What Does it Mean When a Ladybug Lands on You?

When a ladybug lands on you, be sure to celebrate the good times and embrace the good fortune coming your way. Ladybugs fill us with infectious joy, and it is only in our best interest to share this joy with the special people in your life.

 

A Ladybug Landing On You Brings Good Luck!

Ladybugs are popular creatures within almost every culture, but particularly through Europe. In fact, the Turkish name for a ladybug actually translates to ‘good luck bug’. In Croatia the ladybug is the official logo of the lottery!

 

The actual explanation for why ladybugs are considered lucky is unknown, however many believe this relates to a few factors. One is that the ladybug, unlike many insects such as mosquitoes and fleas, is harmless to humans. The other has more religious origins, with Christians throughout history praying to the Virgin Mary after having a ladybug land on them. They would ask Mary to protect their crops and land, and saw a ladybug as the vehicle in which she would answer.
It’s a little known fact that the ladybug would actually help the farmers by devouring thousands of aphids a day.

 

Feng Shui

Ladybugs, like butterflies, are a popular symbol in Feng Shui. This however seems to be a western creation, with the ladybug not native to China. Feng Shui traditionalists believe this has happened as a byproduct of the concept gaining traction in North America, where the ladybug has long been a symbol of fortune.

 

Although it has become popular to include a ladybug symbol as part of your interior decorations, remember to use it sparingly! Too much clutter will damage the chi energy of your home.

 

Ladybugs and Love

The striking red polkadot pattern of the ladybug makes it symbolic of love. Asian literature throughout the years has noted that a ladybug encounter spreads the message of love. When a ladybug lands on you, it will fly to your true love and whipser in their ear. A blossoming romance may be close by!

 

Have you had a recent encounter with an insect? We’ve got guides covering every symbolic meaning from moths to ladybugs!

 

What Does it Mean When a Butterfly Lands on You?

When a butterfly lands on you – think of your inner spirit! From the Aztecs to the Celts, the butterfly has always been a representation of our spiritual side. The Greeks went a step further than this, and actually use the same word (psyche) for both the butterfly and the soul.

With such a connection to spirituality, is every interpretation of a butterfly landing on you positive? We’ve created this guide to explore the symbolism behind this special moment.

Dreams

Native Americans believe that butterflies bring dreams, and that having one land on you will bring dreams to your sleep. They believed a butterfly to be a way of greater powers communicating with us.

This is commonly seen among Blackfoot Indians of Northwest America. The Blackfoot Indians would use a butterfly in paintings to notify travellers that the messages of their paintings were inspired by the Great Spirit. This symbol meant the painter’s body was encompassed by the spirit, and meant it held profound significance.

Transformation

Transformation is prominent throughout the life of a butterfly. We can see it undertake a metamorphosis to become a beautiful, free spirited member of Earth. Could a butterfly landing on you symbolize imminent change?

We should always be wary that what doesn’t change becomes lethargic and still. As we see with the butterfly, change could result in significant joy, despite initial hardships.

Joy

Personally speaking, I always feel a sense of joy whenever a butterfly lands on or near me. It fills me a warmth of connecting with a creature that is gifted such a short life on this earth.

Many cultures also believe that a butterfly encounter brings joy, and have always treated it as a beautiful omen. It does not have the strong purposes we see in other insects such as the moth or bee, rather flutters around enjoying everything life has to offer. Don’t treat a butterfly with apprehension, embrace its presence and you will find its joy is contagious!

Your Soul

The Aztecs believed that the last breath of a dying human took the form of a butterfly. They weren’t alone here, with similar sentiments seen in Chinese, Celtic and Greek culture just to name a few.

Most cultures believe the butterfly, like the moth, represents the soul of a deceased loved one. When a butterfly lands on you it’s worth considering the context – who could be trying to communicate with you from the spiritual world? Are they trying to protect you from something?

You can read more on lepidoptera and the soul in our post on symbolic meanings.

Still trying to work out what it means to have a butterfly land on you? Comment below and we’ll see what we can do!