A Turtle has crossed my path
April 3, 2012

In my tradition, and the medicine path I follow, the Great Momma, she is the one who instructs me on how to walk, and how to translate the happenings in my life.  Many times she does this by sending her animals to cross my path.

The last time a Turtle crossed the road in front of me was in the early 90’s (I believe)  That messenger was not for me, it was my son who saw the Turtle and had me stop and go back..  before that, there may have been a small turtle or 2 that crossed my path in my youth.  So I find it really significant  that this large turtle crossed my path yesterday on my way to work and know I must seek the message that momma is sending through the Turtle Messenger.

There is a medicine book that I use to help guide me.  It is one that when I read the words I will feel a great connection to what is being said, but really finding the answer to the message can come from many sources.  The book that speaks to me is Medicine Cards, by Jamie Sams and David Carson, but it is really a matter of personal choice which one speaks to you..

This is what it says, the book that always speaks to me:

In Native American teachings, Turtle is the oldest symbol for planet Earth. It is the personification of goddess energy, and the eternal Mother from which our lives evolve. We are born of the womb of Earth, and to her soil our bodies will return. In honoring the Earth, we are asked by Turtle to be mindful of the cycle of give and take, to give back to the Mother as she has given to us.

Like Turtle, you have a shell in the form of shields that protect you from hurt, envy, jealousy, and the unconsciousness of others. Turtle teaches you how to use protection. If you are bothered by the actions or words of others, it is time to go inside yourself and honor your feelings. If you are attacked, it is time to give a warning snap.
 
You are being asked to honor the creative source within you, to be grounded to the Earth, and to observe your situation with motherly compassion. Use the water and earth energies, represented by Turtle’s two homes, to flow harmoniously with your situation and to place your feet firmly in the ground in a power stance.
 
Turtle is a fine teacher of the art of grounding. You may even be able to overcome your “space cadet” tendencies if you align with Turtle medicine. In learning to ground, you are placing focus on your thoughts and actions and slowing to a place that assures completion.
 
Turtle warns of the dangers of “pushing the river,” as evidenced by the plodding pace that it keeps. The corn that is harvested before its time is not yet full. However, if it is given the chance to develop at its own rate, in its own season, its sweetness will be shared by all.
 
Turtle buries its thoughts, like its eggs, in the sand and allows the Sun to hatch the little ones. This teaches you to develop your ideas before bringing them out into the light. Look at the old fable of the tortoise and the hare and decide for yourself whether or not you would align with Turtle. Bigger, stronger, and faster are not always the best ways to get to a goal. When you arrive, you may be asked where you’ve been and you may not be able to remember. In that case, arriving prematurely can make you feel very immature.
 
Turtle signals a time of connecting with the power of Earth and the Mother-Goddess within. This is a reminder of the ally you have in Mother Earth. It does not matter what situation you have created. Ask her for assistance and abundance will follow.
~ From “Medicine Cards” by Jamie Sams & David Carson ~
 
 
Many times in the days to come I will refer to this book, to the words here to guide me..  My book is old and worn, pages coming out, water stained, written on by my children and grandchildren..   this book 20 years old.  It is the one that speaks to me, the one the great momma uses when she sends her animal messengers..
 
It is always the one that speaks to you is the one that should be followed.