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"Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man." ~ Vladimir Nabokov

The Spirit of Butterflies: Myth, Magic, and ArtThe Spirit of Butterflies: Myth, Magic, and Art by Maraleen Manos-Jones
Butterflies have inspired humankind since antiquity as spiritual beings, symbolic of metamorphosis, rebirth, love, hope, and freedom. This is the only book that explores the butterfly's role in myth, religion, literature, art, and the decorative arts, and includes magnificent pictures ranging from ancient stone carvings to modern furniture, Pompeiian mosaics to Sevres porcelain.

True Spiritual Adventures from Around the World By Arielle Ford
A chance encounter that leads to a spiritual awakening, an awe-inspiring coincidence,. a soulful connection to a strange new place. Over 60 true accounts of mystical journeys of both the body and the spirit.

Out of Print available new and used @amazon
"These enchanting stories shine a light along the path where reality and miracles meet." --- Deepak Chopra, The Path to Love

Choose HopeChoose Hope, Your Role in Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age by David Krieger and Daisaku Ikeda. David used the butterfly metaphor in his forward. "To change the world, we must bring forth the butterflies of hope from the cocoons of ignorance and apathy that surrounds them. The best place to begin is with ourselves. We must emerge from our own cocoons as positive agents of change.

" David Krieger is the founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Flying Flowers by Rick Sammon
Flying Flowers
by Rick Sammon (Photographer)

Butterfly by Ben Morgan , Thomas Marent (Photographer)Butterfly by Ben Morgan , Thomas Marent (Photographer)
Thisbook with its breathtakingly detailed photography allows you to experience the butterflies in a variety of habitats, from northern woodlands to tropical rainforests. And the author provides a host of fascinating information about species and life cycles. The photographer, Thomas Marent, author of Rainforest (2006), has dedicated nearly half of his life to recording butterflies across five continents.

Butterflies in Flight
Butterflies in Flight
by Roger Camp
Accordion-fold pages-more than 70 feet of them-over which nearly 300 species of butterflies flit and flutter in full digitally-enhanced color and detail. Exquisite!!

The Coming of a New MillenniumThe Coming of a New Millennium
by Heidi Neale ,Nick Manolukas
This story revives the ancient Minoan culture which, in The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler refers to as the last of the partnership societies that once flourished around the globe. The authors bring the Minoans to life in a fun, near-future adventure, which weaves together archeology, Neolithic studies, comparative mythology and religion, feminine spirituality, history and CHAOS theory.

The Insect-Populated Mind:The Insect-Populated Mind: How Insects Have Influenced the Evolution of Consciousness
"In this book author David Spooner proposes a close connection between aspects of insect evolution and the human intellect. By examining seemingly disparate subjects - entomology, language history, genetics, literature and music - Spooner shows how such a synthesis is possible. Once this fusion is achieved, the human species can be seen as connected not just to the great apes, but also via consciousness to metamorphic insects. The book also presents aguments on the roots and nature of the mind in the work of Daniel Dennett and Terrence Deacon."

"How does one become a butterfly?" She asked pensively." You must want to fly so much
that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."...Tina Paulus, Writer

Butterfly by Norie Huddle
Butterfly by Norie Huddle
Brand new signed copies of the original first printing of Butterfly by Norie Huddle are now available for $50. These books are rare and out of Print . The book is being used as the model to global transformation by Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Elisabeth Sahtouris and the Institute of Noetic Science.

The Butterfly: A Symbol of Conscious Evolution by C. Daly KingThe Butterfly: A Symbol of Conscious Evolution by C. Daly King
Out-of-print for over half a century, this remarkable book, originally published in 1927, is one of the earliest about the Gurdjieff ideas. The historic significance of this book is unique among the now-abundant writings about Gurdjieff. Daly King presents a poetic metaphor of stunning intensity -- the metamorphosis of the butterfly from the worm.The transformation for people, is one that is produced by intentional, conscious effort. This effort is the major theme of his book. In Greek mythology, Psyche, the butterfly, represented the Soul. King suggests that this symbol derived from esoteric knowledge of an even more ancient culture and contains vital clues for the twentieth century.

Consider the ButterflyConsider the Butterfly: Transforming Your Life Through Meaningful Coincidence
by Carol Lynn Pearson,Sandy Wells, Photographer ***Out of Print but still available from

A World Of ButterfliesA World Of Butterflies
by Kjell Sandved
This little 3.5" x 6"
Hardcover book has many beautiful photgraphs and lots of interesting information

The Black Butterfly:The Black Butterfly: An Invitation to Radical Aliveness
by Richard Moss

In Every Moon There Is a Face: Poem

In Every Moon There Is a Face: Poem
by Charles Mathes, Arlene Graston (Illustrator)

Butterflies of The World: Over 5,000 Butterflies in Full Color
Butterflies of The World: Over 5,000 Butterflies in Full Color

100 Butterflies and Moths: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica
100 Butterflies and Moths: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica

The Voice of the Infinite in the Small by Joanne E. LauckThe Voice of the Infinite in the Small
by Joanne E. Lauck
Understanding the Infinite in the Small is less a book about insect biology and behavior than it is about reinventing ourselves as a non-hostile species.
***Out of Print but still available from

The Butterfly Garden:The Butterfly Garden: Turning Your Garden, Window Box, or Backyard into a Beautiful Home for Butterflies by Mathew Tekulsky

Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your BackyardAttracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard: Watch Your Garden Come Alive With Beauty on the Wing (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book)

Prophet - The Life of the Hatmaker's SonProphet - The Life of the Hatmaker's Son:
by Douglas Gillies
Robert Muller is one of the most extraordinary people on the planet. He is a treasure amongst us, He has dedicated his life to the promotion of Peace. ...Jean Houston, Author, Jump TIme, testimonial
"When the true history of the Twentieth Century is told, Robert Muller's name will stand out."

Metamorphosis by John Mulkey Metamorphosis by John Mulkey
A remarkable spiritual journey based upon the true story of one man's struggle to bring peace to a life in turmoil. Describing actual encounters with shamans and mystics, the author takes readers on an incredible odyssey where they may discover the true pathway to healing and enlightenment."

The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural HistoryThe Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History, Vol. II: Riodinidae by Philip J. DeVries
Published by Princeton University Press, this book is perfect for those of us interested in diversity of life in the tropics. Wonderful photos, too.

Butterfly MedicineButterfly Medicine:
Metamorphosis from Caterpillar to Butterfly Woman to Goddess by Flowerbird. (out of print, rare)


The Tree by Dana LyonsThe Tree
by Dana Lyons
Illustrations by David Danioth), Julia Butterfly (Foreword)
This powerful song of an ancient Douglas Fir celebrates the age-old cycle of life in the Pacific Rain Forest, revealing the inter-connectedness of all things.
Ages 4-8

The Butterfly: A FableThe Butterfly: A Fable
by Jay Singh
A fun read that even adults enjoy. I gave it as a gift to a child and now it is her favorite book.

On The Wings of a Butterfly
On The Wings of a Butterfly

by Marilyn Maple, Ph.D.

illustrated by Sandy Haight
Useful for ages 7 to 10

Smithsonian Handbooks:
Butterflies and Moths

Smithsonian Handbooks:

Butterflie of North America
Butterflies of North America

(Kaufman Focus Guides)

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden
Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

I Never Saw Another ButterflyI Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from 1942-1944 Terezin Concentration Camp, by Hana Volavkova (Editor)


Hope for the FlowersHope for the Flowers
by Trina Paulus (Illustrator) A different sort of book for everyone except those who have given up completely.


Good Night, Sweet Butterflies:
Good Night, Sweet Butterflies:
A Color Dreamland


Wings of ChangeWings of Change
by Franklin Hill
(ages 3+up)
"Anew is a contented little caterpillar who is afraid to become a butterfly. The story follows little Anew as he learns to release his fears and embrace his destiny."

Legends of the Flowers

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