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"Slow and Steady Wins the Race: The Surprising Symbolism Behind the Turtle"


Painted turtle facing forward with neck stretched high, eyes closed and nose touching a floating bubble. Text reads: Slow and steady wins the race: The Surprising Symbolism Behind the Turtle

"The turtle symbolizes patience and wisdom in many cultures. To be like the turtle is to live a life of humility, simplicity, and perseverance." - Dr. Wayne Dyer


The turtle is a creature that has been revered and celebrated for centuries. This magnificent creature is known for its long lifespan, it's slow and steady pace, and protective shell.

The turtle has become a symbol of wisdom, protection, grounding, and patience, and turtle symbolism can be found in many cultures worldwide.

Let's take a closer look at the meaning behind this beautiful creature.

Sea turtle swimming in the sea at the bottom of the photo. Above is text that reads: The turtle is a symbol of longevity, endurance and stability. It teaches us to have patience and to walk the path of life at our own pace.

Wisdom: The turtle is often associated with wisdom because of its long lifespan.


Turtles can live for decades or even centuries, and as such, they are seen as wise creatures that have seen and experienced much in their lifetime.

Their slow and steady pace is seen as a metaphor for taking time to contemplate and consider, which is a trait often associated with wise individuals.

Wearing a turtle pendant can serve as a daily reminder to take time and live in the now. It can also be a reminder to seek out the wisdom of others and to always be open to learning new things.

Give a turtle necklace to someone who is always seeking knowledge and understanding. It can be a reminder to continue learning and growing.

Three turtles on a light brown log in a pond. The center turtle is facing forward with a turtle on each side of it facing toward the center circle. Text reads: Perhaps I am the turtle, able to live simply anywhere, even under water for short periods, with my home on my back. quote by Kurt Vonnegut

Protection: The turtle's shell is one of its most defining features.


This protective structure provides a physical barrier from danger, and the turtle is often seen as a symbol of protection.

A turtle bracelet can be a symbol of protection and safety. It can serve as a reminder to stay strong in the face of adversity and to always protect yourself and those you love.

Give a turtle ring to someone who is going through a tough time or facing a challenge. It can be a symbol of protection and a reminder that they are strong and resilient.



Close up of a turtle on the left of the image. Turtle is facing forward with eyes looking directly forward. Text reads: Take a walk with a turtle and behold the world in pause.

Grounding: The turtle is connected to the earth and often represents grounding and stability.


This is due in part to the turtle's slow and deliberate movements, which can be seen as a metaphor for staying grounded and centered in the midst of chaos. The turtle's shell also serves as a reminder of the importance of having a strong foundation and staying rooted in one's beliefs and values.

A turtle earring can serve as a reminder to stay grounded in times of chaos. It can also be a reminder to maintain a strong foundation and to stay true to your beliefs and values.

Give a turtle anklet to someone who may be feeling overwhelmed or stressed. It can serve as a reminder to stay grounded and centered, even in the midst of chaos.



Small sea turtle swimming on the right side of the photo. There is a shadow under the turtle and the background is white and light green  giving the illusion of water. Text reads: It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop by: Confucius

Patience: Perhaps the most well-known symbolism associated with the turtle is that of patience.


The slow and steady pace of the turtle is a reminder that good things come to those who wait. The turtle also represents persistence and determination, which are necessary traits for achieving success in any endeavor.

A turtle charm can serve as a reminder of the importance of patience and persistence. It can be a symbol of determination and a reminder that good things come to those who wait. Give a turtle charm to someone who may be struggling with patience or perseverance. It can be a reminder that persistence is key to achieving success.



Image is a close up of sand with a baby turtle who is seeming to walk toward the unseen water in the distance. Text reads: I've totally got this!

Let the turtle be your guide


The turtle is a powerful symbol that represents wisdom, protection, grounding, and patience. Incorporating turtle jewelry into your personal style or giving it as a gift is a meaningful way to express these traits and celebrate your own strength and resilience. By taking inspiration from the turtle and embodying these traits, you too can live a life of humility, simplicity, and perseverance. So shell-abrate your strength and let the turtle be your guide.



Image is of a multi layered white toned beaded bracelet with a white turtle as the center focal bead

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"The turtle is a reminder to slow down and appreciate the present moment. It teaches us to be present and mindful in our daily lives."


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