When it comes to dreaming about reptiles, dreaming about turtles is just about as pleasant as it gets. These types of dreams are not the most common dreams (especially when comparing them to dreams about flying or drowning).
However, you may be surprised by how many other people in your life are dreaming of turtles.
The meanings of turtle dreams are as varied as the dreams themselves. Whether your turtles are wandering on the beaches of the Galapagos Islands or having a blast in the zoo – they could have something to tell you.
Here are some of the meanings behind the most common dreams about turtles.
What does it mean if you dream of Sea Turtles?
One of the most common dreams about turtles is dreaming about swimming with sea turtles. If you find yourself swimming through the Big Blue surrounded by stoic, slow-moving sea turtles then your subconscious is trying to tell you something.
What is it trying to tell you? Well, it’s more than likely trying to tell you that you’re not comfortable with people getting involved with your personal business. It is very likely that people are trying to test your boundaries, or you really need to set some boundaries in your life.
If you’re having dreams like this then you are probably a person who hates receiving non-constructive criticism. You don’t like people trying to give you advice on things they don’t understand. And you’re fed up with people pretending they know how to live your life better than you do.
If you have got to this point then it’s time to take a leaf out of the turtle’s book and build a shell around the parts of your life that matter to you.
What does it mean if you’re dreaming of angry turtles?
Dreaming of being attacked by turtles or dreaming of aggressive turtles is a sign that you are feeling insecure about your life right now. You are full of fears and worries. These feels are leading to low moods or a drop in your self-esteem.
You may be full of frustration and feel like you’re on the edge. You may be ready to give up on something that you have been working on for a long time.
Dreaming about these kinds of turtles is a message from your subconscious telling you to keep going. Good things take a long time. But they are always worth the wait.
What does it mean if you dream of Snapping Turtles?
Dreaming about snapping turtles usually means you are dealing with unwanted consequences of your actions. These types of dreams are particularly common after you have made emotionally charged or snap decisions.
You may have made a selfish decision without thinking about how your actions will affect everyone around you. Dreaming of snapping turtles can be your subconscious telling you to take more time over your decisions. To approach the problems from more than one angle before you make your final choice.
Doing this will lead to fewer negative consequences and will improve your life and the lives of the people around you.
What does it mean if you dream of empty turtle shells?
Sometimes when we dream of turtles there isn’t a turtle in sight. Instead, we dream of empty turtle shells. This type of dream can point to two main issues: (1) not feeling intellectually stimulated enough, or (2) you don’t feel safe in your home.
Dreaming of empty turtle shells can mean that you’re bored. You don’t feel challenged enough in your day to day life. If you’re dreaming of empty turtle shells then it’s time to start looking for a new challenge.
The second issue is particularly common after a person has experienced a break-in or any other kind of trauma in their home. After events like this, it can be really difficult to feel safe in your own home. This worry and stress often seeps into our dreams.
What does it mean if you dream that you have a shell like a turtle?
We mentioned above that dreaming of turtles can be a sign that you need to start building boundaries in your life. However, sometimes dreaming of turtles can mean the opposite. These dreams can be our subconscious letting us know that we need to be more vulnerable with the people around us.
Our shells (which normally take the form of our pride or abrasive personality traits) can get in the way of us building the type of relationships we really want. People can’t get to know us if we don’t let them.
If you’re dreaming of turtles and wondering why you don’t have the kind of bonds and friendships you wish you could then it could be time to set your pride aside. Think about opening up to the people you want to get closer to, if you let them see the real you then we have no doubt they will adore it.
What does it mean if you dream of turtles sleeping in the sun?
Finally, let’s look at one of the most common turtle dreams – turtles sleeping in the sun. This may seem like a random or insignificant image within your dream, but it should not be ignored.
Turtles sleep in the sun because it helps them to digest and breakdown their food. If they did not take this time to rest then they wouldn’t be able to survive, let alone function.
What is this telling us? That we need to carve out time for rest in our days. Good rest is just as important as productivity. In fact, productivity is not possible without good rest. Your subconscious is telling you to slow down and look after yourself.
It may also be telling you to turn the processes you have put in place. We don’t always see immediate results. But that doesn’t mean that we should give up. As the old adage goes, slow and steady wins the race.