Animal Symbolism—Turtle

Animal Symbolism—Turtle

Whenever I see a Turtle, I am reminded of my childhood. My mother would take me, and my two younger brothers to Grants Department store to buy small pets from time to time. We would come home with a hamster, a guinea pig, or some goldfish, but on one occasion we bought some Red Eared Slider Turtles, along with an aquatic tank, rocks, and some Turtle food. It was love at first sight. They made great pets; they were small enough to fit in my kid hand and cute enough bring a smile to my face whenever I played with them.

Since then, my pet of choice has been a cat, but whenever I see a Turtle in the wild, I feel the same kind of childhood joy well up inside of me—oh, look, a Turtle! There’s just something special about them; it’s as if they have a secret treasure hidden underneath their shell. According to author, Jami Sams, the Native American teachings say that the Turtle is the most ancient symbol for our planet. It represents our Mother Earth.

As a Spirit Animal, the Turtle could be sending you a message that you are scattering your precious energy and to slow down, pace yourself. Slow and steady wins the race. The Turtle has a connection to the Shamanic Drum. Listening to the steady beat of a drum will help you to find your rhythm again. Another way to stop the spacey feeling and to get more grounded, is to kick off your shoes and walk barefoot on the earth.

Turtle is also a symbol of fertility and creativity, so it’s a great time to start a project, especially a creative one. Expect an increase in opportunities and abundance to come your way. You may also become more sensitive and pick up on psychic information, especially through sight and smell.

I published my book, Discover Your Spirit Animal, on the 9th of July 2023, and to celebrate, I took a walk in my favorite woodlands near me. Halfway into the walk, I noticed a male Box Turtle (red eyes) sitting in the middle of the path just a few yards ahead of me. Delighted, I scooped him up and held him, as if he were a long lost friend.

I knew this was an important sign about my book, but I wasn’t exactly sure what the message could be. And then it struck me; the dedication in my book is, To Mother Earth and all of her children. Turtle is the symbol for Mother Earth. A few tears rolled down my cheek at this revelation. I was getting a ‘nod’ of approval from our momma, and I felt a humble sense of pride at receiving such an honor.  

After our nice conversation, I released Mr. Turtle, and watched him disappear into the grass so he could take care of his business. Life is good.





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Shelley Shayner

Also known as the Artistic Mystic, Shelley is a published author, an award-winning artist, and an intuitive. She has written and illustrated children’s books, adult non-fiction books, and journals. She has a B.A. in Illustration and there is always a painting in progress on her easel; her favorite subject matter is animals, nature, or some kind of fantasy. Shelley is also a spiritual advisor, a Reiki master, and a dream expert. She teaches workshops on Spirit Animals, Dreams, and Art.

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