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The silver-blue butterfly. The book of butterflies, sphinxes and moths (Plate 20). 1831.
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PSYCHE

Moths and butterflies have roots in ancient mythology and tradition. The Greeks originally depicted the soul or spirit as a stick figure with wings. The butterfly/moth as a symbol of spirit and its potential for transformation originated from that source. The Greek myth of Psyche and Eros (Cupid) is a mythological metaphor for the feminine journey toward consciousness. Psyche is the Greek word for both soul and butterfly.

 

 

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