Fluttering of Butterfly Wings Ripple in My Heart


Butterfly Magic in a Desert Garden

article and butterfly photos by Sandra Cosentino

Black butterfly with wings outspread on a white flowerFluttering wings of dozens of butterflies are silently rippling around my energy field as I enter this butterfly haven amid the desert garden. Mesmerized, I am drawn into their delicate, ephemeral world.

Wings spread with backs to the sun on this cool desert morning act as solar collectors and create a luminous display that dazzles my eyes. I feel as though I am in a fairy kingdom.

Butterflies are one of Nature’s miracle of transformation.This adult stage of the butterfly may only last a week or two although a few species live up to 18 months. They will lay eggs that become caterpillars the pupate in their woven chrysalis hanging on twigs. It is here in the chrysalis shell that the caterpillar’s structure is broken down and rearranged into the wings, body and legs of the adult butterfly.

black and white zebra stripped butterflies on red flowers delight the eyes

Butterfly Magic

This butterfly magic evokes the heart of the mystical child that lives within. Hope softly unfurls in a spontaneous flutter inside my being.
Entranced, I can’t help but smile.

Hopi painting of a stylized butterfly touching a flowering plant with cloud symbols in background speaks to Hopi butterfly association with life giving spring moisture and flowers

Hopi Butterfly painting symbolizing association with life-giving moisture clouds and spring flowers.

Hopi people refer to butterflies as “flying flowers.”  Butterflies appear in spring and represent transformation possible with life giving moisture and pollination.  Butterflies are portrayed in Hopi art.  They appear in summer Hopi Katsina ceremonies to invoke life positive growth and in the fall young couples celebrate harvest with a butterfly dance.

Painting of 2 Hopi Corn Maidens who are ears of corn symbolize beauty of growth and life

Corn Maidens by Gerald Dawavendewa, with symbolic Butterfly swirl hair symbolic of spring life and growth

Butterflies move with grace and eloquence. And inspire us to move with flow through the turns and shifts of Life that mold us into ever more refined expressions of our soul’s presence. May we emerge from our transitions as luminously as the butterfly.


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