly Animal Totem, you can take a page from the book of the Native American Traditions. You don’t have to wear the skin of the Butterfly on you, but you can keep nice Butterfly sculptures at your work desk. You can have a beautiful artwork of the Butterfly printed at your blouse, or a paint of the Butterfly on your wall. You can also buy jewelry that has a Butterfly signature in it, like the head, or footprints.

You can use these objects to focus on during your meditation, in order to connect with Butterfly Animal Totem. During your meditation, you may want to call upon your Butterfly Animal Totem, and ask to be blessed with the qualities that you need at the moment.

Try to feel the specific quality amplifying in you. Act as being a Butterfly is your second nature. This is also how you honor your Spirit Guide, Butterfly Totem.

If you feel that you can’t visualize the Butterfly well, which is important for your meditation process to work, you can think about the qualities you want to embody, and try to feel those qualities growing in you. You have to embrace the Butterfly energy in all aspects of it: physically, energetically, spiritually, and emotionally. It may also help to watch a movie with Butterflies.


You may find that during the course of your life, other Spirit Animals will choose to walk with you for a while, to guide you in different areas of your life. It is possible, that while you have Butterfly Animal Totem, you can also be guided by other Spirit Animals. However, you will notice that your core values, the same qualities you share with the Butterfly, won’t change. You will still be a social butterfly, uplifting, enlightened, and a beautiful soul.    

Different Spirit Animals help you see other paths, that only those can help, and guide through. They also help you develop other qualities, because the purpose is for you to grow.

For example, if you will be accompanied by Bear Totem, which is there to help you develop your inner power, your intelligence, and help you overcome obstacles by pure inner strength. Butterfly Totem will always be there, even if you won’t always have other Spirit Animals.

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