Do you know the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? I was never really sure but, in looking into the meaning of the turtle/tortoise spirit animal, I found out - a tortoise lives on land and a turtle lives in water (at least most of the time). That's the simplified jist of it anyway, but when it comes to spirit animal meanings they seem to both represent pretty much the same thing.
Firstly, they represent peace, which could be finding peace of mind or peace in your environment. The turtle is considered to be the peace-maker in some Native American traditions.
They are also a symbol of the earth. The American continent is referred to as Turtle Island in Native American folklore and it's said that the turtle carried the weight of the land of that continent on her back. In Hindu and Chinese cultures she's shown carrying Mother Earth and holding the world in balance.
If you remember Aesop's fables you might remember the story of the tortoise and the hare and how slow and steady won the race? That’s what turtle also represents, teaching us to stick at our chosen path in life with determination and to stay strong despite obstacles and distractions (useful to remember when it seems that things aren’t moving forward as quickly as you would like). I’d definitely rather be the tortoise as there is more joy in the journey than rushing to be the first to reach the destination.
This is another in the spirit animal series I have been working on.
Please note that for ease of postage this is not framed - the photo of the painting in a frame is only to give you an example of what it would look like framed. The painting will be posted with mounting card backing in a reinforced envelope.
acrylic paint and acrylic paint pens