What is the symbolism of the turtle?

Turtle is considered by some Native Americans to be one of their the oldest, most sacred symbols. They believed that North America was created on the back of The Great Mother, a turtle.

In the far east, turtle was carved and worn as a talisman for power over all forms of bad magic.

Earthy, grounded, longevity, protection, shelter, steady.

The turtle's shell resembled a dome and was seen as a symbol of the dome of heaven -hence heavenly virtue

Generally turtle is seen to represent: self-containment, creative source, earthiness, being grounded, longevity, protection, shelter, and a steady approach to life.

In dreams they are interpreted as patience, wisdom, or hiding something essential.