Why is the butterfly an example in our inner work?
Answer from the V.M. Samael Aun Weor.
The fifth day they publicly offered to Xochipilli dances and chants accompanied with teponaztli and drums, ovations of flowers recently cut and breads with honey from bees within which they placed an obsidian butterfly, a symbol of the believer’s soul.
Samael Aun Weor. Aztec Christic Magic.
Just as the butterfly is formed within its caterpillar, so too, within the "intellectual animal" the Man can germinate. It is not through Evolution that Man can be born in us; it is through the REVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS.
Those who advocate the Dogma of Evolution as the foundation of the Intimate Self-realization of the Being are perfectly wrong. Only through the Revolution of Consciousness can Man be born within each one of us.
Samael Aun Weor. Conf. Ontological Resources of Gnostic Anthropology.
Answer from the Magazine "The Wisdom of the Being".
The occult symbolism of the butterfly is the representation of the soul, but the intellectual man does not have a soul; That is why Jesus, the Christ said: “With patience you will possess your souls” (Luke 21:19), in this verse He is clearly telling us that we have to have patience with the interior work to manufacture the soul. And if we do not have a soul, we are not really men either, we are only intellectual animals.
The soul of the intellectual animal is only a caterpillar enclosed in a cocoon, the intellectual animal must go through the same process as the butterfly, in order to create the true man within ourselves. The butterfly is a symbol of rebirth, of regeneration, it represents the psyche, the soul.
From the worm the chrysalis is formed, from the chrysalis the butterfly is born; from the intellectual animal the true man is born, from the true man the super man is born.
The Wisdom of Being Magazine 93, Chapter: "The occult symbolism of the Butterfly."