Graphium sarpedon = Common Bluebottle/= Blue Triangle
Vergleich: Siehe: Schmetterlinge
Throughout history, the butterfly has been a symbol of death, rebirth, transformation, fertility and femininity. In Greek, the word for “psyche” means both “soul” and “butterfly”, and butterflies have been seen as souls of the dead all around the world from Europe to Africa, Mexico and Japan. Thanatos, the Greek god of death, carried
by a butterfly (Aztec)
Goddess of love and death - Xochiquetzal. In Aboriginal myth, butterflies showed the mystery of death and transformation into new form.
This remedy was made from a live Blue Triangle butterfly using a radionics box (Master Module M4.1, Prue Instruments). It was quite important to me that the butterfly was not killed in this process, as I wanted to capture the living energy of the butterfly, and looking back I feel that this may be why the remedy packed quite a punch. The proving group ran the remedy up by hand from the original alcohol preparation to the 30th potency (not knowing what it was), and then pills were medicated and handed out. A range of potencies were used in the proving - the full methodology is described in the book.
The Blue Triangle butterfly (Graphium sarpedon choredon) is common along the East coast of Australia, feeding mainly on Camphor. As a caterpillar, it puts out a camphor-like smell as a warning when threatened. Compared to more fluttery butterflies, it looks like it is flying in fast forward, and has a very pointed, directed flight - it seems to know exactly where it is going. Ideally, the adult butterfly lives 4 - 6 weeks. Like all butterflies, the Blue Triangle goes through a series of transformations in its life. As a caterpillar it eats and grows, shedding its skin six times. Then it hangs upside down harnessed by a few strands of silk, and begins to liquefy in some quite nauseating (to watch) spasms, which shed the final skin leaving a hardened chrysalis underneath. The alchemy has begun, the base metal of the caterpillar has shut down externally so that internal change may occur to form the butterfly, the inherent ‘gold’. Interestingly, the word “chrysalis” comes from the Latin “chrysos” meaning “gold”, and butterfly collectors used to call themselves “aurelians” (= gold).
As the caterpillar cells die and putrefy, special cells join together to release the butterfly DNA. Nothing is lost, but all is put together differently, transformed - a potent
symbol of the possibilities and potentials that we all contain. This often involves going deep into the underworld, to die to the world for a time in a pupation stage.
The transformation process in life is often not an easy one, especially when we are attached to the old in our lives. But without ‘liquefying’ the old, the new cells cannot
create their new form. Faith, courage and continual surrender may be needed at these times so we can stay open even without knowing what the future holds. It may be
at these times of change and letting go, that the butterfly as a remedy is most pertinent.
Pupation lasts 2-6 weeks depending on temperature - if it is too cold it may stay like this all winter until it is warm enough to hatch into its new form, the butterfly.
Peace, calm; stillness, awareness, being in the moment; acceptance.
I was amazed that the remedy brought complete stillness in my mind. 01, 6c. (Prover, potency)
Woke early and my mind was really still (never happens to me). 03, 200c.
Doing things that are all signs of coming back to the moment and myself. 04, 200c.
Having tiny flashes of being in the here and now, and that my actions have a meaning, a purpose, a wholeness, not just scattered actions here and there. 06, 1M.
In meditation, went immediately deep into my body, I was fully aware of sensation. 09, 30c.
Feel much more peaceful, haven’t felt this peaceful for a very long time. 06, 1M.
More calmness and peace in my body since taking this remedy. 08, 30c.
Have had more lightness and peace since taking the remedy. 10, 30c.
I’ve surrendered and accepted what’s going on around me finally, the reality of the situation has clicked in. 03, 200c.
Feel strong, happier to go with the flow. I have really accepted something about myself. I’m accepting the here and now and am just happy to be, more accepting of
the moment. 06, 1M.
Alone and quiet vs. social
Desire to be alone, enjoying and feeling nurtured by doing this.
Desire to wrap up, be cosy and quiet.
Very social, enjoying company.
Feeling more connected to people.
Clear mind vs. restless, obsessive mind
Clearness and sharpness of mind.
Great focus and concentration.
Restless and distracted.
Neurotic, desire to run away.
Obsessed with themselves and own health.
Awareness of a higher meaning or power; synchronicity; receiving guidance.
Whatever I’ve been thinking has almost happened straight away, lots of synchronicity things happening. 03, 200c.
Dreamt of a Holden. When I woke I saw the car, same colour and everything.06, 1M.
Connections in my daily life with things in my dreams. Felt it was a confirmation that I’m in the right place and doing the right thing. 08, 30c.
There’s been a little leap, totally not of my volition, feels like it’s from some where else. While taking remedy it felt like something was helping me, subtle but profound,
like someone just flicked a switch and I got this surge of energy and strength. 06, 1M.
Usually very overwhelmed by my business responsibilities, but yesterday afternoon it just switched, like some little angel came in and swept the energy around and
said to me ‘you are going to be so busy now’. 10, 30c.
Seeing the problems around me now as a gift at times, seeing them as a push from the universe to do something better living-wise. 03, 200c
Feel everything has a meaning, that even the small things, like passing moments with strangers, are significant. 06, 1M.
I am trusting my intuition more, learning to let the impulses get stronger. 08, 30c.
From clearing out old papers, moving house, to changes in relationships, and letting go of old habits, provers seemed to find themselves ending cycles and moving on
to new ones in different areas of their lives.
Desire to change.
Ready to move on and forward.
Making firm decisions to change.
And with this: letting go, grief, sadness, cleansing, clearing out the old.
Being true to self, boundaries
Most provers experienced feeling they had stronger boundaries:
Feeling strong in self, standing up for self, more assertive.
Not trying to please others or society so much. Speaking own truth.
Being true to self rather than sacrificing or martyring and then resenting it.
Feeling more objective and able to detach from others, not taking things personally.
Not getting caught up in negativity within themselves or others.
Seeing through layers of denial, image or expectations to the truth underneath.
Finding myself more objective with mum, not so wrapped up in her situation, and able
to be firm with her and give practical advice, looking more at the real issue. 06, 1M.
Learning to trust my own truth and say ‘no, actually that’s not me, I know best for
me’ and not taking on others’ stuff where normally I would have. 03, 200c
Feel I have stronger boundaries, more able to speak up and be true to myself, being more assertive and firm, not doing things just to please people anymore. 06, 1M.
Seeing issues standing up for myself and in setting boundaries. Learning to not allow others’ projections to land on me but to reflect them back, not so affected by
those around me. 08, 30c.
Really resolved a situation about not letting people walk over me. Got more assertive around this and felt like I really cut through it. 11, 30c.
Seeing how society gets you to do what they want by calling you selfish if you do your own thing and don’t fulfill the obligation to make those around you happy.
Need to be true to ourselves. Too often we are saying ‘yes’ when we mean ‘no’. 09, 30c.
I spoke my truth with a friend finally, not covering up anymore like I have done my whole life. 08, 30c
Like a reality check, a level of denial has lifted, the outside world won’t change, so I can only change my own direction. I am ready to see the reality of the situation
and to follow through with that. 03, 200c.
Remedy has helped me to tune into the part of me that knows when people are being truthful. 03, 200c.
Have become aware of the difference between reality - a knowing, honesty and truth, versus the story we put out, following society to fit in, being acceptable
through a story or an image. Am seeing things on a deeper level, not just at face value. 08, 30c.
In the proving, many noted fatigue, feeling quiet, slowing down, and heaviness in body. Tired, drained, low energy, drowsiness, apathy, and meaninglessness.
Perhaps these are symptoms of going into a pupation, wanting to make a change in our lives that forces us to go within and be internal for a time of inner processing.
This may appear nothing on the outside, especially in a world that places much emphasis on achieving in a more external way, but much is going on within, quality
sleep is very healing.
One prover had had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for a number of years, and during the proving started to recover. She felt that this came from gaining perspective
and understanding of how and why she had it and how she needed to change. Now, one year later, she feels she has totally come out of her chronic fatigue.
On the other side of this: high energy, enthusiasm, and increased libido - like the butterfly that never seems to stop moving. But we may need the quiet internal times
of pupation first - to be still and centred, and then can come out and be a social butterfly.
Sleepiness, deep sleeps, and difficulty waking in morning all played a part in the proving, as did interrupted sleep, sleeplessness, and restless sleep. Most provers had vivid, colourful, memorable dreams, some connected to daily life. (The Blackfoot Indians believed that butterflies bring dreams and visions during sleep).
Case: Male, age 52. Not sleeping properly for last three years. Wakes 3 or 4 h., and can’t sleep again until dawn. Agitated, random thoughts of odd things, mind flitting all over the place. Then when it gets light can sleep again, but have to get up, so feels haggard in the morning, not wanting to get up. I was dreading going to sleep each night.
Graphium sarpedon 30c.
Now I am sleeping through the night. Feel much more refreshed in the morning than I have done in years. Have also started recalling my dreams, which I haven’t done in
ages. My energy levels have improved, and my temper is better too, I am more at ease.
This remedy has been great for hot flushes in menopause (‘the change of life’). Three provers experienced relief from their hot flushes, some for quite a long time afterwards, depending on how much they took (some aggravated first). This has been clarified with a number of cases since the proving.
Case: Woman, age 54. Hot flushes, day or night, last a minute or two, may wake bathed in sweat. < head, shoulders and back. Perspiration on forehead and between
shoulder blades at worst. Very debilitating, just want to peel off clothes, get outside in the cool. Also an overwhelming, urgent desire to escape and get away from
whatever she is doing at the time. On HRT for awhile, but whenever stopped it, the hot flushes came back within a day or two and were so bad she would go back on
it each time.
3/10/05. One dose Graphium sarpedon 30c for three days, and stopped HRT cold turkey (her decision). 11/10/05. Has had no flushes. Feel warmer in general than before, but not too bad.
January 06. Had the occasional flush but so mild they don’t bother me anymore.
Nose blocked, runny, sneezing.
Eyes watery and itchy.
Throat sore, raw, burning, swollen, hard to swallow, constricted.
Hoarse, croaky voice.
Dry, tickling cough, paroxysmal coughing, retching cough, worse after dinner, coughs up green phlegm.
Chest constricted, heavy, painful.
Symptoms accompanied by: Headache (morning).
Nausea or discomfort in stomach, belching.
Case: Boy, age 5 ½.
Feels sick in tummy, then fever, sore throat, lethargic, weak legs, cold all over, couldn’t get warm, headache, phlegmy barking cough in throat.
Graphium sarpedon 30c, one dose. He perked up straight away, felt better immediately, energy came back. No further doses. Two days later, all symptoms gone,
energy back, feels better.
Female, age 53. Cough that lingers for months. Tickling, suffocative, deep, irritating, catches in throat, with dryness. Had it for over a month, after getting exhausted
from travelling and cold exposure, but no cold with it this time. < talking, cold air, fatigue, > lying down, hot drinks. Bothers her all day until sleeps. Very fatiguing
sort of cough, with diminished appetite.
Two doses of Graphium sarpedon 30c over two days. Cough disappeared, have tried lots of other remedies and nothing really got it before. My libido also increased
and my vaginal dryness cleared up, my juices came back! Also felt my energy coming back in the evening, normally fades and doesn’t return so go to bed. Feel I’m overcoming the habits of my everyday life. Have definitely increased my creativity output, always having creative visions, but now I’m bringing them down to earth – networking happening around them and being supported in the world to bring them
down into reality. All these ideas I’ve had over the last few years are finally coming together since taking remedy. Dream soon after taking the remedy – I made peace
with a previous partner (which I hadn’t been able to do, it was an unresolved relationship in my life). Felt like the dream was a completion and a letting go of the
There was a marked action on the stomach and digestion in the proving:
Discomfort, emptiness in stomach with desire to eat, but < after eating.
Nausea, fullness, bloating, anxiety, indigestion, acid stomach, lots of belching, gurgling in tummy.
Vomiting, retching, continual retching, especially at night (from 23 h.), with belching, acidity.
Heaviness and nausea, after eating.
Appetite increased, wants to eat constantly.
Desires cheese, dairy, bread and butter, apples, healthy things, sweets.
Averse to avocados, mayonnaise.
Stools more frequent.
Case: Female, age 28. Headache through night, a little better in morning, but then worse after meditating. Nausea and diarrhoea from the pain, cramped up and went to bed. Pain was an intense pressure in head, left sided, worse around eye, occiput and temples, going into shoulders and neck.
Graphium sarpedon 6c one dose. Calmed down and went to sleep, had a dream. When I woke again I felt nice, my headache was still there but I felt calmer and more able to deal with it, the nausea was gone and I felt hungry.
One month later: Headache during day. At around 23 h. started retching and eventually vomited. Better after vomiting. Wide awake, couldn’t sleep, though body was dead, exhausted. An hour later started retching and vomiting again, and again, and again, continual.
Graphium sarpedon 6c. Nausea passed off each time, no more vomiting or retching.
Headaches (morning on waking); with flu; left sided; with nausea.
Case: Woman, age 47. Left sided headaches a lot recently, stabbing, tightness, when stressed or can’t control situation. Menopausal, just the rare hot flush. Pain in little fingers on left side. Tired a lot, achy body.
Graphium sarpedon 30c 1x daily. A week later: no headaches. Got first period in 6 months. Sleeping more during day, feels nurturing to do this. Feel achy like I’m going to get a flu, more localised in the morning. Have more clarity. Feel more strength in my self and my identity. Seeing how I pick up thoughts of others and am weighed down by that, and how I’m unable to say no to people, have more clarity around that. It’s like something - a healing energy, is trying to make a change in me and go back to how I was before (clearer, happier, positive), as have been quite down for the last year.
Woman. Left sided migraines with nausea every day for the last few weeks since selling business. Trying to lose weight, lost 10kg. Termination a year ago, lots of guilt and grief around that, put on weight since then. Just bought a house and sold the business, planning to start a family. Selling the business strained friendship, migraines since then.
Graphium sarpedon 30c. No more headaches. 6 months later, still no migraines.
Sides, both, changing. Right sided symptoms. Left sided symptoms.
< waking/at night;
Heat, sensation of.
This remedy may be best taken by those who want or feel ready to make a change in their lives, ‘to step up to the next level’ as one person put it. Or for those going through
a change and not quite coping with it - stuck in the limbo of pupation where they are not quite able to make the change (maybe chronic fatigue). Or for those who are finding
it difficult to let go of something. It may become relevant during pregnancy (morning sickness), menopause, and any growth stages in life. Perhaps it is during times of change and new growth that we’re most likely to get influenza, where a letting go or clearing needs to happen.
It may be thought of for those flighty, social beings who don’t give themselves enough quiet time alone, and who give so much of their own energy away to others.
They take on other peoples’ problems easily without realising, and then suffer from this. A number of people who have taken this remedy started bringing their ideas into the world and reality, taking the steps necessary to move forward in their process.
So it may be useful for those who can’t ground themselves or their projects - for the intellectual who is full of ideas that never get put into action (butterflies are always ‘up in the air’).
Or the scattered, dispersed, and restless, who desire to run away - it may help bring them back to the moment, to peace, stillness and what really matters.
The Blue Triangle butterfly seems to somehow allow a peace of mind and acceptance of present circumstance, from which a detached, bird’s eye perspective comes.
From this viewpoint, there is a recognition of what is really going on beyond our normally limited sphere of vision. This included becoming aware of often in-built family (genetic) or social patterns that we move in (usually more out of habit or unconsciousness, than choice). Becoming conscious of these things allows us to decide to move
out of them, rather than continuing to act them out unconsciously.
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