Slow and steady, steadfast, unchanging, unflinching: The humble tortoise carries her home with her as she takes on her long life through the decades, centuries even. A much better symbol for wisdom, in my opinion, than the owl. There is so much stability with this creature, who has not evolved much since the days of the dinosaur, and yet they do arrive at new places, eventually. Contemplating the tortoise is a reminder to slow down, to appreciate every step. To remember the wild heart that is our home, that burns inside us no matter where we are.

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