As mysterious as the butterfly is in life, when she appears in your dream it can seem just as illusive. Dreaming of the beautiful butterfly represents a time of change or that you are going through some type of transition in life — just as the butterfly goes through a metamorphosis in its lifetime, from caterpillar to winged beauty. A transformation could be happening to you, as well as a period of great creativity. The butterfly flies around flitting freely from flower to flower in search of nectar. Thus, your dream may also indicate that you are harboring a feeling of being tied down in your waking life, that there is something you need to break away from, or discovering new avenues. Subconsciously you have a need for change and freedom or you may be flying away from a current situation. Butterflies rely on their senses — they taste with their feet, can see some ultraviolet colors that are invisible to the human eye, yet are nearsighted beyond 10 to 12 feet. Your butterfly dream may be telling you to trust your intuition — you might be sensing something that you cannot directly “see,” but you know it is there and it is drawing you in. Butterflies are also a symbol of spirituality, which could indicate that you might be on some sort of spiritual journey.
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