Have you seen an emerald butterfly floating past? If so, count yourself lucky, as green butterflies are actually uncommon! You may have seen the large, charismatic Malachite, the Green Hairstreak, or the small but eye-popping Koa with its aquamarine underwings. Read on to find out what your sighting could mean.
What Does It Mean When You See a Green Butterfly?
Green encompasses the cool, calm of blue as well as the positivity of yellow. As a result, it has cultural meanings of balance and harmony. It can signal that you need to find an equilibrium between your feelings and thoughts, or between your past and future.
One of the other predominant meanings for green is prosperity and abundance. If you see a green butterfly, it may signal that you will soon win out, and perhaps achieve financial or material wealth. It may be a good day to take a gamble.
Nature is full of green, which is the color of photosynthesis and growth. It can signal renewal, restoration, and new chances, heralding a springtime in your life.
Negative Associations of Green
Despite its natural benevolence, green is sometimes used to depict the devil, perhaps because it is a common color for reptiles and amphibians. Similarly, monsters are often shown as green, such as medieval dragons or Frankenstein.
Green is a healthy and relaxing color — most of the time. “Green at the gills” means someone appears sick or nauseous. Green pigments of the past often contained arsenic, a potent poison.
While green is a youthful color, youth isn’t always a good thing — if someone is green, or a greenhorn, it means they are inexperienced.
In addition, green is the color of envy, at least according to Shakespeare, who was the first to use the phrase “the green-eyed monster.”
Green Throughout History
Green has long symbolized regeneration. In Ancient Egypt, green was associated with the flooding of the Nile, which ensured farmlands remained fertile. The color meant good health, and green amulets protected against disease.
Green clothing was rare until the 16th century, because green vegetable-based dyes were prone to fading. Later on, green clothing in paintings showed that the subjects were wealthy — typically merchants, bankers, and gentry. Green continues to be associated with prosperity, in part because of its connection with “greenbacks,” or dollars.
Figuring Out What a Green Butterfly Means
In all likelihood, seeing a green butterfly is a good sign — even if you just saw it in your dream. As noted above, green can mean good luck, especially of a financial sort. This could be a good time to buy a lottery ticket or ask for a raise at work.
These emerald insects can also point toward a regenerative period in your life. If you’re thinking about turning over a new leaf — whether in a relationship, your career, or your personal journey of change and growth — this can be the green light you need. Typically, this means healing from past periods of lack, including emotional lack, and moving toward a new era of abundance.
And of course, seeing a green butterfly is a pleasurable experience in itself. These “flying leaves” are a rare delight. So if you see one, take the time to enjoy it.