Bear Totem

Bear Birth Totem Overview

With Brown Bear as your animal birth totem, you are naturally detailed oriented. People can trust you to cross your T’s and dot your I’s with perfection. You do not laud this over others, however – humility is your middle name.

Astrologically speaking, Bear people typically optimistically press themselves to do more and achieve more particularly in the pursuit of spiritual insight.

One of the potential spiritual lessons Brown Bear might need to work through is that of having persnickety expectations of others to the point of coming across as hypercritical and pessimistic.

Brown Bear people think deeply about life and observe it with equal care. Each experience affords a chance to learn or understand something new.

Even the task of seeking out grubs reveals a diligent and curious nature that, as the Bear matures, integrates into the matrix of their soul.

If you are a Brown Bear, you may find yourself a little too stuck in the concrete world. This means one of your challenges is opening up to input from your Higher Self and the divine.

Ultimately this is necessary for your times of hibernation so that even as you sleep you will sense both threats and opportunity. When you come out of your cave, it is a type of rebirth and there will be new goals and a fresh awareness that guides you.

Bear Traits, Personality and Characteristics

Those born bearing the Native American Zodiac Sign of Brown Bear are under the influence of the West Wind, the cardinal direction of West-Southwest, and the Element of earth. The West wind simmers with emotions and acts as the gateway to other realities.

Bear people may find they have a natural aptitude for walking between the worlds, and sense a strong connection to the Star-Beings, the Ancestors, and Devic realms.

The Element of Earth serves Brown Bear well because it gives them the stability they crave and the common sense to know how to get things done efficiently. People come to rely on Brown Bear for sensible forward-thinking and suggestions. Additionally if you are a Brown Bear you may have true-sight and clairvoyant talents – embrace them. They are part of your medicine.

Brown Bear’s season is the harvest – a time to carefully gather your treasures and preserve them for the uncertain weather ahead. This symbolism impacts Bear dynamically in recognizing Her blessings, including an awareness of Her potentials and the inner spiritual world. As Brown Bear matures She will build on the lessons and rewards of previous seasons to continue her journey on the Wheel.

In nature, Brown Bears see everything from roots and honey to fish as an opportunity to refill that inner well, and that’s exactly what they do with focus and effort. The challenge here is avoiding becoming so focused that you miss global insights that can guide you toward manifesting your goals and dreams.

When Bear applies vision, imagination, and practicality – that is where they shine. If you have a Bear partner he or she wants to “fix” things, especially if they find injustice lurking in the forest. That’s when Brown Bear shows fierce courage and begins problem-solving.

The Native American Zodiac sign of Brown Bear has ties to the Turtle clan, joined by Beaver and Snow Goose. The Turtle clan craves security. For Bear, His security isn’t a shell but a sturdy cave that keeps them close to the Earth while providing protection and support for the Sleuth.

The crystal for Bear is the peaceful, healing amethyst and that gives Bear greater focus as well as perceptive abilities. It’s joined by the Violet, which is also a healer and protector.

Bear Totem Love Compatibility

In matters of the heart, the Native American Zodiac Sign of Brown Bear has difficulty with self-confidence. This animal totem birth sign wonders why anyone would want a lasting relationship. However, once Brown Bear finds a positive companion, He/She is eager to please and tease. There is a flirt hiding under that fur, one who will be a tender, slow lover.

If you have a Brown Bear partner be ready to meet high expectations. Know, however, that Bear expects just as much from Him/Herself.

Signs that mate successfully with Bear include Snow Goose, Beaver, Wolf, Snake, and Woodpecker.

Bear Totem Animal Career Path

Brown Bear people do well in positions where logic plays a key role. They are excellent analyzers and teachers.

In assistant-type positions Bear is loyal and sticks to instructions like glue.

Employers can depend on hard-working Brown Bear for follow-through, timeliness, and attention to detail.

Some positions that suit Brown Bear include financial adviser, mathematician, researcher, technical writer and many healing professions.

Bear Totem Metaphysical Correspondences

  • Birth dates, Northern Hemisphere: August 23- September 22
  • Birth date, Southern Hemisphere: February 19 – March 20
  • Corresponding Zodiac Signs:
    Virgo (North), Pisces (South)
  • Birth Moon: Harvest Moon
  • Season: Month of Harvest
  • Mineral: Topaz
  • Stone/Mineral: Amethyst & Topaz
  • Plant: Violet
  • Wind: South
  • Direction: South – South West
  • Element: Earth
  • Clan: Turtle
  • Color: Purple
  • Complimentary Spirit Animal: Wolf
  • Compatible Spirit Animals: Snow Goose, Beaver, Wolf, Snake, Woodpecker

33 thoughts on “Bear Totem

  1. Rosebear says:

    This is so me exactly. I am glad I found your website!

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Rosebear!

      I’m so happy you found WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com! I have to confess, Bear was super easy to write because my Totem Animal is and always has been Bear (even before I was conscious of Spirit, Totem, and Power Animals). Also, my name, Bernadette, translates in French to “Brave Bear”. Often I call myself “Bearnadette”! LOL

      Hope to see you here again!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

      • Louis says:

        I always get Black Bear, Brown Bear was my very bear i see in spirit, fully manifested while i was still sleeping. when I woke up, i saw him. scared me a bit because he was very close.

    • Andreas says:

      Me too but IT neagativ signs of bear. I mean bad things

  2. Colton Belden says:

    I truly believe that this is my spirit animal. They are also one of my favorite animals.

    I had a dream once where a bear was chasing me. It all the sudden stopped right in front of me, looked calm, and stood up. After that, it went back on it’s fours and walked away.

  3. Ruby says:

    This couldn’t be truer with me. It definately helped me understand myself so much more. Could never understand a lot of things within me.

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Ruby;

      So glad Bear helped you! Thank you for visiting and commenting on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  4. Little Annie says:

    Hi Bernadette,
    Loved reading about my totem animal Brown Bear, thank you, totally spot on, it has always been my dream to work as a healer of some sort or as a clairvoyant, it would be wonderful, I’m in my fifties now so feeling I may have lost the chance sadly. It’s totally amazing how the time of year we’re born can have such an influence on our personalities, it has always fascinated me. Thanks again,
    Kindest regards x

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hi, Little Annie;

      Apologies for delay in response – was on vaca!

      Trust me when I tell you that you have not lost your chance to become a healer/clairvoyant. In fact, I’m a professional psychic medium and I’m, ahem, over 40! LOL When your birth totem is Bear, your soul will keep growling at you until you pursue your sacred contract. Maybe it could help if you took a peek at my sister-site – BuildingBeautifulSouls.com. There are tons of free articles about the wonderful world of woo-woo! Feel free to reach out any time!

      Finally, it’s always wonderful to ‘meet’ someone in my ‘clan’. My Totem Animal is Bear and my name means “Brave Bear” (French etymology)!

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  5. Patricia says:

    Thank you for this article, my birthtotem is also bear and i love them. I will not forget i was walking alone late at night, a nasty feeling came and i didn’t feel save anymore, i tought please protect me, an in an instant i saw my bear big and strong richt behind me immediately i felt a calming thing come over me and wasn’t afraid anymore, i was so thankful and still i know now wherever i am going to i will always be protected.

    Love from me

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Patricia;

      You are most welcome! Love back to you from me!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on and visit WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

    • Louis Ta says:

      Yes, bears are protective animal spirits. I have 3 grizzly bears. One of them is the most protective. The rest are playful and cuddly like big teddy bears and moan in their sleep waking me up at 4 in the morning. One of my black bears saved me from Sleep Paralysis.

  6. Andrea says:

    Hello, im a bit confused! My spiritual is bear but i dont feel like I am a match… It is correct on some things but on others its far from! Is it possible to have multiple spirits? Also… Im very in tune to Lozen! She was an apache warrior… I feel like i know her!

    • Bernadette King says:

      Hello, Andrea;

      Yes. We can definitely have more than one Spirit Animal. So, just to be clear – this Bear Totem article is about Bear as a Native American Zodiac Sign. Maybe if you take the Spirit Animal Quiz and read How To Find Your Spirit Animal you’ll meet the Spirit Animal that resonates more for you.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  7. Heather says:

    My girlfriend is drawn to polar bears, how is this different than brown bear? Much appreciated.

  8. Lena says:

    This was an amazing insight, I embody the brown bear well and thank you for the information

    • spiritanimals says:

      Hello, Lena;

      So happy you resonated with your Native American Zodiac Sign description. I have to confess, I pay a bit more attention to all things Bears because Bear is my Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal!

      Stay wild,
      Bernadette

  9. Neonprint says:

    Hi, I came across your website, I’ve always been fascinated with spirit animals and such things, I do love all animals, wolves,horses,and raccoons being the top, I’m just curious if you cannot feel a connection with an animal that is suppose to represent you, such is my case with the bear. While I’m born in this category, and I am a true virgo through and through, I feel no connection to this animal. I feel more of a connection with raccoons? Any insight on this? just curious?

  10. JarJar says:

    Hello,

    I love your website first and foremost. It really gives cool insight into the whole matter.

    However, i wanted to ask something that was bugging me for a long while and i have nowhere to turn to.

    I am born in this sign and am a Virgo most of all (Sagittarius/Leo mixed in), and i feel most, if not all of the above mentioned in this Brown Bear explanation is true. But HOW is Wolf the complementary spirit animal to Bear?
    I have felt a strong connection to Wolf for as long as i’ve known myself and i can’t explain it, but it’s there. I always saw myself as a wolf personality and no matter what animal presents itself in my life the fascination with Wolves is unbreakable it seems and occupies my mind most of all. A sort of visceral feeling.

    Could you please explain this a bit more? I’m confused as to why i feel this bond and why is Wolf complementary to Bear.

    Thank you. 🙂

  11. Ferris says:

    I believe I’m currently brown bear stuck in a concrete world wanting some way to fix the mess that isn’t my mess.

  12. Slavica says:

    That’s Me! It’s really fantastic ( even when I didn’t know nothing about Spirit , Totems or anything like…when I was a little girl I always felt close to this animal….) & I even collect them since ewer…
    Also the things I do, like…& the one I have to work on stil….It’s all truth! FANTASTIC! NOW I LIKE HIM EVEN MORE!!!THANKs a LOTT !!!!

  13. Andrew says:

    If i was born in northern hemisphere on September 22, 15 minutes before midnight, this is my totem? Thank you in advance.

  14. Amy says:

    Hello,
    This is something I’ve been curious about for a while! I found out that my animal totem is bear, which seems to describe me perfectly! I keep having reoccurring dreams about wolves and sometimes cougars. The situation changes from dream to dream, but every time I have them, I wake with a strong need to figure them out! Just curious what this could mean.
    Much thanks!

  15. Jessica Faye says:

    My Native American totem is a wolf which I strongly relate to the animal. Then I read on to find out my spirit animal is a bear… which I could see. Yet, I have many memories of daydreaming of being a butterfly so I want to be a butterfly. Yet, when I meditate on what my true spirit animal is I keep seeing a snake. The dream I remember from my childhood was running from a snake but when it finally caught me it bit me. I was terrified thinking I was going to die. Instead I started glowing like an angelic goddess. I have always been so afraid of snakes yet so intrigued. My greatest fear in the wild but my strongest interest at zoos, in books, etc. Is it possible that my spirit animal is a snake if I relate so strongly but fear it just the same?

  16. Bonnie Marash says:

    I knew the turtle was a part of me but the Bear is me so now I can locate things with brown bears. I like this site very much and it is now a bookmark so I can find you again! I have had a oast life reading

  17. Bonnie Marash says:

    sorry did not finish my comment I always felt a tie to the Sioux tribe and during my past life reading it was confirmed the I had beean native ,a female and healer. I have always felt close to Native Americans and love their spirituality, I am an eath person I love the feeling of being grounded in to Mother Earth. I look forward to visiting this site often.

  18. Lynda says:

    I am not at all sure of my Totem Animal, but have had many challenges with Polar Bear. I recall being in a shop where the owner was very Spiritual… I picked up a calendar with a beautiful photo of a Polar Bear Mom and Baby… we had been speaking, the shopkeeper and myself, but I suddenly had tears welling up and then began sobbing. I felt something so painful from this…and felt huge challenges for these animals. It was soon after that I watched a short film about a male PB who left to find food and had to swim for miles as there were no ice flows. He finally reached shore where there were very large seals, but died before he could find food.
    I find a very strong emotional sense of grief whenever I am confronted or come in contact with anything regarding the bears.
    Is this intuitive sense…my empathy? or am I actually relating to a Totem animal?

  19. Lynda says:

    Just did the quizz to find my spirit animal is Bee… I was just told by a friend today that this is what they find they enjoy about me. I am following the save the bees programs worldwide already.

  20. Phoenix Adele White says:

    Hi There, After being invalidated my whole life about being able to “know” people’s intentions, their pain etc. I learned about empaths which I am. But I also “feel” literal pain through others. I’m 62 aND about 1 year ago my pug suffered excruciating pain. My husband and I were driving so ewhere with him between us. He was a bit mopey, but not outwArdly showing it. All of a sudden I said “Brutus needs to see the vet NOW! Before I could even think about it I called our vet and said I’m bring in Brutus on an emergency. I made my husband step on (he was bewildered) and it took us about 10-15 minutes. By the time we got here he was in so much pain his pupils were dilated and he was shaking. My husband and I were watching him with agony in our hearts. They gave him morphine and we subsequently learned had hip dysplasia, crushed discs and wasting of his back legs. He is so stoic we knew nothing of his pain prior. They gave him 4 pain meds to take home which I gave him according to instructions. A month or so later it just came to me to put my hands gently on his back and draw the pain away with the light, and throw it away from ME! He has never had to take the pills since! Then I used it on our friend; all his pain left. So I think k I’m an empathetic AND healer but I don’t know how to protect MYSELF from negative vibes or bad people’s bad intentions. Our friend said to me look at the symbolism of bear claw. And here I am. Any words of wisdom?

  21. Lisa Graham says:

    What is the difference between of the Northern and the Southern Totems of the Bear?
    What is its n=meaning in other words?

  22. Chen Mingzhu says:

    Now I’m confused, I mean, before reading this, I was certain that my Totem animal is a big white wolf, because asides from having appeared to me in my meditation, as well as randomly popped up as pictures and anything similar, I also find myself related to most, if not all, of the Wolf’s traits listed on its page, heck, even my friend once told me that I reminded her of a wolf. But after reading this, I’m no longer sure because I was born in Southern hemisphere, which turns my totem animal into a Brown Bear instead. I mean, while I think Brown Bear is cool, I can’t really relate to the traits listed on this page. It just doesn’t sound like me at all. So, can anyone help?

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