Butterfly Maiden  

Posted by Stella Clark

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IT IS AT THIS DARK TIME OF THE YEAR THAT WE BEGIN WAITING IN EARNEST FOR THE BUTTERFLY MAIDEN, A HOPI KACHINA THAT GOVERNS THE SPRING, TO ARRIVE. KACHINAS' ARE SUPERNATURAL BEINGS WHO CONTROL NATURE AND HAVE THE SPIRITS OF LIVING THINGS SUCH AS ANIMALS AND PLANTS WITHIN THEM. SOME KACHINAS ALSO HOLD THE SPIRITS OF THE NON-LIVING AS WELL--WIND, RAIN, THUNDER, LIGHTNING, CLOUDS, ETC.

ALTHOUGH MOST KACHINAS' ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE GODS, BUTTERFLY MAIDEN IS BELIEVED TO BE A FERTILITY GODDES WHO BRINGS ABOUT TRANSFORMATION, NEW BEGINNINGS, AND FRESH STARTS IN LIFE. SHE IS OFTEN PICTURED AS A YOUNG NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN DRESSED IN AND SURROUNDED BY BUTTERFLIES. SHE LIVES WITHIN THE PLANTS, ANIMALS, AND FEMALE ANCESTORS WHO LINK THE HUMAN WITH THE DIVINE. IT IS SAID THAT SHE POLLINATED THE WORLD WITH OUR NIGHTTIME DREAMS, CARRYING THE LIFE FORCE FROM DREAMTIME INTO REALITY; IN ESSENCE, SHE MAKES OUR DREAMS COME TRUE. SHE IS A CREATIVE FORCE AND A SYMBOL OF REBIRTH AND REGENERATION.

IN THE NATIVE AMERICAN WORLD, WE FIND THAT EACH ANIMAL, PLANT, AND INSECT IS SAID TO HAVE ENERGY AND SPIRIT. THEIR HEALING QUALITIES ARE REFERRED TO AS MEDICINE. BECAUSE BUTTERFLIES ARE DEEPLY SYMBOLIC OF OUR OWN UNIQUE STRUGGLE TO GROW, BUTTERFLY MEDICINE REPRESENTS TRANSFORMATION AND OUR PERSONAL POWER TO HEAL AND TRANSFORM OURSELVES. THE BUTTERFLY BEGINS ITS LIFE AS AN UNAPPEALING LARVA WHICH ONE DAY GOES INTO SECLUSION AND EMERGES AS A BEAUTIFUL WINGED CREATURE WHICH SPREADS THE REST OF ITS LIFE SPREADING BEAUTY AND JOY AS IT FLITS FROM ONE FLOWER TO THE NEXT. AND AS WE MOVE THROUGH OUR DAILY LIVES WHICH ARE FILLED WITH CHAOS AND CHALLENGE, IT WOULD DO WELL FOR US TO REMEMBER THAT EACH OF US HAS ONE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL WINGED CREATURES INSIDE OF US...JUST WAITING TO EMERGE FROM THE DARKNESS. AND, LIKE THE BUTTERFLY, WE NEED ONLY TO ENTER THE STILLNESS AND SOLITUDE, TO LOOK WITHIN OURSELVES. THERE WE WILL FIND THIS WISE INNER SELF WAITING TO TRANSFORM US.

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