Turtle Animal Totem

Turtle Animal Totem

 

The Wisdom of Turtle

Upon asking Bear to guide me to Turtle, a beautiful woman appeared before me. At first I thought it was a distraction, but she remained and asked that I follow her. We walked onto a beach, waves crashing before us. The woman began singing and a massive Turtle rose out of the ocean and swam up to the beach. It’s size was breathtaking. The woman prompted me to climb onto the Turtle’s back. As I did, the woman vanished before my eyes. This surprised me. Turtle started to move and turned to face the sea. Slowly, we began to submerge. As we dove, I could see light in the distance. The light was emanating from a giant geometric form on the ocean floor. It was a if the geometry was breathing. The surrounding water was effected by its pulsating light. Turtle informed me that I was seeing the geometry of a full year’s lunar cycle. Turtle’s shell began to glow and reflected the same geometry. I immediately recalled how some indigenous cultures used Turtle’s shell as a calender system... 13 lunar cycles in one year, 13 plates on a turtle’s shell.

We swam further and Turtle took me into some sort of underwater cave. Waiting inside was the woman who first greeted me. The cave was quite homey and I surmised that the woman lived there. She asked if I was hungry and offered me a seat. She began to describe how she was an aspect of Turtle. A manifestation of the Divine Feminine,
Earth Mother and Nurturer. "Turtle people tend to be wonderful nurturers", she said, "and move at the pace of the Great Mother." As I sat with her, Turtle continued to show me visions. I watched as Turtle climbed onto the shore to lay her eggs and covered them with sand to be incubated by the warm sun. "Turtle medicine," she said, "involves a
certain mastery of the act of creation. It involves finding balance between Solar and Lunar energies. The Mayan Calender is an example of this. Turtle people will have an innate understanding of this." I asked about non-turtle people and she responded, "If I come to you, you are being asked to slow down, to nurture your creations, to look at solar and lunar influences in your life, to nurture yourself or those around you, to connect to the Great Mother energy within you, to have patience with a situation, to respect your boundaries and the boundaries of others." She flashed a vision of a sweatlodge before my eyes and reminded me that the lodge was Turtle Medicine... like stepping into the Earth’s womb. "If I come to you, just ask and I will let you know why I am there."

I reappeared on the beach and thanked Turtle Mother for her wisdom. Bear came and guided me from the vision. Wanishi.

 


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