Turtle Spirit Animal2018-09-19T11:35:57+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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267 Comments

  1. Andrea Hardin September 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I…didn’t expect to be a Sea Turtle, nor, did I want to. I’ve never been intrested in them…more, Frice, and Fighting buddies…but, I’m starting to understand why it says,”Emotional Strength”. :]

  2. Pierre aj sabourin September 29, 2018 at 5:39 am - Reply

    We discovered turtle scultptures in killarney. Multiple ones. Email me for the image

    • Jayme October 3, 2018 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      I would love to see the sculptures from Killarney of Turtles. I have dreamed recently of turtles and took this quiz and it confirmed my spirit animal as turtle.

  3. Meagan August 21, 2018 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    So funny that I found this article! I’ve been fascinated by sea turtles specifically since a very young age… my profile username is containing a seaturtle and everyone calls me “sea turtle”! When they see me LOL I even wrote my senior midterm paper about sea turtles. 🌊 🐢

    I realize I really do relate with a sea turtle after reading this.

    Cool read!

  4. Shaun August 13, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

    I just knew I was a Turtle☺️… from a very you g age I’ve always accociated with them! I even wrote a school paper in sixth grade all about sea turtles♥️… but I do feel connected to their particular inspiration, to always find peace and harmony in times of emotional chaos. And the reminder to take my own time to recharge my spiritual battery! I’ve always moved a bit slow in my tasks but I’m always deliberate in my decisions, even if it takes a tad longer than most…. Thanks for these insights!!

  5. Arya August 10, 2018 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    I like your site Elena

  6. Dixie Gladstone July 28, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Dixie
    I’ve have known for many years about Sea Turtle being my spirit animal. I used to have dreams about breathing under water and riding the turtles back! Than I stumbled across your web site when my grandson asked me “Grandma, what is my spirit animal?” So he took the test and found out he was a turtle too! Then I took the test and was confirmed TURTLE! Wow, this is fun and insightful. I love the advice you give with each animal spirit. This was also such a lovely way to connect with my grandson, thank you!

  7. Tris July 19, 2018 at 4:36 am - Reply

    Lately I started looking up sea turtle images and became completely in love with them I just adore them now! The result really shocked me, due to my temper I thought I’d be a tiger but the turtle totem really matches me in more ways than I ever imagined!

  8. Beverly Brzycki July 16, 2018 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    I’ve had an affinity for turtles since I was a teenager. A lot of the attributes fit so perfectly! I am very grounded & very emotionally strong! I love turtles! They’re awesome creatures! And I’m happy to be one!! Peace to all!

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