Personal growth, especially spiritual. In classical Greek and Roman philosophy, the butterfly’s transformation mirrored that of the ever evolving soul.
Esotericallv: Reincarnation, which may be literal or figurative.
If you see yourself emerging from the cocoon, this speaks of a new, beautiful beginning, and astounding positive changes.
The question of personal identity and uniqueness. In China, there is a story of the sage Hsuang Chou who dreamt of being a butterfly. During the dream, he had no awareness of Hsuang Chou, only the butterfly. WTien he awoke, this experience left him wondering. Was he really Hsuang Chou, or actually a butterfly dreaming of being Hsuang Chou?
In China, the butterflv also symbolizes a happy union, usually a marriage.
An excellent portent for any type of partnership, especially if the butterfly is formed out of jade (see Gems, Jewelry, Stones).
Missives from beyond: The Hopi Indians believe that butterflies carry the souls of the departed.
Swallowing a butterfly: In Ireland and ancient Greece, this signified pregnancy.
The ability to rebound and rejuvenate after a major setback.
If seen in its caterpillar form, it means you’re entering a stage of positive transformation.
If the creature is flying, you may soon receive news from friends afar.
For a young woman, this foretells happy love.... The Language of Dreams
To see a dead lamb, signifies sadness and desolation. Blood showing on the white fleece of a lamb, denotes that innocent ones will suffer from betrayal through the wrong doing of others.
A lost lamb, denotes that wayward people will be under your influence, and you should be careful of your conduct.
To see lamb skins, denotes comfort and pleasure usurped from others.
To slaughter a lamb for domestic uses, prosperity will be gained through the sacrifice of pleasure and contentment.
To eat lamb chops, denotes illness, and much anxiety over the welfare of children.
To see lambs taking nourishment from their mothers, denotes happiness through pleasant and intelligent home companions, and many lovable and beautiful children.
To dream that dogs, or wolves devour lambs, innocent people will suffer at the hands of insinuating and designing villains.
To hear the bleating of lambs, your generosity will be appealed to.
To see them in a winter storm, or rain, denotes disappointment in expected enjoyment and betterment of fortune.
To own lambs in your dreams, signifies that your environments will be pleasant and profitable.
If you carry lambs in your arms, you will be encumbered with happy cares upon which you will lavish a wealth of devotion, and no expense will be regretted in responding to appeals from the objects of your affection.
To shear lambs, shows that you will be cold and mercenary. You will be honest, but inhumane.
For a woman to dream that she is peeling the skin from a lamb, and while doing so, she discovers that it is her child, denotes that she will cause others sorrow which will also rebound to her grief and loss. ``Fair prototype of innocence, Sleep upon thy emerald bed, No coming evil vents A shade above thy head.’’ 0 See Sheep. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
For a woman to dream that she sees the ruler of her country undressed, signifies sadness will overtake anticipated pleasures. She will suffer pain through the apprehension of evil to those dear to her.
To see others undressed, is an omen of stolen pleasures, which will rebound with grief. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation