18″ x 24″ acrylic
Animal Totem: Bear
Awakening the Power of the Unconscious
Cycle of Power: spring and summer
One of the most common observations of bear is that during the winter, bears “hibernate” in their den. They will retire to their cave; their body temperature dropping, their breathing rate cut in half and they live off the body fat stored during the summer. The winter months are sometimes called the Dream Time and anyone with bear totem may feel the need to withdraw from society for awhile and go deep within themselves to the place of inner knowing, to review lessons learned over the year and to find answers to questions they may have. This reclusive time away is good, but should not be overdone.
Female bears give birth during this hibernation to two, possibly, three cubs (although with the above picture, this Momma bear had five cubs). They are nurtured and fed throughout the winter so that when spring arrives, they are able to go out into the world and follow their mother. Usually, they stay with the mother for about two years. People with bear as their totem should take the dreamtime to give birth to two or three ideas of what they would like to accomplish in the next year or two. The ideas are then allowed to grow in their heart to be ready to be put into action when spring arrives.