For many centuries the sighting of a "white butterfly" has met different things to different cultures; pure joy and prosperity, good things to come, good luck/good life, blessings of spirits and past souls, angels watching over you, resurrection and hope, love and joy in marriage, immortality, transformation, change and freedom and oh, so many more!
Have you ever had the priviliege of seeing a white butterfly? Not a moth, a butterfly?
I can clearly remember the very first time that I saw one. I remember it as if it were yesterday....
I was a tiny little girl, playing in the grass in our backyard, trying to catch grasshoppers. When suddenly out of no where, a beautiful white butterfly glided right past my nose! It landed on my mother's yellow rosebush. I gazed at it with amazement as it fluttered and spun in circles. I thought it was beautiful, more beautiful than all of the colorful ones I had seen. Immediately a rush of contentment, calmness and extrememe happiness filled my heart!
I had forgotten all about the "white butterfly" and the way I felt whenever I saw one, that is until I heard about the Chilean miners. Remember? There was 33 of them trapped in the bowels of the earth for 69 nerve racking days. If you haven't heard the story already, you are probably wondering what in the world does a "white butterfly" have to do with miners from Chili? If you have heard the story, well, then you know what I am referring to.
I will refresh the memory of some and share the story for the first time with others:
One of the 33 miners, Jorge Galeguillos, penned a story to his brother that will no doubt become a part of Chile's history and folklore.
It was early afternoon on August 5th and Galeguillos was heading back down into the mine aboard a Nissan Terrano pick-up truk. His friend, Franklin Lobos, was at the wheel. "We had been up to the workshop and as we were driving back down, a slab of rock caved in just behind us. It crashed down only a few seconds after we drove past. Just ahead I saw a white butterfly," Gualeguillos wrote in the letter to his brother, Eleodoro. A little white butterfly up ahead of them...down there, in the mine...
Galeguillos slowed the truck down so they could take a closer look. That curiousity stopped them from driving headlong into the rockfalls triggered by the initial massive collapse. "Down in the mine, I don't really know what that butterfuly was. Maybe it was a little angel passing in front of them...a little god saying, "Hurry up, there's danger down there," Eleodoro Galeguillos said. What he does seem sure of is that the butterfly protected the lives of his brother and his friend. After the dust settled, Lobos and Galeguillos were able to maneuver around the rock piles and reach 31 fellow miners, who were, by then, huddled for safety in the 50 square meter refuge on Level 100.
Just hearing about their experience and their close brush with death sends chills down my spine. But the 'white butterfly" now that is the REAL story, in my opinion. It truely was a Miracle. (miracle: something which man is not normally capable of making happen and which is therefore thought to be done by a god or God.)
Now you know the story of the White Butterfly! Please share it with others! Each one will come with a card that reads; The Bearer of this Blessed Butterfly shall be....Protected by Angels, Lucky in Love & Happy in Life. Blessed by 3 True Wiccans, charged for 33 days (in honor of the miners) and Blessed for; Protection, Luck and True Happiness.
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