A Tortoise has 13 large patterned squares in the centre for the thirteen full moons of the year.
There are twenty-eight smaller squares around the perimeter of shell, representing twenty-eight days of each lunar month.
28 days = 4 weeks
4 weeks= 1 lunar month
12 months = 52 weeks
52 weeks divided by 4 (4 weeks in 1 month) = 13 months.
To the Native American Indians, Tortoise represents Mother Earth. We would do well to observe the Tortoise by slowing down, living simply, and making good use of what we have.
Below the rock, village children play.
The universe sings to the morning,
and listens to the song they make.
In my sisters house, I wake to the sound of english things. How peaceful life seems,
as if time has gone backwards, and the mania of the 21st century spiralling out of control, just a dream. The world has settled into normal orbit. I give thanks.
‘Supposing a tree fell down when you were underneath it?
Supposing it didn’t.’ – (Pooh’s Wisdom and Tigger’s Bounce.)
Poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. All you can do is go where they can find you – (Winnie The Pooh)