Turtle Symbolism & Meaning 

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  • Turtle Symbolism 
  • Spiritual Meaning of Turtle 
  • Turtle spirit animal wisdom, guidance & messages
  • Native American & Celtic Meaning of Turtle
  • Turtle symbolism in dreams
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"The mystical  messages and symbols of the ancient and legendary Turtle totem animal... gifts of finding inner wisdom, the magic of intuition, symbolic meaning of vast journeys and the gift of long life".

Sea Turtle Symbolism & Meaning | Turtle Spirit, Totem & Power Animal Guidance, Healing & Medicine | Native American & Celtic Meaning of Turtle | Turtle Dream Symbolism

Turtle Symbolism Message:
symbol of trusting your inner vision 

Symbolic Meaning of Turtle ...  

Sea Turtle is a very ancient soul living in the seas, land turtles make their home the deserts and the forests.

Turtle spirit animal gracefully teaches us the art of adapting to new surroundings and environments.

The Sea Turtle opens us up to experimenting with new terrains and ideas, while maintaining a comfortable self pace. 

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Sea Turtle Meaning 
Spirit ~&~ Healing Medicine of the Turtle

Turtle brings the totem gifts of :
longevity, blessings, journeys

Turtle spirit animal carries the energies of:
self pace, patience, protection

Turtle brings the animal magic of :
serendipity, intuition

Turtle Symbolism & Spiritual Meaning of Turtle
Sea Turtle spirit animal meaning and symbolism

Messages of Turtle Symbolism ~&~ Meaning. . .

The brilliant message from this little Turtle Totem is not to push yourself so fast that you make errors and miss opportunities.  The Turtle has the wisdom of knowing that all things come in perfect and divine timing, sharing the golden lesson of patience.

Turtle understands the need for protection... self protection and the protection of those you love.  Turtle has a shell that becomes it's home, whenever it is threatened it retreats to safety of it's shell... this brings symbolic meaning from the Turtle that you too can do the same, by creating a spiritual shield that is your armor against negativity, harmful influences, and painful memories.   In retreat gather your inner wisdom and emerge strengthened and prepared to move forward, Turtle Spirit guide is there to guide you through.

Symbolism of the Sea Turtle ... Surrendering to the Journey

The strong and hearty Sea Turtle takes vast journeys in the sea, letting the tides take her where they will, she surrenders in infinite trust that all will be okay, and she will arrive when and where opportunity will serve her.  This is a beautiful lesson of enjoying the journey of your life, trusting in the flow and partaking of the blessings that are bestowed upon the way.  In life there is no absolute destination... but a myriad of journeys, this is the symbol of the Turtle.  I like to see the Turtle as having the symbol and magic of serendipity... experiencing happy accidents.

Turtle Meaning and the Symbols of Longevity

A magnificent gift from Turtle meaning is longevity.  Turtles live a very long and fruitful life, and teaches great spiritual significance of taking the very best care of self and having a long life filled with splendid journeys having learned many valuable life lessons.

Spiritual Meaning of Turtle...  Going inside to find Peace

The inner wisdom that comes from Turtle spirit animal arrives from "going inside" finding peace and safety and taking journeys of the spirit.  These journeys of spirit opens the Turtle and you up to the magic realm of imagination and intuition, where anything is possible.

Hawaiian Sea Turtle Symbolism

Everyone seems to have a connection to the marvelous Sea Turtle, and Hawaiians revere the awesome Sea Turtle with great honor and respect.  You've probably seen hundreds (or more) of Sea Turtle stickers on the backs of car windows, or logos on t'shirts etc ~ they're everywhere because people love the Turtle and what she symbolizes. 

These mighty creatures are so ancient that they swam along the dinosaurs during the Jurassic period!   They are the true survivors that know the real meaning of how to outwit, out play and outlast!

"The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle,  is known as “Honu,” symbolizes good luck, endurance and long life. Turtles can show up as a person's guardian spirit, known as “Aumakua.” When lost, turtles are excellent navigators and often find their way home".      source: olukai

To some, the Hawaiian name for hawksbill sea turtles is 'ea, but for others they are known as honu'ea. Hawaiian hawksbill turtles nest on the main Hawaiian islands, predominately on the Big Island of Hawai'i. However, a few hawksbills and green sea turtles also nest on Maui each year.      source: wildhawaii.org

What is the Meaning of a Turtle Tattoo?

Hawaiian Turtle Tattoo Meaning ~ Turtles, are named 'Honu,' representing long life and good luck. 

Legends say that Turtles guided the first explorers of Hawaii with their perfect navigation skills.

Turtle tattoos with flowers exemplify and add deeper meaning to the tattoo. 

The turtle tattoo represents healing, long life, and water.

The color of the Turtle is predominantly green, like the sea it swims in, the spiritual color symbolism of the turtle represents wealth, growth and healing.

Native American Meaning & Symbolism of Turtle

For the Native Americans the Turtle is a sacred figure symbolizing Mother Earth. 

For the Native Americans the Turtle also represents long life and longevity.  Taking many journeys, learning many lessons and living up to 150 years, the Turtle can be found on many totem poles representing the medicine and fulfillment of a good life.

Many gifted energy healers are connected to the energies of the Turtle, as they commune with the ancient wisdom the Turtle holds.  Turtle will help guide healers to Mother Earth's medicine in plants, herbs and places.

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Celtic Turtle Symbolism

Celtic Turtle mythology reflects the story of the tortoise and the hare, with the turtle representing patience, tenacity, and longevity, with a "never give up" sensibility.

Thus the Turtle elegantly symbolizes the beauty of taking things step by step, knowing that every journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step, and with each step you get closer to the goal.

Celtic Turtle lore teaches that the Turtle carries her own shelter with her wherever she goes as a means of safety and protection, and she can retreat into her shelter whenever she feels the need. 

Turtle Meaning in Dreams 

What does it mean when you dream of a Turtle? 

Let's begin with dreaming about a Sea Turtle!  When you dream of the Sea Turtle, you are receiving a message from Spirit about following your intuition regarding the next phase of your life path.  

Just as the sea moves the Turtle, let your inner guidance move you, just follow the flow of where Spirit leads.   A life path takes many twists and turns and it is up to you to relax enough to hear the whispers.  

Know that the Universe is supporting you on your journey, just like the waves of the ocean support the journey of the Turtle, this is the lesson of trust that Turtle has come to help you with. 

When the Turtle appears in your dreams, Spirit may be inviting you to take a magnificent journey ~ so that you can come to know yourself better.

When you dream of a small Turtle, you may be in need of protecting yourself or taking some contemplative time to yourself to evaluate your current circumstance at a deeper level before you take the next step or make the next move. 

Turtle symbolizes magnificent
endurance ~&~ longevity

Symbolism of Turtle by Presley Love

Sources & Reference:  Presley Love is founder and author of UniverseofSymbolism.com, she is a professional intuitive and energy healer, using her gifts and divination arts to channel messages from the animals and nature spirits.  additional inspiration and reference material:  Carl Jung:  carlyung.net , Nature and National Geographic 

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