* Native American legend says that if you have a secret wish, capture a butterfly and whisper your wish to it. Release the butterfly and it will carry your wish to the Great Spirit who alone knows the thoughts of butterflies. By setting the butterfly free, you are helping to restore the balance of nature and your wish will surely be granted.
* Butterflies symbolize transformation making them an ideal image for anyone contemplating or in the midst of a major change.
* The Chinese believe that a jade butterfly suggests a wedding of souls. Many grooms choose this as a gift for their bride.
* In the Greek language, Psyche is both the word for butterfly and soul.
* Many religions use the butterfly as a symbol of the soul including Christianity.
* Butterflies are thought by some to be human souls searching for a new reincarnation.
My family seems to have a special butterfly "bond". By that I mean there have been some rather interesting encounters with butterflies that made me look up the symbolism.
It started when my uncle passed away suddenly several years ago. While my cousin and aunt were walking in the yard after the funeral, a butterfly started flying around them. It passed by my cousin so closely that she felt the wing brush her cheek. Curious, they followed the butterfly around the yard. At the time, my aunt had rented a large dumpster to use in order to clean out some things from the basement. There had been some family members helping with the clean up, and someone inadvertently threw away a band my uncle had made to help my aunt use the grinding stone. It was one of the last things he had done when he was home and losing it upset my aunt quite a bit. Anyway, this butterfly flew over to the dumpster, landed on a box, walked around the lid of the box in a circle three times then flew away. The next day, my cousin decided to root around in the dumpster to see what had been thrown away. While in the dumpster, she remembered the box the butterfly had landed on and decided to see what was in it. When she picked up the box, laying underneath was the band from the grinding stone.
It was following this last encounter that I became curious and looked up some information on butterflies. I learned they are the oldest symbol of the soul. Nice thought. Even nicer that I came across this weed growing next to the path at Aaron's Beach and saw all the butterflies feeding on the nectar.
I endured numerous bug bites standing as still as I could and leaning in to get the closest photo possible. I couldn't help but think of my Grandmother and wonder if perhaps any of these Buckeye butterflies were friends of hers. Today I went to my grandmother's house in order to go through her things and divide items amongst the family. I came across some butterfly prints she had. I was somewhat startled to see that the butterfly depicted in the prints were Buckeyes like the ones in these photos. Buckeyes are typically not the subject of paintings.
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.