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Life Lessons From A Butterfly

Friday, November 28, 2014

  
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Just For Fun & 3 Spark Points: Turtle Symbolism

Tuesday, November 04, 2014



Turtle Symbolism

A great deal of mythology exists in regard to the turtle. In the Far East, the shell was a symbol of heaven, and the square underside was a symbol of earth. The turtle was an animal whose magic united heaven and earth. The turtle is a creation of nature that carries its round shell over the ground, like heaven, and has a flat bottom, like earth. With a profile resembling a mountain and the turning motion of its toes, it seemed to be a depiction of heaven and earth changing constantly through the seasons.

In the West, early Christians didn't like turtles, and they viewed them as symbolizing evil forces during war. In Greece, turtles were once believed to be citizens of hell. But like the Chinese, Indians have a legend that "the world is supported by four elephants standing on a giant turtle."

After hearing a Western scientist clearly give a scientific explanation for the formation of the world, one old Indian woman said that he was wholly mistaken, that the world was being supported by a giant turtle. When the scientist asked what was under the turtle, she said, "Of course there is an endless pile of turtles, one on top of another."



Turtles seem to possess an enviable and god-like resistance to aging, and so they came to symbolize longevity. Their link to heaven and earth made them a natural for use in divination. Turtles are also symbols of immortality and are considered temporary dwelling places for souls making their way through a series of lives on the path to Nirvana. The turtle is considered to be the second incarnation of the powerful god Vishnu in the Hindu religion. After a great flood, which occurs every four billion years and dissolves the earth, Vishnu transforms himself into a great turtle. On his back, he carries a vessel in which the gods and demons mix the elements necessary to re-create the globe. After a thousand years, when the earth has been reborn, the turtle remains in place, and on his back stands a large elephant, which support the planet.



According to some Native American tales, the Earth Diver turtle swam to the bottom of the water that stretched across the world. He surfaced with the mud which the creator used to make the earth. The turtle is a shore creature, using the land and the water. All shore areas are associated with doorways to the Faerie Realm. The turtle is sometimes known as the keeper of the doors. They were often seen as signs of fairy contact and the promise of fairy rewards.

A Japanese Fairy Tale about Urashima tells of a man who protects a turtle from some boys who were bothering it. As a reward, the turtle takes the man to meet the King of the Ocean. As a reward for his good deed, Urashima marries the King's beautiful water sprite daughter. In Nigeria, the turtle was a symbol of the female sex organs and sexuality. To the Native Americans, it was associated with the lunar cycle, menstruation, and the power of the female energies.



The markings and sections on some turtles total thirteen. In the lunar calendar, there are either thirteen full moons or thirteen new moons alternating each year. Many believe this is where the association with the female energies originated. The turtle symbolizes the primal mother and Mother Earth.

To the modern Chinese, turtles are viewed in many different ways. It is regarded as one of the four divine animals, along with the dragon, phoenix and chimera. They are worshipped in temples. Flour turtles used to be used as offerings at temple festivals or big family events. However, the term turtle is also used as a curse word, and the Taiwanese expression for gamblers "losing your shirt" translates as "knocking turtles". Apart from gamblers' fears that eating a flour turtle will turn their luck sour, turtles have many other bad connotations in modern Chinese society. In fact, when people curse each other these days, the first thing to come out is often "turtle egg" or " grandson of a turtle".



Even so, the image of the turtle as a spiritual beast has become deeply implanted in people's minds. One ancient text warns its readers not to act rashly when catching turtles and always to carry out the proper ceremony to worship them first. There are also many legends about how those who killed turtles eventually met with misfortune. Common Buddhist restraints against the killing of animals evolved into the Buddhist ceremony of releasing turtles.



Turtles remind us that the way to heaven is through the earth. In Mother Earth is all that we need. She will care for us, protect us, and nurture us, as long as we do the same for her. For that to happen, we must slow down and heighten our sensibilities. We must see the connection to all things. Just as the turtle cannot separate itself from its shell, neither can we separate ourselves from what we do to the earth.


  
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MTN_KITTEN 11/24/2014 4:30PM

    You are doing IT!!!!!!

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IMAVISION 11/21/2014 7:35PM

    Very interesting blog!

Thank you for taking the time to share with us.

God bless!

Ima

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MYAKAYAH 11/16/2014 2:43PM

    Good information and reading on turtles! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/11/2014 11:25AM

    I somehow got unsubscribed from your blogs! Oh, no! Correcting that right now! Need to keep up on my turtle lore! emoticon

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_LINDA 11/5/2014 8:31PM

    Very interesting! Thanks for posting!
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KRYSSCOTT 11/5/2014 12:09PM

    Very Informative Blog.

I am very big on mythology and the traditions of other cultures so I found your blog really peaked my interest.

"Of course there is an endless pile of turtles, one on top of another." ... Loved that.
I will never understand how that belief started, but it paints a very vivid image.

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NASFKAB 11/4/2014 9:01PM

  lovely blog thanks for sharing

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    This blog is SO informative! Thank YOU! emoticon emoticon

I love the photos! Turtle Smiling.... WOW!

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News From The World Of Medicine via Readers Digest

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What Fitness Lovers Have In Common

How you think about Exercise might make a Big Difference in how much weight you lose. In One Study, Volunteers walked a One Mile Course. One Half of the Group was told that it was "Exercise." The other half was told that the purpose of the walk was just to enjoy their Music.

Afterwards, the "Exercise" Group was more Tired and Grumpy, AND they scarfed down more Sugary Treats at the Lunch Buffet after the walk.

Focus on the Fun in your Physical Activity, and you may feel Happier and Less Likely to Snack later.

6000 STEPS A DAY FOR HEALTHY KNEES
A Study published in "Arthritis Care and Research" looked at nearly 1800 Adults who either had Knee Osteoarthritis, or were at risk for it. For every 1,000 Steps that the Volunteers took each day their risk of Serious Mobility Problems fell by about 17%.
6,000 Steps -- About a half hour of Walking -- was the minimum that seems to protect against any kind of Disability

  
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KRYSSCOTT 10/22/2014 7:47PM

    Lots of good, useful, information packed into those little images.

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MYAKAYAH 10/20/2014 2:15AM

    Good information, thanks for the encouragement about tea. A lot of the time you go out to eat and its water, soda or some fruit juice that has a lot of sugar. I prefer those sugar free lemon or peach teas you just shake up. Wish more restaurants offered them, many are trying to cut out sugar from their diet~

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LUCYCAN7 10/15/2014 1:12PM

  If we all could go back to the good old days of walking everywhere we go!!
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BLUEJAY1969 10/15/2014 4:44AM

    Thank you for sharing that great information!
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_LINDA 10/15/2014 12:29AM

    Sure does! Attitude is everything! I am fortunate to love exercising :-)

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APRIL_V_2 10/14/2014 11:39PM

    This is great info, thank you!

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NASFKAB 10/14/2014 11:38PM

  great advice thanks for sharing

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Smile, Even If You Have To Fake It!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014




Do you smile often? It sounds silly, but even a fake smile can help reduce stress, reduce anxiety and improve your attitude when you’re faced with a difficult task or situation. What's a sure fire way to get you smiling?






  
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KRYSSCOTT 10/22/2014 7:44PM

    How could you look at that turtle being tickled with a tooth brush and not smile.

He's so darn cute!



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    I love to smile. Smiling's my favorite! emoticon

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    I read that somewhere too.
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    kindness and inspiration make me smile most often but try to all the time
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    I smile often. Good blog. emoticon

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....Just Focus, Your Goals Are ... Oh, Look!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

  
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KRYSSCOTT 10/22/2014 7:43PM

    I love pizza!

But, I think I'll pass and just keep swimming....

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    Did you know they are working on a sequel to that movie? Love Ellen and can't wait! emoticon Happy Sunday!

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