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The Biblical Meaning Of Butterfly Dreams- Your Questions Answered

Do you want to understand the deeper spiritual meaning behind dreaming about butterflies? This article will explore the biblical and symbolic significance of butterflies in dreams.

I’ll explain what it means to dream about butterflies from a Christian perspective so you can gain spiritual insight when butterflies appear in your dreams. You’ll discover the problem dreams about butterflies address and the ultimate desire they represent according to Scripture.

By the end, you’ll have a biblical understanding of the spiritual and symbolic meaning of butterflies in dreams. Let’s dive in and unlock this amazing symbol that God may be using to speak to you.

Key Takeaways

• Butterflies symbolize transformation, change, and new life

• The Bible links butterflies to metamorphosis and our spiritual rebirth

• Pay attention to details like color, number, and activity of butterflies

• Ask God for interpretation – meanings can be personal

• Write down dreams, explore biblical meanings, pray for clarity

• Butterflies may signify a coming breakthrough or season of growth

The Biblical Meaning of Butterflies in Dreams

In a recent article, I wrote Are Butterflies In The Bible? I share how we have this little dilemma when it comes to the humble butterfly. See, the thing is that Scripture never mentions butterflies.

biblical meaning of butterflies in dreams

Over 1,189 chapters and 31,102 verses, and not one mention of them. So, how can we get a healthy and true understanding of what they mean?

Well, you have to dig deeper. And I do that in the article I mentioned above. I highly recommend reading it for a full understanding. Here I’ll give a brief overview.

The closest connection we can get between the butterfly and the Bible is from the Greek word metamorphóō, which is where we get our word metamorphosis.

butterfly transformation
  • Scientifically used to describe the transformation the butterfly takes from caterpillar to butterfly.
  • Biblically used to describe Christ’s transfiguration in Matthew 17:2 and our transformation as believers in Christ (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18). It can also be seen as a form of Crucifixion/death and resurrection as a caterpillar goes into its cocoon and appears to die, only to emerge transformed into a beautiful butterfly, much like the imagery of baptism.

So, those both point to symbolizing transformation (change, growth, breakthrough), ressurection, or a symbol of new birth.

But it can also can mean transformation in life or situations like work, family, school or more.

It’s also important that we look at what these creatures do in nature. This can give us even more insight into what they could mean in our dreams.

In the natural butterflies are pollinators. According to, They play an important role in our environment.

“Butterflies are not only beautiful creatures, but do a great deal for the environment. Like bees, they are plant pollinators, and they provide population control for a number of plant and even insect species by eating them.

They also serve as sustenance for other species. Because they are so sensitive to changes in their ecosystems, scientists use butterfly population and behavior shifts as metrics for changes and problems in local environments.”

So, from what we can gather, here are some keys to the meaning of butterflies:


  • Transformation or Change
  • New Season
  • Transition (cocoon stage, going from one point to another)
  • Death to one thing and life to another
  • Immaturity to Maturity
  • Networking and connections (pollinating)

We will look more into this in the section!

How to Interpret Butterfly Dreams

You can’t attach a single meaning to every dream. Interpretations can vary a lot from person to person. Symbols can mean different things at different times.

The Bible makes it very clear where we should get meaning from. As Joseph said in the Bible,

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” – Genesis 40:8

Knowing symbolism in the Bible helps us work out what God is showing us. It gives a base to make links from the Word to the Holy Spirit.

Here are some main steps to find out what a dream with a butterfly means:

man sleeping and having a dream about butterflies
  1. Write the dream out: note of anything prominent in the dream. (colors, sounds, people, objects, location…)
  2. Check the Bible: Certain symbols you see in the dream. Take notes, and if something is quickened in your spirit, then write that down.
  3. Pray: It’s necessary that we get befoe the Lord and ask Him to bring clarity about what the butterfly in the dream symbolizes and means. If you sense anything from the Lord, write it down.
  4. Share: Tell the dream to a good friend who knows God. Tell them what you are sensing and ask for their advice. I would encourage you to ask for prayer as well.
  5. Pray Again: Over what you feel the dream and the butterfly means, and take action if you feel the Lord is leading you.

Before we head into different colors of butterflies, I want to make a mention of context. The context of the dream matters.

When writing out your dream, ask yourself questions about the butterfly. These will help you with the interpretation. Here are examples or questions you should ask yourself.

  • What kind of butterfly was in my dream? It’s ok if it’s not a specific type.
  • What color was the butterfly?
  • Was there one or more butterflies?
  • What was the butterfly doing?
  • Where was the location of the butterfly?
  • Did you see the cocoon or the butterfly as a caterpillar?

Answering those questions will give you clarity. For example, a butterfly going flower to flower and a butterfly coming out of a cocoon will have two different meanings.

Below are some ways you can interpret the meaning of butterfly dreams. But remember, don’t take it at face value. Pray about the dream and be led by the Holy Spirit to gain insight into the spiritual meaning and what the butterfly represents.

Dream SymbolPotential Meaning
Butterfly emerging from cocoonTransformation, rebirth, new season
Butterfly flying freelyFreedom/liberty, breakthrough, and new beginnings
Butterfly moving from flower to flowerSocial connections, networking
Butterfly landing on youSomething new coming
Brightly colored butterflyJoy, vibrancy, positive transformation (check more on colors)
Black or dark butterflyNegative change, emotional struggles
Group of butterfliesCommunity, relationships, influence, new believers
Butterfly trapped in a jarHindered freedom, transformation, creativity
Butterfly flying awayLetting go of something/someone
Eating or catching a butterflyPositive or negative depending on the dream. It can represent a breakthrough in a new season/transformation or destruction or hindrance.
The Symbolic and Spiritual Meaning of Butterfly Dream

Different Types and Colored Butterflies In Dreams

girl dreaming about butterflies

Butterflies are beautiful colorful creatures. And the type and colors can mean things when we dream about them.

Here I will give a brief meaning of some of the popular colors but for more insight please check out The Symbolic Meaning of Colors.

As for types, the best thing to do is research that specific butterfly to see if there is something unique to that creature that might add to its symbolic meaning. Here are some common butterflies that might appear in a dream.

Butterfly TypeKey Characteristics
Monarch ButterflyVibrant orange and black wings, migratory behavior
Swallowtail ButterflyElongated tails on hindwings, colorful patterns
Painted Lady ButterflyDistinctive orange-brown color with black spots, global range
Blue Morpho ButterflyBrilliant iridescent blue wings, native to Central and South America
Tiger SwallowtailYellow wings with black stripes, often found in gardens
Peacock ButterflyEyespots on wings resembling peacock feathers, colorful patterns
White Admiral ButterflyBlack and white wings with elegant patterns
Types of Butterflies

White Butterfly Meaning

A white butterfly can mean cleansing, purity, new, fresh.

Purple Butterfly Meaning

Purple means wealth and royalty.

Red Butterfly Meaning

The color red has incredible meaning Biblically that can be both positive and negative. It can mean atonement, covenant, Jesus, sin, wealth, and bloodshed/war.

Cultural understanding of red: Love, Passion, Anger

Yellow Butterfly Meaning

Yellow biblically can mean anointing, gold, the presence of God.

Cultural understanding of yellow: brightness, happy, joy

Blue Butterfly Meaning

Blue means revelation, spirituality, refreshing, life…

Praying Over Your Dream

I mention this in all my articles when it comes to understanding dreams and visions.

The source of the dream also matters. There are times when a dream comes from the Lord. But there are other times these dreams are not from God. They can come from the demonic or from your soul.

If the source of the dream is demonic, I usually take it as the enemy being stupid and revealing his plans. I then pray against those plans and ask God to intervene.

You should not be fearful, but trust God knows, and as you partner with Him, you will see a breakthrough.

Your butterfly dream could be from the Lord sharing with you about a transformation that’s going to take place or one that He wants to take place.

This is why I recommend always praying into a dream. God is so good and kind…He will help you understand your dreams. Just be faithful to write them down and pray into them.

And if a dream really shakes you up… bring it with a friend or a spiritual mentor. Have them pray with you and discuss things going on in your life.

I hope this has helped you in your understanding of butterflies in dreams. Please leave me a comment below! I would love to hear from you and what God is doing in your life.

For more on butterflies and dreams, check out my posts below…

Are Butterflies in the Bible
God using dreams

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Shireen Daniel

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

A few years ago I had a dream of a small bunch of purple flowers flying over my head, while I was traveling in a bus with woman,When it came closer to me, It turned into a large purple butterfly and formed a crown on my head.


Monday 7th of March 2022

Hi Melissa,

I was just praying, asking Father to speak to me about a decision that I have to make. While praying I received a vision (I receive visions from Father often)about butterflies. I've never had one like this. I saw myself catching butterflies, all different colours and giving them to different people. What are your thoughts on this?



Thursday 22nd of April 2021

Thanks Melissa, I have really been enlightened.

Melissa Tumino

Thursday 29th of April 2021

Thank you, Hannah! Glad you enjoyed the article.


Monday 18th of January 2021

Butterflies are not the only insects that undergo metamorphosis.


Friday 25th of September 2020

I saw a morophi royal blue butterfly with bits of red on the wings the colour were vivid and bright it was a sunny day. the bright sun light dance on the wings of the butterfly the butterfly sat fluttering its wings on an open wooden gate which was yellow the same colour of the wheat in the open field. i felt peace it was beautiful.