Native American Symbols - Sacred Butterfly Symbolism
A few days after my first “Hanble Ceya” (ceremonial fast known as Vision Quest) I woke just before sunrise feeling something on my toes. I looked toward my feet and saw a very small being with wings fluttering around them. This creature appeared very real and I bolted upright in bed. This fast movement made it disappear from my sight. I thought I had gone crazy or maybe I was delusional...why was I seeing a fairy person?
The next morning I called a friend who was a traditional woman trained in healing and ceremonies. I told her what happened and she said this was very good. She further explained that the fairy people are called Kimimila Wakan in Lakota meaning Sacred Butterflies. They are known to be helpers for dancers and that I would probably become a dancer.
It was several years later when I had the “dancers dream”. In the dream all of my beadwork and regalia had symbols of butterflies. As is tradition, I told no one of my dream, but within a few days one of my elder relatives came to the house and gave me a pair of moccasins. She said she had a dream that I was dancing. These moccasins had symbols of the butterfly all around the edges! Throughout the years I danced in many powwows and experienced occasions where the the fairy people or sacred butterflies helped me to dance my best.
It is believed when we observe the butterfly it enhances and heals our connection with humanity. We are reminded by the butterfly’s beauty and delicacy that life can be fragile and to be mindful of what is precious and important in life. To treat everyone with beautiful thoughts and and to treasure all whom we know.
The butterfly is capable of changing its entire genetic code during the process of transformation. This fact gives us great hope when times are difficult or we have physical ailments; we can remember the Butterfly and be encouraged that even tremendous change is possible. As with the butterfly, we are not what we were when we first came into this body and tomorrow we will not be the same as we are today.
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