Bear Symbolism and Meaning

Bear Symbolism...   

"Bear invites you to embrace your power, the power of your Spirit". 

Bear power animal has a mystical energy of supreme strength and fearlessness, carrying an aura of dominion and authority, and because of this the Bear totem is legendary for raw power and fierce strength.


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Bear Meaning ~ the Ancient Medicine
& Powers of Bear Totem Animal . . .

Bear has many secrets to share, and medicines just as extraordinary as his power, and even a bit mysterious...

We are breathless and captivated by his presence when we see him from afar, but to happen upon him in the woods, ah that is not for the weak of hearts.   Nor is it safe to try to encounter a Bear in the wild. 

A Bear can reach the speed of 50mph!!  and can navigate the most difficult terrain of a mountainside with ease.  Keep this in mind, Bear is an animal that demands respect of it's territory, to the death if necessary.

To meditate upon meeting the Bear in the woods, he shows us the depth of power she/he possesses, and humbles us to remember the laws of respect and boundaries, for we would never entertain the idea to cross the boundaries of respect with this ancient symbol of power. 

Bear totem animal teaches the laws of boundaries, both for self and for others.  Bear does not hide his intentions, his only agenda is to maintain his territory and boundaries.  

If you are trespassing his boundaries it is you that must leave.  This is powerful medicine if Bear is your totem or if you are seeking his spirit animal energies. 

Through myth and lore, Bear is also known as the cave bear, a spirit animal of protection.  The cave is symbolic of ancient mysteries, and a womb of many secrets, among these secrets is the secret of inner power.

Bear totem will lead you on a journey of introspection, into the deep caves and caverns where he will guide you to sit with yourself, to meditate in stillness. 

It is here in the cavern with the Bear Spirit that you must learn to be comfortable alone with self and Spirit, until the moment that visions begin to play upon the fields of your mind.  This is the vision quest where your true power will come to you in vision and in dream-time. 



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 Bear Medicine & Totem Energies...

Bear brings the totem gifts
meditation, sweet delight

Bear symbols and spirit animal medicine
 
strength, ferocity, protection

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  dream-time, vision quest


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The Mysticism of the Bear Spirit Animal ...

The Bear is also a totem of a deep long sleep, and invites you to take a long meditative journey to discover self and the calling of your heart and soul...

Bear is your protector in the dream world, be it a vision quest or a dream in deep sleep.

You can also call upon the protection of the Bear to chase away the spirit energies that cause nightmares as Bear  is the Dream -Time Protector.

Further Bear messages shows us that the female Bear is the epitome of a ferocious yet gentle spirit, here the phrase "mama bear" comes to mind, and we are reminded that she is a wonderful mother but will protect her cubs with all of her strength and might.


Bear medicine teaches to enjoy the sweetness of the journey...
symbolizing rest and retreat
  


The Bear spirit animal likes to spend most of it's time alone, meandering the forests hunting for berries and enjoying the delight of honey and berries. 

The Bear is inviting you to enjoy the journey, to truly delight in the sweetness of all of life's little enjoyments. 

Bear will travel where he needs to go to get the resources he requires, he knows the land well, and he senses the turning of the seasons as he is drawn to the river to fish to provide him the nourishment he needs for his hibernation, at the end of summer.

Bear knows when it is time to rest and retreat. 

Bear gathers the nutrients he needs to sustain him for the long winters rest, the dream-time of winter hibernation. 

Bear has many travels in his dream-time, Bear symbolism invites you to travel the vast Universe in dream, meditation and vision quest.


Bear is inviting you to unleash the essence of your inner power.

The Bear totem animal is symbolic as the ruler of his/her domain, his/her land.... and as big as she/he is, /she/he can come upon you in silence, can smell your fear and you will have to lay down and play dead for the Bear to pass you by.



The spiritual meaning of Bear 

Bear is a great spiritual teacher and a legendary symbol and totem animal.

It is a great honor and responsibility to have Bear symbol walking beside you ~ teaching you humility and how to access your greatest strengths and spiritual powers.

Bear Totem medicine teaches that in order for you to get what you want you must overcome your fears, laying down your ego so that your inner power of vision can prevail.

The Bears strength is mythical , because in one swipe Bear can lay end to man and animal alike.



Symbolic Meaning of Different Bears


Each and every bear carries a unique symbolic energy or frequency because each is unique in Spirit and each bear has distinct needs for survival, diet and terrain.  

Some Bears live and thrive in the mountains, some near the sea, some live in the coldest parts of our planet. 

When you contemplate the essence of the Bear, think about where and how the bear lives, what the Bear needs, how the Bear might "feel".  

Connecting to the Bear in these ways will give you deeper understanding of what the Bear is speaking to you, and has come to teach you.   

Meditation, introspection and illumination are traditional symbols for bears in general.


What is the message that Bear animal presents to you in your vision quests?


Bear is frequently represented on a totem pole, to bring the blessings of Bear and her powers of protection and guidance through dream-time to the whole of the tribe.



Black Bear Symbolism

The Black Bear is found traveling high in the mountains. Black Bear is a symbol of living off the land, being resourceful.  Another medicine that Black Bear symbolism shares is the gift of aromatherapy as it can smell the cache of honey from miles away.

Brown Bear Meaning 
The meaning and symbols for Brown Bear are the ability to appear from nowhere, and to stand your ground, the Brown Bear roams the mountains in the Alps, and is now a symbol of the Alps.

Grizzly Bear Meaning
Grizzly Bear symbolism is that of coming out of the cave and facing your deepest fears, Grizzly Bear has the medicine of a valiant warrior.  Grizzly Bear is known for it's prolific fishing abilities in Alaska, meaning Bear medicine is a powerful totem for creating abundance for oneself and bountiful provisions.   Grizzly Bear can be a good medicine for a fisherman.

Kodiak Bear Meaning
The Kodiak Bear has a presence of a warrior.  The meaning for Kodiak Bear totem is ferocity, and is a symbol to beware; as it is among the fiercest of animals one can encounter.

Koala Bear Energy
The Koala is not actually a bear, but we call it that so much that it does have significant energies as a Bear Spirit Animal.  The Koala Bear totem animal is a beautiful symbol of nurturing, gentle spirit and of the bond between mother and child.

Panda Bear Essence
The adorable Panda Bear is a symbol of knowing the virtue of patience, and balance of yin yang energies

Polar Bear Energies
The massive Polar Bear totem animal has an affinity for water, and ice and of being invisible --- being hidden in plain sight.  There is a symbolic message and meaning of certainty with the Polar Bear, and he/she is a survivalist of the truest sense.

Sun Bear Traits.
Sun Bear brings the medicine and meaning of observation,
caution, foresight and wisdom

Teddy Bear Meaning
The Teddy Bear is a symbol of love and affection, taking away the pangs of loneliness as well as as protection.  Every child loves to sleep and carry with them their favorite teddy bear, and recent studies have shown that 30-40% of men take a teddy bear on their business travels

Bear Cub Essence
A Baby Bear is called a Cub.  The Bear Cub symbolizes being fiercely loved and protected, knowing that Mama Bear will protect and defend  relentlessly and with indomitable strength, force, might and spirit this gives the Bear Cub tremendous courage and confidence, something that it will carry with itself for it's entire life.

Mama Bear Energy
Mama Bear knows her strength well, she has been given strength and courage beyond compare.  She will fearlessly overtake a male when necessary to protect her cubs, these are her innocent treasures and her greatest  gifts from the Great Spirit of Bear,  She continues to give rebirth to the legend of the Great Spirit Bear with every cub that is born to her, and with every cub born the energy of Great Spirit Bear glows brighter.


Sleeping Bear Symbolism
The sleeping Bear is a sleeping giant, If disturbed, the sleeping Bear awakens and his protective instincts take over and his ferocity unleashed, it is best to let sleeping Bears sleep, take heed do not test yourself against the Sleeping Bear. 

Bear is fearless, an indomitable spirit and force


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Bear Spirit Animal Symbolism & Spiritual Meaning with Bear Dream Symbolism

Bear Symbolism in Dreams: 


Bear is representative of the base or 1st chakra, this chakra is connected to our basic survival instincts and needs.  This is where our power to confront our fears of of having our basic needs met is held.   It is most beneficial to meditate with the bear when these fears need to be overcome of if you have need of knowing these needs can and will bet met and provided for. 

Bear fears nothing or no one, so it is Bear that can most definitively teach us to overcome fear.

To dream of Bear as an ally you are most fortunate, Bear is bringing blessings of strength to overcome the fears you may be holding deep in your subconscious.   Bear is deeply loyal to those who are seeking to transform their character, to rise above flaws in their character.

In the presence of Bear ~ even in your dreams ~ be cautious, make no sudden movements.  Bear is ready to lunge into attack if he or she feels at all threatened.    If you look directly in Bears eyes, Bear will consider this a challenge.  Without looking directly into the Bears eyes, ask why Bear has come to you, what does he/she want to teach you.

To dream of Bear means to be very aware of your surroundings, and to listen to your intuition regarding your surroundings and those who may be in it. 

If you dream of Mama Bear this means she has cubs nearby and she is ready to challenge any intruder who poses a threat.  You may be being shown how to take a stance to protect your little ones, or encouragement to do so - not letting others meddle, making you second guess yourself.    You may be being shown to extend more patience with your little ones as well.


Bear dream meaning if Bear is chasing you  

If you dream of Bear chasing you, Bear is chasing you to face your fears, chasing you to confront the very thing that you are running from.  

If you dream of Bear in hibernation, you are being guided to go into personal hibernation or dream quest.  You may be needing rest for the soul so that you may gather new strength and energy, and be ready to receive new guidance and vision.   


Bear symbolism reminds us
of our ever present fierce inner power 


Celtic Bear Meaning 

To the Celt's mythology the Bear was a symbol of the primordial spirit of protection.  Connected deeply to the rhythms of the seasons, bear sleeps in the winter and awakens just as the plants begin to spring forward for a new cycle of life in a new season.  In this way, bear teaches us that it is a necessary part of life to follow and honor the rhythms and cycles of the Earth, and in doing so this helps ground us and find our own primordial power. 

Bears no longer roam the Emerald Isles, but their legends of power have been carried on in Celtic designs.

Bear can come as a reminder of the importance of life balance.

A great paper was written on animal symbolism in Celtic mythology by Lars Nooden for the University of Michigan which you might find very informative.




Native American Bear Meaning

The Bear is renowned for mythical and legendary power, just imagine that a Brown Bear, a Grizzly, a Polar or a Kodiak can stand 10 - 12 feet tall, and can outrun any man.  

In many Native American traditions, the Bear is a symbolic embodiment of Great Spirit, the creator and master of the Universe.

Bear is also a great symbol of conquest.

Bear walks fearlessly knowing he reigns the forest, all others make way for he or she to pass, and there is no better symbol of protection or feeling protected than that of the Mother Bear.  The great bear can pounce on it's front feet to shake the Earth, this is the power she holds and she commands that others heed her presence, her message and her warning.


The claws of a bear have been worn as symbols and amulets of protection, often carried in "medicine bags", where collected and found treasures were kept and revered, giving whoever found it the ability to tap into the power of the bears spirit.  These items connected the person and the animal throughout their lifetime and perhaps beyond.


Today we do not collect these items, but rather collect and record the presence felt about the animals we feel connected to; our totem, spirit and power animals.  We hold the great symbols of their power in our hearts, asking them to walk beside us, to guide and give is wisdom when we need it to face and overcome our personal challenges.


Bear is guiding you to tap into the power that is within




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