Butterfly Lore

If you see butterflies often, this is what it means…

Whenever an animal shows up repetitively, take this as a sign from the universe telling you to keep your focus on areas of personal growth. Animal guides serve as messengers delivering important lessons to you from beyond the veil, and they can also reassure you that you have taken the right path in life.

Butterflies symbolize great transformation and personal growth, so seeing them often calls you to look within, at areas that you can improve.

Butterflies encourage you to pay attention to your cycles of growth and to really question what parts of your personality could use a fresh start. This spirit animal also urges you to approach life with grace and lightheartedness, to not shy away from a metamorphosis if your soul needs it.

Also, butterflies generally have bright, vibrant colors, so they show us the beauty of life when we live it fully. Maybe you already live your life this way, but if not, the butterfly invites you to fully take in each day, and not take any time on this Earth for granted.

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect serves as a metaphor for life in a chaotic world. Specifically, it suggests that small events can have very large effects. This is a relatively new approach, as it was once believed that small events only produced small effects and large events large effects.

Chaos theory, however, changed this view. The Butterfly Effect suggests that little things, like a bird flapping its wings over China today, can have big effects, like a hurricane in America next week.

The theory of the Butterfly Effect was proposed by Edward Lorenz in 1963 at the New York Academy of Sciences. In speeches and interviews, he explained that a butterfly has the potential to create tiny changes, which, while not necessarily creating a typhoon, could alter its trajectory. A flapping wing represents the minuscule changes in atmospheric pressure, and these changes compound as a model. Thusly, the Butterfly Effect has been used to prove the unpredictability of the weather.

Andy Andrews, in his book “The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters,"" explained how you and your actions have effects on others' lives. He goes on to further state that we can change our lives by bringing about small changes in our thinking.

Be a butterfly.