Turtle Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

Turtle Spirit Animal

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.

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171 Responses to Turtle Spirit Animal

  • Person

    Cool I love turtles, I was kinda aiming for the cat one though

  • June

    I am the turtle

  • HippieHiba

    My sister is a sea turtle because she’s peaceful and is slow in the real world but is fast when it comes to learning or dreaming. She is also really good at it

    • soledad

      me too yayayayayayay

  • Hopeless

    I have no hope and I got turtle as a sign… However, there is no opportunity to get a job in where I temporarily live. In this sense, it means JUST SERENITY… Maybe, that is all i want…

    • liz

      There is always hope.  Never give up and walk your own path!

  • Darya

    … Peaceful, yeah sure. Cause a snapping turtle is not aggressive at all, no what are you talking about?

  • joseph lauzon

    I am responding because I also believe the questions to be too vague as well as too few. The number of animals represented is also problematic for me. I was looking for a description of say to mention but a few the ant, the bumblebee, the bee, the wasp, the moth, the snail,the field mice to say the least, as ALL are also very important and should have equal billing on the list. Perhaps a more inclusive as well as better research into the intricate lives of these insects and others that have no mention on this site begs me to believe the very nature of the list to be intently immature and biased.
    I found some questions to be divisive in nature and ALL human beings cannot fall under such a subtracted list.It would serve well to remember that the human body,mind and spirit has a vast abundance of unlimited attributes for each individual rendering this list redundant in the least; that of course is my opinion.

  • Zabithwolf

    I felt as if some of the questions didn’t pertain to creative arts.  some were only a tad vague.  I don’t feel like i know any ancient wisdom even if i have an honest, loving, caring, empathetic person.  A guy can only be so rational, and i usually try and deter myself or even dodge chaos altogether.  so, i wouldn’t know if the turtle is the right fit for me.  I have recently posted a comment on the spider and that really embodies who i am.  Connective, creative, empathetic and sympathetic.  down to earth.  and understanding is my main strength among being an artist.

  • 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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