As a symbol, the butterfly represents transformation, ascension, immortality, rebirth and resurrection. It can also be a symbol for the soul.

In Shamanistic tradition too, the butterfly is a sign for (self-)transformation. "It is akin to the air. It is the Mind, and the ability to know the mind or to change it. It is the art of transformation."

The "Medicine Cards" offer the folling practical information on what you can do, when faced with the Butterfly.

"To use Butterfly medicine, you must astutely observe your position in the cycle of self-transformation.    Like  Butterfly,  you  are  always  at  a  certain  station  in  your  life activities.  You may be at the egg stage, which is the beginning of all things.  This is the stage  at  which  an  idea  is  born,  but  has  not  yet  become  a  reality.    The  larva  stage  is  the point  at  which  you  decide  to  create  the  idea  in  the  physical  world.    The  cocoon  stage involves "going within": doing or developing your project, idea, or aspect or personality. The  final  state  of  transformation  is  the  leaving  of  the  chrysalis  and  birth.    This  last  step involves sharing the colors and joy of your creation with the world.

If you look closely at what Butterfly is trying to teach, you will realize that it is the never-ending cycle of self-transformation.  The way to discern where you are in this cycle is to ask yourself: (1) Is this the egg stage:  Is it just a thought or idea?  (2) Is this the larva stage: Do I need to make a decision?  (3)  Is this the cocoon stage: Am I developing and doing  something  to  make  my  idea  a  reality?  (4)  Is  this  the  birth  stage:  Am  I  sharing  my completed idea?

By asking yourself these questions, you will discover how Butterfly is relating to you at this moment.  When you understand where you are, Butterfly can teach you what to  do  next  to  continue  in  the  cycle  of  self-transformation,  (or  in  assisting  others  in  their cycle.)" (Jamie Sams & David Carson, the Medicine Cards.)