Welcome Lady Arabella

butterfly of Life

Butterflies remind us not to take things so seriously within our lives. They awaken a sense of lightness and joy. They remind us to get up and move, for if you do not move, you cannot dance.

When we were originally approached by MASA and told that they would like to run the “Butterflies for Kids with Cancer” Project in aid of Little Fighters Cancer Trust we were thrilled ~ firstly that they had chosen us as a beneficiary, and secondly that they had chosen to do butterflies.

The butterfly has huge symbolism, you see…

Native American BeliefThe butterfly is one of the most emblematic totem animals symbolising personal transformation: Powerful transformation; Renewal, Rebirth; Metamorphosis; Moving through Different Life Cycles; Elevation from Earthly Matters, Tuning into Emotional or Spiritual; The World of the Soul, the Psyche. A secondary meaning of the butterfly is about finding Joy in Life and Lightness of Being.

Chinese & Greek Symbology ~ The butterfly is a symbol of the Psyche of the Soul or Soul World, representing Immortality.

butterfly quote - Divine presenceChristianityIn early Christianity, the butterfly was a symbol of the Soul. The exquisite butterfly was considered a Miracle of Transformation and Resurrection. The butterfly symbol is seen especially around Easter, the Christian holiday that celebrates the Resurrection of Christ.

Shamanism ~ The butterfly is the symbol of Change, the Soul, Creativity, Freedom, Joy and Colour. Their power is Transformation, Shape Shifting and Soul Evolution.  Butterflies are Messengers of the Moment. 

Spirituality ~ The butterfly represents the never-ending Cycle of Life; therefore, its medicine bestows not only the Ability, but the Clarity of Mind needed before Self-Transformation. The cycle of the butterfly in and of itself holds spiritual teaching and insight for us. The magnificent life of the butterfly closely mirrors the process of spiritual transformation as we each have the possibility to be reborn through going within.

CancerThe butterfly has also been adopted as a symbol in the Fight against Cancer Butterflies photo 5cb3b51f.gifbecause of its remarkable process of metamorphosis. Change and Transformation are inevitable for all, but it does not have to be traumatic;  A journey all people who are touched (directly or indirectly) by cancer can recognise.

The butterfly unquestioningly embraces the changes of her environment and her body. The butterfly beckons us to keep our Faith as we undergo transitions in our lives; She understands that our fear, pain and anger are useless against the turning tides of nature, and this same unwavering courage can be seen in all whose lives are touched by cancer.

It is in this same spirit that many Cancer Survivors use a butterfly combined with a cancer awareness ribbon as a symbol of their Victory over Cancer; many of them by getting  Butterfly Cancer Ribbon Tattoos as their Badge of Courage.

The Lady Arabella ~ Jenny Hailstone (

The Lady Arabella ~ Jenny Hailstone

Most of you will be familiar with the above picture by this time – the beautiful butterfly which we have been using as the logo for the Mosaic Association of South Africa (MASA) “Butterflies for Kids with Cancer” Project in aid of Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

What I am pretty sure that most of you do not know though, is that this is not just “sommer” a picture of a random butterfly ~ Her name is Arabella, and we used her with the kind permission of Jenny Hailstone, her creator.

Last week we were  informed by  Cher that Jenny had chatted to her earlier that evening and had said she would like to donate Arabella to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

Of course Mandie jumped up and down with excitement and gratefully accepted, saying “For me, a butterfly is New Life, Renewal, Hope, Freedom, Beginnings, Beauty in Waiting, Expectation and Positivity. I would love to be reminded of this visually every day, as some days can be very rough in what we do.

In her response to Mandie, Jenny wrote: “It may interest you to look up the meaning of the name ‘Arabella’. It seems to be particularly apt for LFCT. It gives us such pleasure to know that she is going to such a deserving cause.

Well, of course we had to go and research the name Arabella, and we now understand Jenny’s words:

The meaning of the name Arabella is derived from the Latin word ‘orabilis’ meaning “Yielding to Prayer,” “Answer to a Prayer,” or “Invokable in Prayer.”  It is also believed to mean “Beautiful Altar

As Cher said, “Sometimes things happen for a reason and ours not to question why.”

All that is left for us to say is “Welcome, Arabella” and “Thank you Jenny for the obvious time, effort and love that went into your work and for your generous donation” and “Thank You, Cher for facilitating everything.”

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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