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  • There it was, just as I entered the forest. Today, willing me to take its photo (reversed for this story).

    This beautiful butterfly is called the Eastern Comma. I understand that 'comma' comes from how the 'tail' looks something like a comma.

    One well-known interpretation is that the butterfly is an archetype for personal transformation. Ongoing and never-ending personal transformation.

    A cycle of Egg...Caterpillar...Cocoon...Butterfly....

    Cocoon is where I think I am at this time. Living with the question of, "How do I take my ideas and make them into manifest reality?"

    I am not usually drawn to to the contrary explanations in the Medicine Cards. But, today, as I was reading about Butterfly that's what felt like 'home.'

    Butterfly reversed means your lesson is a simple one. There is a need for change in your life that you are not recognizing. This could be a possible need for freedom, for a vacation, or for a new job. You may believe that change is too difficult, and you may rule it out to preserve the comfort of old habits. But in ruling out any possibility of change, you are saying that the courage of Butterfly has been lost. Why does Butterfly represent courage? Because there is a totally different world outside the cocoon, where the known realities of the chrysalis are not longer applicable. This new world demands that you use your newfound wings - and fly! - Medicine Cards by Sams and Carson

    [Photo (reversed) by Barbara, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 4, 2012]
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