"The Greek name for a butterfly is Psyche, and the same word means the soul. There is no illustration of the immortality of the soul so striking and beautiful as the butterfly, bursting on brilliant wings from the tomb in which it has lain, after a dull, grovelling, caterpillar existence, to flutter in the blaze of day and feed on the most fragrant and delicate productions of the spring. Psyche, then, is the human soul, which is purified by sufferings and misfortunes, and is thus prepared for the enjoyment of true and pure happiness."
- From Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable, chapter XI
"For indigenous people, the butterfly represents change, growth, freedom, and spiritual courage. The butterfly leads us to growth through the knowledge that change is inevitable. The butterfly shows us that change can come about when we learn we are free to live forever because life is continuous. The butterfly shows us that there are different worlds of color and beauty and that we can experience them with moral strength and curiosity. The butterfly teaches us to make conscious changes to our lives and those around us, create new conditions, and assist in making dreams come true. The butterfly teaches us that living occurs through dying but in dying there is a new life and with that new life comes the freedom to change the course of lives. Our spiritual birth may guide us to new freedoms. We are told that when a butterfly flaps its wings, it sends ripples that are felt around the world and throughout the Universe."
- Joseph Trimble; Toward an Inclusive Psychology APA 2003.