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