The turtle is a symbol of patience, simplicity & flexibility.
Turtle reminds us not to be too hasty and to concentrate on what is really important. She carries her home on her back, and her simple life teaches us to focus on our needs, not our wants. She reminds us not to be weighed down by unnecessary things.
Animal totems are an important part of the Native American heritage. In the true sense, specific animal instincts and characteristics represent the qualities that we humans should learn to emulate.
However, because we led such busy lives, often there is no time for self-reflection. Having animal totems surround us gives us pause to reflect and perhaps make important changes for the better to our mind, body and spirit.
At times, they can come into our lives when we are at crossroads or during time of major decision-making.