One of our website visitors shared a dream with us and asked if we could help them with the meaning. The dream was simple; a totally golden (not yellow) butterfly flew upward from their hand.
Dreams and the symbolism, metaphors, and stories in them are our personal ‘storybook.’ In other words, what we see and experience in our dreams has been created by our minds to tell us a story about our lives either at the moment, in the past, or in the future.
Our minds draw on our own knowledge and experience to create symbols and images with specific meaning to us. In addition, we are all connected to archetypal symbols that have been passed along through the history of humanity. These symbols can have a broader, universal meaning in our dreams.
All that being said, a dream of a totally golden (not yellow) butterfly rising from one’s hand can be interpreted in a couple of ways.
First, it can be seen as a hopeful, spiritual sign with the totally golden butterfly (something obviously of great value or worth) rising to the heavens to experience its fullness. As in lifting someone or something up to the heavens.
Since the dreamer makes such a distinction in color, definitely gold, not yellow, it seems we are talking about something valuable. A person, place, or thing that deserves a level of reverence is being lifted up, offered to the universe. And even though yellow is often seen as a positive color, it connotes a cheery or lighter happiness.
The dream message could be flipped around, however. The golden ‘thing of value’ may be slipping from our hands. We can’t hold it any longer, or we’ve given up and are letting go.
This is where dreams become very personal. We need to know what these images represent to the dreamer. What was the feeling during the dream? What life experiences could this be playing out or demonstrating? What do golden butterflies flying and hands really mean?
Keep in mind that dreams come to us as messages to help us on our way. Some dreams may not be pleasant but taking time to think about them may, in the long run, help us. As our lives change and we grow, our dreams, images, and meaning will change.