Bear Animal Totem Symbolism
The Bear Spirit Guide has a strong connection with the earth, where it spends the deep winter in hibernation, traveling the dream-realms through the long nights of winter.
The Bear animal totem is an undisputed master of its territory, moving with strong silent conviction amongst it. Bears travels through the realm of sleep brings about the deep wisdom its eyes hold. With the Bear in your life it will bring this gift of wisdom to you.
Bear Associated Traits
Honey-like delight, deep meditation in hibernation, strength and ferocity, powerful protection. Bear is the mark of dream-time and the power of the vision quest.
Symbolic Meaning Of Bear
The Bear is the defender of the woods, and is the profound keeper of boundaries. When one walks with the Bear, one walks in the presence of a great Spiritual leader of its demesne. Bear does not take lightly to those who wander in unannounced, and will make it’s thoughts and intentions known by raising up and roaring its challenge to all those who oppose it.
But if we are respectful, the Bear animal totem will guide us into the dark of the dream-realm, will walk through our vision-quest with us as guardian angel and protector. None willingly messes with Bear or those who travel with her, for those she holds close are her cubs, and she will protect those so designated with all her ferocity and might.
The Bear meaning is deeply tied to resurrection and introspection, after all, they spend most of the winter in a sleep state, a near death. This same power can be brought to you in your time of need, when it’s time for you to go through a rebirthing after a time of stagnation, Bear symbol may guide you through and out of it. Further, there is the opportunity to quietly look within.
Part of Bear’s secrets, are the enjoyment of life’s bare necessities. Bear does not travel quickly, for in Bear’s wisdom there is no need to rush. All things worth having come in their own good time, and there are many pleasures along the way to enjoy. A bit of honey there, a handful of berries here, it is part of their wisdom to enjoy our walk through life.
If Bear is your Totem Animal, then you are a recognized leader of great strength. Others will turn to you to look for your quiet wisdom. They see you as having a great deal of confidence in yourself, and as such will feel safe with you when life becomes difficult. Your home may become a den they retreat to in times of trouble.
This may manifest in those around you, especially those younger than you, looking to you for protection and safety. They may know that in your presence, they will be safe, and so you may become a ‘Mama’ or ‘Papa Bear’ to them.
If you find yourself being seen as a parental or protective figure, and you haven’t already found your spirit animal, it may be time for you to look within and make touch with those Spirits who would choose to guide you.