The following information has been pulled from various sources via the internet. After, the break is my own personal perspective of Turtle and its medicine.
The turtle and ancient wisdom of the Earth
The American continent is referred to as “Turtle Island” in the Native American folklore. It is said that the Turtle carried the weight of the land of that continent on her back. This image is also present in Hindu and Chinese cultures, where the turtle is the animal carrying Mother Earth and holding the world in balance.
Having the turtle as totem means that you have an affinity with the ancient wisdom of the earth. You are naturally tuned into the elements, land, plants, people and animals. You carry your home on your back figuratively speaking and feel at ease wherever you are.
The turtle totem and determination
The wisdom of the turtle totem teaches us about determination and staying strong despite obstacles or distractions. This animal encourages those who have it as totem to listen deeply to their guidance and trust their path no matter what.
It is a great helper for those who need to provide a steady effort and persistence. You can call on the wisdom of the turtle when you need help to sustain your efforts and succeed in a long-lasting endeavor. By analogy with the biological attributes of this animal characterized by a long life, this spirit animal is also associated with longevity.
If you have the turtle as spirit animal, you may be inclined to base your decisions on a deliberate process of reviews and considerations. It may sometimes take you longer than most to make your move, but the results tend to be long-lasting and solid.
The turtle and the way of peace
The turtle represents the way of peace – whether it’s external or internal. It is considered as the Peace-Maker in Native American traditions. This animal is also often associated with the feminine principle or feminine energy, which foster peace and harmony with all things.
Being inspired by the wisdom of the turtle totem, you can slow down when you feel you are getting overwhelmed by a situation or emotions and rest to gain a more grounded perspective. This spirit guide can assist you in taking time for yourself to better integrate all the aspects of a given situation or issue.
Dreaming About Turtles
Turtles are known for taking it slow……real slow! If turtle shows up in your dreams, it may be telling you it’s time to slow down for a while. Are you moving too fast? Pushing too hard?
The turtle also has a hard shell that it retreats into when presented with danger. If your dream turtle is hiding in its shell, it could be a warning that danger is approaching. However it could also be a message about coming out of your shell. In what ways have you been hiding? It may very well be time for you to come out and share your gifts with the world!
Do you feel impatient?
Are you trying to rush plans or dreams along? This spirit understands that it takes time to accomplish its goals. When sea turtles reproduce they must swim to the sandy shores where they were hatched, once there they dig massive burrows where they lay their eggs, afterwards they cover the eggs with sand and debris. Once the eggs are laid and covered the turtles leave – trusting their hard work will result in the next generation. If you’ve done your part trust in the process.
Has your world been turned upside down?
Are you struggling to find “normal”? If a turtle happens to be flipped over onto its rounded shell it can be difficult or even impossible for it to turn over. If you’re in a position where you feel like you’re flipped over slow down and take care to try and right yourself. It may take time and strenuous energy – spend time in meditation to find where you went wrong – seek connection with the earth to help you become grounded again.
Are you dealing with emotional wounds?
While a turtles rounded shell is tough and as strong as armor on the inside turtles are delicate. Turtle spirit people appear to have an impenetrable shell when in reality they can be emotional and sensitive. The turtle totem is telling you to take care of your delicate self inside of the shell.
Have you reached a point in life where you feel exhausted?
In the wild sea turtles travel great distances for food, mating and egg laying. If you’ve reached the point of complete exhaustion the turtle totem is telling you to slow down. Yes, life is a great journey and you have a lot of responsibilities – the turtle understands this and instead of giving up in its wisdom it paces itself. It also utilizes strong currents to help conserve energy. Try pacing yourself and seek currents or natural rhythms in life to help carry you to your destinations.
I believe that Turtle has presented itself because I am at place where I need to remember to ground. I need to appreciate patience and meditate more. That I need to call upon my spirit guides, ancestors and allies. I need to slow down and listen. When a person is open to being assisted by Pachamama and her allies and with humility asks for them to appear and assist, they will. Be open and find gratitude in everything you do.