The Aztecs associated the passage of the Black Sun, on its nightly journey through the underworld with the image of a butterfly. The archetypical symbol of the butterfly represents a transcendent soul, transformation, and mystical rebirth. It is also seen in the figure of the earth goddess Itzpapalotl, the “Obsidian Butterfly,” that devoured people during the solar eclipses.
The idea of transformation and the circle of life is constant in Aztec mythology. This rare powerful eclipse is a time too, like the butterfly, shed the cocoon that keeps us from transforming into our true selves. The Obsidian Butterfly, can be seen as a tool to cut away and let go of those things that impede us on our daily journey to spiritual transcendence.
Francisco E. Alvarez, Curandero