Bear Meaning and Symbolism
Oct 05
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Bear Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Bear Spirit Animal

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These are all attributes associated with the Bear symbolism.  The bear spirit is not very common and is a very strong animal guide.  People with a Bear spirit animal are strong, natural leaders, generous, stable and reliable, extremely loyal, intuitive and empathetic, creative dreamers, modest.  Due to the introspective and self-analytical nature of bear spirit people, they are full of wisdom and insight. Don’t expect them to volunteer advice readily however, they must be asked directly. Even when giving advice or guidance bear animal spirits tend to be somewhat reserved or modest.  After all there is wisdom in keeping advice to themselves and avoiding any problems suggestions may create. Also, it is important to remember that the self-knowledge this spirit totem imparts is exactly that… for the self… bear totem may not be able to communicate what he/she thinks is best for anyone else.

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Encounters with the Bear

What is the meaning of bear symbolism? Find out what symbol the bear spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Have you been running non-stop, have you disconnected from yourself in the everyday hustle of life?

Bear symbolism medicine guides us to take time for ourselves, to withdraw into your den, rest, and regenerate. Slow down and take some time to reconnect with yourself, meditate and reflect on who you are and what you want.

Are you depending too heavily on people in your life?

Bear totem animals are extremely self-sufficient spirits, during the winter they live almost entirely off of fat stored in their bodies.  If you have seen bear recently her message may be to remember that you have the animal strength and power to live and thrive within yourself.  Just as the bear spirit animal awakes in spring for a new and fresh beginning, so should you!

Are your sleep cycles out of balance?

Bear totems are active both in the day and night.  This symbolizes bear spirit’s connection with solar energy (strength and power), and lunar energy (intuition).  Bear symbolism is powerfully connected to dreams.  It guides us to seek balance in rest, make sure you are getting enough sleep and pay attention to any dreams that stand out in your mind!

Has someone entered your personal space, is someone threatening you or a loved one?

Or has someone simply come between you and what’s truly important? Bear animal spirits are fierce defenders and does not tolerate any threat to its lair or cubs, meaning you shouldn’t endure any intruders in your life. You may need to stand up to someone or something that has come between you and your family or friends. This could be an outsider or even someone you are in a relationship with.

Have you recently moved or has there been a major change to your immediate environment?

There is a great deal of meaning buried within bear spirit’s cave. If the bear animal totem is speaking to you it is important to ensure that your home is safe and sound and that you feel completely comfortable there. Hang some paintings or posters and make sure that your special place really reflects your inner spirit.

The Bear Spirit

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Could the Bear be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? The bear might be your spirit animal if you are:

Keep to Themselves

This animal totem internal nature can be a double edged sword.  As a result people with this power animal can be closed off or shy. People with this spirit totem may struggle with being lazy or unmotivated. Bear spirit can be very stubborn and getting information about what’s really going on inside can be like pulling teeth. People with the bear as their spirit animal can become overly sensitive and easily defensive, don’t press them, if they feel threatened they may retreat within and after that… good luck.  When you’ve been let into bear totem’s lair or personal space consider yourself lucky, it means you are trusted!

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What are the Traits of the Bear Totem?

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Bears are:

  • Kind
  • Easy Going
  • Thinkers
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The bear animal totem holds the spiritual teachings of introspection and self-knowledge. When bear symbolism lumbers into your life pay attention to how you think, act and interact with others.

What is the true bear meaning? Communication with Spirit and Introspection. Bear totem people are self aware.

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Bear

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The Bear in Dreams: What it Means

When bear animal medicine enters your dream it is a very powerful spiritual symbol and message. Seeing the bear symbolism represents independence, rebirth, and the cycles of life. Bear totem is trying to awaken your inner power and lead you to a period of spiritual meditation and thinking.

If you are the bear animal in your dream, or if the bear totem is friendly and not aggressive, you may need to open up, to bare your inner self and bring everything out into the open.

If bear spirit is chasing or attacking you the message or meaning is that you are neglecting or harming yourself or you have entered a threatening situation.

Finally, bear symbolism in your dream may symbolize your mother, or your relationship with her. Pay attention to bear’s animal behavior in this instance and analyze how it may reflect on this important bond.

The bear symbolism is for motherhood and healing, so think about what implications the answers to these questions suggest, and how they might make sense in your life.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Bear

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Native American: In Native American lore, bear totem is spirit keeper of the West, the place of darkness, maturity and good harvest.

Greek: In Greek mythology, Zeus lusts after Castillo, a nymph of Artemis. Hera, Zeus’ jealous wife, transforms the beautiful Callisto into a bear. Callisto, while in bear animal form, later encounters her son Arcas. Arcas almost shoots the bear, but to avert the tragedy, Zeus hurls them both into the sky, forming Ursa Major.

Chinese: There is evidence about early bear spirit animal worship in China and among the Ainu culture. In feng shui the bear totem is viewed as a protector of the home and people.  And often adorn their entryways with a symbol of this animal.

Christian: The bear is most often seen in the Bible as a symbol of God’s wrath. (2 Ki 2:23-24) (Amos 5:18-19) (Hosea 13:8-9) (Lam. 3:10-11)

Celtic: Bear totems are associated with the moon as a protector of the underworld and dream realm.  And are also a symbol of the sun, motherhood and rebirth.

In Germanic culture, the bear totem is also a symbol of the warrior.  The Old English word beorn means both bear and warrior.

Historical Facts

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Embrace Your Spirit Animal

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