WHY BLUE TURTLE
I remembered a story that had
On 10 January 1992, containers
on a Chinese cargo ship called
Ever Laurel snapped loose in
heavy seas near the International dateline.
Over 28,000 plastic bath toys had spilt out into the ocean.
These Floatees started to wash up in California… Vermont… the Alaskan coast… a remote island close to Siberia… and so on…
A group of oceanographers picked up the story. Here was the biggest and best experiment to test out and map current tidal flow based on wind dynamics and temperature changes. Twelve years later, with the cooperation of dedicated beachcombers, local newspapers, casual dog walkers and children, reports were still coming in of findings further and further afield. An unlikely accident had subsequently contributed to considerable serious research by oceanographers, even helping to locate people lost at sea.
Earlier this year, my casual retelling of this tale slipped into the stream of our conversation concerning Craniosacral CPD and fired our imagination with the immediate relevance of its core idea; Serendipity and Cooperation.
Monica did some research that evening, confirming that amongst the yellow ducks, there were also green frogs, red beavers, and Blue Turtles. It was an easy find.
In many traditions, the Turtle is the oldest sacred symbol for our planet, often appearing as part of a creation myth, carrying the world upon its back or supporting the heavens. In Native American teachings, Turtle reminds us that the way to heaven is through the Earth.
We must see the connection to all things: just as the turtle cannot separate itself from its shell, neither can we separate ourselves from the earth. A symbol of truth, it invites us to honour the creative source within us by staying grounded and viewing life situations with compassion.
Turtles inhabit the shore, using both the land and the water; shore areas are associated with doorways to other worlds or dimensions and the turtle is sometimes known as the keeper of the doors.
The turtle shell was used as a calendar having thirteen large patterned scales and twenty-eight small scales around the shell, symbolic of the lunar calendar and the phases, which comprise each lunar cycle.