The tortoise may, of course, simply be an image of a pet as an object that is loved. It may also, however, be a symbol for long life. For those undertaking esoteric studies, the tortoise in dreams may signify the need to consider chinese systems of belief.
Success through long toil and perseverance (Gypsy). See jEsop’s fable of Hare and Tortoise.
The tortoise for most people suggests slowness but also perhaps thoroughness. It also in dreams signifies a shell that perhaps we – or others round us – have put up in order to protect or defend ourselves.
In chinese lore the tortoise is a revered figure of wisdom and knowledge. He is said to carry the pattern of all existence on his back. He also represents creation. Consult the entries for chinese in indigenous peoples and pet as well as the information on reptiles in animals.
When spiritually we attempt to reconcile two energies – the spiritual and the physical, or the active and the passive – we may experience that union in dreams in the form of patterns. One significant group of patterns are the hexagrams, said to have been discovered on a tortoise shell by an ancient chinese sage. […]
(Fastener) In a dream, a nail represents a commander or a governor. A nail in a dream also represents attainment of one’s goal. Fastening a nail to a piece ofwood in a dream means getting married. Nails in a dream also could represent an army, and they could signify strength and benefits. Swallowing nails in […]
(Any small, blood sucking insect.) Seeing a bug in a dream means facing a weak enemy. If a small bug enters one’s body in a dream, it means that a poor person will visit him to receive some mental satisfaction or to solicit a small financial support. (Also see Flea)
To dream of swallowing a quantity of sugar denotes that privation is about to beset you (Gypsy).