I believe that the universe is always speaking to us through nature and it is our job to pay close attention and listen. Over the past few months, we have been noticing many dragonflies and butterflies around us. Both symbolize change and transformation and there is plenty of that going on around our lives right now which I cannot talk about yet but it requires a lot of trust, faith and patience from all of us.
“There is nothing permanent except change.” ~Heraclitus
“Caterpillar asks what stage of metamorphosis are you in. A symbol of the beginning stages of transformation. Preparation for growth, natural harvest. All things come in nature’s time. A caterpillars’s movement is not fast, it is slow and shows us that patience is required.”
Two weeks ago, Brian’s great-grandmother passed away. More transition, more change. She was 97 years old and lived an amazing life… but still, we all loved her so and it was very painful to say goodbye. Brian and I went to visit her with the girls when she was ill and unfortunately we were the ones to find she had already passed on. This was extremely difficult to experience with my four children in the room but I also knew intuitively that they will not be protected from the truths of life and death during their time on earth and it was my job to be with them and guide them through understanding, feeling and accepting the reality of death and reinforcing our faith in an afterlife.
The day after she died, we found three Swallowtail caterpillars on our dill weed in the garden. The girls were so interested in them as they are truly so beautiful and we decided to take them inside and raise them into butterflies together – learning as we watch the amazing metamorphosis take place first hand.
Every morning the girls checked on the caterpillars and brought them more dill and parsley to eat.
Then one day in our driveway we found a single butterfly that had passed on and left its beautiful body behind. It was a good opportunity to explain the changes that occur in all living things and that even though the butterfly’s wings are still here – its ‘being’ is not… and it has moved on to a new beautiful place that we cannot yet see. Again, my belief is that these are all symbols being sent to us to assist us in what we are going through in life right now and I am so grateful to help my girls be mindful and aware of the messages they are being sent each day as well.
Our caterpillars were very active and very… HUNGRY! They eat quite a lot and poop even more!!!!
Not long after, we saw the caterpillars get into position to turn into a chrysalis. They stayed like this for quite some time hanging by just a thread they created to attach to their body to the stick.
Our first chrysalis was so beautiful – a green transparent color that was truly amazing. We were so surprised to see the caterpillars ‘skin’ had shed and that the chrysalis actually happened from the inside out not the other way around. Change should occur from the inside out I guess… so it makes sense.
The next two were brown with black. We didn’t think they were still alive but when touched they moved! Now we patiently wait to see what they look like when they turn into butterflies and if the dark ones will be different than the green one.
What signs are being presented to you lately? Have you been paying attention?