The butterfly carries a symbolic meaning in many cultures. While the specific meaning depends on the culture in question, it is always associated with a peaceful spirit and metamorphosis due to the literal transformation they undergo in the cocoon.Continue Reading
In Chinese culture, the butterfly represents immortality. In Japanese culture, butterflies represent the human soul. White butterflies are a common symbol for angels and spirit guides. In many cultures it is considered a bad omen to harm butterflies, as they represent peace, harmony and the circle of life.
In the world of spirit or totem animals, the butterfly is a very common symbol. It is primarily associated with change and transformation, rebirth and an elevation from earthly matters.
The practice of identifying a person with a spirit animal and displaying them in a totem representing a group of people is thought to have originated more than 5,000 years ago with the Sanxingdui culture in today's China. This primitive society placed gold and bronze heads of spirit animals on poles made from wood. While some scholars believe the Sanxingdui culture was the sole originator of this practice, others scholars contend spirit totems arose independently in native North American culture. In native North American culture people were born with a spirit animal that entered a person at birth.Learn more about Superstition
While witchcraft has a place in the traditions of many religions and cultures throughout the world, there is no independently verified account of witch spells that have observable effects. In the eyes of the society, witches are not considered "real," at least not in the sense of being able to cast spells and influence the world through supernatural means.Full Answer >
Owls are typically symbolic of wisdom or a significant life change, though some cultures also see them as a symbol of someone who is reaching out after death. As owls are nocturnal, it can be disconcerting to see an owl during the daytime, and though many may take this as a bad omen, it is not necessarily so. In most cases, it's likely that the owl's sleep was disturbed and it is simply looking for another place to rest.Full Answer >
Though there is no way to determine the first instance of a love spell, these spells have been documented by several cultures since the second century B.C., if not earlier. Of the many forms and traditions, there are two main types of love spells: a hex or curse, which forces another person's will to change, and a binding spell, which amplifies feelings that are already present.Full Answer >
Frogs are often associated with rebirth and renewal. They are also considered to be a sign of change or transformation.Full Answer >