Spirit Animal Totems

Turtle

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Stop trying to make something happen. Stay in the moment and all things will fall into place.
-Turtle

If Turtle has crossed your path:

He is usually giving you the message that “slow and steady wins the race” Pay attention to details in your current project and take your time with it. Don’t be tempted to skip steps or take short cuts. You will get there! Just trust in the process and stay in the moment. Bigger, stronger, faster are not always the best ways to reach your goals.

Turtle can also be a signal that you need to ground yourself and your energy to Earth.

If Turtle is your Animal Totem:

You have exceptional navigation skills. You can always find your way through anything. You also have a tendency to withdraw into your shell if your find yourself in an uncomfortable or what you perceive as a threatening situation. You must also be mindful of returning to the Earth what she has given you. Honor the creative source within you. Use water and earth energies to create a harmonious flow in your life. Ask the Earth for assistance and her riches will pour forth.

If Turtle has come to you in your Dreams;

To dream that you are being chased by a turtle, indicates that you are hiding behind a facade, instead of confronting the things that are bothering you.

To see a turtle in your dream symbolizes perseverance, determination, and longevity. You need to take some chances in order to get ahead in life. The opportunities for advancement are opened to you, but you need to take the next step. Alternatively, the turtle represents the need to be sheltered or protected from life’s problems

Additional Associations for Turtle:

  • Longevity
  • Endurance
  • Survival skills
  • Patience
  • Stimulates hearing on both the physical and spiritual levels
  • Are you listening carefully to others?
  • Let Turtle help you decide to take time to slow down or perhaps to pick up the pace a bit.

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42 Responses to Turtle

  • I was mediating and saw a turtle shell roll from a hill, any ideas?

  • I have been going through a huge life change. I left my partner of 15 years and am starting completely over , with nothing but my broken soul. I have had numerous experiences with a cricket and I’m trying to connect myself with the positive feelings I’m getting. I want to give back in life , help people but I have to learn to love myself first. I’m not sure where I’m going with all this but I’m just here…

    • Hi Susan. Try to take the positives from your 15 year relationship. Be grateful for the experience and ask yourself what you learnt from it. Remember there is no such thing as failure, only feedback Don’t blame yourself for it not working out and remember that every cloud has a silver lining.
      If you find yourself disconnected, I always find the following prayer helps me get back to source.
      Please forgive me, I’m sorry, thank you, I love you.
      More Love More Power

  • I had a dream that I was with my crush Marcel, and we where at school walking around. Then we started talking about something. I don’t know what. I patted Marcels head, and he shrinked into a turtle. I picked him up and kissed him while smiling, he was also smiling. Then I woke up.

  • I dreamt that a really good friend of mine gifted me 2 turtles, water turtles. This interprets?

  • I was in a dead sleep and I have a red slider red ear turtle and. My turtle tank broke and the left side. Of the tank and there was 3 to. 4 turtles. Coming out of it it was turtles coming out and falling one fell and broken the shell in a V shape and two sunny side eggs came out from the bottom and i could not help it I turn and around and i cryied and turn away from the sadiest what the hell was that about. So i woke up and i still have one turtle . then went back to sleep..

  • i wish my spirit animal was a turtle as it would be more helpful in my life but SPIDER is always the best spirit ever so yeah :mrgreen:

  • I went to my country house this morning as a new friend of mine came to deliver 4 trees as a gift. As we were walking to the river in the back yard we noticed a tortoise and her newly made nest. Today is the summer solstice and the full moon. I am wondering what this can mean.

  • A turtle crossed my path at the entrance to a shoe store . Carl Jung spoke of archtypes . The more you notice them the more often syncronicities appear. I have been struggling with subjective and objective philosophy. INTUITION VERSUS LOGIC. But I am not sure if my experience at the shoe store relates to this struggle or not?

    • I understand where you come from since I had that internal debate years ago, but for me now to strugle between intuition and logic would be like strugle between the senses smell and sight. Also, intuition is very logical I find it now, it may not say what we want sometimes in the beginning but in the end it makes all sense.

  • I was home watching TV & waiting on my nice to drop off my nephew, well my niece came and as she was leaving she ran back in the house to tell me there was a turtle right behind my car kinda under it….I looked and sure enough it was a turtle! I had to look it up, just last week a rabbit was in my yard but it something about this rabbit it just stood there unafraid of me & all

  • Yesterday after feeling absolutely horrible about life and feeling like all of life is a dream, I decided to take a ride to the local river dam (random thing to do) My friend saw a turtle across the dam. It was weird because it was trying to crawl up the dam. It slipped the first time, it regrouped itself to the side of the dam and tried again. I looked away for a second and it was gone. I assumed it slipped on down the dam.
    For some reason, I felt like walking on top of the dam over to the other side to see if the turtle was still there about 5 to 10 mins later. It wasn’t but I enjoyed getting my feet in the water. My friend chris that was with me pry thought I was nuts as I didn’t tell him what I was doing. I got out of my truck and did it.

    I haven’t seen a turtle in person since I was way young. So I mentioned that to my friend.
    After I got back to my store, I went on about it a little. He decided to look up the turtle spirit animal. I was amazed at how on it was for my situation.
    I was in a horrible place at the time, and basically the turtle indicates I need to ground myself to earth and be more in the moment which is what meditation is about a lot of the time. (We’ve gotten into meditation and other stuff that have been done for thousands of years.)
    The fact the turtle was going up the dam instead of taking the slightly longer road of up the land and into the more calm water was crazy in itself because I always try taking short cuts. All in all, spirit animals is another thing done or believed in for thousands of years. So there must be something to it. This was one of the most simple yet mind boggling experience I’ve had.

    The fact I walked to it meant I was drawn to it somehow – not something I would normally do so randomly. Had I not done that, chris would have never looked up the turtle spirit animal. I was on the brink of destructive thoughts and it helped to bring me down to earth. Everything happened for a reason done and executed perfectly by nature. Amazing!

    • I swear we are linked ……..yesterday i was in a very simalar mental state just being pulled apart emotionally fractalizing “self” ….today tho after a long think in the shower and another restless night of sleep i decided to roll up to the sounds of my florida life ……then this noise kept bothering me so much i went to look for the reason…..thats when i noticed a yellow ear slider out of water walking on a brick pathway…..i went and got my neice to show her because i see her enchantment much like my own when i was a child for wildlife…..but after we watched it walk into a fence that i checked twice after he left i went back to try to move him to water and….he was gone……idk where he could have gone …but none the less peace was restored after this moments

  • I had a crazy dream about turtles, they were in my backyard lots of them, but seem as they where moving faster than normal so I said I thought turtles could not move fast. I was so amazed then as i looked I see a rabbit go by, and a frog it was crazy but as i read some of the meaning it makes sense, I been dealing with some issues and trying to figure out how to do it differently.

  • Good Morning. Wow, what a crazy dream I had last night lol. The turtle was talking to me and wanted to take a ride in my car. I remembered he wanted to chew on my hand and I let him until it started to hurt. He told me it turned him on. We stopped at the pet store and he insisted to go with me. He walked on two legs and I put him in the grocery cart like a kid. He talked the whole way lol. He asked a clerk where the icecream isle was and said “wow she didn’t even realize that I was a talking turtle”. I tried to buy him worms and turtle food, but he was he wasn’t interested. I found him a chew toy though. Later he told me he was in love with me. He wanted to kiss me, but I told him no because he’d bite my tongue off. Thank goodness I woke up because it was getting weird.

    He reminded me of Brian, the talking dog on Family Guy.

  • I had a dream last night I was near a busy stadium and looking for one of my students (I am a special needs teacher) before I crossed the street to look for her, I looked down and there was a drain of sorts where a large snapping turtle was attempting to climb out of onto the very busy road. I remember thinking in my dream that if I went to get it, I would have nowhere to put him, and decided to leave him be bc his instincts would guide him. After all it was his territory not mine. He eventually went back down and disappeared. What does this mean? I don’t live near a stadium I don’t usually see snapping turtles where I live but I have recently been face with a career change that I was not expecting and do t know w what to do. Anyone???

    • Greetings Ellen,
      This is very exciting! In this case it would appear that the turtle represents YOU. The similarities are so parallel. You are standing across the street watching the busyness taking place before you at a stadium (representing an arena of performance). The turtle is attempting to climb out of a drain onto a busy road.

      You mentioned an unexpected career change, which can certainly feel like quite a leap into the unknown. It seems the dark drain represent the past you are leaving behind you. As drains carry away that which no longer serves us this is acknowledgment and a great opportunity to let the past go and focus on your current path moving forward.

      Like the turtle you are stepping into a new environment with your new career, but just like the turtle attempting to climb out into the busyness or perceived chaos, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by your new responsibilities.

      The turtle is a beautiful reminder on how we may get too comfortable in the safety of our shells or daily routines. There is a part of you who wants to step out of your shell and fully into the chaos and newness of your career change but there is also a part of you that is wanting to duck away from the busyness and back into your shell or comfort zone.

      Your guides are telling you to take the leap, trust yourself fully as you trust in the turtles instincts. You too have very strong instincts to overcome any challenge you find yourself in, such as the challenge of an unexpected career change 🙂

      You are on the right path. Your guides are always with you in every moment. Trust in your decisions and know you are supported.

      • Question

        Gnostic whisperer~ I had a turtle knock on my door after my husband left to work. I thought who was there because I saw no one there. Then saw the turtle, it hide n peek at me behind a bush (like I couldn’t see it) then came back to knocking our door! I text my husband, caught it n released it to a swamp.
        (I did took a pic of this turtle- this was uncommon)
        This morning my husband as he was leaving to work asked me to come out look at his parking spot, there was a turtle. I asked him “what do u think God is trying to tell us” he took it to work with him.
        We are currently looking for new work for him, this is coquencedently interesting. But I wanted to pick ur insight if I’m over looking something. I never had a turtle knock my door, or return to my door n knock some more….

        • Wow! I kept hearing sounds as if someone was trying to get into my home. I checked to be sure the outer door was locked then the inner door. I returned to read the Sunday local newspaper. Once again, I heard a sorta knocking on my door. Sure enough, as I looked further, a turtle was outside my door. I greeted the turtle and visa versa as he/she looked up at me and looked directly into my eyes as if she/he was trying to tell me something. I sat and talked to the turtle and expressed my thank you for the visit. I played healing music for the turtle and thought it might like some greens to eat. Again, I thanked the turtle for the visit as it began to walk away into the bushes. I then had a bite to eat and decided to check and see where the turtle might be. Well, the turtle was heading back to my door and still continues to knock on my door! The healing music continues, my heart is racing, however, so grateful. Thank you Turtle.

    • The special need kid u were looking for is slow may be but in her elements she is capable to take care of herself message allow your kids to self navigate their world 😯

  • ❓ I’ve been seeing the number 123, 1123, 1234, 1223 at least once or twice I look at the time. And 2 days ago I found a painted turtle some whereby the beach. I was on a tricycle the rider find it first, he took it and said he was going to sell the turtle. So I bought it from him for a very little about. He was happy to give me. I’ll just like to know if there’s any messages on missing. A friend told me painted turtles are spirit animals. Not sure if I should believe him. Please I need enlightenment. Thank you.

    • With the turtle, we think of the story about the tortious and the hare. Slow and steady will win the race for you! If you are embarking on a new project at this time (career, education, relationship), your spirit guides are cautioning you to slow down and enjoy each step on the journey to your destination, making sure to not overlook the details. Take care and time to develop, after all there is no rush to perfection. You are also receiving numerical numbers in sequence (123, 1123, 1234, 1223) step 1, step 2, step 3, emphasizing the importance of not getting ahead of yourself. The best way to tackle any large endeavor is to break it down into small manageable task. Congratulations, you are supported at this time and are given the green light to walk a path of growth and expansion! You have spirit guides helping you along the way, call on them and you will always receive the guidance and support you need.

  • I dream a turtle was biting me, it didn’t hurt, I kept moving away so he would not bite me, but he kept biting. I saw no blood or skin broken or pain at all. I was fearful. Makes sense.

  • I don’t know the importance of having tortoise in a home. I want to know both the positive and negative sides of having it. ❓

  • Wow, yesterday I saw a beautiful purple turtle in my dream, it was like I was carrying it and then admiring at the same time not having seen such before. Though currently am struggling to do away with my past that has proven hard but after reading this, I now understand that surely there’s need for perseverance and determination in order to achieve my goal. Thanks for this piece

  • Yesterday night 1:13:2016 my dog barking and i found out that he barked because of something. When i look what is it, its a turtle, then i get some pail to saved the turtle. And i shout to the jeepney driver to stop because there is a turtle on the road in front of our house. But then he said that turtle are the one problems on the rice field. But then i still try to save the turtle. Im confious what is the sign to me bout the turtle. Pls send me some reply

    • The sign of the turtle is that you are very caring person. You are patient and kind but need to harden your shell. Be tough.

  • I had a dream 2 nights in a role first night a wight turtle was in blue ocean came to protect me from rattle snake and other reptiles trying to attack me . second night wight turtle was in blue water he brought me peace and had a brown triangles shapes on its back like earth mountains, please if any one knows what this means please email me at neokag@outlook.com thank you yours truly Nuoma Graywolf .

  • I had a dream i was eating and when i took my bite i thought i was biting a bug but a turtle showed up in front of me all wrapped in a plastic bag and a plastic cover on her. I took her out of that and she looked at me moved her mouth and said thank you! I was in shock that she could talk so i brought her in front of my family told them she could talk and she repeated thank you! We were all so amazed..Another thing she said was sugar.. After that i went outside and when i came back in she was on a couch on her back trying to turn i turned her on her belly and she ran out of the room through the door and on the grass..
    I know it sounds weird but thats what happend..i was hoping if someone could give me a clue what would it mean. And sorry for the grammar

  • About 8 months ago I dreamed i was walking a path, running next to a stream. In the dream I think it was early morning, the sun was low and cast rays of light through the trees and most. I was listening to a voice talking to me, telling me things but I don’t know exactly what. I look to the voice, it was s turtle walking with me. I am not of the First Peoples, but sometimes a dream is from the Creator with meaning and sometimes it is just a dream. I know since I had the dream turtles have shown up nearly every where and at the strangest times. It has left me with questions and a odd peace.

  • I have come across, two hatchling snapping turttles on different days in my office of all places. There is a swamp out back of my building so I know where they came from, but the journey it takes to get from the water to my door never mind in my office bathroom 100′ away from the door, is one of amazement in itself. What meaning can be taken from this act of astonishing travel by these tiny creatures.
    Bryan

  • I went for a walk along a river asking for a sign. Nothing. I was about to turn around to come home when into the woods I saw something white. Thinking it was a white garbage bag I went to pick it up and dispose of it at home. However it turned out to be two turtle shells. The “white” from the skin being pulled back on one. These were monsterous shells. I’m a big woman and each was the width of my hips. then the feet, head and tail made them bigger than that. The biggest turtle in our area I had seen up to then would have been the size of my husband’s size 13 shoes… but these were much much bigger… and TWOI! They were side by side and something had partially eaten them, the empty egg casings scattered around. I contemplated what this might mean to my request for a sign, but I was baffled. The next day I took my meditation buddy to show her the shells but only one was still in tact and the other was pulled apart with only broken white bone visible. We went to sit a short distance away by the river and just as we got into the meditation I felt the hot breathing and huffing of a large dog behind me. I turned but nothing was there. We went back to meditating but there were loud noises in the bushes behind us so we left. We learned that a large male black bear was there for a few days. I took my daughter on the same path and there was no sign of the turtles. In fact I stepped right over them. She on the other hand noticed the small mound on the ground and tiny bits of bone left. I was astonished that I had seen the progress of their disappearance over such a short time. I was to participate in a ceremony for “rebirth” and that morning I had a vision of the turtles being about the end of a long life and the bear was important to that circle of life. It still seemed like a vague message. I can’t stop thinking about it and wonder if I can get help.

  • I had a dream last night. I was on a trip i’m willing to do. It is indeed “the next step” i have to take in order to grow, to heal, to know myself, to know what i want to do, and i’m scared as hell. I know i am going to do it, I know I have to, but i’m scared because i’m just turning my life upside down.
    So i dream about this turtle. She is someone’s pet at this place i’m going to visit, and they’ve got her all dressed up. She’s uncomfortable, she’s not like that, she needs to be free. She needs to get rid of those clothes. So i talk to the lady who thinks owns this awesome speaking turtle and i tell her to let her free, take those stupid clothes off. I tell her so in a kind and warm and very sweet way, so she understands, and the turtle is set free, but then the turtle says “I just want to get rid of this clothes, it’s not that i want to leave home, you take good care of me and i’m happy, but i just can’t be wearing this silly clothes, i’m a turtle, i’m supposed to be naked, it’s hot here, i can’t wear clothes!!”, I am shocked, i thought she wanted to be free in nature, but there it is, the turtle loves the lady as much as the lady loves the turtle, they just needed to understand each other better.
    I think the dream is just clear on its own, but coming here and reading about the medicine of this animal made me understand the whole thing. I have to take this chance, i have my own protection, i don’t need someone elses’ idea of protection to be fine, but that doesn’t mean i don’t need love. I don’t need to burn bridges, i just have to be myself.
    I’m so thankful i wanted to share, may someone find something interesting in here.

  • Went for a walk today across a field as a short cut. A turtle had come from the pond trying to make her way to another pond but there was a fence impeding her path. I watched her struggle for a couple of seconds that seemed an eternity. Picked her up, walked to the other side and placed her at the edge of the pond she wanted to go to. At first she was hesitant about coming out of her she’ll but once she saw where she was she jumped in the water & I felt her joy.
    Like her I struggled to try and reach a goal paying no mind to the obvious obstacle. Like her life is carrying me in a different direction to reach my goal. I hope to reach my pond soon.

  • I was driving to get coffee this morning and saw what I thought was a dead animal in the road. As I slowed and came up on it closer, I could see it was a snapping turtle.

    I pulled over and got out, checking to make sure it was okay. I got about within 2-3 ft of the turtle and then…. She/he stopped in its tracks and almost retreated into its shell. I started talking to it very calmly and it slowly jutted its head out and turned, looking directly at me. We shared a stare down moment and then the turtle returned to crossing the road, this time, going back the way it came. On my way back through I was mindful of the turtle and was even looking for it. This turtle was now on the other side of the road (the side it was originally headed for), bum tucked into the sand. I think, laying babies. 🙂

    It was a wonderful morning experience.

  • i was driving with my son in the car and I passed a turtle on the side of the road. He did not see it so I quickly turned around to show him and as we were pulling up the spot, the turtle was crossing the road and got hit. So we pulled to the center lane and the lady that hit him went and picked him up and I asked her to hand him to me. He was about 12 pounds or larger and he had a small crack on his belly and was bleeding very little. My son wrapped him in a towel and we’re off to see a vet. It was after 5 pm and not sure of where one was located we took a wrong turn and my son saw 2 girls he goes to school with and we pulled over to show the turtle and they ran to get their mom and she came out and we all placed our hands on the turtle and said a prayer and then she came to my side and placed her hand on my shoulder and said a prayer… We left to the vet and I was I crying because I am recently separated from my husband and just have been a lost soul…the turtle was fine and we had him returned to the pond he came from…. But that day I FOUND GOD AND SURRENDERED MY WILL TO HIM. I started going to the church with that wonderful angel that prayed on me and because a turtle was crossing a street!!! God is amazing!!!

    • Sandy,
      Turtle is mother earth. Like you she was cracked but not broken. You too will heal like the turtle. Check the time you sent your message, 12:12. A double master number. You are in good care.

  • I was mowing the back field and nearly hit a box turtle nestled against an upright stump by our firepit. I finished the mowing, leaving her alone. She wandered a bit around the field in the grass. I put the mower away, returned to watch her. At dark she nestled herself into a little dip in the grass, probably to sleep there for the night. I hope she finds safe passage to the place she is seeking.

  • i was on assateague island and i saw 3 black turtles. my mom said that they were rare. they were sitting by the road looking right at me. does that mean anything? thx for any imput.
    Lucille

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