Energy Blessings for 02-12-2020
Divine Guidance: Butterfly
Butterfly Symbology ~ transformation ~ joy ~ lightness ~ rebirth
The metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly embodies the principle of physical and spiritual transformation, and the butterfly lighting upon a flower is the very essence of joy, beauty, and freedom. The butterfly has been symbolic of the soul, conjugal bliss, and change and joy. In early Minoan and Mycenaean cultures, the butterfly goddess was a key emblem, symbolizing new life after death.
In this painting, the woman’s face emerging from the chrysalis-like womb suggests transformation and rebirth. The upper face of the butterfly body resembles the Great Mother, a Madonna, which reinforces the idea of spiritual birth and new life.
Additional Spirit Animal Companions: Wolf ~ Elephant ~ Panther ~ Horse
Wolf Symbology: creation ~ healing ~ purification
Although portrayed as a marauding villain in many European cultures, wolves are deities in Native American cosmologies and are a popular totem. Like the raven, which also appears in this painting, the wolf is a hero and creator. In some legends she is the sister to the Trickster, Coyote. The Quileute and the Makah of the Pacific Northwest ascribe the healing power of the wolf, and perform a wolf dance in the skin of the animal to cure the sick.
In the early Roman cult of Lupa or Feronia, the great she-wolf (also known as the Mother of Wolves) was the divine midwife and matriarch of the ancestral spirits. She was honored in an annual festival of the she-wolf and was invoked in purification rituals. In the Roman legend of Romulus and Remus, a wolf nurses two heroes and restores their strength.
Elephant Symbology: strength, prosperity, fertility, wisdom
The elephant is rich in lore and legend, with the white elephant being the most sacred. Elephants are venerated in India and southeast Asia, where they are a symbol of royalty and fertility. Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prudence, and learning, is usually depicted having the body of a man and the head of an elephant. Elephants are tribal in nature, they are a Matriarchal society with the largest part of the herd being led by the eldest females. The males usually travel separately from the rest of the herd with the exception being the baby males. They stay with the females until they’re old enough to join the males in their separate group.
Panther Symbology: magic, darkness, death
Like other large cats, the panther represents ferocity and courage. The black panther is a particularly mystical symbol that has represented dark energies and rebirth. Native American tribes of North, South, and Central America considered the black panther to wield powerful magic; Egyptian rituals involved the wearing of a panther tail about the waist or neck, which brought strength to its wearers; and the Kayans of Borneo feared the soul of the black panther as much as the beast’s corporeal form. The underlying energy of the black panther is that of the sacred feminine and the Void.
Horse Symbology: friendship, wisdom, strength
The horse is a kind, intelligent beast that has frequently been associated with propitious events. In the Chinese zodiac, horse people are friendly, adventurous, and passionate. In Greek mythology, the winged horse Pegasus was the source of inspiration and poetry.
Horses have also been associated with sexuality or fertility. In the Hindu Ramayana, the king Dasa-ratha asks the gods to grant him a son and, to please them, sets a magnificent horse free for one year. Upon the horse’s return, Dasa-ratha receives word that he will have four sons, all of whom become the incarnation of the god Vishnu, the preserver of life on earth.
The horse in the painting, entitled Age of the Avatar, recalls the magnificent horse of Ramayana. The Hindu word avatara (descent to earth) refers to Vishnu’s ability to assume an earthly form.
I hope that these Spirit companion’s have been able to offer you what you need on your Path today.
Much love and many blessings,