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TORTOISE AND TURTLE MEDICINE
*Note: there are subtle differences
between Tortoise and Turtles. In definition both are often
addressed together so you should continue your search under
either name. Earthwalker requested
this information so here you go, my friend.
Sea Turtle/Ted Andrews/Animal-Wise:
Marine or sea turtles -- 5 main types: two most common and larger
being the leatherback and
loggerhead. If sea turtle has appeared we can expect success
and achievement if we persevere.
Our progress in things creative will become smoother. We will
encounter much less resistance to
our efforts. Goals will be attained. The worst is over and as
long as we maintain our courage and
persistence, we will shortly succeed. A powerful signal that
the future looks very good in all
endeavors, especially business.
All shore areas and beaches are doorways between the human world
and the spirit world, the
Faerie realm in particular. The sea turtle is especially the
keeper of the doors between
dimensions, and its appearance heralds a time of new wonders
and rewards if we maintain
courage. New dimensions are opening for us.
The survival skills and strategies of sea turtles are amazing.
They have acute hearing, and they
sense subtle vibrations in the water through their skin and
shell. The appearance of sea turtle
reflects a heightening of our senses, and they remind us to
trust our senses in our pursuits. If we
do, we will be rewarded. They rarely come ashore. Although graceful
in the water, they are very
clumsy on land. If it shows up we should examine whether we
are trying to accomplish and
achieve in an environment that is not suitable for us. We may
be out of our element and need to
look for more suitable surroundings.
They do come ashore to lay eggs and remind us that we are living
in a creative environment. But
there must be a practical expression of that creativity. It
alerts us to find a balance between
creativity and practicality. Both aspects have to be considered
if we are to be productive. We
must plan more carefully and be patient. They lay dozens of
eggs at a time so that some will
survive the high rate of predation. It warns that we may be
relying too strongly on one or two
possibilities. We need to expand and increase our productivity.
Ask: Are we persisting in our efforts? Are we allowing minor
setbacks to prevent further efforts?
Do we need to act with more courage? Are we not hearing and
sensing what we should about our
endeavors? Have we taken on too much? Not enough? Are we trying
to accomplish too much at
once? Are we giving up too easily? Are we afraid to come ashore
and give birth to that which we desire?
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams
A tortoise that withdraws into its shell is protecting itself
and asking you: From what do you feel
the need to hide? In Chinese and Hindu mythology, the tortoise
carries the world on its back, and
personifies endurance. What burdens are you carrying for which
you need support? In Taoism,
this is the symbol of cosmic and prophetic power. As such, a
tortoise appearing in your dream
may presage some positive spiritual developments. The Japanese
believe it is a messenger from
the gods of the sea, which equates to a bulletin from your subconscious,
intuitive self. Watch and
The world that the Native American tribes knew existed on the
back of a great turtle. All of
North America, including Canada and Mexico, constitute that
landmass that traditional Native
Americans still refer to as Turtle Island. The Native Americans
were not alone in awarding the
honor of bearing the weight of the Earth Mother to the turtle,
for both the Chinese and the Hindu
cultures also award Brother Tortoise the task of balancing the
globe on his back.
The turtle is the animal totem that represents peace on the
earthwalk. As Grandmother Twylah
explained it, "The turtle rattle is emblematic of peace
of mind, and it is used in the dances to help
portray happiness. Peace is a state of mind. It can be attained
through daily learning experiences.
We must learn and understand how to walk in balance on the Pathway
In china, and among a number of African tribes, the turtle is
emblematic of the female principle.
At the same time, the Chinese saw the turtle, with its hard
shell, as the perfect totem animal of
the invincible warrior. Conversely, among the Aztecs, the turtle
was symbolic of the braggart
and coward, who talks tough, but has a soft underbelly. In numerous
cultures the turtle is a
symbol of longevity.
In certain metaphysical thought systems, the turtle represents
the slowly developing aspects of
physical evolution in contrast to a rapid burst of spiritual
evolution, as might be symbolized by
an eagle or hawk. If the turtle is the animal totem it is a
spirit helper that will greatly assist you in
a profound study of the ancient wisdom. It may well be that
you have needed steady persistence
to guide you in your spiritual search and to temper your impatience
and your tendency to require
instant reinforcement. It may be Turtle's job to help you become
more grounded. This spirit
helper can also bring stability to weakened relationships and
help you to bolster a family life that
may have begun to deteriorate. Ask Turtle to help you form a
true respect for the Earth Mother
and a renewed appreciation of the feminine principle.
Bobby Lake-Thom/Spirits of the Earth
Turtles of all kinds, both water and land, are good signs and
very good powers. The Turtle is
considered very sacred to most Native American tribal cultures.
The Turtle is a healer and
protector. It can grant long life, wisdom, and good health.
Our elders tell us never to eat Turtle
because doing so can bring bad luck and sickness. Turtle shells
are made into dance regalia, and
some whole Turtles sacrifice themselves to be used as a power
rattle in healing. If a Turtle comes
at a time when someone is sick, then it usually is assured that
the person will get well and live a
long time. But you must make good prayers and wishes to the
Turtle at that time in order for the
luck to have a better chance of happening. Otherwise it just
might take longer to happen.
*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick
The tortoise can be land-dwelling or land -living pond chelonian
and a vegetarian. Tortoises are
members of the family Testudinidae, which have unwebbed feet
with stubby toes. The hind feet
are often elephant-like. They have a plated nose and a high-domed
shell. They vary greatly in
their shapes and colors.
Turtles are reptiles, Testudinata or Chelonia. There remain
about 300 species in 12 families.
They tend to spend their time in and around water. They are
slow-moving and have tough, horny
shells protecting their bodies. Turtles have powerful jaws with
sharp-edged horny ridges instead
of teeth. All tortoises and turtles breathe air and deposit
their eggs in holes in the earth.
To the Hindus, the tortoise is a lunar creature. Their myths
tell of a giant tortoise upon whose
back stands an elephant who in turn supports the world. It is
also a creature of Prajapati, the
Creator, who was also called the Lord of Creatures. The Chinese
also believed that the tortoise
supported the world, and was an attendant of the world-architect
P'an Ku. This creature
symbolized strength, endurance, and long life, and was called
the Black Warrior. Other Chinese
deities were connected with the tortoise, such as Wu Hsien,
called the Transcendent Tortoise,
and Hsi Wang-Mu, Golden Mother of the Tortoise.
In Japanese legend, the Cosmic Mountains were said to be supported
by a tortoise. Among the
Ainu of Japan, however, this creature was associated with the
god of the sea and was considered
to be his messenger. In Arcadia, the tortoise was connected
with the god Pan, while in Greece
and Rome it was a companion of Aphrodite/Venus and Hermes/Mercury.
It was sacred to EaOannes
in Sumeria. To the people of West Africa the tortoise symbolized
feminine power and
fertility. The Nigerians say the turtle represents the female
The images of turtles appear on Mayan stelae but we do not know
much about their symbolism
in that culture. To the Aztecs, this creature signified treachery
and cowardly but boastful people.
Native Americans associate the turtle with the Elements of Earth
and Water. It symbolizes the
energy of the Goddess, the give-and-take cycle necessary for
productive life. Its shell is a
physical shield and, therefore, a psychic and spiritual shield.
The turtle symbolized material
existence or the massa confusa in alchemy. It represented natural
evolution, slow and
Superstitions: The tortoise protects itself from venomous snake
bites by eating marjoram. If the
right foot of a tortoise is carried on a ship, that ship will
not be able to move very fast.
Magickal Attributes: Patience, long life, perseverance. Slow
down; enjoy life more; allow your
ideas time to develop properly. Visualize the shell as a spiritual
shield to protect yourself from
the negative thoughts of others. Learning to relax and enjoy
life. Developing new ideas.
Psychically protecting yourself.
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Turtle pertains to a fear of facing responsibility or reality.
*Zolar/Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions:
Throughout the ages, the tortoise has been held a symbol of
longevity, stability, and immortality.
To kill a tortoise is said an ill omen. Tortoise shell bracelets
are thought to protect one against
evil. Among Native American Indians, legend has it that a muskrat
brought up mud that led to
the creation of the world, and a turtle holds it steady on his
back. A turtle causes thunder,
according to the Pueblo Indians. Rattles of turtle shells are
used to retain some of its mystical
qualities. Turtle oil has long been advocated for its pain-reducing
qualities and for producing
longevity. One is said able to relieve gout by hanging a tortoise's
foot on the foot of the ill
person--right for right, and left for left.
Denise Linn/Secret Language of Signs:
Native Americans--the legend goes that once there was only water
and there wasn't anywhere
that people could live. Turtle made a very great sacrifice and
let everyone live on her back. Thus
she became the spirit keeper of the earth. When Native Americans
enter into the darkness of a
covered dome structure for the sacred purification ceremony
of the sweat lodge, they believe
they are entering into the turtle, into the very essence of
the Mother Earth. It is a time of spiritual
death and rebirth.
A sign of slow but steady progress toward reaching a goal, or
completion through diligence. A
turtle pulls into its shell when frightened. This sign may signify
a wish to withdraw from a
problem or a need to go withdraw and go inward to gather forces.
Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/Dreamer's Dictionary:
These strange creatures are a symbol of frustrated ambition
due to hidden hostility; if you
persevere, you may dispel the opposition; however, if, after
a reasonable time, the obstacle
remains, you should reassess the position with an eye to altering
your aim or your approach to it.
By Jamie Sams and David Carson from Medicine Cards
Turtle: MOTHER EARTH
Turtle . . . Great Mother,
Feed my spirit,
Clothe my heart,
That I may serve you too.
In Native American teachings, Turtle is the oldest symbol for
planet Earth. It is the
personification of goddess energy, and the eternal Mother from
which our lives evolve. We are
born of the womb of Earth, and to her soil our bodies will return.
In honoring the Earth, we are
asked by Turtle to be mindful of the cycle of give and take,
to give back to the Mother as she has
given to us.
Turtle has a shell which is similar to the protection that Earth
has employed for centuries as her
body has been defiled. Mother Earth's protection has come in
the form of Earth changes, new
plant growth, the creation of new land masses by volcanoes,
and climate alterations. Like Turtle,
you also have shields that protect you from hurt, envy, jealousy,
and the unconsciousness of
others. Turtle teaches you, through its habit patterns, how
to use protection. If you are bothered
by the actions or words of others, it is time to go inside yourself
and honor your feelings. If you
are attacked, it is time to give a warning snap.
If you have chosen the Turtle symbol, you are being asked to
honor the creative source within
you, to be grounded to the Earth, and to observe your situation
with motherly compassion. Use
the water and earth energies, which represent Turtle's two homes,
to flow harmoniously with
your situation and to place your feet firmly on the ground in
a power stance.
Turtle is a fine teacher of the art of grounding. You may even
be able to overcome some of your
"space cadet" tendencies if you align with Turtle
medicine. In learning to ground, you are
placing focus on your thoughts and actions and slowing to a
pace that assures completion.
Turtle warns of the dangers of "pushing the river,"
as evidenced by the plodding pace it keeps.
The corn that is harvested before its time is not yet full.
However if it is given the chance to
develop at its own rate, in its own season, its sweetness will
be shared by all.
Turtle buries its thoughts, like its eggs, in the sand, and
allows the Sun to hatch the little ones.
This teaches you to develop your ideas before bringing them
out in the light. Look at the old
fable of the tortoise and the hare, and decide for yourself
whether or not you would like to align
with Turtle. Bigger, stronger, and faster are not always the
best ways to get to a goal. When you
arrive, you may be asked where you've been and you may not be
able to remember. In that case,
arriving prematurely can make you feel very immature.
If you draw the Turtle card, it augurs a time of connecting
with the power of Earth and the
Mother-Goddess within. This is a reminder of the ally you have
in Mother Earth. It does not
matter what situation you have created: ask her for assistance,
and abundance will follow.
Pulling the Turtle card in the reverse means that Mother Earth
is calling you to reconnect in
some way. If you have become flippant and forgotten to place
waste in its proper place instead of
throwing it out the car window, she is calling. If you have
been struggling financially or have
little to eat, or if you have desired a child and see no pregnancy
in the near future, she is your
medicine ~ use it. You are not alone . . . ever. You are a child
of Earth. All acts of pleasure, joy,
and abundance are given by the Mother of the creative force.
Use her energy to aid you, and you
will be healed enough to share that energy with others.
The idea of a Turtle helplessly trying to right itself after
it has been flipped upside down can also
symbolize contrary Turtle. You are not a victim, and you are
not helpless, no matter how much it
may seem like this is the case in your present situation. To
right the ill-dignified Turtle, you need
only list the things you are grateful for, and from that grateful
place in your heart, look for the
abundance of alternatives that Mother Earth gives.
Medicine open for discussion. *S*
Cinnamon, Thank you so much for the information about the Sea
Tortoise. Like all of the animals, birds,
reptiles tree and stones they each become very special and have
a personality of their own. The Whale,
Orca, and Tortoise I usually see as part of saying good morning.
I can typically gauge the day based on
their reactions. When all is in balance the three of them are
swimming in the gentle waters and surf. Often
the tortoise will come and take hold of my left wrist suggesting
to watch the pulse of the day. When she
doesn't come out of her shell I kow it is a day to keep my big
mouth quiet. Sometimes it is just nice to sit
with her and feel a slower pulse to life. These turtles are
ancient and have not become extinct as many
other have. She seems to teach survival skills when burdens
maybe around. I like her a lot. She has helped
me a great deal with feeling as well. Her neck skin has a different
feel to it. Its not like that of the whales
it is so much more pliable but also rugged. She helps one learn
to swim since she has four limbs as do we.
I also like her since she has a sense of humor, she is awkward
on land and knows it but never-the-less
goes there. Yet she is not self-conscious and completely accepting
of her environment; she seems to
exemplify acceptance and that carries over into my day. Thank
you again for all of the information
You're welcome and thanks for sharing your insights too. I like
the part about acceptance, especially with
the pace of life, we are all so impatient aren't we?
I absolutely love sea turtles. She carries the world on her
back, and her home is where ever she
happens to be. She teaches me about what's really important
to me, and what can be left behind.
On a personal note, I was in Maui 8 years ago. While snorkeling
off a ship, these sea turtles came
up to us and swam all around me. It was an amazing feeling!
Other people would try to get close
to them, and off they'd glide, but they seemed interested in
me, and stuck close for about 10
minutes or so. Truly beautiful! But this quote:
All shore areas and beaches are doorways between the human
world and the spirit world, the
Faerie realm in particular. The sea turtle is especially the
keeper of the doors between
Made me think of my daughter, since she has a strong relationship
with the Fae, and I came
home from this trip newly pregnant with her. I wonder if they
knew? I suspect they did, and were
Katt, Do you know if Alyssa has Turtle/Tortoise Medicine? Does
she have a strong interest in them or talk
about them at all? It sure sounds like they liked you and I
can imagine they were welcoming her. Perhaps
the link of the feminine energies (motherhood) was what they
sensed. Have you had any further
encounters with them, either in journey work, visions, or dreams?
If not they may have been more for
Alyssa as you suspect. How excited does she get when she sees
them at the zoo or an aquarium? I know
she loves the Fae, and yes, shorelines, like forest edges, are
border realms where dimensional shifts are
Katt, What an absolutely beautiful experience. It is such a
wonderful gift when an animal in the wild is
somehow drawn to you. Thank you for sharing it!
She likes them, but I'm not sure if it's because mommy has some
representatives of them in the house.
*grins* I've worked quite a bit with turtle in the past, not
much in the last two years or so. Hmm...may be
time to start working with her again.
I was first introduced to a large sea turtle a few weeks ago
during the first journey I'd had in
months. He appeared at the mouth of the cave and I found myself
riding him.... he was large and
green. Strangely I was surprised that it wasn't a desert tortoise
since I live in the desert, but I
guess totems don't discriminate by location. He took me to the
underground tunnels of the large
dam where I work, and told me that there was a lot of pain in
those rock walls.
Since then, I've been coming across images of turtle just about
everywhere I go. And a couple of
nights ago, when I was extremely distressed about a situation,
I dreamt that I was being
presented with an award from the manager of the dam. The gift
was a large green turtle,
"wrapped" between two sheets of brown paper but his
legs and head were sticking out. I took
him lovingly and hugged him to my chest... I couldn't wait to
get home with him.
Sounds like you have a very special new friend, Sally. Good
for you, and I hope the information in this
thread is helpful to understanding how to work with him. Ask
if you need help and we'll do what we can.
Cinnamon, this hit me like a ton of bricks as soon as I read
it: If sea turtle has appeared we can
expect success and achievement if we persevere. Our progress
in things creative will become
smoother. We will encounter much less resistance to our efforts.
Goals will be attained. The
worst is over and as long as we maintain our courage and persistence,
we will shortly succeed. A
powerful signal that the future looks very good in all endeavors,
A year ago, I took a job that was technologically and economically
less that what I'd been doing.
It's been frustrating to try and move up to where I'd been before
my freelance work dried up. I
was getting impatient and was (and still am) thinking of looking
elsewhere for employment or
going back to freelance work. The very day I chose to read this
thread, I'd just had a meeting
with the IT Director, who told me that it's her plan (and management's)
to eventually move me to
the career of my choice (I'm a webmaster, a technical writer,
and I do a little database
development). Then I logged on here and read something about
sea turtle that I hadn't already
read. Pretty cool, huh?
It sure is Sally, and it never ceases to amaze me how our Guides
can steer us to just the right things to
turn our lights on so we can see where we're going. It may not
be the whole road lighting up ahead of us,
it can be pretty dark out there, but we do get headlights to
find our way. I'm glad this was a good one for
Elemental Chief: Earth
Elemental Totem: Turtle
Birth Totems within Turtle Clan: Beaver, Bear, Goose
Keywords: Cautious, Industrious, Dependable, Stubborn
Turtle Clan individuals are the Clan which prepares the soil
for planting. You will remember
form the Hawk Clan that they are the trailblazers, the scouts
of the clans that envision the land.
Now the Turtle Clan follows and tills the earth to prepare it
for the planting of all that is Good.
As such, these souls focus on the tasks at hand with the determination
and perseverance of one
with a true Mission. They have been instilled with a desire
to connect to Earth Mother and to
assist Her in the process of creating Life.
In Earth Medicine, the Earth Mother is represented by the Turtle,
as the provider of all Life.
Think of Sister Turtle as she walks along at a slow, yet steady
pace. She has no worry of shelter,
for she carriers her home upon her back. She has no concern
of how fast she is traversing the
Path, as she knows that she will arrive where she is going exactly
when she is meant to. She
doesn't fear attack from predators as she knows that the armor
like covering of her shell will
protect her from all threats. This is the Blessing of being
born of the Turtle.
The challenge for one who is a member of the Turtle Clan, is
to come to understand the Wisdom
to be had in going Within in order to absorb the lessons they
are faced with. Yet, these lessons
may instead be seen by a Turtle, as an irritating obstacle to
be ploughed through, instead of as a
lesson to be resolved. Yet every obstacle, in point of fact,
is merely another step along the Soul's
Path to be acknowledged and absorbed, rather than ignored in
the stubborn resolution to
complete the Journey. When Turtle Soul raises her head into
the warm light of awareness and
operates from quiet perseverance, tempered with reflection,
then She/He has attained the true gift
of having been born of the Turtle Clan.
I had mentioned in a thread that the underside of the turtle
rattle seems to be what I have seen most often.
However, I have not been very successful in finding a possible
meaning. After finding Beethoven, my son
wanted to still go on vacation so we went to the Maine coast
for a few days. I was looking for a book to
read and pick up one called the Book of Herbal Wisdom by Matthew
Wood. In the chapter on Herbalism
and Dreamtime, I happened upon this section. Since Turtle is
with SL I thought I would share it here
although it can be placed under the thread on tortoise /turtle
rattles if anyone has a preference.
Mathew Woods writes o page 14 of this book that Turtle
Medicine is very powerful. The old people say
that the lessons of the Medicine Lodge are inscribed on the
back of a turtle shell. Everything there is to
know is already there to be seen on the shell before anyone
is initiated into the society. Let us pick up
the shell and look at it carefully.
The upper, outward side is hard and protective. This represents
the outward, material realm of Nature,
the world in which we live, as opposed to the inward, living
creature or realm. It also represents the outer
wall of the medicine lodge, closed to the outside world, within
which the mysteries take place. Upon this
hard shell are engraved little circles or eyes which
are separated from each other by lines. Each of
these eyes represents a mystery, story or stage setting, which
tells about the history and meaning of the
world, from the beginning of time down to the present. Grandfather
Turtle is the repository and guardian
of that history.
On the underside of the shell we see an X-ray picture
of the body of the turtle within the shell (What
light made that x-ray?) Pick up a turtle shell and look at this
image. (There is no replacement for
experience.) This represents the soft underside of the creation,
in which we see the signatures of the inner
world impressed upon the outer. Grandfather Turtle is the teacher
of hidden wisdom.
Then there is the body of the turtle inside the shell.
This represents the living reality, Mother Nature,
alive inside the material garment of the outer world. Here we
meet the inhabitants, the denizens of that
magical fairy land. Grandfather Turtle is alive.
Just as the great sea turtle rose out of the great water
in the beginning of time to form the basis for
earth, so do the Turtle Medicines correlate with the separation
and cooperation between liquids and
solids in the body. This function relates particularly to the
kidneys, but also to the spleen-lymphatics,
through which the flesh of the body is built up by the assimilation
of food out of watery lymph. Turtle
Medicine is very ancient, quiet and powerful. Gravel Root is
the only medicine I can place here.
Although I am not sure of the complete meaning here, I am thankful
for the synchronicity and timing of
finding this answer.
From a wonderful, wonderful place that seems to have just disappeared:
p.s. please forgive me if somebody already posted this here
- I didn't look first - I was so glad to
find this in a web archive. Love, Minna
Turtles and Tortoises and Turtle Dragons
Keynote: Longevity, Awakening to Opportunities
Turtle/Tortoise's Wisdom Includes:
Symbol of the earth
Connection with the center
Developing new ideas
Psychically protecting oneself
In primitive times, when only natural objects were available,
people were happy to discover hard
and durable turtle shells, in which they saw the shape of the
universe. From a belief that the sky
was round and the world was flat, they would create many objects
representing heaven and earth.
Yet here was the tortoise, a creation of nature that carried
its round shell over the ground, like
heaven, and had a flat bottom, like earth. With a profile resembling
a mountain and the turning
motion of its four toes, it seemed to be a depiction of heaven
and earth changing constantly
through the seasons.
When humanity was still groping toward an understanding of nature
and its myriad beasts, the
body of the turtle seemed to encapsulate the order of the universe.
Seen in this light, turtles
became a link between heaven and earth, and were frequently
used in divining ceremonies.
Because the seven northern stars formed the outline of a turtle,
the turtle came to represent the
north. The universe was thought to be built of five basic elements:
metal, wood, water, fire and
earth. Since the turtle lives in water, it also came to represent
the element of water.
The turtle is a shore creature, using the land and the water.
All shore areas are associated with
doorways to the Faerie Realm. From the perspective of the ancient
Chinese the eastern fairy
mountains, in a distant fog, were a paradise, a place where
gods and immortals lived. Those
mountains were said to be carried on the back of a strong-shelled
turtle, who would rise and sink
on the ocean waves, causing the mountains to be visible for
only fleeting glimpses. The god of
the sea was also said to ride on a turtle's back.
Many Natives refer to North America as Turtle Island because
their legends say that when the
earth was covered with water, turtle dove to the bottom of the
oceans bringing up earth on its
back so that the people could have a safe and dry home. If you
have turtle energy, you value both
the power of the earth, the waters of the earth, and the magic
of the heavens, for turtle
symbolizes both the grounding quality of earth energy, and the
magic of the mystical. Using
turtle energy can help you to achieve real balance in your life
and your spirit so that you don't get
"stuck in the mud".
Because of its great age and its slow metabolism, the turtle
is also associated with longevity.
Long life and groundedness within life is part of what is associated
with the turtle. It does not
move fast. It is as if, on some level, turtle knows it has all
the time in the world. Turtle medicine
can teach new perceptions about time and our relationship with
Turtles have amazing survival skills and strategies. They hear
well. Turtles are also able to
distinguish some colors, and they do have a sense of smell.
All turtles and tortoises move with
slow, carefree gaits. They breathe less often than humans and
eat and drink little. Indeed,
teachers of qi-gong breathing techniques always want their students
to model themselves on the
turtle. And in popular kung-fu novels, heroes escape danger
using "turtle breathing" to play dead.
Turtle totems hold the mystery of awakening the senses - on
both physical and spiritual levels.
Turtle stimulates hearing and clairaudience. It can help with
vision and clairvoyance. It heightens
the sense of smell and higher discrimination.
The tortoise is also known as the "xuanwu," which
means "black soldier." The Book of Rites
explains that turtles and tortoises have armor-like exteriors
(hence "soldier"), and they are dark in
color (hence "black").
If turtle has shown up, you may need to ask yourself some questions.
Are you not seeing what
you should? Are you not hearing what you should? Are you or
those around you not using discrimination?
Learn about both adaptability and protection from turtle. It
is "at home" anywhere because it
carries its home on its back. It does not become attached to
places, for it is free to search for new
opportunities where ever they may be found. When they sense
danger or are in uncomfortable
and insecure settings, they withdraw into their shell and are
protected. Are you secure enough
with your own talents and sense of self that you have the courage
to seek new and better things
for yourself and those you love? Are you mindful of the need
for protecting your own spirit until
you are comfortable and knowledgeable about new people, circumstances
Additionally, if a turtle is flipped onto its back, it can right
itself using its strong neck and head
to flip itself over. For those with this totem, it is a reminder
to use your own head and knowledge
to right yourself when your world gets topsy turvy. Sometimes
turtles show up as a totem to help
us during such times.
Turtles are omnivorous. They eat insects, plants, fish, amphibians,
and even small mammals on
occasion. They are opportunistic. When turtle shows up in your
life it is usually a reminder to
pay attention or you will miss opportunities. To the Native
Americans, the turtle was a symbol of
Mother Earth and a reminder that she provides for all of our
needs. Sometimes we can't see the
forest for the trees, and turtle can slow us down to help us
see our opportunities.
Turtles do have a slow metabolism, and this can be a strong
reminder. Is our life becoming too
hectic? Are we not taking time for ourselves? Are we so busy
that we can't really see what is
going on? Are we going too slow and need to pick up the pace
a little? Turtle can help you to decide.
If turtle has shown up in your life, it is time to get connected
to your most primal essence. Go
within your shell and come out when your ideas are ready to
be expressed. It is time to recognize
that there is an abundance out there for you. It doesn't have
to be gotten quickly and
immediately. Take your time and let the natural flow work for
you. Too much, too soon, can
upset the balance. Turtle reminds us that all we need for all
that we do is available to us, if we
approach it in the right manner and time.
Turtles remind us that the way to heaven is through the earth.
In Mother Earth is all that we need.
She will care for us, protect us, and nurture us, as long as
we do the same for her. For that to
happen, we must slow down and heighten our sensibilities. We
must see the connection to all
things. Just as the turtle cannot separate itself from its shell,
neither can we separate ourselves
from what we do to the Earth.
Perseverance of effort
Patience in travel.
Protection of home
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