Turtle Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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The turtle totem wisdom teaches us about walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity. Slow moving on earth, yet also incredibly fast and agile in water, those who have the turtle as totem or spirit animal may be encouraged to take a break in their busy lives and look around or within themselves for more grounded, long-lasting solutions. Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.

Turtle Symbolism

The turtle symbolism is characterized by the association with the Earth and earth symbols of groundedness and patience:


  • Symbol of the world, of the Earth
  • Ability to stay grounded, even in moments of disturbances and chaos
  • Slowing down, pacing yourself
  • Determination, persistence
  • Emotional strength and understanding
  • Ancient wisdom

The turtle is also linked to the spirit of the water and the fluid nature of emotions.

Turtle totem teachings for walking your path

The turtle totem symbolizes our peaceful walk on this earth. It represents the path we take as we embark on our journey through life.  In contrast to emotional or spiritual development occurring in bursts, the way of the turtle anchors our personal unfolding in a slow, more grounded series of steps and longer cycles of transformation.

The turtle is associated with our physical and embodied evolution on the earthly plane. Call this spirit animal for help to be more grounded. You can also get help slowing down and pacing yourself, so you can take your next step with more confidence.

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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.

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161 Responses to Turtle Spirit Animal

  • Someone

    I did the test, showed me turtle as result. While some points were accurate, some were not.
    I suppose it’s because of the number and character of questions.
    For example “are you more of feet-on-the-ground or head-in-the-skies?” I am both. My feet are at the ground, and at the same time, my head is in the skies. And that problem is with most of the questions, they’re badly formulated, so the answers will always be inaccurate. Also, there is only 15 of them, or so, which is terribly low number.
    Really, add some questions to the test and reformulate them to make the outcome more precise.

  • Anonymous

    I answered all the questions and got the turtle as my spirit animal.  Funny that yesterday downtown i bought a turtle bracelet and pendant and looked up the meaning….

  • Gabriela

    I had an alligator snapping turtle which helped me hear better, but I set it free early. We thought it should be in the wild and so we kept but a night only. However, I feel like I should have kept it longer. I saw something in th road but could not tell what it was. A lady stopped and got out of her car and I realized it was a turtl then, I was just too slow to react. I looked up and he meaning and some said I was just acting like a snapper, but this meaning I like better here. There was another meaning about getting ahead of myself which better fits with this explanation here. Pacing oneself and with determination. Today is the first day I fell out of bounds with my daily regiment. However, I plan on doing whatever it takes to make sure I keep it going and not let anyone, or anything get in the way of my determination. Thank you for the post. Namaste 👌🏽😀☀️🌀💚🍑🌸

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