Seeing Turtles In Dream – Meaning And Symbolism In Bible

Dec 5, 2021

Turtle dream

As much as I believe in science, I am also a man of religion. And I think mysticism is what guided the ancient men’s curiosity into the realm of science.

The first scientists were indeed men of god. Their dreams at night were more or less correctly interpreted and helped them achieve godly tasks. 

We all dream about surreal things, and when we wake up, we ponder the true meaning behind the dream.

Most of us have dreamt about animals which some refer to as spirit animals. It is said that our spirit animals help us find our way when going gets hard.

So, in this article, we will discuss one such animal which most of us often see in our dreams and interpret what these dreams are about. Let me save you the suspense. It is a turtle.

What Does It Mean To See Turtles In Dreams?

Seeing turtles in dreams can have several interpretations. It may signify fertility, rough patches in life, and the patience and wisdom you require to succeed in your endeavor. 

Not every turtle dream has a single meaning. Here are some of the turtle dreams that have their own interpretations:

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Dream About A Sea Turtle

Sea turtles are loners who cross thousands of miles alone to forage and find mating partners. Dreaming of sea turtles is a sign that you hide your emotions from everyone. 

So, you need to find someone to open up your feelings. Letting go of your inhibitions is the way forward.

Dream About A Big Turtle

Dreaming of a giant turtle is a sign of immortality. But, unfortunately, this means you feel older, and the clock is ticking too fast for you. 

So, you contemplate with yourself whether you have become wiser with age. And dreaming of a big turtle definitely means yes, you have become more discerning.

Dream About A Small Turtle

This signifies the beginning of something new. You are treading slowly and carefully, which is a good sign. Nevertheless, the goal you seek is near. And your close friends and family are cheering for you to succeed.

Dream About Killing A Turtle

It means you are rushing things around you. It could be work-related, and it is hampering your relationship. You have to slow things down to appreciate what you have around you. 

Make amends with your partner who might think you have been too busy with your work. 

Dream Of Eating A Turtle

Eating a turtle in a dream is associated with either the dreamer’s health or their close ones’. If you or somebody close to you were terminally ill, this dream could mean that the person will be better soon. 

Turtles are symbolized by longevity, so dreaming of eating a turtle is a well-being-related inference. 

Turtles Swimming In Muddy Water Dream

This means you will be entangled in a conflict in the coming days. Therefore, you need to steer clear from getting into any kind of argument. 

Do not take it as a bad dream. Instead, calm yourself to make the right decision to avoid trouble.

Dream Of A Turtle Lying On Its Back

If it is a dream about a turtle lying on its back, it means you are confused about your decision. This makes you feel stuck, and you don’t have too many choices. 

Tell people close to you about your dilemma. Sometimes, the answer is right in front of you. You just have to look ahead and talk to somebody. 

Dream Of A Turtle Chasing You

This means that you have been avoiding someone or something you have intended to do for a long time. So, it is about time you address the elephant in the room. 

If it is about people, confronting them is the way forward. So, pick up the phone and call them right away. All it takes is 20 seconds of courage, and you will be well done with it. 

And if you find several turtles chasing after you, it means that you have too many things to think about, and they are dragging you down.

However, if the turtles stop chasing you, you are done worrying.

Dream Of A Turtle Talking

This is a peculiar yet positive sign in your life. This means that you are doing well, and the turtle in your dream is a guardian angel to motivate you with your work. 

Great things lie ahead, and you are in the right state of mind. 

Dream Of You Buying A Turtle

Turtles represent luck and wealth in many cultures. Dreaming of buying a turtle means that you have opened up to new opportunities, and a big paycheck is heading your way. 

Besides wealth, sometimes, buying a turtle in the dream also hints at falling in love with someone. 

Dream Of An Injured Turtle

Dreaming of an injured turtle means that someone has betrayed your trust or has played with your feelings. This has left you heartbroken. 

Disappointing as it is, you need to come out of despair and look at the silver lining. 

Dreaming of A Dead Turtle

Dreaming of a dead turtle means that you have stayed too long in your comfort zone, and it is time to open up with people around you. 

Your subconscious tells you not to build walls that high so your close ones cannot reach you emotionally. 

Dreaming About A Turtle Shell

Dreaming about a turtle shell symbolizes that you have become a loner for too long. And it is time you become socially active. So sign up for a gym, dance class, or social clubs. Or even better, you could get a pet. 

Although living alone and feeling lonely are totally different, hanging out with others sometimes doesn’t hurt. 

What Do Turtles Symbolize In The Bible?

Turtle in bible
Turtle in bible

Turtles are symbolized as a sign of fertility, wisdom, and patience in the bible. This is because turtles directly relate to water, the source of creation. And as turtles move slowly yet with a purpose, they are associated with wisdom and virtue in the bible. 

Turtles have been mentioned numerous times in bibles. Here are some phrases in which turtles have been quoted in the King James Bible Version:

Genesis 15:9 

And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

Leviticus 1:14 

And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the Lord be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons.

Leviticus 5:7

And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto the Lord; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.

Leviticus 5:11 

But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering.

Leviticus 12:6 

And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:

Leviticus 12:8 (Read all of Leviticus 12)

And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

Leviticus 14:22 (Read all of Leviticus 14)

And two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering.

Leviticus 14:30 

And he shall offer the one of the turtledoves, or of the young pigeons, such as he can get;

Leviticus 15:14 

And on the eighth day he shall take to him two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, and come before the Lord unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and give them unto the priest:

Leviticus 15:29 

And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Numbers 6:10 

And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:

Psalm 74:19 

O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

Song of Solomon 2:12 

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

Jeremiah 8:7 

Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord.

Luke 2:24 

And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

Final Words On Seeing Turtles In Dream

Many consider turtles as lucky charms, and indeed they are. Generally speaking, dreaming of turtles is viewed as a sign of good fortune. 

It also indicates the dreamer’s well-being. However, the interpretation also depends upon the dream’s details. 

Dreams often are the words of our subconsciousness. And, it helps you make rational decisions without rushing your affairs.

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rohit gurung author at urbanfishkeeping

About Rohit Gurung

My never-ending love and fascination with Aquascaping started when I received a red-eared turtle for my 10th birthday.

Apart from researching and writing, I spend hours gazing at my 3 turtles. And yeah, I bask alongside them too.