‘Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell’
– Bill Copeland
Although a Turtle necklace is one of the latest fads this season , I had mine for many years.
In many cultures, different animals hold important symbolism and meaning to people. The turtle is one that I wear when I need to be sure, steady and patient. ( which is my motto for this year!)
When wearing turtle energy it is important to take one day at a time, keep balanced and realize that life is not a marathon. Haven’t you heard of the old adage “slow and steady wins the race?”
Still, a great deal of mythology exists in regards to the turtle. In the Far East, the shell was a symbol of heaven, and the square underside was a symbol of earth. The turtle was an animal whose magic literally united heaven and earth.
To the Native Americans, it was associated with the lunar cycle and the power of the female energies. The turtle symbolized the primal mother and Mother Earth.
To the Chinese, turtles are regarded as one of the four divine animals, along with the dragon, phoenix and chimera and symbolizes longevity, power, and tenacity.
Naturally, my captivating attraction to Rubies ( as seen in previous posts) and the colour red doesn’t go unnoticed.
In casual or formal attire the ruby gemstone is a talisman of passion, protection and prosperity and meshes well with the symbolism of the turtle : order, creation, patience, strength, stability, longevity, innocence, endurance, and protection! No wonder I cant stop wearing it!
A turtle pendant can make a great gift to someone who would appreciate and find inspiration in the meaning of the turtle. If not, it makes a great jewellery accessory!
Here are some of my favourite fine jewellery turtle totems (other than my necklace of course 😉 :
Lydia Courteille’s orange Mexican opal ring
Cartier’s Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise and Diamond ‘Turtle’ Brooch, Paris, circa1950 at FD Gallery
Kaufmann de Suisse’s ”Paraiba Star of the Ocean Jewels” necklace
May the energy of the turtle inspires you!