It is probable that no other animal or insect has come to represent transformation and shape-shifting as much as the butterfly. The process of metamorphosis is also closely associated with the butterfly due to the four stages of distinct change that the insect must undergo… Additionally, the butterfly has had powerful symbolic representation in various cultures worldwide; in early Christianity it was a symbol of the soul, in China it signified conjugal bliss and joy, and in the Hopi tradition unmarried girls wore their hair in the shape of butterfly wings. For the Native Americans, the butterfly is symbolic of change, joy and color. An encounter had with a butterfly can remind you to not take life so seriously, thus awakening a sensation of lightness and joy. As they dance from flower to flower, they also remind us to get up and move! Life is a dance and the act of dancing brings the sweetness of life back, further exemplified by the notion that butterflies have taste receptacles on their front feet– they taste flowers just by walking upon them! If butterflies have come into your life then it is time to look into your life and assess how much or how little joy is within it. Moreover, a butterfly asks of you to look for change, for however daunting change may seem, it is for the best. Butterfly medicine will teach you that change and transformation does not have to be traumatic, it can occur as gently, as sweetly and as joyfully as we wish.