Bear Totem & Symbolism – The Spirit of Bravery

Animal Totem is a special Animal Spirit that has chosen you to guide, and protect, for your whole life. It also represents your best, and worst qualities, who you are at your core. You can find who your Animal Totem is through meditation with the intent to know, and meet, your Animal Totem. You can also consult a psychic on this matter.

However, if you have meditated on it, but still have doubts, and you don’t want to consult a psychic, this article will shine light upon the qualities of the Bear Animal Totem. If you feel it resonates with you, and you share a lot of qualities with the Bear, there is a high possibility that Bear is your Animal Totem.

If Bear is your Animal Totem, it reveals your inner world, and your stamina. It guides, and protects you, but at the same time it reminds you to be a guidance for others as well, and help them overcome their challenges. Bear Totem is the symbol of confidence, and the one who guides others to fulfill their life purpose. By doing so, you are fulfilling your own purpose.

Other character traits of the Bear Totem are:

  • Playfulness
  • Guidance
  • Overconfidence
  • Inner truth
  • Empowering
  • Healer
  • Bravery
  • Stubbornness

In general, if you were born under the Zodiac Sign of Virgo, Bear would be your spirit animal. Bear is associated with the earth element.

How to know if Bear is your Animal Totem?

Your Animal Totem represents qualities, abilities, characteristics, that you currently have, or that you are in the process of developing. Therefore, you can realize that Bear is your Animal Totem because:

  • You resonate with almost all qualities of the Bear like being brave, and handling challenges well, being a good friend, guiding, and healing others.
  • You see Bears all the time, like photos, documentaries, videos, but not on your choice.
  • You just love Bears very much, they inspire you, and you can’t explain why.

If you are still confused, you can confirm if Bear is your Animal Totem through:

  • Meditation.

You will have to start your meditation with the intention that you will meet your Animal Totem. It may happen that during your meditation, you see the animal, or you smell something, or you hear something. If none of this happens, do not get discouraged, sometimes it takes a couple of tries.

  • Your dreams, as well as by pure synchronicities.

For example, you may start seeing more Bears pictures. You may also feel curiosity peak up for Bears out of the blue. You should follow your intuition.

  • If you feel you have not received any answer, or you can’t figure out your Animal Totem, you can always ask a psychic.
  • Online quizzes that tell you which is your Animal Totem. Online quizzes will depict your character, and personality traits, therefore they are accurate at some degree.

Bear Animal Totem Symbolism

Various traditions, and religions, believe that each Animal Totem has the qualities of the animal it represents. This means that it feeds the same way (although in an energetic way), it moves the same way, it fights the same, and it behaves the same, as a Bear would do in the physical world. Therefore, the best way to know what qualities your Animal Totem has, or why it is present beside you, it is to look at how the animal behaves in this physical plane.

However, these traditions also believe that your Animal Totem can foretell your destiny, or share insight into your life mission.

Spirit Animal

As a Spirit Animal, Bear represents your spiritual beliefs, and also your personality traits. You can have pretty much anything that you want. You easily attract whatever is on your mind, and you tend to attract different personalities as well, because you know intuitively how to use your charm. Spiritually speaking, you work well with your inner world, and you try to do your shadow work.

Native American Traditions

If you were born between August 21st and September 19th, you would be assigned the Bear Zodiac sign, according to the Native American Zodiac. Native Americans praised Bear for its ability to heal itself. They were amazed by the strength, and bravery of the animal, to keep fighting even after injured. Therefore, they saw it as a sign the Bear has a magical ability to heal itself. You were not to shoot the female bear, as it would mean bad fortune.

Eastern Traditions

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The Eastern Traditions see the Bear as the spirit of honorable beings, divine beings, and they correlated it with spiritual enlightenment, and the ascension path. 

In some countries, people would treat bears even better than their own children, making sure that they were fed well, and protected.

Celtic Mythology

The Celtic Traditions respect Bear as the protector of the other world. They believe that Bears heal themselves, and retreat in the Other World, during their winter hibernation. They also see Bear as a symbol of nurturing energy, healing shamanism, and divine strength. The warriors would wear a Bear emblem to gain the ability to fight well, and use their intuition to know when to make moves.

Christian Religion

Christian Religions don’t think much of Bears. In fact, they associate the animal with a beast that has no heart, or consciousness, and that would destroy everything on its path. Bear was the beast that God would direct to attack the sinful.

On the other hand, it is also the animal that would nurture, and protect its children fiercely. A trait that is hugely respected. Bears can live in peace with other animals, as a friendly companion.

What your Animal Totem indicates about:

Your personality

Bear Animal Totem indicates that you are someone who may come off strong at others, and you may even intimidate others a lot. However, you are very nurturing, and protective, especially towards the people you love, and appreciate most. You like to create a simple life for yourself, one that is comfortable, and offers you the security you want.

Even though you are a Bear, you also want to be nurtured, and cared for by others. Sometimes, all you need is someone to hug you, and comfort you. In the midst of chaos, you may always be the one who everyone turns to, and even though you may struggle within you, you never let it show, especially if someone else needs you.

You should learn how to let others care for you, and give yourself time to heal, before running to heal everyone else.

Your life at the current moment 

An Animal Totem is the Spirit Animal that accompanies you since the day you were born, until the end. Therefore, if Bear is your Animal Totem, it doesn’t indicate much about life at your current moment, unless it starts showing up in your dreams.

The Spirit Animal that guides you through certain events in your life, is usually an Animal Guide that chooses to walk with you for a limited period of time, until you learn your lesson, or you overcome the problem. It may also choose you, to help you amplify certain qualities that you need for the next phase in your life.

If Bear is the Spiritual Animal that chooses to accompany you, it is reminding you of the importance of rest, and privacy. If you have been working hard on something, you may need to take some days to rest. More so, if your projects are not producing the desired results, you may need to make some changes, that you can only figure out, if you take a step back to evaluate your work.

It also advices you to protect your privacy, and not share every detail of your life with others. Not everyone is happy for you. Many would like to see you fall. Therefore, only make your success known when you have achieved it.

What does dreaming about your Animal Totem mean?

If you have a dream where a Bear is present,it may indicate that you have been too hard on someone, or you have acted in an aggressive way towards them. It may also indicate that you need attention, and affection, possibly from the person you were aggressive with. People tend to pick up fights with the persons whom they need attention from, so evaluate your situation.

If you are being chased by Bears in your dreams, it may mean that you are running from your responsibilities, your past, or your fears.

In some other dreams, if the Bear is standing near-by, it may mean that you are trying to make it in a hostile environment, and you should be careful who you share your life with. A Higher Being is protecting you.

How do you handle your life based on your Animal Totem?


If you have the Bear Animal Totem, you are nurturing, and very protective of your partner. Sometimes, you may tend to overshare details about your relationship, with other people, which in turn creates more problems than it solves.  

You are also very nurturing, and you love to take care of your partner. You show it in every way possible, that you will always be there for them, even at the expense of your own well-being. You may tend to stay longer than you should, in relationships that don’t work out, mainly because you believe that the partner needs you. You may also believe in their potential, so you want to nurture that in them.

Your romantic partners feel cared for, when with you, and the safe environment you create is place they always want to be in. They know you are there for them, and this sometimes may keep them crawling back to you. You should always be careful when dealing with people of the past, or when dealing with a relationship that is not going well. If you think you have given it all, don’t keep giving, because things won’t change. Save yourself.


Bear Totem means that you want a career that will allow you to help others. Maybe in a medicinal field, or human rights protection related professions. You may want to settle in life, have a job that pays fairly well, provide for your family, and live a comfortable life. You may not be someone who has great ambitious, or who would risk to have more, if you think you have everything you need.

Regarding finances, it indicates that you want to create a good financial status for yourself, and your family. You are happy if you can provide for your family, have some money on the side, and live the simple life. You may not be interested in tons of side hustles, or investments schemes, because you want to play it safe, and save what you have worked hard for.

Relationship with yourself

Bear Animal Totem reveals your inner self, and the way you deal with your struggles. You may ignore your own issues, if somebody needs help. You may always be there for others, and forget to care after your own needs. You may be considered the parent in a group of friends, because you are always the responsible one, or the one who takes care of everyone else.

Sometimes it may get tiring, and you also want to be taken care of, but you don’t express this need as much. You should learn how to heal yourself, before you help others. You should also come in terms with the fact that you can’t help everyone, and you shouldn’t always be available for people who only call you in times of need. You should learn how to make time for yourself, and enjoy your own company. You will always be the most nurturing one, and you may feel energized when you help others. But if you don’t get the same in return, you may lack energy, and may as well deal with mental health issues.

How to honour or connect with your Animal Totem?

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If you want to connect with your Bear Animal Totem, you can take a page from the book of the Native American Traditions. You don’t have to wear the skin of the Bear on you, but you can keep nice Bear sculptures at your work desk. You can have a beautiful artwork of the Bear printed at your blouse, or a paint of the Bear on your wall. You can also buy jewelry that has a Bear signature in it, like the head, or footprints.

You can use these objects to focus on during your meditation, in order to connect with Bear Animal Totem. During your meditation, you may want to call upon your Bear Animal Totem, and ask to be blessed with the qualities that you need at the moment.

If you feel that you can’t visualize the Bear well, which is important for your meditation process to work, you can think about the qualities you want to embody, and try to feel those qualities growing in you. You have to embrace the Bear energy in all aspects of it: physically, energetically, spiritually, and emotionally. It may also help to watch a movie with Bears.

Try to feel the specific quality amplifying in you. Act as being a Bear is your second nature. This is also how you honor your Spirit Guide, Bear Totem.


You may find that during the course of your life, other Spirit Animals will choose to walk with you for a while, to guide you in different areas of your life. It is possible, that while you have Bear Animal Totem, you can also be guided by other Spirit Animals. However, you will notice that your core values, the same qualities you share with the Bear, won’t change. You will still be a nurturer, and a strong personality.  

Different Spirit Animals help you see other paths, that only those can help, and guide through. They also help you develop other qualities, because the purpose is for you to grow.

For example, if you will be accompanied by Sheep Totem, which may make no sense to you, it is there to help you develop your creativity, or compassion. So, you will learn how to navigate better. Bear Totem will always be there, even if you won’t always have other Spirit Animals.

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