Animal Totems

My ex-boyfriend introduced me to the idea of animal totems. The thought is that observing the different aspects of animals can teach us how to improve our own lives. There is generally one animal that you identify with and can act as a guide throughout your life. But it can also change depending on different challenges you might be going through at the time. Spirit can also bring these animals into our lives to teach us lessons. Many people have had unexplainable experiences with butterflies that they believe is connected to a loved one that has passed.
I did a meditation suggested in the book I read on animal totems and was shown that my totem is the poison dart frog. However, since there aren’t many of those in NY (I believe all of them reside in cages), I seem to have attracted butterflies to me instead. They have similar spirit meanings, so I think they can be used interchangeably. I have always attracted butterflies and tend to see them wherever I go. For instance, my husband and I were on a paddle boat in the middle of a lake in PA in November and a butterfly flew right past us! I think part of my purpose in this life is to be a change manager and the butterflies help remind me of that.
The butterfly is one of the most emblematic totem animals symbolizing personal transformation. If you see the butterfly as your totem or spirit animal, pay attention to the areas in your life or personality that are in need of profound change or transformation. Perhaps, this animal totem guides you to be sensitive to your personal cycles of expansion and growth, as well as the beauty of life’s continuous unfolding. An important message carried by the spirit of the butterfly is about the ability to go through important changes with grace and lightness.
This animal totem is primarily associated with symbolism of change and transformation.
 Powerful transformation, metamorphosis in your life, personality
 Moving through different life cycles
 Renewal, rebirth
 Lightness of being, playfulness
 Elevation from earthly matters, tuning into emotional or spiritual
 The world of the soul, the psyche
A secondary meaning of the butterfly is about finding joy in life and lightness of being.
The butterfly is a symbol of powerful transformations. By analogy to the development of this animal, the meaning associated with the butterfly emphasizes the ability to move from one state, perspective, lifestyle to another.
When the butterfly comes into your life as spirit guide, you may be going through or expect important changes in your life. More than changes in your environment, the transformation the butterfly totem points to are more internal: They could be related to your own perspective on a subject, aspects of your personality, or personal habits. Personal transformation is emblematic of the butterfly symbolism.
When the butterfly shows up in your life as a spirit animal or totem, it might indicate the need to look at a conflicting situation with more lightness and different perspective. This totem animal is symbolic of lightness of being and elevation from the heaviness of tensions.
This power animal invites those who have a connection with it to bring joy and bliss into their lives. Butterflies often have bright colors. By extension, they are associated with aliveness and brightness. The message of this totem animal is to lighten up and add more color to your life. Perhaps it’s time to express yourself more fully and show your colorful personality.
In many traditions around the world, the butterfly is a symbol of the soul or soul world. For example, in Chinese symbology, it can represent immortality. For the Japanese, a white butterfly symbolizes the soul the departed ones.
In Ancient Greece, butterflies represent the psyche or soul, and its attribute of immortality.
The butterfly is a powerful animal to call when you need support in times of transition, whether it’s at work, in a relationship, or when you’re doing inner work. Great ally during intense periods of personal transformation, it will add ease and lightness to the process.
This power animal is a good inspiration for adding more color into your life and self-expression. Those who have the butterfly as a totem animal may be naturally inclined to express themselves openly, to reflect their colors into their environment.
Have you ever had an animal catch your attention, either because they were out of their element in that place or they managed to startle you? It may have been spirit trying to tell you something. Try googling the totem or spirit meaning of that animal to see if you find any connection to it. The result might just surprise you.

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