We deserve nothing but Death and torture.
As Worms, we are to be associated with rot and Disease.
But there are those who can shed themselves of their Disease.
They are called Caterpillars.
Indistinguishable from the Worm, yet they are the only ones filled with Disease who can build for themselves a Cocoon and enter the Pupation period.
Our daily ritual of Sleep is sometimes viewed as Pupation. When we Dream, our Minds seem to roam Free, like that of a Butterfly.
In Christianity the cycle is different.
The Caterpillar's constant crawling and chewing is similar to normal earthly Life where people are often wholly preoccupied with physical needs. The Cocoon resembles a Tomb and emptiness, and can suggest the empty shroud left behind by Jesus. Thus, a Butterfly represents the Resurrection into a new condition of Life that is Free of any material concerns.
But it can also mean:
- Egg - Our Birth
- Caterpillar - Our Life
- Cocoon - Our Death
- Butterfly - Our Rebirth
The Butterfly represents the frailty of human Life.
We can be here Today and gone Tomorrow.
But in Death there can be Change.
In mythology the Butterfly is rarely distinguished from the moth, so since the moth is naturally drawn to a flame, both are related to Fire. Fire is the element of Transformation.
In ancient Central America the god of cosmic Fire, Xiutecutli, is symbolized by a Butterfly.
In Greek mythology Psyche (Greek for Soul or Mind), the bride of Cupid, is represented by a Butterfly, who glimpsed the True nature of her mysterious Sleeping lover using Firelight. This led to her eventual downFall, and many Trials, ending in her beautiful Transformation.
From a Worm.
To a Butterfly.
Do you understand?