By Susan Wong Submitted On January 30, 2011
In China, butterfly has been a popular symbol for centuries. The butterfly is called ‘hu tieh’ in Mandarin language. The word ‘tieh’ translates as seventy years, and because of this the animals are taken as a symbol of long life. Butterfly to the Chinese also represents love, specifically young love. It symbolizes an undying bond between lovers.
In feng shui applications, the use of butterflies is considered the same as the use of the birds symbol. Both butterflies and birds are flying free, and this speaks to the deep human longing for a free and joyful life close to sky/heaven. Since love is the most transformative feeling that makes people feel like flying, the butterfly is the most common symbol used as a feng shui cure for love and romance. Another excellent use of this symbol in feng shui is in the Creativity and Children area of the Bagua as this will energize the free flow of your life’s creative energy.
The image of butterflies can also be used as a temporary cure for any area of your life that needs transformation. When you are experiencing difficulties in specific areas of your life, try to bring the energy of these butterflies into the corresponding Bagua areas of your bedroom or home. Butterfly knows how to gracefully go through stages of transformation in order to become the beauty they are, and you will be guided to do the same with grace and ease in your life.
The butterfly design embroidered on towels is a perfect gift for a new couple. Although butterflies have been depicted through various mediums of art but there is nothing more popular than Chinese kites that feature these insects. The butterfly kite is one of the most popular kites on earth. In ancient times, the kites were actually used as wall hangings in homes. This was due to the meaning of the symbol that butterfly had for the Chinese. With the butterfly, they sought to ensure a healthy and long life by making use of the art works to decorate their homes.
Other butterfly art is manifested in the body art of tattooing. This butterfly symbol is a hot favorite especially amongst the ladies. These butterflies have also been represented through the unique, beautiful art form of scroll painting. Images of butterfly were painted upon silk screens in different colors and sometimes accompanied with some Chinese calligraphic text stating some inspirational words.
Other flying creatures that symbolize longevity are the cranes and bats. Images of butterflies in Chinese arts are often accompanied with bats. Find out more about crane in Chinese culture or you might also want to know about bat in Chinese culture.
If you’re interested in butterflies, you may want to check out the article on Purple Emperor: The butterfly that feeds on rotting flesh from the BBC. Apparently, for a few weeks in July, groups of people can be found wandering English woods carrying strange produce – including rotting fish, Stinking Bishop cheese and dirty nappies. They’re out to bait the Purple Emperor, one of Britain’s most elusive butterflies, whose beauty disguises some filthy feeding habits. I have included a picture of the Purple Emperor below, and if you require more info on the Purple Emperor click here: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33596341
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