Turtle Spirit Animal 2017-11-16T08:39:23+00:00

Turtle Spirit Animal

Turtle Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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.

Turtle Spirit Animal

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!


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253 Comments

  1. Yvonne June 17, 2018 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Interesting! I’m a Capricorn with Pisces moon – earth and water energy. It fits me to a tee! Thanks. I even have a few turtle figurines in my house. Awesome:)

  2. Amy June 14, 2018 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I have always had a fascination with turtles. Even as a young girl I had a big stuffed turtle.They are beautiful interesting creatures of the sea.

  3. Dave June 9, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Thankyou, well seems I definitely have the turtle spirit to call upon and confide in, or chill out with for simple chats about life on this amazing miracle planet. Doesnt surprise me the many Taureans here, me im a Scorpio with emotions in Taurus. Blessings of Peace and Happiness to everyone, again Thankyou loved this discovery🕉

  4. Lorraine Wilcock May 31, 2018 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Surprised…but not really….the only exercise I like is swimming…I’m Taurus but born under the moon who rules the tides and emotions..whenever I go to the beach I have to get in the sea…I love mother earth and helping people and animals. I am a plodder. ..been to turtle beach and got a turtle fridge magnet …I do retreat into my home to get away from the madness of the world…this spirit animal feels right yet I would never have guessed it..

    • Jill June 4, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      I feel all that you said. I too am a Taurus. I would have never thought turtle yet I have been raising one for 23 years.

  5. Anonymous May 26, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Wow a TURTLE!! That is awasome I did not think I would be that.🐢🐢🐢🐢

    • Lay May 26, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Yeah turtles for life 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢

  6. morganhobbs May 23, 2018 at 4:40 am - Reply

    it is so cool that i got to be a turtle.i love turtles!!!!!

  7. Anonymous May 15, 2018 at 5:49 am - Reply

    I was very surprised when I found out that my spirit animal is a turtle, I even took the quiz again and got the turtle.

  8. Sista April 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Beautiful animal. I grew up in a land-locked African country and am familiar with the tortoise, which appears in many mythical stories with bragging fast-paced Hare. Tortoise used her brain and always won any races set up by Hare. As a Cancerian I’m ruled by the Moon. I’m most happy in water, surrounded by water, watching and listening to rivers and the sea. So I am so happy Turtle is my totem animal

  9. Sista April 23, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Beautiful animal. I grew up in a land-locked African country and am familiar with the tortoise, which appears in many mythical stories with bragging fast-paced Hare. Tortoise used her brain and always won any races set up by Hare. As a Cancerian I’m ruled by the Moon. I’m most happy in water, surrounded by water, watching and listening to rivers and the sea. So I am so happy Turtle is my totem animal

  10. Patricia Carthew April 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I had a dream long ago of two brown Eagles. Would love to know what the dream meant.

    • Anonymous June 10, 2018 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      Whats your sun sign?

  11. Sue Stubbs April 7, 2018 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I love turtles even as a child described me perfectly huge turtle fan

    • Sydney smith April 22, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Me too I LOVE TURTLES! 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢

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