“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
Turtle is a very cosmic symbol – one Ojibwa medicine man I know told me Turtle represents “all of life”, and there are several myths where Turtle carries the Earth on her back.
Many species of Turtle are awkward and slow on land (the everyday world), but graceful and swift in the water (the spiritual world). So Turtle often shows up for people who are highly spiritual, to help them ground themselves. Turtle’s message to you today is to accept yourself and be loving and compassionate towards yourself. If you find yourself feeling out of place in everyday life, work or society, just think of Turtle, center yourself, and smile.
You have the power to bring your spirit energy into the mundane world, just by being present. That is a great gift. Don’t feel like you have to “fit in.” Most people don’t have that connection as strongly as you do which is why you don’t relate to their everyday actions and words. In actuality, these people often feel insecure inside. When you accept yourself and stay grounded in your spiritual connection, others will feel it. You may find that they start to gravitate to you. You will have a calming influence on them, and while you may still not feel quite like one of them, you will earn their love and respect.
Turtle is very self-contained, and knows how to protect itself. The shadow side of this can be a tendency to retreat into one’s shell. You have developed powerful spiritual protection that you may not even be aware of. It is safe now to stick your head and limbs out of your shell. As you move forward you will find that the shell remains to protect you, but it will become more and more transparent to let the light that is within you shine forth.