Bear (Spirit Animal)
The bear is worshipped as a totem animal (zoolatry) across many cultures, and commonly shows strength and confidence. The spirit provides strong grounding forces.
In Siberia, the name used to designate women shamans 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.
There was a practice of bear-dressing across the vikings (berserkers) and ancient Greeks (cult of Artemis). Bears are a symbol of warriors in Celtic traditions.
- The bear spirit is of great support during times of hardship and provides courage to face challenges.
- The spirit can encourage a leadership role.
- The bear also symbolises motherhood.
- The bear spirit teaches patience.