The butterfly has many symbolic meanings across so many cultures. That’s why I thought it was apt to include it in my logo. It also holds a special place in my heart, in loving memory of my gran (Nannan); so much so, that when I embarked on providing Celebrant services, I thought it would be appropriate to include such an image. Whenever a butterfly was in the garden, she would say that my grandfather (Pop) had come to visit! It was no wonder then, that on the day of her funeral; there was a kaleidoscope of butterflies in the garden…a lovely memory, albeit a sad day.
Butterflies symbolise amongst other things: Celebration, Change, Transition, Time, Soul, Rebirth and New Beginnings. What better symbolism to associate with my Celebrant services – the celebration of new beginnings, new chapters and the welcome of children? I consider my funeral services as a celebration of a life, for what the caterpillar sees as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning…
- In the Chinese culture, butterflies have become a symbol for a long life. It is also representative of young men in love.
- In the Japanese culture, butterflies are representative of young maidens and marital bliss.
- In Greek mythology, butterflies are linked to the human soul.
- There is a town in Mexico that associates butterflies with souls. Monarch Butterflies migrate to this town every year around the holiday that is known as the Day of the Dead.
I came across a Native American legend that says, ” If you have a secret wish, capture a butterfly and whisper your wish to it. Since butterflies cannot speak, your secret is ever safe in their keeping. 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.”