The primary symbolic meaning of Bear is that of reflection and self-observation.
Hibernation is also a form of self-reflection. We all need to undergo times during our day and our lives to do as the Bear does.
When we cross paths with the Bear, we should envelope ourselves temporarily in solitude and silence with a goal for rebirth and self-understanding.
The Bear showing up in our lives is also a symbol for play, and that we need to relax and allow for some creativity into our lives. The more we allow ourselves to loosen up and have fun, the more our lives begin to take on a more light and lively perspective.
The Bear is one among the animal representatives within the Native American zodiac, and stands for practicality, level-headedness and generosity.
Bears often come to us in dreams too. As dream symbols, bears represent calm, stoic strength. Bears also indicate a time of introspection. If you are dreaming of a bear sleeping or hibernating, this is a message to do a little soul searching before you present an idea to the world. If a bear is chasing you, this means you are avoiding a big issue in your life, and it is time to deal with it. If the bear is standing up, this is a sign you need to defend your beliefs.
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