Turtle – Totems and Power Animals

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 Turtle Power Animal: nurturer, protector, mother energy, being “in the moment”, intuition, stability, longevity – Connection with Earth and Moon.

While some might find it strange to associate a turtle with something such as a Power Animal, our stereotypes should be left by the wayside.  One might be very fortunate to see one.  When something crosses your path  (outside of ordinary circumstances) there is reason to take note.

The following is a brief overview (borrowed) in symbolism:

“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. Turtle 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 wherever they may be found. When they sense danger, or are in uncomfortable and insecure settings, they withdraw into their shell, and are protected. If you have Turtle medicine, 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 achieve real balance in your life and your spirit so that you don’t get “stuck in the mud”. Turtle’s medicine includes a connection with the center, navigation skills, patience, self-boundaries, associated with the feminine, power to heal female diseases, respecting the boundaries of others, developing new ideas, psychically protecting oneself, self-reliance, tenacity, non-violent defense.”

Listen not with your ears but with your instinct, see not with your eyes but with your soul.

 

Useful References:

Animal Speak (Book)

Animal Spirit Guides (Book)

Totem Animals