The turtle was walking up the street, followed by crows. An exclamation of crows swirled above it, others perched on the crosshatch of utility wires. One crow was hopping directly behind the turtle.
I dropped the phone, “gotta go”. The crows were not in a hurry to leave, but moved on when I picked up the reptile. Its belly shell warmed the palm of my hand. Magic follows me.
I brought it inside the house and put it in the bathtub. A red-eared slider, it needs the water. It explored the edges of the tub, looking for a way to climb up. I checked on craigslist lost & found, then searched on the next door site and contacted a family whose turtle took a hike several weeks ago. The surprise and wonderment of finding the creature began to settle into pondering how to care for it and how long would it be in my care.
Good news came that evening when “Benny” reunited with the family who I’d contacted earlier. I was charmed to see how he obviously recognized his people. Three weeks, four blocks uphill. It all came together in flurry of wings, a glance through the window and an adventurous turtle. Magic breezed through that day, touched my grateful heart and continued on its way.
“In Native American teachings, Turtle is the oldest symbol for planet Earth. Turtle indicates Earth harmony, and draws you to all that is whole and good and abundant. Make haste slowly.
Connect to Earth Mother. Ask for her blessings. Fertility and manifestation will follow.”
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Art by permission of the artist, Angela Werneke from Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson