In the book Animal Spirit Guides we are told that if turtle shows up, it means, among other things, that this is a period of increased sensitivity to the earth's vibrations and those of the collective human consciousness. Also that it is time to nurture yourself, to slow down and pace yourself. It is suggested that we spend a few hours in solitude, away from noise and people. I think this is guidance we can all relate to. Time away from the usual fast-pace of life allows us to absorb and make sense of what's been happening in our lives.
The turtle joined us for spirit circle in his own little box and after everyone had left I found a safe place for him in the garden outside the studio. I checked on him in the morning and he was still hiding under the foliage. But by midday he had moved on. As the saying goes: "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
Perhaps he was reminding me that working slowly and steadily toward my next project (online classes) and enjoying the journey is more important than feeling the need to rush towards completion.