Turtle represents steady and purposeful movement, patience, self-reliance, and tenacity. Turtle spirit brings longevity, protection, and stability in a fast-moving world. Turtles retreat inside of their shell for protection and move slowly, but steadily, toward their goal. They teach us to be persistent in what we seek, yet to be balanced and realistic, and to lead with humility.
Turtle can help us to take great care when in new surroundings or situations, and to walk our path with deliberation, using caution and protection when necessary, yet constantly forge ahead, and be adaptable in our environment in order to maintain total harmony of mind, body, heart and spirit.