Summer's special beauty is akin to the ethereal beauty of the creatures associated with the season: dragonflies and butterflies. The iridescent shimmer of the dragonfly and the colourful wings of the butterfly have captivated our imaginations to such an extent that the symbolism associated with each is quite poignant.
As creatures of the wind, dragonflies represent change. A dragonfly can move at the amazing speed of 45 miles an hour. It can hover like a helicopter, fly backwards, go straight up and down and it can also move from side to side. A dragonfly is as comfortable on water as it is on land and is able to use its own power to control its movements. The flight of the dragonfly across water represents an act of going beyond what is on the surface and looking into the deeper aspects of life. Regarded as being able to see through illusions or deceit, they have become symbolic as agents of change associated with self realization.
Butterflies embody spiritual growth and transcendence, perhaps more than any other life form on earth, because they undergo the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. They have become symbolic of setting what was once known aside to embrace an entirely new way of being. As a result, they have also become symbolic of the soul’s immortal journey. When life ends in the physical realm, the soul endures in a different form. Metamorphosis and transformation set the spirit soaring to a new way of being and we are reminded that the life of the soul is eternal.