What Does a Turtle Spirit Animal Mean and Symbolize?

what does a turtle animal mean and symbolise

Spirit animal turtle is a symbol of endurance and perseverance. It symbolizes being firm, orderly, and unshakable, the wisdom that comes with age. 

Some years ago, I was on my bike and suddenly saw some turtles on my way. The day after some more. It was a message from my spirit animal to come to do a shamanic journey as my spirit animal had an important message for me. In this article, I dived deep to find out all the details about the spirit animal turtle. There are many questions to answer, so let us start!

Can a turtle be a spirit animal?

Turtles are one of the oldest reptiles alive today. They have been living on earth for more than 215 million years. Though turtles move slowly, you have a lot to learn from them.

If you see turtles often, it’s not a coincidence. A turtle can not only be a spirit animal but can also be a good one. With the power of the spirit animal turtle, you can achieve a lot in your life. 

Sometimes it may seem slow, but if you stay persistent, you can expect something good in the end. As you proceed through the article, you will learn more about what turtle means spiritually in your life.

What does it mean when your spirit animal is a turtle?

“I am now a turtle. Virtually everything I own is on my back and suffice it to say I am one ton lighter and therefore 2,000 pounds happier. All houses are gone.” – Bobby Darrin.

This quote reflects the positive side of having a turtle as your spirit animal. Have you recently seen a turtle? Or found that it’s your spirit animal? If yes, what does it mean for you?

Well, if a turtle appears to you as a spirit animal, maybe it’s trying to tell you to slow down. Whatever your purpose is, you don’t need to rush. Maybe you have so much burden on your back. Turtles also have a shell on their back, but it’s for protection. So, don’t let these burdens hinder your happiness.

There’s a misconception that turtles can not return to their normal position if they’re flipped over on their back. But that’s not true at all. They have a strong neck, which helps them to flip to the correct position. So, the turtle as a spirit animal can be a message for you. It may mean you’re powerful enough to overcome the bad situations in your life.

However, if you are confused about whether a turtle is your spirit animal or not, you can try Shamanic Journey. The journey helped me to find my spirit animal. You also can meditate and go to the deeper state of your mind. Then find what animal lives there.

What does spirit animal turtle mean?

A Spirit animal turtle provides you the wisdom to live peacefully. Remember when I said they’re one of the oldest reptiles? They’ve been moving on the earth slowly and enjoying every moment of their life.

As reptiles, when they move, their whole body remains close to the ground. It gives their spirit immense power that lies in the earth. So, turtles, as spirit animals, can also provide you with that unimaginable power.

It gives you the power of being patient and steady. No matter how much you achieve in life, you’ll stay grounded. Another positive trait of turtle spirit animals is their calmness. They love to live peacefully.

However, turtles may not always be great spirit animals. When faced with trouble, instead of facing them, they hid under their shells. So, turtles as a spirit animal may not be much helpful to face obstacles in life.

The personality and symbolism of turtles in different cultures will help you to learn more about them. Below, I have covered everything for you.

What is the personality of a spirit animal turtle?

Let me recite a part of the famous poem “Turtle” by Kay Ryan.

She lives below luck-level,

never imagining some lottery will change her load of pottery to wings.

Her only levity is patience,

the sport of truly chastened things.”

These few lines say a lot about the personality of turtles. They always believe in working out everything on their own. Their calm nature enables them to be patient to reach their destination.

Turtles are reptiles with cold blood. They spend most of their life in water. Interestingly, turtles aren’t much of a social creature. Though they don’t mind being around other turtles, the interaction between them is very little.

What is the spirit animal turtle a symbol of?

The turtle is a symbol of wisdom, patience, determination, and longevity. Turtles face a lot of obstacles on their way. But at the end of the day, their determination takes them where they want to be. Besides, they have been surviving on the earth for millions of years, which represents longevity.

Besides, different cultures have been symbolized them differently. Some of the most important symbolism of turtles are:

What does a turtle symbolize spiritually?

Spiritually, a turtle symbolizes the ability to reach the ultimate destination. Like humans, turtles face hindrances too. Sometimes they take a step back but never stop. A Spirit animal turtle also symbolizes fertility. Not to mention, the innocence of a turtle is adored around the world.

Turtles bury their eggs in the sand, and this is an important image. Sometimes it shows that giving some time is appropriate for a sensitive idea that has awakened in us to develop and grow without immediately revealing it.

The tortoise that hides inside his house for protection signals us that we can protect ourselves best. It exemplifies that protection can be achieved without resorting to violence, and sometimes it may be necessary to surround ourselves with a protective shield.

What does the turtle represent in Native American culture?

Native American tribes consider turtles as sacred animals. There is a popular belief that a giant turtle is carrying the earth on his back. The mythical turtle has been known as “Hah-nu-Nah” in the Seneca language. However, the belief came from the legend “The voice, the flood, and the turtle“.

In the Mayan myth of Creation, the turtle’s back represents the earth’s crust, and the God who started the fourth age of the world rises from the turtle’s back. It symbolizes Mother Earth in drawings found in the culture of American peoples. 

What does a turtle symbolize in Eastern mysticism?

Turtle symbolizes the balance between opposing principles or contrasting but related concepts such as Heaven and Earth in Eastern mysticism. 

What does a turtle symbolize in the Bible?

In the bible, turtles represent a way to innocence and purity. One of the Bible verse that mentions turtle is:

And if she is not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.” – Leviticus 12:8

What do turtles represent in Christianity?

Traditionally, Christians had seen turtles as symbols of evil forces in the war. They also believe the shell on the back is the burden of heavy sins. However, many Christians today take turtle as a symbol of patience and wisdom.

What God is associated with turtles? What deity is associated with turtles?

In Hindu mythology, the God “Kurma” is associated with the turtle. Sacred Mount Mandara has torn apart in mythology. To support and save the mount, Kurma took the avatar of a turtle. The great deity painted half human and half tortoise. In the painting, the upper part of him represents the human body, while the lower part depicts the turtle.

Moreover in Greek mythology, the tortoise, declared sacred by the goddess Aphrodite, is also associated with fertility because it lays many eggs.

What does a turtle mean in Indian culture?

In Indian culture, a turtle represents mother earth. It’s because, in Native Indian mythology, the turtle saves the world from the great flood. Besides, some turtles can live up to 150 years. Therefore, Indians also believe turtle is a symbol of longevity, which is also popular among other peoples.

Are turtles a good omen?

The Spirit animal turtle can bring lots of positivity into your life. Different cultures consider them as different omen. However, I always prefer the good ones.

In Japanese cultures, turtles are a very good omen and bring 10 thousand years of happiness. So, if you see turtles often, it may mean good days are coming.

What does it mean when a turtle comes to your house?

There are a lot of places you can see turtles. But if they come into your house, that can mean something special. That’s because turtles spend most of their life in water or the ocean. Especially sea turtles seldom get out of water.

So, when you suddenly see a turtle in your house, what it means? The most probable reason for the visit can be because he is your spirit animal. Therefore, he is trying to communicate with you. In this situation, try to communicate with your spirit animal turtle through meditation. Maybe he has some special message for you.

When a turtle visits you in your home, it can bring you several messages. If you’re pushing towards something beyond your capacity, maybe it’s time to slow down. Instead, take a steady and peaceful walk to your destination.

Moreover, turtles live a balanced life. So, if you are leading an inconsistent life, the turtle may want to help you. That’s why he came to your house. Now the best thing you can do is to communicate with the turtle spiritually. In my opinion, going on a shamanic journey is the best way to do that.


If you have the turtle as your spirit animal, you will have a lot of wisdom during your journey. You will be the one to decode the meanings of the symbols of your spirit animal. So trust your intuition. 

These articles below can help you on the way:

My Shamanic Journeys ExperienceHow to Shamanic Journey?Learn How to Find Your Spirit AnimalWhat Is the Meaning of a Spirit Animal?How to Connect with Your Spirit Guides?

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