What Does a Yellow Butterfly Symbolize?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 8:08:22 PM ET
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A yellow butterfly symbolizes hope and guidance. In early Christianity, it was a symbol of the soul. In Scotland and Ireland, a yellow butterfly near the departed means the soul is at peace. The butterfly is a symbol that is valued in the Native American culture.

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The butterfly can be a negative symbol in other cultures. In the Old World, the butterfly was associated with the dead. If a sailor saw a butterfly before sailing to sea, it was a sign of death. In some parts of England, a person is supposed to kill the first butterfly they see after the new year or face a year of bad luck.