Bear Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, Editor

Bear totem

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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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.

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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  • Yogisuba


    Thanks for your insights and understandings. I have just recently reached out to Bear. I have been having intense dreams and day visions of Bear, often time the Bear is actually attacking me. Initially I thought I was to fight the Bear to gain its power, but every time I did so, it felt wrong. Then one day after smoking some Herb and meditating with the Bear, holding some of her skin in my hands, I found myself standing up and walking around like a Bear and making grunting sounds. Since then I have had many experiences connecting with this powerful and beautiful Spirit. It has been needed, for my family has been going through some intense healing lately and we’ve needed to ground and protect ourselves. Bear has been there for us.

    Blessings Be,

    Here is an inspired poem that spontaneously arose while communing with Bear:

    Dear Bear,

    I want you to know I respect you,
    fear you,
    yet I seek to know you
    to be one with you.

    I seek to walk fearless in the world,
    to heal and be healed,
    to be strong and nurturing,
    to know the mysteries of the Plant Kingdom
    and gain communion with the Animal Tribes.

    I seek your council,
    your wisdom;
    hibernating deep within,
    finding the depths of being and the source of all power.

    Bless me with you Vision.
    Bless me with your Wisdom.
    Bless me with your many Gift.

    For I am ready.

    I honor you in song and story,
    sharing your many gifts with those that cross my Path.
    It is through you I find my strength.
    It is through you I find my power.

  • lisa newton

    i think that my spirit animal is a bear , i like to take charge sometimes,and standing up for whats right, i like this quiz i would share it with my friends.

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  • Chloe

    I didn’t get bear on the quiz I got deer so when I did some guided meditation I was expecting to get a deer but my mind kept going back to this medium sized grizzly bear. I do truly believe that this is my spirit animal but I’m not 100% sure.

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