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  • As I got in my car to drive to Theo Wirth Park forest for my walk today, I yesterday...decided to consciously ask Mother Earth to offer me another messenger if it would be appropriate and of value to me.

    This time I didn't even get to the forest before I received a response! There it was. A a turtle crossing the road right in front of my car. Conservatively, I have driven on a road more than a 1000 times before. But I've never seen a turtle before.

    As I walked in the forest, I thought about a Native American name for the Earth: Turtle Island. And I thought about how I grew up on the Laurentian Upland of northern Minnesota. It's sometimes called The Turtle's Back because has some of the oldest exposed rock on the Planet. The turtle's shell.

    And I contemplated about the power of touching the earth and being grounded and moving slowly but steadily and...

    Then, when I got home, I read about Turtle in Medicine Cards by Sams and Carson. Here are excerpts of what especially touched me today. are being asked to honor the creative source within you, to be grounded to the Earth, and to observe your situation with motherly compassion. Use the water and earth energies, which represent Turtle's two homes, to flow harmoniously with your situation and to place your feet firmly on the ground in a power stance....

    Turtle warns of the dangers of "pushing the river," as evidenced by the plodding pace it keeps. The corn that is harvested before its time is not yet full. However if it is given the chance to develop at its own rate, in its own season, its sweetness will be shared by all.

    Turtle buries its thoughts, like its eggs, in the sand, and allows the Sun to hatch the little ones. This teaches you to develop your ideas before bringing them out in the light....

    ...a time of connecting with the power of Earth and the Mother-Goddess within. This is a reminder of the ally you have in Mother Earth. It does not matter what situation you have created: ask her for assistance, and abundance will follow.

    Thank you for the affirmation, Mother Earth. And thank you, Turtle, for gracing my path and my car's path. Such good fortune!

    [Photo by Barbara, Turtle with pond flora, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 1, 2012]
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