Butterfly Magic in a Desert Garden
article and images by Sandra Cosentino
Fluttering wings of dozens of butterflies are silently rippling around my energy field as I enter this butterfly haven amid the desert garden. Mesmerized, I am drawn into their delicate, ephemeral world.
Wings spread with backs to the sun on this cool desert morning act as solar collectors and create a luminous display that dazzles my eyes. I feel as though I am in a fairy kingdom.
Butterflies are one of Nature’s miracle of transformation.This adult stage of the butterfly may only last a week or two although a few species live up to 18 months. They will lay eggs that become caterpillars the pupate in their woven chrysalis hanging on twigs. It is here in the chrysalis shell that the caterpillar’s structure is broken down and rearranged into the wings, body and legs of the adult butterfly.
This butterfly magic evokes the heart of the mystical child that lives within. Hope softly unfurls in a spontaneous flutter inside my being.
Entranced, I can’t help but smile.
Hopi people refer to butterflies as “flying flowers.” Butterflies appear in spring and represent transformation possible with life giving moisture and pollination. Butterflies are portrayed in Hopi art. They appear in summer Hopi Katsina ceremonies to invoke life positive growth and in the fall young couples celebrate harvest with a butterfly dance.
Butterflies move with grace and eloquence. And inspire us to move with flow through the turns and shifts of Life that mold us into ever more refined expressions of our soul’s presence. May we emerge from our transitions as luminously as the butterfly.