Turtle Energy – Ancient Origins

Had dreams about turtles. Dear Higher Self, what is the significance of these dream? They were trying to bite me!

Turtle energy is deeply connected with ancient Earth energies and is “biting” to get your attention. Consider what Turtle energy represents: ancient and long-lived, Turtle represents wisdom of ancient origin. The hard shell of Turtle houses the Earth energies, the powers that are timeless and steady. Turtle is expert in stillness and breathlessness. It goes at its own pace.

Turtle wants you to know that it is ok to slow down, to take time to meditate, to set aside for awhile the work you do in the world. Like Turtle, you go at your own pace. Turtle asks you to be patient. It “bites” you so that you might awaken to your own nature. Slow down and listen to the breath of Turtle. It is gentle and deep. Follow Turtle to its home in Mother Earth.

When Turtle energy comes to you in dreams, it does so to remind you to seek the depths of the creative ocean. You are not meant to remain on the surface, getting battered by waves of worry and grappling endlessly with the drama of survival. You have gifts beneath the hard shell of protection that encases your heart. Release your heart by listening to the ocean that Turtle swims in. Listen and receive…

You have been like Turtle that has been on its back, unable to free yourself from a self-created prison of limiting beliefs and narrow assumptions about unfortunate “circumstances.” And you even feared the tidal waves fast approaching that you believed would dash you on the hard rocks of a world that seems so harsh…and yet the waves come as a way to free you from the stranglehold of thoughts, to awaken you to the depths of the Creative Ocean where you belong…

The Ocean is rising not to destroy, but to remind…

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135 responses to “Turtle Energy – Ancient Origins

  1. kat

    I had a dream about many snapping turtles in a lake that i went in and got swamped by hundreds of them. Thet were all attacking me and biting me as i tried to fight them off.
    I have been researching it for the past 2 days and finally found my answer!
    Thank you

    • Thanks Kat,

      Would love to hear your insights regarding the dream you had.

      Turtle is a major totem for me and has had much significance in my life, a reminder to honor the creatures and Life Energies of the Earth Mother. This being said, you might imagine my sadness and concern when, within the last year (2008), I came across three dead turtles (on separate occasions). As mentioned in other posts, whenever something like this happens, I take the time to look within and offer prayers and to receive messages that may be there for me. In all three instances (although outside in nature), it occurred to me that the turtles died because of humankind’s neglect and disrespect for the Earth. The turtles, representative of the very Life that nurtures and sustains us were found on their backs, symbolizing the Earth that is slowly being destroyed by her children’s ignorance and shortsightedness. And so it does not come as a surprise to see the turmoil and violent earth changes that the world is experiencing. I do, however, also believe that old systems are dying, that the “hard shell” of selfishness and greed are being shaken and thrown onto the dung heap of what needs to be released. In a sense, Turtle Medicine comes to tell us that the time of renewal comes with great change and purging!

      • I am devastated! I drove in to my home this morning after a day away, and parked my van, running over a beautiful 5″ box turtle in my drive way. I feel so terrible, as I am a HUGE nature conservationist, with a deep love of these sweet, slow, important creatures.

        I wonder how does this turtle energy now in my possession translate to me and my life, and I’m praying to the spirits that I use this energy well.

        Growing up on the coast, and knowing all creatures have deep connections to all other creatures, I am saddened to have been so short sighted as to not watching my path for peaceful slow walkers, be-ers.

        I will slow down, watch and listen.
        c

      • I’m so sorry to hear, Caroline, of the difficult experience you just went through! Can’t imagine how that must have been for you!

        Thanks however, for your sharing and for the caring you have for all of Earth’s creatures. I would be very interested to hear how turtle energy expresses to you in the days and weeks ahead!

  2. Anja

    Hello!
    I had a dream last night. I am very interested about it’s meaning, even more as the dream came on the night, when I decided to listen again to my dreams.

    I was preparing, cleaning something in the kitchen, when I notice a big aquarium with a turtle inside. In the next moment I realize that I am overheating the water where the turtle is. I put her out or it jumps out and starts hunting me (it’s not slow at all!). At first she doesn’t succeed. The next time, she goes searching for me, she bites me in my left hand. I am trying to take her off me, grabbing her by it’s mouth. I succeed. But she start hunting me again, and bites me again in my hand. These time I do not struggle and I let her. The next memory is that I am at peace, turtle is in the aquarium and I am putting her a fresh, clean water.

    I am very happy to find your blog, while searching for answers. If you have some insides, opinions I would really appreciated.
    Thank you and I wish you all the Love and Light.
    Anja

    • Thank you Anja, for sharing your powerful dream! It is fraught with symbolism: water (emotions, unconscious, ? etc.), turtle (Mother Earth?), left hand (non-dominant, intuitive side?) Perhaps one interpretation might be that the Earth Mother (as represented by the turtle, is “biting” to activate your intuitive Higher Self. She arises from the deep unconscious (water) to remind you of the vast powers that are yours to manifest and to be “at peace” with.

  3. Anja

    Thank you so much. I had a nother one, but these time it was not turtle hunting me but a small snake. She bite me 4 times in my left leg. Suddenly she disappeared, but from my mouth young snakes started to come out.
    Well thank you, I am really happy that you replayed!

    • Wow! This time a snake biting you four times on your left leg. I’d be interested to hear your own interpretation of this dream (as it is your dream and your unconscious speaking to you). In some traditions, the number 4 represents completion and wholeness. That young snakes started coming out of your mouth in the dream seems quite significant: beginning to manifest and speak your intuitive truth? The snake (or serpent) also represents the coiled energy at the base of the spine, sometimes known as Kundalini. When this energy gets activated and rises up the spine, it blasts away at any stuck energies that may reside in the body, increasing its resonant frequency. Check out my post on Kundalini Awakening.

  4. Julia

    This is by far the most amazing interpretation I have ever read. So dead-on, it floored me. Thank you for your deep and healing insights.

    • Thank you Julia, I appreciate your kind thoughts! When I think and feel “turtle energy,” I switch back and forth between sadness and joy, sorrow and elation. To me, Turtle represents all that is ancient, like the old growth redwoods that used to proliferate in the Western Coastal States. They also represent the indigenous peoples across the globe. Both have been decimated due much to human ignorance… and we have lost much of the wisdom teachings of the trees and native peoples– a great loss!

      Turtle also brings great joy because its primal energy is patient and enduring. It swims powerfully through the seas of Mother Earth, calling us back to Oneness, showing us that Beauty and Love can never be lost forever.

  5. Kari

    I dreamt about multiple baby turtles. They were different kinds… box, smooth carapace, I was helping someone (a child) I think try and match them and gather them. We kept having to return to the water where we were finding them to get more. It wasn’t frustrating or fun, just continual and quite vivid. I can still see the stream which was at the bottom of a cliff….
    Any thoughts? Thank you!

    • Beautiful dream Kari! Baby turtles and a child… “return to the water…” For me the dream seems to represent a “return” to primal (turtle) energy, connecting with the creative (child) flow (stream) of what is wanting to be expressed in life (as represented by the cliff). So much is wanting to be born through you Kari! That “it wasn’t frustrating or fun” is an aspect of Spirit/Nature that seems to have a detached consciousness in the sense that it does not make value judgments of right, wrong, pleasure, pain, etc. It seems to just Be, the Divine Calm Observer. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Joni

    Hi,

    Just recently, maybe a week, I had this dream of two turtles. It is not clear. My mind seem to visual it as a turtle. I can’t really remember. Then suddenly one of the turtle turn to an iPAD or there was an iPAD. Can’t remember it now. I know it sounds weird. Anyway, I don’t bother on the iPAD thing. Perhaps I’ve been dreaming to have one. So few days later I bought a pair of turtles. I’m not sure whether this is right. I just feel like I want to have it. Any thoughts?

  7. T-la

    Im also glad to have found this site. I have the past two nights had a dream of being back in the home I grew up in, which I haven’t been in in at least 4 years. There is this large green snapping turtle, a big one you’d expect to find crawling across an African landscape covered in dust. Only this one isn’t dusty but emerald green. It sees me and I underestimate it, thinking I can outrun it but it is so fast! It pursues me angrily and gets underneath my stride and leaps up and snaps at my right upper thigh, clinging on with it’s strong beak. I feel no pain, but I have to pry open it’s strong beak to get it to release my thigh. Then I get it off me and notice a sheet of blood running down my leg. It continues to pursue me at least 3-4 times before I wake up, catching me off guard at different places in this house. It’s horrifying but I’m not in pain. Any insight? Thank you in advance.

    • Thank you Zurikiss for sharing. Your dream is fascinating, especially since my wife and I received just two weeks ago a gift from a child of a beautiful green porcelain turtle (from Hawaii)! For me the turtle represents a return to our origins (home) and reconnection with primal energies. I see the turtle as swimming through the cosmos. I also think it is significant that your dream turtle was “emerald green,” the color of healing. Perhaps your dream is calling you back to your home in Spirit, even “biting” to get your attention. That it bit your upper right thigh might be your unconscious, intuitive Self “biting” the intellectual, linear/logical ego self as represented by the thigh (what we stand upon the earth with). At any rate, the unconscious seems to be very much wanting your attention! I think it’ll be interesting to see what shows up in your life! Thanks again!

  8. Mike

    I really enjoyed this post on turtle energy. The other night, I had a dream involving a turtle and found your page after doing an internet search on the meaning of turtles within dreams. Currently, I am working on lucid dreaming and trying to get more in touch with my creativity and emotions, so I found the information on your site to be highly relevant.

    In my dream, I was walking through a recently harvested cornfield towards a dilapidated water tower. As I was walking, I saw thieves climbing the water tower and stealing pieces of it. Suddenly, a large mob of people appeared and chased the thieves away. Then I noticed a very large green turtle (about the size of a van) nearby with a giant horn on it’s head. It called out to me and asked me what I thought of what was happening. I conveyed that the scene had disturbed me and the turtle asked me why it had disturbed me. At this point, I felt very uncomfortable talking to such an unusual creature and the dream ended.

    • Thanks Mike for sharing. Very interesting! I’m wondering what the “dilapidated water tower” and the “thieves” represent to you. For me, water in dreams represents emotions, feelings. The thieves are symbolic of whatever in life is depleting our emotional “water tower.” Feelings get magnified in our dreams and indicate areas in our lives that are inviting us towards deeper exploration. The “harvested cornfield” seems to indicate that you have reached a particular milestone in life, that you have “harvested” the results of things you have sown and wanted in life. Now the “thieves” have come to pilfer what you have not taken such good care of (the dilapidated water tower). That the turtle in your dream is asking why it disturbed you seems to be an important question to answer. Thanks again for sharing!

  9. Ruby Solomon

    Last night I had a dream that my husband and I came home and my mom and one of my Aunts were there and along with my two children they had many, many children running around my house and running in and out of the house. I became angry with my mother and went into my room, to find a tiny little turtle there. I went to wash the turtle down the sink in my bathroon but he would not flush down. I looked into the drain and saw that there were many little turtles stuck in there. I called to my husband and he helped me to pull them all out wwith a wire hanger and place them in a shallow bucket of water. And then I woke up. Please help! I have no idea what this means.

    • Thanks for sharing Ruby. What stands out for me in your dream is the “child” archetype: your children and the “many children running around my house” along with the many tiny little turtles. Another indicator of child energy in the dream was the instance of your going to your room because you were angry at your Mother. Water in a dream can be symbolic of emotions. Does flushing the little turtles down the drain (toilet) bring up certain symbolic meanings to you? The child archetype is primal, wild, creative, unpredictable, moody. That energy within us can be unpleasant if we have not learned to understand, embrace and cultivate our relationship with it. Your husband helping you pull the “stuck” little turtles out of the drain and placing them in a shallow bucket of water seems to indicate a new start with the relationship with your inner child (with the help of your husband). Hope this helps!

  10. Dear Mr. Manaka,
    Thank you for such beautiful words! It was great to find an explanation for my dream!
    I dreamed that I was in a place listening to a monk who was a spiritual master, and a turtle bit my left hand.
    It was very difficult to get it off my hand and I moved over to a different place, and the master said that changing places was useless because it would find me, if it wanted to.
    Cheers,
    Maria Alves

    • Thanks for your kind words Maria,
      It’s interesting to me that the turtle in your dream bit your left hand. I don’t know if you’re right or left handed, but for right-handers, the left non-dominant hand is connected to the right brain (creative, intuitive, non-linear). Perhaps the turtle was inviting you to explore deeper areas of creativity and that “changing places” would not enable an escape from the gifts that are “biting” for your attention.

      • Dear Mr. Manaka,
        Thanks for your reply! Your words, even in writing, have a deep spiritual healing power.

        You are absolutely right about the meaning of my dream. Although I am doing wonderful things now – especially studying Homeopathic Medicine, I must come back to the magic side of my life.

        On another note, I would like to tell you that I read your post about your leg pain and healing dance. It was beautiful, but I would like to share with you something very helpful: homeopathic remedies for emergencies:

        http://www.medicine4life.ca/2012/08/homeopathy-and-first-aid/

        As you probably know, homeopathy acts on the vital energy, using the energy of the product of which it is made, by the process of potentization.

        You don’t need to publish this comment, it is not my intention to promote my blog. I just want to share this with you.

        All the best,
        Maria Alves

  11. Eledy

    While searching online for definition/meaning of dreaming with turtles I came across your site and I was fascinated.

    A few weeks a had a dream that went from one thing to another. Though the first part of the dream I understood the second I did not since it had to do with turtles and this is my first time dreaming with them.

    In the dream I remember walking into my room and when I look down to the floor I see a baby turtle walking towards me. I stepped back and at my amazement I say “Oh, I found it!, It was lost somewhere in my room.” But when I thought about it in my dream I was thinking “wait, I never lost a turtle, I lost my pet hamster but not a turtle.” With that thought in mind I look down at the turtle to see it walking towards 3 other baby turtles making them a total of 4. They were all walking in a circle clockwise one behind the other. I smiled and said “oh, but there is one missing.” I reached towards my mouth opened it and took out the fifth baby turtle and placed it in the center of the circle. This one just stood there while the other four kept walking in the same direction … All I did was look at them and smile.

    What has left me surprised is the fact that the fifth turtle was in my mouth. Please help, I really have no idea what this means, any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you ^_^

    • Thanks Eledy, for sharing your fascinating dream!

      The symbolism that comes to mind for me are the “Sacred Four Directions” as represented by the four turtles circling clockwise. In ancient Chinese tradition, the Turtle (or “Black Tortoise”) symbolizes the power of the North (and longevity). The fifth Sacred Direction is symbolized by the turtle coming out of the mouth (representing “Center”). This part of your dream is also represented in Chinese tradition: the divine King of the North, in order to attain enlightenment, purged all toxins (physical, mental, and spiritual) from his stomach and intestines. Symbolically, the story tells of the stomach and intestines being physically removed which then takes on the shape of the tortoise and snake.

      For reference, here is a link to the above information:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tortoise

      Hope this helps! Thanks again for sharing!

  12. Dear Maria!

    Thank you for sharing the link to the homeopathy site. I’m more than happy to share such helpful information on my blog! Glad also to hear you are studying homeopathic medicine! Many Blessings!

  13. I had a dream where I was playing this video game, and I was the main character; but I was seeing most everything from my 1st person point of view. In one of the scenes, I was inside of a cave laying on the edge of a lake on the ground. Somebody that I didn’t even know (and I don’t remember what they looked like) was bringing me gifts, and the only gift I remember getting was a bag with a black turtle shell necklace in it. It had some dirt on it though, but I pulled it out of the bag and put it around my neck. Then I turned around and saw three old men standing on a faraway land bridge in this cave, and they were standing there waiting for something.

    All of a sudden, I had control of a video game character that was standing on this land bridge trying to make it across a big gap. The old men moved out of the way of my character as I started controlling it, and when I moved it and jumped across the gap to the other end of this bridge, the three old men turned into turtles and fell to the ground below where I was. I then lost control of the character and I stopped seeing it. I moved closer to these three men turned turtles and then instantly, a burgundy sack appeared in my hand, with these three turtles inside of it. They were on top of some dirt and each laying next to a seashell (but it appeared like they were all in their own sack), so it’s like this sack had three compartments in it lol. There’s more to this dream, but only this part of the dream had the turtles in it. I wonder what you might make of this?

    • Wow! Lots of symbolism in your dream: cave, gifts, turtle shell necklace (with dirt on it), three old men, land bridge, turtles, burgundy sack, more dirt, seashells, etc. They all evoke certain feelings, thoughts and visuals. What comes immediately for me is the feeling/sense of connection (land bridge) with our ancestors (three old men). The gift of the black turtle shell necklace is perhaps a call to remembrance of who we are, a joining together (necklace) of all “three compartments” of our physical, mental and spiritual aspects. The video game (and character) perhaps represents the ego and its place in the worldly dream and our attempts to control it. What is the dream calling you towards? Thanks again for sharing!

      • Hey no problem, thanks for the response. I don’t feel that this dream is really calling me towards anything in particular. But I did look up the symbolism of turtles, and they’re supposed to symbolize some sort of wisdom, or gift of wisdom, especially since they were placed in a sack. Also to slow down, although I feel like things are going super slow anyways ha.

  14. l d

    Hello! I came across your website as soon as I tried to understand why I dreamt of many baby and adult turtles. Mainly the baby ones were being cooked by children in my dream and then taken out. Then very ones were used to try a racing game. Lol, i thought it was strange. Anyway late into the dream, one adult turtle was under my seat and trying to bite me. What are the significant of this dream pls? Thanks in advance.

    • Thanks for sharing your dream. “Baby” turtles being cooked by “children” kind of stands out for me. I’m wondering what “children” and “cooking” represents to you. Perhaps something ready to be served? Are you finished with something and it is wanting to come out, be expressed? Racing to come out? Also, that an adult turtle biting you from beneath your seat in my opinion represents something significant in your life that is wanting to be looked at. Anyway, these are just my impressions. Hope they help!

      • l d

        They did, your impressions are precising on the dot. I have been so anxious to come out or express myself and also waiting to meet someone that’s i have been dying to meet. This dream as a way of it telling me to be patient. Thanks

  15. balukamoy

    I don’t remember my dreams, so when I see something strange it really sticks to me. I don’t remember all the details, and I’ll share what I can remember. Two nights ago, I saw my mother set up a platter of food for my ill grandmother. There were 3 items on the plate and the plate was covered by a lid to keep the food warm. Curiously, I peeked and saw a live green turtle under the lid, looking at me with sleepy eyes and a subtle smile (a bit cartoony) I recall asking my mother why did she put it on my grandmother’s plate, but she didn’t reply to me. I couldn’t tell if this was intentionally placed on her plate or an accident. I kept watching the turtle and didn’t say anything to either of them. I didn’t want to alarm either of them and was puzzled by finding a turtle on her lunch plate. I don’t know what this could mean. Thanks for any insight on this.

    • Thanks Balukamoy for sharing your dream! Here are some of my impressions of your dream: Three items of food on the plate. The dream consists of three generations (your Grandmother, Mother and you). The plate covered by a lid with a green turtle under it perhaps represents a fourth generation? It was looking at you with sleepy eyes and a subtle smile. The thought of it being food for your ill Grandmother would be horrifying but if looked upon symbolically as an offering to the ancestors, that their life force continues to live on and gain sustenance through the younger ones, then it makes a little bit of sense. Anyway, these are just my thoughts….

  16. bannananut

    SUP!
    i was doing research on turtles and then found this yknow i never thought of a turtle like that and im actually going to use this when i present

  17. TheBean

    Hi!
    I’m fascinated by the interpretations of other dreams that you’ve posted, and I’m hoping you can help with mine.
    Night before last, I had a dream of a large turtle-a land tortoise perhaps-ambling along. I was outside, it was night, and it went past about 15-20 feet away. To me, the interesting thing is that this large turtle-like the size of a footstool-started to try to climb a tree. Then, I woke up.

    • Thanks for sharing your dream! Yes, it’s interesting that the large turtle started to try to climb a tree! Something to consider: whenever anything happens in a dream that is totally outside of what normally would be considered possible in our waking consciousness, it can be the Unconscious’ way of helping you, the dreamer, to awaken in the dream. In other words, to get lucid. I also see (in my mind), the play of Turtle (ancient wisdom) with the moniker you use: TheBean. I’m wondering, what kind of bean? Perhaps a vine that climbs trees?

  18. Kerryn

    Its seems this is the only sight that has actual valid interpretation of dreams, maybe you can help me…
    I’m a big believer in dreams and last night I had a dream that I was rescuing two baby turtles but I lost them in a large group of water, I went searching for them and found them cuddled together at the bottom. Later in my dream, sorry if this is strange, I met a young merman, who I felt an over powering love for yet he wasn’t the typical type of merman, his whole body was covered in scales. I have no idea what this represents.

    • Thanks Kerryn for sharing your dream.There are some powerful archetypes represented in your dream: two baby turtles, water, merman (covered in scales). In reading your dream, in a certain sense it has become part of the fabric of my own dream, as the archetypes you spoke of create a certain resonance for all of us. From my perspective (as reader of your dream), it represents the reuniting (cuddling) of heart and mind (two baby turtles) with the Ocean of Spirit (large group of water). The Merman (covered in scales) seems to represent the male/masculine ego principle in all of us that has lost touch with Spirit. We’ve covered ourselves in scales to protect our little selves from the overwhelming feelings of primal energies.

      • Kerryn

        Thank you so much! This really helps as I am currently embarking on a whole new journey in my life and it seems that I am heading in the right direction from the sound of your interpretation! Light and love sent your way!

  19. Romina

    Hi, I too came across your website because last night i had a dream about a turtle.
    I was at a beach standing on some rocks and contemplating the water, it caught my attention how clear and transparent it was , i saw a man i guess he was swimming i don’t remember him as clear but then i saw this shadow on the water and there it was… a giant GREEN turtle, it came towards me i was not afraid of it, it put its heads close to my feet and then made me cares it. i swam a little bit by its side i couldn’t believe how huge and green it was and then i woke up.
    Meaning?
    Thanks!!

    • Thanks Romina! The turtle archetype seems to be connecting with a lot of souls during this time of great transition! How you interpret your dream may be different from mine, as our life circumstances and experiences are different. As I read your dream and pay attention to my own feelings, the sense of awe mingled with a little bit of fear arises… fear of the depths of the water and how “clear and transparent” it was. Since I can interpret your dream through whatever lens that I see fit, I can see myself as the man that you saw swimming.

      Can you see how dreams and archetypes work? We are all connected by energy fields of the Divine Consciousness. Perhaps your interpretation may be totally different, but it doesn’t lessen the connections we all share through the matrix of archetypes.

      I see the Earth Mother, Gaia, represented through the “giant GREEN turtle.” She seems to be inviting you to reconnect (swim) in the oceanic energies of Her deep and mysterious waters. She is wanting your attention…

  20. fin

    i had a dream about a white turtle with gold, black and white on its shell trying to do its own thing but i noticed the beauty of the turtle and tried to grab it. The white turtle tried to snap at me and then goes into a hole. I cover the hole up and then something happens which i don’t remember but she had two little ones and the hole was dug out and one of them was dead. What the hell was that dream all about?

    • Thanks Fin! It’s an interesting synchronicity that you are sharing a dream about a “white turtle.” I just finished replying to another person who wrote about their dream which included a “white turtle.” You mentioned that the turtle was “doing its own thing” and that it “snapped” at you when you tried to “grab it.” I wouldn’t try to comment on what this dream might mean for you individually, but I do think your dream speaks a lot about where humanity is at in general. Like the turtle in you dream that was “doing its own thing,” we too, as humanity in general have been “doing our own thing.” We’ve been grabbing at things of the world with such recklessness that naturally, the turtle (Earth resources/spirit) snaps at us and retreats “into a hole.” It also seems inevitable that Her life energy/resources/spirit is dying.

      Why was the turtle white (with gold and black colors)? In Eastern cultures, white is oftentimes a symbol for death. To me the dream symbolizes that the Earth (as She is now) is dying. The color black perhaps symbolizes our collective unconscious that is tied intimately with what happens to our Earth Mother. That there was also the color gold to me represents the spiritual thread, our ultimate and eternal connection with Spirit.

  21. Joyce

    i came across your website while i was searching on the meaning of turtles in a dream. Your insight on the meaning of turtles is quite interesting and nothing i’ve read anywhere before.

    Last night i dreamt i was on my way to university. I got lost on the high way, so i got out of the car and walked. i bumped into a lady and we casually had a conversation. As we were walking i spotted a turtle walking slowly.It was an usual looking turtle, it was big and white. its shell was square and when i pointed it out to the lady, she totally ignored it. the turtle crossed the road, and suddenly on the other side of the road, it got smaller in size (still white) went down the pipeline and continued walking slowly until it disappeared. i tried to find the meaning of this dream but i cant seem to figure it out. can u please help me out. thanks

    • Thanks for sharing Joyce. Some of the things (archetypes and symbols) that stand out for me in your dream: university, turtle, lady, pipeline, car. What is interesting is that you “got lost on the highway” while driving to the “university.” University could represent Life itself or it could represent the actual physical college that you may (or may not) be attending. At any rate, to me the dream represents a kind of symbol of where you are now as far as life direction. The big, white turtle with square shell seems to represent going down a “pipeline” that perhaps is sterile (white) and disconnected (not fitting, or square) from earth energies (that are round and circular) and wisdom (turtle). In the dream, the turtle slowly “disappeared.”

      I hope you understand that I can interpret this dream only from my own perspectives/beliefs/experiences. With that being said, the archetypes are universal symbols that we can all communicate with on deep levels. The turtle in your dream, in my opinion, speaks not only of your own individual life path, but it also speaks to humanity in general… all of us. We’ve disconnected ourselves so much from Spirit and Earth energies that we are slowly going “down the pipeline” of societal (university) pressures to conform and to be a part of the matrix until we “disappear” into oblivion and totally get “lost on the highway.”

      Who was the lady in your dream? What/who does she represent? Perhaps Gaia or the Earth Mother? Why does she ignore the unusual looking turtle? I’d be interested to know what things came up in your conversation. I think there would be many clues there.

      Thanks again Joyce! Hope this helps.

  22. Jeannette

    I love turtles. I dream of them often. Anytime they appear to me in my dreams I am filled with peace and joy. I once suffered from horrible night terrors but now I can sleep in peace. My body has learned to call on the turtle to appear in my dreams and protect me.

    • Thank you Jeannette! Turtles keep showing up for me too, if not in dreams then in the shapes in nature that remind me of them. Clouds, rocks, a pile of leaves, etc. can all remind me of turtle medicine. It seems that the more I think and feel turtle medicine around me, the more it shows up in my environment.

  23. marianne

    Hi, I like all these interpretations on dreams. I had a dream yesterday regarding a small water turtle. I used to have one when I was a kid, the only pet I’ve ever had. I don’t live in my country, and I dreamt I was at my parent’s house and I had this little turtle in its open water aquarium/glass when it jumped out quickly and bit me not very hard in my right finger and then fell to the floor. It was filled with energy and wanted to get out. I was worried because I felt the need to take care of it, and it hurt itself because of its soft shell, so I tried to put it back in the aquarium but jumped out again, suddenly my mother and aunts where around and suggested me to put it back in the glass with more water and said it would be fine there, but I told them it would jump out again and so much water would make the turtle uncomfortable, so it happened, and the turtle jumped out and hurt itself again, so I knew the turtle needed less water and a small high glass so even if it jumped, it would be very high for her to escape. Although my dream ended there, I was very confident that solution might keep the turtle safe. Your interpretation would surely help. Thanks!

    • Thanks Marianne for sharing your dream. To me, turtle represents primal energy, source energy that is wild, chaotic, uncontainable. It is also blissful, ecstatic, creative and spontaneous. That the turtle in your dream “bit you” and was “filled with energy and wanted to get out” suggests to me that Turtle Medicine in you is wanting to express its unique nature and creativity through the gifts that are innately yours. If you know your gifts then it is time to shine it brightly in the world. If you are as yet uncovering your gifts, then it is important during these times to take note of what is showing up in your environment and dreams. Take note and ask to be shown what your unique gifts are. Turtle Medicine is “biting” for your attention. That the turtle hurt itself when jumping out shows that it is important to maintain balance in your life, which the dream seems to indicate that you know how to do this: “…the turtle needed less water and a small high glass so even if it jumped, it would be very high for her to escape.” Thanks again Marianne! Hope this helps!

      • marianne

        Thank you for your interpretation, it helped alot. This is a great site, congratulations, and best!

      • yinka

        Many thanks for sharing. I picked my phone to look up “meaning of turtle in dream” mere moments after I woke up from my mine!. Your insight resonates with me as I had been reading up on spiritual practices of the East. Mindfulness is an especially attractive to me .

        My dream featured fast turtles! I lay in a grassy area at night and was startled by shadowy movements. I could see whatever it was that caught my attention was small and reptilian. I could not make out exactly what it ( they, really) was. They kept sprinting past me. I was worried. Fear finally got me on my feet for a closer look. One of these “things” finally came to a stop some feet away from me. First I saw the mound of her shell. Then it gradually dawned on me–i was looking at a regal turtle, bigger than the sprinting shadows i saw earlier and majestic in her stillness. I stared. Still fearful, I turned back to where I lay, woke up my siblings who were with me, picked up our sleeping mats and proceeded to go back into a house. The place felt familiar. We apparently were asleep in a garden.

        Your take on this would be appreciated. Cheers!

      • Thanks Yinka! I can comment on your dream only from my own perspective and experience. With that being said, what comes up for me is the fast and swirling mass of primal energy and fractal patterns of creation that coalesce into what “appears” to be turtles. Shadowy figures represent the dark unconscious that includes the reptilian dimension of what seems fearful, cold and calculating. The vastness of the universe/creation is a reflection of our Infinite Selves and it seems overwhelming, a void too deep. And yet, in all of the swirling mass, you experienced a part of yourself that was “regal and majestic” in your “stillness.” You had a glimpse of omnipresence, of your Cosmic Self asleep in the “garden” of your infinite home. As a way to protect yourself from the abyss of the unknown Infinite, fear has prodded you to go back to sleep (“picked up our sleeping mats”) and proceed back to your “house” where all is safe and familiar.

        Thanks for sharing your beautiful and powerful dream. I think it speaks to all of us who are awakening from the dream of separation. Turtle energy is calling us all to surrender our little selves into the vastness of our Cosmic Home!

  24. Jesse

    I had a dream about swimming in the ocean and being approached by a turtle. It wasn’t scary it was beautiful. What does this mean?

    • Thanks Jesse, I believe your dream of swimming in the ocean and being approached by a turtle is a wonderful gift to you from Spirit. The turtle and the ocean are both part of your essence and you are awakening to your gifts (whatever they may be). Spirit communicates in such a way that we can receive its message only through the resonance of Beauty and Love in our hearts. Listen, feel and receive!

  25. There

    Thanks for the interpretation! :) I was just wondering if you could help me out, because I’ve been dreaming of a turtle since last month. Last month I dreamt about a turtle without a home, I was trying to save “her” and protect it from harm, the turtle was in the middle of a forest. An hour ago I dreamt of the same turtle, I was so happy that I saw “her” again but this time with shell in the ocean, we played and had fun swimming and soaking under the sun. I rubbed her belly and thought that she had grown a lot

    BTW, last month when I dreamt about the turtle with no shell, I was applying for a new post in our company. Then I got hired after a week. My first day of work as a quality tester is tomorrow So I was wondering if this signifies something? :-)

    • Thanks There for sharing your dream! I find it interesting that so many people are having dreams of turtles, especially during these times when Mother Earth is going through a cycle of cleansing and healing. I believe she is calling all of us to help her during this time, to do our parts to “protect” her from harm. To me, turtle energy represents the Earth and Primal Energy, the swirling mass of the creative vibration that can seem dark, chaotic and scary. And yet, this infinite vastness communicates to us through archetypes and symbols that speak the language that only our hearts can understand. That you “played” and was “happy” with her in your dream seems to indicate a great openness of your heart to her messages to you.

  26. Nicala

    What an insightful find coming across this website! I dreamt I was wading through a shallow indoor pond. Many little turtles were swimming around me. I was searching for something (I cannot recall what) that was at the other end of the pond, as I got closer a huge turtle jumped out of the water and bit my left arm and just hung there.

    • Thanks for sharing Nicala! I think it is interesting that the “huge turtle” in your dream jumped out of the water and bit your left arm and hung there. Perhaps your left arm represents your non-linear, non-dominant creative side (if you are right handed)? Maybe the turtle, representing primal creative energy is “biting” to get your attention?

  27. Chris

    Thank you so much for this. I just had a dream…. I was in the ocean with a pretty good size(about the same size as me 5″9 ) sea turtle helping me. It actually spoke to me stating its here to help me and I believe it was trying to tell me its here to help me get back to myself. Mainly bevause I have been stressed, extreme self-doubt, np confidence at all! But i felt so good after I woke up and I decided to look up the dream and came across your post. i feel so happy. Thank you

    • Thanks Chris for sharing your dream! I think turtle dreams bring powerful messages and medicine. It’ll be interesting to see what is wanting to happen for you in the coming weeks/months.

  28. Kim

    Can you help me interpret this dream. In my dream, I was lying on a couch trying to go to sleep. I kept waking up because I thought an animal like a lizard or chameleon (not sure what that animal was) was on the coffee table, but it didn’t get on the table. Then, in my dream, I wake up and there is a turtle on the floor crawling fast towards me and starts to climb on me. I knock him down, he falls on his back and gets up and crawls towards me again and gets on me again. I knock him down again on the floor. Also, (and I can’t remember if I had this second dream before or after the turtle one), I dreamed that my aunt, who is deceased now, and I were in a car. She was getting ready to drive and wanted a drink of water. I didn’t have any bottled water to give her, but a had a bag of plastic cups, so I told her I would get her some water at a drinking fountain that I could see from the car we were in and took a plastic cup out to get her the water. Then, I woke up and I felt thirsty when I did. I have never dreamed about my aunt before, even when she was alive. I can’t remember if I have ever dreamed about turtles before. I should also tell you that I believe I was born with a veil over my head and have had some dreams in the past that have come true. Can you help me figure out what these dreams mean? Thanks.

    Kim

    • Thanks Kim,

      It is important to note how you were feeling during the dream, especially when the turtle was trying to climb onto you. Was is fear, anxiety, frustration, etc.? Also, what does your aunt represent to you? Water? Plastic cup? Driving, lizard, chameleon, coffee table?

      I can only interpret the dream from the standpoint of my own experience and perspective. Your dream has in a sense become a “shared” dream as the things in the dream are all archetypes and energetic symbols that have meaning. With this being said, I can now interpret the dream as though it were my own:

      I’m getting a sense of wanting to not be bothered by worldly/earthly duties and responsibilities. The world seems cold, impersonal (reptilian, lizard-like) and I just want to sleep and not deal with the creative energies (turtle) that are trying to get my attention. I want life to remain safe, sane and familiar (coffee table). I want to blend in and be left alone (chameleon).

      Spirit (aunt who has passed to the other side, death) is calling for me to drink from the waters of life and to move (drive), take creative action. I’m thirsty for something more than just stability and the status quo (coffee table), but continue to seek from what is familiar and unreal (plastic cups).

      The creative gifts (turtles) are clamoring to get my attention! I’m thirsty to drink from the well of Spirit!

      Hope this helps!

  29. Michelle

    Strange dream this morning. I dreamed I was in my room and I heard noise in my room. So I reached up, turned on the light, and there were two grown blue herons, with a chick, and two huge turtles. Of course, this. Was a shock. They were looking at me, calmly. The first thing that I thought was “how the heck did the turtles come in,”. Lol. Weird enough that the herons were in, but they have wings and can fly (except the chick of course). In the dream, I was in my room, and my room, my window looks out at a lake, so I got out of my bed, steped around the turtles and herons and looked outside and the lake. The lake was almost dry, with a lot of black snakes (maybe eels) in it, some dead, some alive. I looked back at the turtles and herons and they looked back at me. Then I walked to the bathroom ( they filled me) and I looked in the mirror, and as I was, I heard a noise in the bathtub. I drew the curtain, and what do I see? A baby turtle, looking back at me.

  30. Sue

    Hello! I have been having many dreams lately that I feel a need to journal and translate. Last night though it involved turtles. I seemed to be very busy either building or adding to an existing fish aqaurium. It was a good sized one, filled with plants and rocks. I remember being satisfied with the pumps, filters and overall condition of the tank. It was very full. There were small orange fish and then someone added one very large orange fish to the tank. After that I noticed a lot of baby turtles swimmimg all around the tank. A few were trying to get out and I was a little anxious trying to get them back into the water and quickly shutting the lid to keep them safe. After that I just watched them swim around and kept wondering how to care for them as I did not know they could survive in the water without being on land as well. Is there any meaning to this dream? Thank you :))

    • Thank you Sue for sharing your dream. What comes to mind for me about your dream is what you said about “being satisfied with the pumps, filters and overall condition of the tank.” Perhaps they represent your body and life in general? The orange fish, to me, represents your sacral chakra (orange in color). The sacral chakra is connected to sexuality and feelings, creativity and passion. Your dream has many layers and can be interpreted in many ways, yet all connected from the standpoint of the creative life force. For me the “baby turtles” represent either a physical pregnancy or some kind of creative/artistic direction. That you were “anxious” that a “few were trying to get out” and that you “quickly shut the lid to keep them safe” seems to indicate that you are indeed “adding to” the “existing fish aquarium” of your life… whatever that might be!

      Thanks again Sue! Very interesting dream!

  31. danielle w

    I had a dream a few nights ago that has reoccured numerous times in the past I’d say 3 years. I find baby turtles walking in a straight line near my feet and I try to take them home and when I go to gather them my dream wakes me up. And everytime I have this dream its a different seting but same senerio.
    This past time I was infront of my house shoveling and three baby turtles came wiggling out from beneath the snow…

    • Thank you Danielle for sharing your dream! What comes to mind for me while visualizing the “three baby turtles” is a delicate plant of creativity that is “wiggling out from beneath the snow.” The number “3″ represents (among other things) creativity. You also mentioned that you’ve had the recurring dream for 3 years. Perhaps the “baby turtles” of creativity are trying to “wake” you up to your power?

  32. john

    Hi

    I had a dream last night that a small green turtle, I’m presuming it was a baby one was walking either too slow or too fast and because of this the turtle got caught under a closing door. It was like a door of a hanger where they keep aircraft. The door was being closed by some unknown man but I managed to save the turtle I think, as I had him in my hands and he was putting his head in and out. I was anxious for the turtle not to be hurt.

    Any interpretation would be great

    Thanks

    • Thanks John for sharing your dream! It’s interesting that others have commented about dreaming about baby turtles. For me, “baby turtles” would seem to represent creativity that is wanting to come out and manifest in life, not to be shut down or kept behind a “closed door” or locked away like an “aircraft” in a “hanger.” Perhaps the turtle of creativity (or connection with the “aircraft” of your Higher Self) is wanting wings so that it can fly out of the “hanger” of smallness.

  33. Suzanne

    I stumbled upon this site searching for answers for myself and the dream interpretations I have read here are fascinating and beautiful. I hope you may provide me with some insight regarding a dream I had that focused on a lovely sea turtle.

    My dream shows me “watching” myself in profile as I write with a pen on a blank page. As I write, my pen’s ink flows freely like a liquid ribbon of all colors. As I write these painted word, I realize that don’t recognize them but I’m not concerned. Then, from my mouth, emerges a beautiful green sea turtle. She grows and soars above me looking back with the most serene expression. I’m overcome with awe. The sea turtle soars higher and becomes a deep night sky filled with stars. I then “know” that I am no longer me but dissolved and connected with this sky/universe and it with me.

    This is the most moving dream I think I have ever had. It left me with a profound sense of calm and completeness. I would love to hear your thoughts.

    • Thank you Suzanne! What a beautiful dream! As I read your experience I feel such deep feelings, as though your dream has now become mine (through the universal archetypes that you’ve expressed). The Dreamer, Dream and act of Dreaming are as One and the Infinite Spirit is a “blank page” that my life force or essence is able to fully express upon, “flowing freely like a liquid ribbon of all colors.” There is such calm and I am at total peace. I vocalize (mouth) the song of the Great Mother as manifested through the “beautiful green sea turtle” as she “soars above,” amidst the backdrop of the infinite “night sky filled with stars.” I am merged with all creation, immersed in the blissful ocean of “sky/universe.”

      Thank’s again Suzanne! Beautiful!

  34. michael

    hi i had this dream about driving on top of warter and large turtles were swimming under the car very fast in a row one after each other

  35. Kyla

    I was in this strange place, there were many people there in the background talking amongst themselves and my parents, sister and brother were there. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits, I had this brown paper bag and I pulled out a small turtle, a nice jade green with some yellow stripes and I was showing my family how lovely it was and it was biting everyone on the finger. I set it in a tub and I let it swim around as I try to touch it it would sometimes nip at me. But it was so happy, everyone seemed very content,

    I’m 17, a cancer sign. I didn’t pay any mind to my dream until later, but something struck me this morning when I woke up, I felt distraught, angry, displaced and the most important, I just didn’t feel the same. But I remembered this dream and I found it to be so lovely and I somehow knew something had just changed so rapidly within my mind, I am finding my peace, maybe?

    • Thanks Kyla, perhaps Turtle is calling or “biting” you to connect in a deeper way with your Self and the wider tribe of “parents, sister and brother” and community of “people.” That everyone in your dream was “happy” and “content” and in “good spirits” seems to be a good indication of your life overall. The dream also shows it can be a solacing reminder when you’re feeling “distraught, angry, etc.”

  36. Gina

    I have not been able to remember a dream for some time now. This morning I woke up rather shaking after dreaming about baby turtles. I don’t remember much of the dream except for the end, right before I woke up. I dreamed that my head was itching so I went to scratch my scalp when I realized that there were baby sea turtles all over my head. In my dream it was as if the turtles were equal to having lice in your hair. I was screaming in my dream for people to come help pick them out of my hair. I remember a few people coming to my side to help me remove them. I remember in the dream those that came to me seemed angry over the fact I was so upset over the issue. Can you please help me understand why I would be dreaming of such a strange occurrence?

    • Thanks Gina. Wow! It’s amazing how the unconscious works through our dreams to “discharge” or “express” energetic patterns in our consciousness in order to unravel the “charge” that may have built up in the field of our body/mind/spirit. That you woke up “shaking” and that during the dream you were “screaming” from the “baby sea turtles all over your head” (that seemed to be like lice in your hair) seems to indicate that something is really wanting you to look at something in your life. I don’t know the details of what is going on in your life, and dreams can sometimes work on multiple levels. Only you can work out the meaning of the dream. An obvious question (even if it sounds superficial) would be, “Is there anything “bugging” you in your life that is needing to be looked at?” Now, the sea turtles are powerful archetypes connected with ancient and primal energy. Perhaps they are calling you to create something with your mind (head)? Anyway, lots of different levels to your dream. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Reeskyy

    Last night, I had a dream that I was back in my old neighborhood, and there were dead leatherback turtles everywhere. There were heads and headless bodies littering the streets. In the dream, the people were eating them but the garbage disposal wouldn’t take them so they workers would rummage through the trash and remove all the dead turtles from the bags and just leave them on the street. Although they were being eaten in the dream, the heads and bodies were all in tact, not decayed. No one else seemed to be bothered by it but me, I was devastated and outraged.

    Some background on my experience with turtles: I’m from the Caribbean (Trinidad),the turtles lay their eggs on a certain beach, you can go turtle watching, some locals time this event and kill the turtles, they also steal the eggs sometimes which is now illegal. In recent times the government chose to do some renovations in an area where these endangered turtles lay their eggs during that special season destroying majority of the eggs, it became an international stink, as it should. However I haven’t thought about these things in a while, I’m not sure if this has anything to do with this dream

    Also at some point in this dream, I was sweeping around a dead mouse wrapped in a piece of paper, walking up the stairs to my mom’s apartment, then the mouse fell out of the paper and I had to into the apartment to get the broom and pan to sweep it up, but I was too grossed out to, the mouse also wasn’t decayed.

    I’m really wondering what does it mean my dreaming about these dead animals

    • Thanks Reeskyy, there is so much symbolism in your dream! What jumps out for me in your dream is the dead mouse. Here is an excerpt regarding the mouse totem:

      (from http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/mouse.htm)
      Scrutiny, Detail

      Mouse medicine is both a great power
      and a great weakness.
      It is good to pay attention to all details,
      but bad to over-analyze every little thing.

      Mouse people can be fixated on methodology and appear to be nit-pickers.
      They will make the simplest task fraught with difficulty.
      Everything must be in order in a Mouse’s house.

      Often, Mouse people are fearful of life.
      You should try to see the larger picture
      Even if you live in a small house in Los Angeles,
      you are also part of the Earth, galaxy and universe.

      If a Mouse totem has recently entered your life,
      ask yourself if you have neglected the trivial but necessary things in life.
      Have you become too focused on one or two activities
      and neglecting opportunities around you?
      Or are you trying to do too many things at the same time?

      Mouse medicine can show how to focus
      and how to attain the big things by working on the little things.
      (end quote)

      Now, about the heads and headless bodies of the turtles “littering the streets” and being “eaten.” I’m sure there are many levels that can be explored, but the immediate thought that comes to mind for me is how we humans have degraded our beautiful Mother Earth and ourselves by destroying our environment (neighborhood) and cutting our own heads off in the process. We have also lost the connection with our own bodies and severed our connection with our hearts.

  38. Soreanne

    Hello,
    I wonder if you could help me understand the dream I had last night. It started with me and other two people I don’t know having a conversation about a turtle that was swimming in a river next to us. One of these two people – a man – was trying to get close to the turtle but couldn’t so he asked if I could do something about it. The next thing I know, I was in the water swimming around the turtle, trying to communicate. At this point, the turtle smiled and we went on chatting and swimming together. The left side of the river was like a sidewalk with buildings along it, the right side was a green landscape with trees and sunshine. The water we were swimming in was clear and steady, we were floating peacefully when we weren’t swimming. The thing is, we had to get out of the water because I had to bring the turtle back to the man who asked me to contact the turtle. He was no longer with us so I had to take the turtle out of the river and carry it to where the man was. We took the path on the right side of the river, the one with the landscape, but along the way I started running thinking that the turtle had been out of the water for too long. We arrived to our destination, a room with other creatures in it, and the man was caring for them but more in the scientific sense than in the nurturing sense. The last part is blurry, but the most vivid part of the dream was swimming and chatting with the turtle. How should I relate to this dream?

    • Thank You Soreanne, beautiful dream! If I were to consider your dream as my own, I would be quite happy to have had the experience of “swimming and chatting with the turtle.” Very many layers of your dream that can be explored. I’ll mention some of the ones that “jump out.” To me the “left side of the river” as in “left side of the brain” represents the linear, logical mind that requires order (sidewalk with buildings along it) that approaches life from an analytical point of view, perhaps like the “scientist” in your dream. The scientist can only see things from the vantage point of observer, forever separated from the object of what he/she observes. You, the dreamer seems to represent the “right side” or “right side of the brain” as represented by “green landscape with trees and sunshine.” You were also “swimming” in the water, something that the scientist was unable or not wanting to do.

      All aspects of the dream represents a part of you that can be related to. If this were my dream, I would ask myself if I feel that I’ve been “out of the water for too long,” away from nature and creativity. Also, have I been “nurturing” the essence of who I am (the energetic creatures)?

      Thanks again Soreanne!

  39. Sulafa

    I dreamed that I was sitting on the balcony with my family when suddenly a turtle came out of my father.s clothes and scared him. I took it and wanted to throw it away from the balcony. when I looked down I saw some cats and I was scared that they may eat it. I put it and went to bring it some food but it ran away and was too fast for a turtle. I came back looking for it.

    What does it mean????

  40. Sarra

    i am new to all this but when i had this dream last night and saw this page i had to participate: in the dream i was at my mothers house and there were turtles everywhere and they tended to be in sets of 3. i ran all over the streets and yards gathering up all the turtles to bring home (my husband and i built what we like to call “the turtle sanctuary” in our back yard when we rescued a turtle from getting hit by a car about a year ago.) in the dream i kept asking for help to gather the endless amount of turtle all around, but no one seemed to want to help, next thing i knew a hand came into view to pick up the turtle next to the one i was bent over to get and i say “thanks paw paw” which is odd because my grandfather passed over a year ago, (however my mother and father have been randomly finding dimes around the house, which we believe it his him giving us a sign about something-but that is another story) after i was finished gathering all the turtles and brought them to the sanctuary it had suddenly become way too small to hold the ones i gathered and i was upset, reaching to grab one of the turtles it had slipped right out of the shell and again was very upset, this was the end of the dream, or what i remembered of it…….any thoughts?

    • Sarra

      i have to add something… i remembered there was one baby water turtle and i remember picking him up and commenting that he was a water turtle and saying how soft his shell was and i was scared he was going to get hurt.

    • Thanks Sarra, for sharing your dream. What “pops” up for me regarding your dream are “mother’s house,” “turtles everywhere in sets of 3,” “turtle sanctuary,” “asking for help,” and “sanctuary…became way too small…”

      When I get into the “feeling” of your dream as being my own dream, what comes up is that Mother Earth is calling out to us (asking for help) individually and collectively to take care of “mother’s house,” to “gather,” bring together all aspect of ourselves in sacred “sanctuary.” Your dream contained Father, Mother, yourself (the child), the sacred trinity. It also contained your “paw paw” who communicates to you by leaving dimes around the house. He represents the ancient lineage (ancestors) that help us and at the same time ask for our help.

      It is interesting that in the dream you were asking for help, but no one seemed to want to help. To me, it seems that it is Mother Earth asking for help through you and you are being assisted by the hands of Spirit (Grandfather).

      Thanks again for sharing, and thanks for your caring!

  41. Betty

    My dear sweet mother, 97 years old, but the wisdom and vitality of a much younger person, was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Such a shock to all of us. She has been in perfect health, no medications, walks a mile a day and her mother lived to be 103. While I was back home and she was in the hospital, I had the most amazing dream. I believe a very important, spiritual message was being sent to me. I was in the water, I felt like I was deep in the ocean. It was dark and very murky. I noticed something swimming towards me slowly, but I couldn’t quite figure out what it was until it got closer. It was a beautiful, giant sea turtle. It felt ancient to me. It swam very slow and as it approached, I noticed something strange on it. It had a large piece of tinfoil around its neck and embedded in a crevice down the center of its shell. It came right up to me as if asking for my help. I felt so bad for the tortoise, I thought that human pollution had harmed it, much like when dolphins and whales become entangled in fishing nets. I slowly removed the tinfoil from its back and around its neck. It gently brushed its face against mine, like a kiss to thank me, then turned and slowly swam away. I know this has meaning about my mom. I love her so much and I don’t want her to suffer in anyway as she passes. The dream has brought me such peace, please help me interpret it further. Thank you.
    Betty

  42. Betty

    One more thought….do you think that my mother is telling me that its ok to let her go? Does the tinfoil represent her tumor, something foreign to her body and harmful. I know in my heart that my mother is an old soul, I feel that she still has purpose here. How selfish of me to not want her to pass. She misses my dad and I know she has no fear of death. She’s very much at peace.

    • Dear Betty, thank you for sharing your beautifully deep and significant dream! That the dream brought you “such peace” indicates to me that you are very much in resonance with the meaning and depth of what is wanting to be communicated. It also seems clear that the dream was indeed about your Mother. If it is her time to go the dream also seems to indicate that she is in a very good place with it.

      So many levels to your dream! To me the giant sea turtle represents the ancient Mother (Gaia) Earth energy. That She had a tinfoil stuck around its neck and embedded in a “crevice down the center of its shell” is quite interesting. If you do a Google search for “pancreatic cancer and aluminum” you’ll find articles about causal links. It also seems that your removing of the tinfoil from your Mother’s neck and back was a way of releasing her to move on.

      Thanks again Betty, for sharing your dream. In reading your account, it helps me in the sense that the archetypes that you express are universal energies that I can benefit from in my own personal ways with my Earthly Mother. I very much appreciate your sharing. My prayers go out to you and your Mother.

  43. Wow thank you for the insight . Had a dream like this of an albino large turtle trying to bite me . Wow so appropriate for what life as I see it . Anyway again thanx

  44. Jojo Heavenlee

    I Had A Dream I Was On This Rocky Cliff And All Around Me Were Trees And In One Was A Turtle Just Chillin. All Of A Sudden It Tumbles Onto The Side Of The Cliff And Into The Blue Water Which Was Higher Than Land Level But Not Coming Onto The Land. I Got The Impression Of Hurt And The Turtle Started Sinking On It’s Back And Asking Me To Help It Turn Over In My Mind But I Was So Scared that I Turned Away, But Not Before I Saw It Turning Slowly On It’s Side And I Knew It Would Be Ok. Now I Know I Should’ve Helped It But I Was Too Scared Of The Water. The Writes Thing Is In That Forest I Was In, There Were No Paths Really, Just Foliage

    • Thanks for sharing Jojo! Whenever I have dreams of the ocean, the water usually seems so deep and teaming with large and wild creatures. I can understand your not wanting to go into the water! It’s interesting how our Unconscious (through our dreams) shows us how vast we really are!

  45. ounisha

    Hii…i have a turtle pet since 16 years now..and I have been dreaming about it a lot especially lately..i always dream it is being hurt on the leg and also there are many other turtles attacking each other or in danger…I would very gladly want to know if these dreams have any meaning..Thank you

    • Thanks Ounisha, I believe dreams have significance, even when they seem whimsical, scary, or outlandish. Dreams, however, are very personal to the dreamer. With that being said, I also believe that there are universal archetypes (energy patterns) that can have significance to anyone who cares to tap into the Universal Unconscious. In reading about your dream experience, I can identify with much of your dream symbols. For me, the turtle represents Earth energies and consciousness, deep wisdom that is embedded in Nature (trees, rocks, elements, etc.). Also, our bodies and consciousness are deeply connected with this energy. That the turtle was being attacked by other turtles and being “hurt on the leg” seems to indicate the consciousness of we humans on this planet, at war with each other and ourselves, unable to move forward. To me, the dream is a wakeup call to tune in with the resonance of Gaia (Mother Earth) to live in harmony with Nature.

  46. Annie

    Hello. I am pregnant and I had a dream there was a tree trunk. I cut the tree trunk open from left to right and it was filled with honey. No bees though. Just fresh honey. I looked at the top of my hand and there was honey all over it along with 4 baby turtles. The turtles shells where still soft. Then my husband appeared to help me get them off. It was very hard to get them off, as if they were suctioned on to my skin. The last 2 that we got off, I found a little pool of water and put my hand in to it to help get the turtles off easier. We got them off one by one trying not to rip off the soft shell. What do you think my dream meant? Thank you

    • Thank you Annie, for sharing your dream! So rich with symbols: tree trunk, honey, 4 baby turtles (and their shells), husband, pool of water. Considering that you are pregnant makes this dream all the more interesting!

      To me it seems that perhaps the “tree trunk” represents your body (womb)? That it is filled with “fresh honey” seems to be where you have stored all the mana and sweetness of your life force… and of course this is for sustaining and growing the life or lives of the “4 baby turtles.” That you “cut the tree trunk open from left to right” may represent a C-section? Or it could be a symbolic cutting or opening of Self to allow the “honey” of the creative current to be born through you.

      “4 baby turtles” can represent the sacred 4 directions, oftentimes symbolized within a circle. To me the 4 baby turtles in your dream represents the child that is yet to come, the sacred circle of oneness created by you and your husband.

      There is another way of looking at the “4 turtles.” Perhaps they represent the eggs or ovum. They seem to each represent a soul that is clamoring to get into this life through the help of you and your husband. They have “suctioned” or attached themselves quite strongly to you.

      Perhaps the “pool of water” (womb) represents where the turtles (or eggs) will remain through the duration of the pregnancy?

      These are just my thoughts. Thanks again for sharing!

  47. Margaret

    I dreamed I was in an amazing church with lots of shooting colors and a sea turtle swam above me and this beautiful woman who took up the entire part of the ceiling. I had this dream about two weeks ago and I feel so close to the sea turtle because of it.

  48. Jo

    Hello, I would love to hear your thoughts on this dream I had last night. I dreamt that I could hear a baby making the usual baby noises but I couldn’t see where he/she was and I had a feeling that it was my baby. (in real life i don’t have kids, but I would love to have kids one day). So while I was wondering where the baby was and my eyes fell on this little plastic food container on the table in front of me which I opened and which contained some cooked meat and vegetables and then I saw a baby turtle in there. I don’t think the baby noises came from the turtle but I replaced the lid and tried to close back the food container with the turtle inside and that was the end of the dream. I don’t recall ever dreaming of turtles, but I am going through a difficult time in my life at the moment so what could this possibly mean?

    • Thanks for sharing your dream! I would ask you if there is any long-held desire that calls for fulfillment in your life. The “meat” and “vegetable” are cooked. They’re ready to be served. Your gifts are ready to be shared with the world! Might the “turtle” in your dream represent the primal energy that is behind your gifts? The “baby” has been born and is ready to be cared for and nurtured along. Are you “closing” the lid on your deepest longings, the talents and gifts that you are born to manifest in life? Hope this helps. This is just what comes up for me.

      • Aida

        Well I was sexually abused since I could remember. Hated my parents for not caring for me not having a close relationship to trust. There was lots of psychological,physical and at one point innapropriate touching from my father. I love them both But they hurt me so much. The strangers that hurt me doesnt really bother me. Also. There is more to my life. Im in the process of opening a group home. I am worried about having a partnership because of trust issues. But I am willing to learn to trust. Also lately I see things different I notice nature and it’s beauty and life. I don’t want to hurt not even the smallest incect unless it hurts me. I have a feeling my brain and body is meant to do a lot more. For example use the power of my brain to move objects. Telecanisis. Also I would like to have a baby. But keep on Puting it off because I’m not ready financially and at times psychotic ally. But I’m running out of time. I’m now very happy in my merriage.

  49. Susan

    Hi Bruce,
    this morning I had a dream that I had several baby turtles before me that I had to cook and make into turtle soup. I didn’t like the idea but thought that it had to be done. First I had to slit their soft shells in two lines lengthwise and as I began to do this I noticed on of the turtles eyes looking at me calmly but I still felt this is what I need to do.

  50. Aida

    I had a dream that I was working with children and there was a big flood. Children kept running and I slow down to look at a gigantic turtle there was a smaller one beside it. I wanted to touch and give the turtle a kiss but decided not too because I didn’t want to scare it. I asked the turtle if it could give me a kiss. The turtle kissed my cheek and it made me so happy and at peace. I walked a way and went on.

  51. Laura

    Hello, I did not have a dream I had the turtle show up in my back yard one day out of no were, we have a big fence that’s pretty secure. He or she is beautiful and pretty big too about 2 of my feet put together!.. I’ve been going through some things in my life that has its up’s and downs.. She or he brings me happiness as I watch it walk through my yard but also makes me think how did it get here? what does it mean? I’ve learned from watching his moves to be patient for he or she moves slowly and gracefully through my yard. I think its fantastic it came to our house! Its been over a month he or she is there people ask me to find a lake and let it go, but I say if it found its way to us it can find its way out. I know there is a reason, but I really would love to know why us? what would be its message to us.. its so cool but mind blowing as well.. On Sunday we were out in the yard for a while and it just stood there watching us and kind of being a part of the family it was great!! The beauty of life little Presents…

    • Thanks so much for sharing Laura! Beautiful! I believe you are right on target to think that the turtle showing up in your back yard is a great blessing (and also a mystery). That you are enjoying its presence and considering it to be like family would seem to indicate that you are wide open to the messages and energies that it brings. Sounds like you’ve already learned a lot and I’m sure there will be so much more to be revealed in time… Thanks again!

      • Achala

        hello good morning. yet another turtle dreamer here. can you please help analyse my dream meaning. me ,my mom and another person(guess a famous actor) were in a underground ancient well / pond(this pond was were I had actually spent my childhood days and had learnt swimming here. but now this pond is closed and covered with mud). but the usually full with water pond , was completely empty in my dream. and we 3 were walking in the empty pond and my mom was showing the 3rd person in my dream the corners from were a big turtle was passing. I was not concentrating on what my mom was showing or talking but I myself was seeing many very tiny baby turtles, jus new born out of the shell walking into the empty pond. the turtle count was huge. I felt I may step on these tiny creatures seem crawling everywhere and so I came out of the pond and eventually the other 2 also .I have gone through all your turtle dream interpretations above, can you please help interpret mine as well. am excited to know. Thank you. achala

      • Thank you Achala for sharing your dream. As I’ve mentioned in response to other dreams, my approach to dream interpretation is that when I read another person’s dream, it is as though it is now my dream. My first impressions of your dream is that what is happening personally is also a reflection of what is happening in the world in general. The “underground ancient well/pond” is “closed” and “covered with mud.” To me this represents a calling to you (to us and the world) to take care of the ancient well of our Spirit, to refill ourselves with the living waters of life/creativity/spirit. There is much life that is wanting to express and yet without the waters of our own spirit, the “tiny baby turtles” of our growing light has nowhere to go and cannot survive. The dream seems to be a calling to nurture our Spirit! It is up to us to us to refill the well with the sacred waters of our hearts’ love. The world seems to be running on “empty.” It is crucial that we act now to reconnect with Spirit!

  52. Sherry

    I’m still curious about what my dream still means. I’ve searched everywhere and only get meaning on only pieces of my dream. I dreamed that I saw a sea turtle making its way to my bed, which was made out of sand. It started to dig her hole to put her eggs in, she covered them up turned towards me and told me to take care if her babies and to make sure they hatch and make it to the water. I look back to my bed, the sand is gone and the sea turtle egs still remained in the middle of my bed.

    • Thanks for sharing your dream Sherry. I would ask if there is a particular dream or vision that you have been nurturing over the years. Are you clear about the gifts that you have been born with? To me the dream represents a calling for you to give birth to the gifts that have been yours from the beginning. Perhaps it’s a deep calling of lifetimes? That a sea turtle gave an egg over to you for safekeeping is, I believe, quite significant. Only you can know what is wanting to be birthed in your life. It seems to me a very sacred unfolding that is wanting to happen! You may want to pay close attention at what shows up in your life in the days and weeks ahead. Also, listen and feel deeply at what stirs within. Thanks again for sharing! Many Blessings!

  53. jen

    Can you help me analyze my dream? Last night, I dreamt that my cousins and I were going to cook, and we were at a big swimming pool with sea creatures in it, of course, there which is a turtle. I caught a turtle and showed it to my cousin, and he said it was no good since it was too small, and then I saw another turtle hoping to catch it but I let it go since it again was too small. When i turned around I saw my cousins and other people trying to catch a giant turtle, and I found it amusing and went back to my work. When i turned around again, the head of the giant turtle had been cut off.

    Help!

    • Thank you for sharing your dream Jen. My initial reaction to the end of your dream, where the “head of the giant turtle had been cut off” was of sadness, because to me, turtles represent our ancient Mother Earth (Gaia). A question I would ask is, “What were your feelings during the dream, and especially at the end?” Much is communicated through our feelings and much guidance can be received through them. What is wanting to be “cooked” or created in your life? To me, the “swimming pool” represents our attempts to control Nature and our own primal powers and gifts (as represented by the sea creatures) in narrow and familiar confines. We go about our business, not wanting to see what is going on all around us, and when we “turn around again” we see that the “head of the giant turtle had been cut off.” Thanks again Jen, your dream seems to represent what we are all faced with.

  54. So, I dream about a turtle coming out from the ocean, sands, water. Turned out that it was a small beach in my house. When I looked at the sea turtle, I loved it so much that I carried it up and put it on top of a pole. The pole is only chest high, and on top of it, there was a bowl full of sand and water. I put the turtle there so that I can see it clearly. The longer I saw it, the water vanished and turtle left with no water. I was freaking out and when I was about to put the turtle back to the ocean behind me. The water is all gone. I checked the bowl again just to make sure my sight was right. I saw a shell of another turtle. I picked it up from the sand as it was buried. when I picked it up, the color is darker, wet and have a very weird mouth shape. I heard somebody say they do not want that turtle and want the first one I picked up from the ocean because it is more beautiful. I woke up and I am trying so hard to figure out the meaning of this dream. Can you help me?

    • The color of the first turtle is blue-ish clean, pretty and very very beautiful. The second one is black, dark and not as appealing as the first turtle.

    • Thank you Anita, for sharing your dream. To me, the dream represents your heart’s call to connect with the gifts (sea turtle) that is wanting to be expressed (put on top of a pole). The “pole” was “chest high,” perhaps at heart level? Your gifts must be nurtured with the “waters” of your passion and spirit. That you found the “waters gone” seems to indicate an invitation of your soul to reconnect with and maintain the unique gifts that you are meant to manifest in life. Perhaps your heart was calling you to stay with the “first one picked up from the ocean because it is more beautiful?” instead of the second turtle presented to you in the dream. Hope this helps. Thanks again!

  55. carol

    I am in transition spiritually and had a dream last night….I was with someone where there was a lot of water and turtles she was telling me that she was looking for a very special turtle for me…she said they were hard to survive where I was and that this turtle would help me…..we were looking at a small green and blue turtle with a lacy edge to its shell but did not feel this was the turtle she was looking for me…I felt she was looking for a white one….does this make any sense to you?
    When I put my hands on someone I see images but do not understand what the images mean……The images are getting clearer and last week I saw someones chakras as brilliant jewels and understood that was her purity….

    • Thank you Carol, for sharing your dream. The dream, for me, has an “other-worldly” and high frequency feel to it…a “transition” that you are going through spiritually. I think the dream also represents the transition that Gaia (Earth) is going through at this time. Her energies are quite intense now, like the chaos and storms that occur before she gives birth to a new consciousness. The “green and blue turtle with lacy edges” to me represents the Earth from the sweet nostalgic feelings and memories. What comes to mind for me is the movie “Somewhere in Time.” Beautiful deep emotions, but the dream seems to invite you to enter deeper waters of “purity”… of subtle and fine (white) resonances of feelings. Thanks again, would love to know if this strikes a chord with you.

      • Ken

        It would be much appreciated if you could help me with my dream. I have had this dream a fews times. Anyways I go to this remote place in a big forest. I come to a fence but hop over it. I keep trailing forward and come across this rock garden or a house that was demolished (lots of rubble) I walk on the rocks and near the end of it I see a lot of turtles on their backs half eaten on the bottom half. In the dream I thought it was a fox, but when I woke up I felt scared for some reason. Anyways later on down my walk I come across a little graveyard for little children and a dog. I only know this because when I saw their graves I foreseen how each of them died. And for the dog, it was in a dog costume butwas still a dog, I just saw it differently.

      • Hi Ken, dreams have a way of communicating in unusual ways messages from the Unconscious. Considering that your dream is a recurring one, it would seem important to consider what is wanting to happen or be shifted in your life. There were some scary–if not shocking–symbols in your dream: half-eaten turtles, graveyard for children and a dog, demolished house with lots of rubble. You also mentioned you felt scared upon awakening. I don’t know your life situation and so can only speak about these symbols from my own perspective. To me it “feels” like some kind of battle being waged on a psychic level. “Hopping” over the “fence” located in a “remote place in a big forest” seems to be a crossing over to other dimensions (of the unconscious). A question I would ask is, “Is there a representation of someone/something in your waking life that is posing a veiled threat or feelings of uncertainty?” Is there someone/something that represents the fox, or the dog in costume? What is the cause of your fear? To me the turtles and children represent feelings of helplessness…they were dead in your dream. What do they represent in your life? Hope this helps.

  56. Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. This dream really has me shook up. I was in my bedroom with my daughter and we looked out the window because it was beginning to rain. My son’s red eared slider turtle, Myrtle, was on the roof of the porch. I vividly see 2 rain drops bounce off its head and decided to get him out of the rain. I start to remove the window screen to get him and he LUNGES at the window. Only his front feet make it and the rest of him is stuck in the window screen. I carefully try to take off the screen but I bump him and he falls. I thought he fell to his death, but when I look out the window he is clinging to the side of the house!!! I grab him and pull him in..the whole time terrified that I am going to hurt his limbs when I pull him in. Im stumped. What on Earth could this mean?!?!?

    • Thank you for sharing your dream Jennifer. I wonder who or what your son’s turtle represents in the dream? While you and your daughter are inside (bedroom), the turtle (a primal part of yourself) is outside on the “roof of the porch.” You wish to protect the turtle from the “rain,” whatever the rain represents to you. It seems you feel a sense of danger? The rain can represent so many things. It can be an auspicious symbol (life and growth), or it can perhaps represent difficult (watery) emotions. It seems you felt a sense of danger and instinct to protect. There are many layers to your dream that can be looked at. Every symbol represents a part of you. For example, you are on the inside (where it is safe) looking out into a world where a misstep can cause a fall and even death. Your son (and his turtle) represents something that is a part of you, that you wish to keep safe. Your feelings in the dream seem to indicate this. Even in your “carefulness” you “bump” the turtle and he falls (and the turtle is clinging to the side of the house). Is there someone in your life (perhaps your son?) that you feel is in danger (or that you feel is not strong enough to be in the outside world)? That you thought you were going to “hurt his limbs” seems that you believe this person (or your own sense of self) is not strong enough to be in the world to fend for itself. These are just some impressions that come up for me. Hope this helps!

  57. Sherrill

    I dreamed that I asked for my old job to be given back. Two of my co-male) assumed I was leaving and one brought me a cake and the other one (whom I really like in real life) gave me a small bowl with sand and small fake palm tree. When I looked closer, I saw the sand move and discovered it was a small turtle. I got very emotional to think that this guy wpuld give this. The turtle started to get out of the bowl and I gently placed it back on the sand. When I explained to my friend that I decided to stay, he told me to keep the turtle and give it a good home. He was the only one to give me anything. Much like what happened in real life, when I left, he was the only one to say goodbye.

  58. Ani J.

    I awoke this morning to realize that I had an important dream. not sure how to interpret this one…usually the meaning is very clear to me. In the dream I awoke in a very large bed (in the physical realm my bed is tiny) as I stepped out of the bed I noticed that I had been sleeping on many baby turtles as if they had just been born and were tucking their bodies under mine to keep warm. There were easily 25 to 30 of them. They slowly moved to hiding spots when I got up and I went in search of a jar so that I could gather them up and release them in the wlld and then the alarm went off and woke me up…It is funny I did not feel them at all under my body when i was sleeping in the dream and I also noticed that I miraculously did not harm any when I got up?… none were crushed….It left me feeling very curious and somewhat magical….feels like a gift of prosperity , support/ guidiance, childlike abnadon, not sure…..

  59. I was looking for the meaning of my two turtle dreams and came across your fascinating discussion here. I would love any insight you might provide. The first dream, I was walking north in daylight on a paved country road with maybe one or two unknown to me companions when a huge turtle approached from the right side of the road and crossed it in front of us to the left side. It didn’t look at us and it didn’t act in a threatening way, but in my dream I had great respect for the damage it could do if it chose to. Its shell was marked in a way to draw attention, each squarish block was outlined in bright blue. In a second dream I had a few nights later, I was asked to minister to a small crowd seated on folding chairs in a wide driveway. At my back there was a garage. It was also clear daylight. I walked in silence toward the seated people, but the voice and/or person said they expected me to speak/preach to them. I answered that I couldn’t, that while I was very spiritual, I wasn’t religious. I crossed the driveway then, going to my left, and a turtle again crossed in front of me from left to right. His back was also outlined, this time in brilliant green. He was also huge and while again, I didn’t exactly fear him, I did have great respect for his power. Once he was all the way to my right, he suddenly hurled himself up onto the roof peak of the garage and walked away to my left along the roofline. Since I am on the verge of moving my home from one part of the state to another, I have some ideas about what these dreams mean. But I would love to honor the symbology that was given me by asking you for your input in the hope of gaining further insight. Thank you very much.

    • Thanks for sharing your dream Barbara. What comes up for me regarding your dream is the symbolism of the brain and their left/right hemispheres. “Wide driveway” and “garage” (to me) seems to represent the brain… The turtle going from “left to right” and then “right to left” can perhaps represent the unconscious (the turtle?) accessing the different hemispheres of your brain, the logical (left side) and the intuitive/creative (right side). It is sort of like the “religious/spiritual,” “speaking/silence” dichotomy that calls out for balance in our lives. “Blue” can be representative of our speaking (throat) and “Green” can represent our heart (intuition). Anyway, these are just some of my thoughts. Thanks again!

  60. Yinka

    A big ( belated ) THANK YOU for responding to questions on this thread.
    Blessings!

  61. dee

    Hi thanks for this article i had a really bizarre dream where i was trying to help a turtle which was on its back, but this turtle was pretty big in size. I can remember the head size was as big as my hand and i could see the turtle opening its mouth showing me his teeth and trying to snap at my hand. This dream had me thinking of the message of the dream pretty weird.

  62. amit verma

    I saw a turtle in my dream .when I approched for turtle. he leaves his shell and I was trying to hunt turtle for dinner and turtle try to bite me.

  63. Gaelic

    Last night I had a dream in which I was surrounded by all kinds of people who had various gifts. As I was looking around all of a sudden a green jade turtle appeared in my hand. I held it to my chest and it spread light and healing through my body. I was then given to understand that healing others was a gift and that by healing myself first, I could be there for others that I loved. I was also given to understand that I am on the right path and should believe in my knowledge and my intuition.

  64. tina

    i have a pet turtle she is a red ear slider ive had he for over 5yrs now. every so often ill have a deram she has had babies more than 2. last nite i dreamed i walked past her tank but it was a huge tank and there were baby turtles popping out from everywhere and she was laying on her back outside the tank as if she crawled out. i thought she was dead from giving birth but i picked her up placed her back in the tank and she was just fine but what kind of dream was that?? it felt so real

  65. Anna

    Last night I had a very vivid dream regarding a few baby turtles.

    In my dream the baby tortoises had apparently been abandoned, so i took it upon myself to try and take care of these tortoises. They moved fairly quickly, not slow at all, and their mannerisms were that of crazed toddlers. They were happy, yet finicky. The whole atmosphere of trying to gather these baby tortoises was like a mother gathering her children and trying to get them cleaned and in a bath – which, actually was what i was trying to do in this dream. Also, their shells came off, like they were supposed to come off so i could clean them. At one point, when i carried one of the tortoises, i noticed that the shell was very soft, like a teddy bear soft, not hard at all.

    Can anyone tell me what this all means? I’m a mother of two, so i’m assuming my motherly instincts had something to do with this dream. But even though i felt happy to take care of these turtles, I also felt very rushed, overworked and determined to get these tortoises cleaned up. It felt more like my duty versus just a nice gesture towards these turtles.

  66. Last night I dreamed that I was swimming parallel to the shore, and it was low tide. the tide finally came in and I swam much easier, and felt the force of the sea on my skin, felt invigorated by the ocean.

    Then I was in a town, something like Barcelona. A beautiful room up a spiral stair where an old woman lived in seclusion. In the dream, though I am 61, I got my period. WHEn I looked more closely, there were many hundreds and hundreds of baby turtles in little embryonic sacs that were pouring out of me in a watery mixture of blood. Very small little eggs like fish eggs that had tiny turtles in them. In the dream I thought maybe when I was swimming the suction of the current pulled something into me that was then pouring out. It was disarming. It baffled me. Even scared me.

  67. Nasya (:
    I dreamt that I was in my childhood neiborhood with my younger sister. We decided to go to climb up a tree we used to with our friends at a younger age..when I got about halfway up, a large turtle slowly made its way towards us. It stood underneath the tree, next to my younger sister not noticing her. All of a sudden the turtle became aggressive towards me, standing on its hind legs and out stretching its neck in order to grab my foot with its mouth. I was battling it and knew if I fell down from the tree it would probably injur me badly…but at the same time was stuck and couldn’t climb up the tree any further! So very odd.

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