The Turtle – Symbol of the Primal Mother and Power of Female Energies

Holy Hormones Honey! The time of The Turtle holds great significance in Native American lore.  The Turtle is the oldest symbol of the earth and is associated with the lunar cycle, menstruation, and the power of the female energies.

(June 27 – July 24)


“Cosmic Turtle” by Christina Smith

On the Natural Time Calendar, we are now in Moon 13 on the Spiral of the 13-Moon Year:
The Cosmic Turtle Moon of Presence (June 27 – July 24). On this sacred timing system, each of the 13 Moons correspond to one of the 13 Tones of Creation. This Moon 13, the final moon of the Year, brings the focus of Tone 13: The Cosmic Tone of Presence, also invoking the key words: Endure and Transcend. We have now completed Moon 12 – The Crystal Rabbit Moon of Cooperation, and now we move on, into the energetic of Tone 13, and the Totem of Turtle. As Turtles generally have 13 scales on their shells, they symbolize the 13 moon cycles of every year. They also represent endurance, longevity, and the knowledge of pacing oneself in Natural Time. The Earth is often referred to as Turtle Island, swimming in the Cosmic Ocean. “Turtle is the oldest symbol for the Earth…To the Native Americans,Turtle is the symbol of the primal mother, associated with the lunar cycle, menstruation, and the power of the female energies.”

Where Tone 12 called us to cooperate, dedicate, and welcome a coherent, crystalline order into our lives, Tone 13 calls us to Transcend! This is the final moon of the 13-moon Year. Where 12 embodies the Circle, 13 embodies the Spiral. The Spiral is the fractal form that unifies the microcosm and the macrocosm, from the snail shell to the Galaxy! 13 embodies the higher dimensional unifying force – the power of Universal Movement that beckons us to align with the ascending evolutionary power to rise above and voyage to new realms.
This is the time to “Ride the Spiral!”

As the “Tone of Presence” this Cosmic Tone 13 calls us to commit ever-more deeply to learn how reside in The Now; to learn to be alert and attuned to the ever-changing Present Moment; to learn how to sensitize to the pulses each moment sends for us to Synchronize with its highest calling. Truly, life happens only in The Now. When we are in our linear, egoic-minds, and not present in the moment, we imagine a past and a future, and miss the subtle vast dimension our existence actually resides in. Rather than feeling and sensing from the fullness of our beingness, we create stories from our fragmented identities that create much stress and striving. Our spiritual heart naturally lives in the Present, therefore when we are awake and alert in the Now, dropping our concepts, we naturally access all the resources of our Hearts – compassion, courage and acceptance of what life is presenting. One of our deepest challenges as a modern humanity is to discipline ourselves to live in the Moment, and this is therefore a most empowering way we can each grow, and bring greater peace and wisdom into our shared world. Simply tuning into our Breath is the simplest, always available, way to re-oriente in the Now!

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.