Today this beautiful woodland turtle appeared at my garden gate. The colors were brighter than I have ever seen, the head was a deep orange and it's eyes were coral red. I stayed with this shy creature in the rain long enough to make contact.
The designs on the shells of these turtles always impress me, they are each so unique and intriguing.
After spending time with this turtle, my interpretation of it's medicine is discernment, patience, stepping back to make space, protection and diligence. It took a while for it to gain enough trust in me to peek its' head from beyond the safety of the shell. I also thought about boundaries and how delicate this balance can be between two beings. The moment that I got too close for the turtle to feel safe, it would retreat into its' shell after letting out a hissing sound. Once we were comfortable with one another, I felt the same quiet and patience in the eye of this turtle as I encounter while swimming with dolphins and whales in the wild. The wisdom of this animal went right into my heart today so I decided to post these pictures.
The rains have not only brought moisture for the turtles but also flowers of many colors, shapes and sizes. The Siberian Iris and Allium are in bloom now and colors are stunning.
These pictures below were taken with my iPhone.
I was just reminded that turtles are symbolic of water, the earth, longevity and that they are the 'keepers of doors'. Additionally, they are traditional reminders that the way to heaven is through the earth.