Friday, May 19, 2023

Friday Five - What's Your Spirit Animal?

The butterfly is my spirit animal. 
Always has been. 
And, yes, Virginia, insects are animals. 
That takes care of the teaching portion of our show.

An origami butterfly 
made by my daughter sitting on 
the custom glass pen and ink well 
she commissioned for me.

When I was a child, the name 
Vanessa was very uncommon.
Jonathan Swift is credited with creating 
the name in 1713 for his lover 
Esther Vanhomrigh in a poem he wrote dedicated to her.

Vanessa became a butterfly genus in 
1807 which includes 22 species. 

I always liked the idea that Phanessa 
was the mystic goddess of an ancient Greek brotherhood.

Butterflies represent change and 
the constant evolution of the soul.

My mother had this little pin. 
I took it from her jewelry box when 
I was quite young and made it mine. 
Hence we have my avatar.

The Vampire Butterfly
I have teeth.
I've been known to draw blood.


  1. I want to be the butterfly too, but since you took it first, I'll be the preying mantis!

    1. Praying Mantis are way cool. It's funny because just after reading this, I saw a meme on fb about them.