Bear Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, Editor

Bear Spirit Animal

In the kingdom of spirit animals, the bear is emblematic of grounding forces and strength. This animal has been worshiped throughout time as a powerful totem, inspiring those who need it the courage to stand up against adversity. As a spirit animal in touch with the earth and the cycles of nature, it is a powerful guide to support physical and emotional healing.


Bear Meaning

The bear has several meanings that will inspire those who have this animal as totem:

  • The primary meaning of the bear spirit animal is strength and confidence
  • Standing against adversity; taking action and leadership
  • The spirit of the the bear indicates it’s time for healing or using healing abilities to help self or others
  • The bear medicine emphasizes the importance of solitude, quiet time, rest
  • The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces

The bear, a spirit animal symbolic of strength and courage

The spirit of the bear is a strong source of support in times of difficulty. It provides courage and a stable foundation to face challenges. When the bear shows up as a spirit guide in your life, it’s perhaps time to stand for your beliefs or your truth. This power animal will provide for support and strength.

The bear is also a guide to take leadership in your life or in other people’s lives. This animal is feared and admired for its strength. Its presence inspires respect. Its strength and powerful stature will inspire you to step into a leadership role in your life and take action without fear.

When you invoke the power of the bear totem, reflect on the qualities of inner strength, fearlessness, and confidence in yourself and how you can project them in your world.

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Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding….

~ Frank Craighead

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The spirit of the bear as healer and teacher

Interestingly, in Siberia, the name used to designate women shaman is the same as the word “bear”. In Northern America, in the Inuit tradition, the bear spirit animal is also connected to the shamanic tradition and women.

For the Inuit people, the bear is a strong power or totem animal. In some beliefs, it is said that if an Inuit hunter accepts to be eaten by a bear, he may reincarnate as a shaman and carry the spirit of this animal. The polar bear is considered as the “Wise Teacher” as it shows how to survive in harsh conditions.

Bear Spirit Animal

The bear, an ancient spirit animal worshiped in many traditions

The bear as a spirit animal or totem is one of the most ancient worshiped animals. Remains of bears have been found in many archeological sites in Europe especially, where bear bones and skulls were found together with human bones dating back to the Neanderthals.

It is said that the Vikings would wear bear skins in times of war to scare off their enemies. They would appear as powerful as these wild animals. Bears symbolize warrior spirit and courage to fight. The bear’s spirit would be invoked to help the warriors in the battle.

In ancient Greece and Rome, the bear was a totem animal associated with the Goddess Artemis and Diana, goddesses of fertility. In contrast, for the Celts, the bear would represent the sun.

The spirit of the bear and healing

Since the bear is often associated with shamans in many traditions, this spirit animal can symbolize healing abilities and stepping into the role of the healer. If the bear shows up in your life, it may also be time to take care of your own needs for healing, whether it’s at the physical, emotional or spiritual level.

Be sensitive to where you are at and reflect on where you would most need healing. You can call on the bear spirit guidance to direct your energy in a more conservative or focused way.

Bear spirit animal and grounding forces

The bear is an animal that lives a solitary life. Having a bear as a spirit animal can mean that you find balance and comfort in solitude. The presence of this power animal could point to the need to “regroup” and set up boundaries, so you feel comfortable in your own space. It may be a call to find time away from the crowd or busyness and favor quiet time and rest.

The bear spirit can also be a great helper to dedicate time and energy to more introspective practices, such as self-inquiry or meditation. Call on the spirit of the bear to help you find your center and ground yourself in a strong foundation that will support you in more busy and noisy times.

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124 Responses to Bear Spirit Animal

  • Sarah Cross

    Its no the 1st dream of had of bears but this was the 1st dream I’ve had about a black bear. I was on a bus heading home when I noticed a polar bear walk passed the window then I looked across the road and a black bear was rubbing itself against the back of a lorry that was parked up (a bit like they do when there rubbing a tree) In doing so this triggered the lorry to start rolling forward (as though the handbreak had been left off) and it rolled down a steep hill causing a major accident with the pile up of other cars. I got off the bus and ran down to the accident pulling the injured out, I was instructing the ones that could walk to go up the hill to safety before I woke up. I would like to know what the meassage is about thanks

  • ethan barnett

    I have this recurring dream. Where my mother and sisters are bears, i don’t think im one but im surrounded by them, i recognize them as my family… nothing much happens in this dream it varies from dream to dream. Nothing voilent though they’ve all been a fun experience… My friends at work call me bear a too. So i took your test and you guest it… im a bear i feel very comfortable with the bear as my totem.

  • Bipolarbear

    I started to wonder if my spirit animal was a bear because I always see a black bear in my dreams. Unfortunately its never in a very nice way and there is always somthing violent going on. I have had dreams about wolves, but since I have more bear dreams I thought it might be my spirit animal. And my friends always said I reminded them of a mama bear.

  • Maria Moore

    I haven’t taken any quiz, yet. I happened upon this site, as a result of trying to find a spirit protector to go with a character I am writing for a story.

    I met my spirit protector after I was married. After I was married I became drawn to wolves and wondered if my spirit protector could be the wolf. Then one night I had a dream of being led out of a forest, with a Grizzly Bear at the lead, then me and small woodland creatures lined up behind me. The bear led me to an open area that had a picnic table, benches and a tree stump. My husband, and a few of my closest family members were waiting for me. I sat down to visit with them and the bear sat on the tree stump. He proceeded to cross his forelegs over his chest and crossed his back legs like a person would do. He swung his foot up and down and about 30 minutes later he stood on all 4’s and walked over to me, signalling that it was time to go. We then returned to the forest in the same way we had arrived.

    I had occasion to meet him in the late 80’s b4 I was married and had no idea it was my spirit protector. I stood up to a bully on someone’s behalf and my sister tried to pull me back when I started toward the bully. She had put her purse strap around my neck and was yanking as hard as she could. I remember trying to yank it away from her, yelling let go. The last time I roared it out and yanked hard, and blacked out. When I came to, the other kids were staring at me and I turned to behind me to ask my sister what everyone was staring at me for and she was not there. I turned back around and asked where my sister was. They pointed at my feet and there she lay knocked out. When I asked them about it, they told me that I yanked her clear over my head with her purse strap.  To this day she still does not remember what happened that day.

    I don’t like getting that angry, but I am glad to know that if I am ever in a situation that warrants it, that my spirit protector will give me the strength I need and has my 6.

    • Randy

      i had a dream a woman in the forest turned me into a polar bear so i could feel my true form. then she told me to go for a run .the power i had in this form was amazing . i could feel the way the muscles worked as i ran and the weight of this form. i only slept a few hours that night but i awoke feeling rejuvenated like i slept all night.this is the short version of that dream.

  • Zee

    I dreamt that a bear was chasing me with a red fox yanking at my jacket. It was quite vivid and i was like on this high fence to get away from the bear??
    Would anyone please help with this?

    • Maria Moore

      It seems to me that the bear in ur dream was a irl situation that hd ur anxiety in overdrive and that ur subconscious was telling u that it was no more than a fox nipping at ur heels. It was telling u to slow down, take a deep breath and look at the situation thru calmer eyes.

  • Keith

    I had a dream I was holding a white fish with a blue dot on it. I had a feeling of compassion for the fish. Then I was told I would be be taking care of a white bear cub, and I was very happy. I began to play with the bear cub.

  • brian

    I dreamt that while I was camping in Northern Ontario, I saw a bear fly across a lake to a far shore, joining a congregation of other bears. What does this dream mean?

    • Maria Moore

      Hmmm…Maybe it is saying that tho it is nice to be a loner, that sometimes it is best to let others near.

  • Tracy

    Did a guided meditation where a brown bear walked with me. Found this on the web to determine the meaning and took the quiz….of course the bear came up again…

  • juan navarro

    i am a bear

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    • Scout

      With all these silly wesbstei, such a great page keeps my internet hope alive.

  • Takura

    weird I got the butterfly totem but lately I’ve been dreaming about bears. I feel like I have some kind of connection with them. I even saw a real bear in my yard a few months back and I wasn’t afraid. I know these quizzes are rather phony and kinda random, which is why I feel more connected to the bear than a butterfly. And here I always thought my spirit animal was the lion or just feline in general.

    • melissa

      take the test again, but I’m betting that you are just a very arty, sensitive bear!!! lol!

    • Neerja

      Butterfly is to let you know you are going through big spiritual growth and transformation. During this process you will find your totems change as new challenges arise, they are always attached to what ever chakra you are working on. You are right to think bear is coming to you, it will stay with you till you move on to the next phase. Remember also, your guides/high self will communicate with you on the most domestic level. Through numbers, dreams, animals, songs you keep hearing in your head. Your eyes are very open and you are seeing what most people miss. Keep it up!!

    • Maria Moore

      If u already found ur soulmate, then the bear could be ur soulmate’s spirit protector. My spirit is the Grizzly Bear, but I thot at first it might be the wolf, as I am so drawn to them. I later found out that the wolf is my husband’s spirit protector.

  • Craig

    I found out im part Cherokee I new I was more with earth than normal and the bear fits my being the way I am better that Taurus the bull my birthday being may 9 I am stubborn though!!!

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