Myths and legends relate to the turtle’s ancient presence on earth and the meaning and shape of its shell. Turtle Totem is the oldest symbol for the Earth representing the personification of goddess energy and the eternal, life-giving mother planet. A turtle totem reminds one to be mindful of the cycle of life. Be patient and kind. Use water and earth resources conservatively and in return be a custodian for the environment to create harmonious flow. Turtle teaches us to be adaptable and holds the mystery of awakening the senses. If a Turtle Totem shows up in your life, it is a sign to slow down the pace of your life and be present. Turtle teaches the art of grounding - once you learn to ground yourself to Earth's power and strength, you can place focus on your thoughts and actions and tap into the Earth's limitless energies. Turtle totem represents creativity and abundance – use what you have and start where you are! A turtle’s shell is its home and protection. Turtle totem may provide a protective shield and represent a safe haven or home for you. Turtle totem reminds one of the power of withdrawing into yourself and examining your feelings if bothered by the actions and words of others. A turtle shell and its markings, in some cultures, is considered as a symbol of sexuality, representing the female reproduction cycle and tied to the lunar calendar. Turtle totem represents longevity and teaches one the meaning of time. Turtle totem teaches one to be patient and to offer your thoughts or launch a project after deliberate consideration on the subject. Turtle totem teaches one the power of divine timing and not to rush the result. The magic is found along in the journey, as well as, at the destination. Turtle inhabits the water and earth realm. Being a creature of the shore area, Turtle may be considered as a gate keeper and a way of connection to the fairies and may open the portal door into the Faerie Realm. Turtle totem supports the senses with greater vision, heightened hearing, improved sense of smell, and assisting in the skills of clairaudience and clairvoyance. In the environment, Turtles are omnivorous – eating almost anything that comes along their path, whether it be an insect, a wide variety of plants, fish or other amphibians, even an occasional small mammal. Turtle totem reminds us of the opportunities that feed us along our path.