Last year in November I took a class and made my own drum. We used Mexican cowhide. This year I decided to have a totem painted on it. I picked the turtle/tortoise as my totem. I thought about the eagle but my son had a land tortoise for several years. I took care of her when she was first born and was with her the day she died. Her name was Rocket. So I am honoring “Rocket” by having a tortoise painted on my drum.
Here is the meaning behind Turtle as an animal totem:
Turtle is a symbol of longevity, endurance, persistence, and the continuation of life (sometimes against incredible odds).
It is also a powerful totem for protection because you can withdraw into your shell. Which makes it is an amazing self-defense mechanism.
Affirmation for Turtle Medicine – “I am open to moving with the flow of life that I will find fulfillment.”