Someone in my life that reminds me of a turtle... so hence I put up an animal totem blog entry. What do you think yours is? do they vary between relationships? its an interesting study, accuracy? that depends upon your belief system ultimately doesn't it? Fun to think about none the less. away we go!
Those with the turtle as their animal totem can relate to the "sure and steady" message this creature brings to our lives. It is also a powerful totem for protection as withdrawing into it's shell is an amazing self defense mechanism. The turtle has few predators, which gives it an innocent energy. This also increases its lifespan, and so holds the symbolic meaning for longevity in many cultures.
Animal symbolism of the turtle includes:
• Order • Creation • Patience • Strength • Stability • Longevity • Innocence • Endurance • Protection
Because of its seemingly wide-eyed, long-lived, carefree attitude the turtle is often thought to be the wisest of souls among the animal kingdom. We would all do well to take this as a lesson and move at our own pace as the turtle does. Furthermore, the turtle takes its wisdom one day at a time - not reacting, simply accepting and moving on in its naturel methods.
In China and Japan, the turtle is a symbol for longevity. In Asian myth the turtle represents the cosmic order: Its shell is symbolic of the heavens, Its body symbolic of the earth, Its underside represents the underworld.
Now for my totem as portrayed in the classical tortoise and hare story. Jessica Rabbit: (lol)
Rabbit: (Ogham=Gorse) As Celtic Animal Symbols, rabbits are connected with the moon an so they run full circle with her cycles. They also share connections of femininity and fertility - which are also lunar-based attributes. When the hare hops into your awareness, its time to set your mind of matters of reproduction. Hang on gentlemen, it doesn't necessarily mean physical birth. The rabbit talks to us about conception, conceiving new ideas and holding them in our fertil minds and hearts until they are ready to give birth in their own perfect timing (just as the moon would have it). And rabbits produce new life in such a humble way. There is no drama, rather there is a quaint, simple calming way the rabbit goes about offering her new offspring. We can offer our new life (in all its hues) with trust, faith and assurance too. ( ok WOW... thats REALLY interesting)
The hummingbird is a more accurate summary of my spirit.
The most profound questions the hummingbird asks is:
Where is your Joy?
Is your happiness found within or do you seek it externally?
What is the source of your joy?
What must you do to increase your joy?
Well doll? What do you need to do to increase your joy? Hiding in your shell is a good way to reflect and renew but its joy is limited in the darkness of one man's spirit. get on out here and flit amongst the flowers and fauna with me! SPRING has SPRUNG!