Purple butterflies are rare — if you see one in your garden, it’s most likely the Red-spotted Purple. These are striking, appealing creatures, and if you see one, it could have any number of symbolic meanings in your life.
Butterflies of every color can be associated with the spirits of those who have passed in our lives. Read this story of how one woman recognized her beloved uncle’s spirit in a visiting Red-spotted Purple.
Common Symbolism of a Purple Butterfly
As a mix of cold and warm hues, purple is a mysterious and compelling color. It has some association with witchcraft, as well. An encounter with a violet butterfly is a reminder to embrace the magical or lucky side of life. It can be a good day to take a chance and see what happens!
Today, purple also has associations of femininity. A purple butterfly could symbolize an important woman in your life or be a sign of fertility. It could also help you reflect on your own feminine, intuitive energy. Follow that intuition as you interpret your dreams, and you may discover surprising insights.
The Royal History of Purple
Royalty is by far the most common historical meaning of purple. If you see a violet butterfly, it could be a sign that an important person is going to show up in your life soon, or that a key person in your life has passed away. Or, you might decide that you’re going to indulge and treat yourself as “royal” today!
Purple’s interesting association with royalty dates back to ancient Roman and Byzantine times, when the hue became associated with generals and emperors. Why? Put simply, purple was expensive. “Tyrian” purple was manufactured by crushing a type of snail, but it took tens of thousands of them to produce a small amount of dye. This rare color was reserved for the elite, sometimes by order of law. Purple clothing was not affordable for the masses until the mid 19th century, when a chemist created a purple shade that we now call mauve.
Purple’s Spiritual and Religious Meanings
Purple is a highly spiritual color, and seeing a purple butterfly is sure to touch your soul, reminding you of your spiritual journey. Whether you are on the path to enlightenment, or need to rekindle your spiritual side, this sighting is a gentle reminder to look inwards.
Purple is also a religious color, in part given its long history of use in both Catholic and Protestant ceremonies. It is associated with Christ, especially with Easter. If you’re a religious person, seeing a violet butterfly may be a reminder to reflect on your faith and the idea of second chances in your own life.
What It Means to See a Purple Butterfly
As you can see, purple butterflies have many potential meanings, so if you see one, you may want to take a moment to enjoy the sight and think about what interpretation resonates in your own life.
Along with the above meanings, purple can also be a color of healing, faith, and patience. Whatever challenge you are going through, a purple butterfly is a reminder to keep going and trust in your ability to get through it. If you’re experiencing illness, in particular, take a moment to accept this healing energy and use it on your journey.