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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  1. uullee June 23, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

    i am changing animals with my new light of ascension does this happen?

  2. Cherie Miller June 18, 2017 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I had two cross my path yesterday. A very blare one who was rolling fast across the road and a tiny one about 50 feet up the road whom we helped across. The large one was smooth and shiny very cool. Last summer we saw a horned tail tortoise–huge almost could ride him

    • Cherie Miller June 18, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

      Large- not (blare)

  3. Alex June 14, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    This resonate with me quite well, in all aspects of who I am. Thanks! Many love and blessings.

  4. J June 3, 2017 at 3:48 am - Reply

    well upon reading this all I can say is what a truly exacting representation of me …
    I had to laugh as most of my life I’ve dealt with chronic thoracic and neck pain, and I’m currently in excruciating thoracic pain now. I know what this all means in a reiki sense!!! And Mother Earth, these two words have been said about me.
    But thank you for reminding me, as the turtle totem came up for me whilst beginning to make my own Native American drum. I’ve always known that every dot connected somehow, somewhy, sioner or later. Thank God I have mych patience and yes I’ve also been relaying to a couple of people that I’ve fought hard for some much needed peace in my life, and have finally managed to get there via baby steps

  5. Shea May 18, 2017 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Whenever I see the same animal(s) popping up in my life in different ways, I meditate on it, snd often come online to get further insight. Yesterday it was sea turtles. I have a longterm connection with sea turtles, living near the coast where they nest– I even bought a painting from a local artist for my son’s room depicting a sea turtle cararrying a baby angel on its back. I painted the wings out, because I wanted the baby to represent my son, newly on earth with me (the sea turtle) sharing my home to provide his ground as I navigate the waters and carry him. But yesterday the teacher in our homeschool co-op told a long story about a real stufstuffedy sea turtle caught by poachers, and after that day a small (fake) stuffed baby turtle we purchased a year ago at a rescue aquarium in the keys showed up in my laundry. Baby sea turtles are in danger and alone, struggling to follow the paths of their mothers using internal instinct while dodging predators… one sea turtle was caught, killed, and remembered to inspire positive action, the other is representative of money spent to rescue. This is so applicable to me right now!

  6. Liz May 17, 2017 at 5:54 am - Reply

    I thought that the wolf or owl was more glamorous, but the description of the turtle fits me perfectly. I do, and always have, so adore turtles! All animals, but I have a special affinity for turtles.

  7. Adeleigha May 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    SO me

  8. KS May 11, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

    This is me no DOUBT!!!!

  9. POPCORN April 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Spirt animal

  10. Me April 6, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    What the fuck is this

    • Wiseone April 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      Go away

    • Henning May 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      A lack in peaceful vernacular encroaching on natures divine example of maintaining the highest levels of genuine harmony. May the peace of love find you maturing in truth of patients; before a keeper of the peace seeks balance.

  11. Darron J Packer March 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Awesome self Peace

  12. Pixie February 16, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I can totally indentitfy with the turtle.it embodies my spirit and soul. Peaceful. Down to earth.care for nature and people absolutely. I am happy.

    • Turtlove March 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Do you see my freakin name? I am happy as Hades right now!

      • Turtlove March 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

        Jk that’s not my real name, it’s just the username I use everywhere…

  13. Rachel February 8, 2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Wow, I took the quiz on a lark. I didn’t even know what animals were possible. It really nailed my spirit and the explanations are very timely for where I am now. Go figure!!! Turtle it is.

    • Darron J Packer March 2, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Hell yea Rachel don’t stop

      • Me April 6, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply


        • "Me" hate club president July 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

          Shut up….

  14. GinGar February 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Just found out I’m a turtle,so very happy because I was always drawn to them and felt very connected even referring myself as one because I’m so slow with everything I do, how amazing that nothing is ever by chance. Thank you so much

    • Me April 6, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Are you autistic?

      • Wiseone April 30, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        Are you an ass? #yourspiritanimalisanasb
        Move along—->

  15. Debi December 14, 2016 at 5:32 am - Reply

    I was given years ago by my best friend a small clay stone with a turtle relief. I’ve kept it in my wallet since then. I took the quiz and immediately connected to the turtle, having no idea of its meaning in relationship to myself. But it all makes sense. I have a home on the ocean and besides loving mermaids, turtles are always popping up in my life; as in literally crossing my path, where I need to carry them to safety or stay and make sure they make it to the brush without getting carried away or crushed by a car.

    • Me April 6, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

      No one gives a fuck.

      • Kourtneyasskicker April 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        Lots of people give a fuck no one gives a fuck about you fool.

      • Wiseone April 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

        Are you an ass? #yourspiritanimalisanasb
        Move along—->

      • Wiseone April 30, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

        Well, hi nobody. Bye nobody.

      • Wiseone April 30, 2017 at 1:19 pm - Reply

        Are you an ass? #yourspiritanimalisanasb
        Move along—->

      • "Me" hate club president July 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        Why did you even come here???

    • Isabel April 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      That’s cool. 🐢

    • axxviirO April 13, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

      Thats really beautiful. I had a friend give me a necklace with a turtle pendant. I’m really in love with the realization of my spirit animal being the turtle. It describes my persona almost too perfectly.

    • Henning May 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      Debi you clearly have a beautiful soul!! Thank you for sharing what was well worth reading!!

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