To tackle the meaning of anything, it's a good idea to start from the ground up. In the case of exploring psychic meaning, the start is at the origin of the word. Psychic is derived from the word psyche. Psyche is Greek and translates to mean 'the soul'. It also means awesome goodies like: Consciousness, Spirit, Mind and Breath of Life.
Theosophists consider the term psychic to cover the interpretation of every kind of mental phenomena, (like mediumship, telepathy, etc.) this includes all higher forms of sensitiveness. For example, intuition. In fact, the terms psychic ability and intuition are often used interchangeably.
In a nutshell, we could say a psychic one who explores the condition of the soul. The terms psyche and psychic deals with the realm of pervasive knowing. Moreover, one who employs psychic ability is akin to participating with the flux and flow of the divine.
The Greeks used the term psyche as a moniker for one of their adored mythological muses, Psyche. The Greek myth describes Psyche as a mortal human, although she was a princess and devastatingly beautiful. Her story illustrates a long procession of personal transformations as Psyche moves through many layers of awareness on her journey through love and personal development. Ultimately, her transformative adventure ends in her ascension into immortality. To this day she is one of the most celebrated muses in Greek myth.
It's noteworthy the term psyche is also synonymous with butterfly. Indeed, artistic renditions of the visage of Psyche show her with lovely gossamer butterfly wings to symbolize her ephemeral beauty. The butterfly is a phenomenal example of Psyche's journey through transformation. Actually, the butterfly is a worthy mascot for the meaning of psychic.
Because the butterfly conveys the journey of consciousness in esoteric and evolutionary terms. The human soul must undergo a series of developmental stages before it can unfurl its wings and fly into limitless atmospheres - just like the butterfly.
The stages of butterfly metamorphosis coincide with the three degrees of theosophical mystery schools, which make the butterfly an eloquent illustration of soul-evolution. This evolutional triad unfolds like this:
Stage One: Ovum to Larva
Scads of accounts convey this stage as a period of helplessness or ignorance. I vehemently oppose this view. I see this first stage as ultimate potential. At this stage, the human soul is tightly coiled within a dark, protective casing - it is housed as a seed. Stage one represents latent promise. As pre-human, infants and even throughout our physical development the potential grandeur of the soul is sleeping, but dynamically poised until stage two.
Stage Two: Larva to Pupa
This is the opportune moment. The sleeper stirs. That potential which has laid dormant is quaking within the darkness. What has prompted the soul to answer a higher call is irrelevant. What matters is the *spark* has been ignited. Now the sleeper becomes the seeker. This stage represents a keen awareness. This awareness is effervescent and alive - it animates everything within the human experience. It's important to note, "soul-awareness" always exists, but is only truly recognized after humankind is rousted from slumber. After awakening and stepping into stage two, we engage in study, meditation, progress and our awareness evolves into higher levels of spiritual fulfillment.
Stage Three: Pupa to Imago
An imago is the fully developed form of the psyche. Butterfly wings have been fully developed in stage two, and they are strong enough to pulse to a rhythm of intoxicating flight through the spiritual ethers. This stage is the manifestation. Although, it is not necessarily the end of progress - simply the beginning of a new kind of initiation. This stage is about settling into full potential. Materialization of the truest, most divine self. Stage three in psychic is embracing full-blown, mega-soul-power. This stage represents the culmination of agreement, allowance and awareness of all the parts of humanity. It is the epitome of a blossomed psyche.
I hope this article inspires you to take some time to consider the overwhelmingly diverse area of psychic meaning and all its implications. Maybe relate it to the story of Psyche and the evolution of the soul as the butterfly so deftly illustrates. In pondering psychic meaning, we ponder the high-flying journey of the soul.
Be sure to check the links at the end of this page for more articles on psyche, the soul and psychic meaning.
May all your psychic experiences be bright as butterflies,
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!