Bear Advice


Invocation of the Great Bear by Ingeborg Bachmann

Big bear, come down shaggy night,

cloudier animal with the old eyes,

starry eyes,

break through the thicket shimmering

your paws with the claws,

star claws,

watchful we keep the herds,

yet spellbound by you, and distrust

your weary flanks and the sharp ones

half bare teeth,

old bear.

A cone: your world.

Her: the scales on it.

I drive her roll her

from the firs at the end,

snort them, test them in the mouth

and grab it with your paws.

Fear or fear not!

Pay into the collection bag and give

a kind word to the blind man

that he keeps the bear on a leash.

And season the lambs well.

s’can be that this bear

breaks loose no longer threatens

and chasing all the cones that come from the firs

have fallen, the great, winged,

who fell out of paradise

The bear, especially the mother bear, can smell a threat before seeing it, and fiercely defends its territory and family – protective to the end, like a spiritual warrior. The bear combines primal strength and power with intuition.

ADVICE: It may be a time for you not to be overwhelmed by a protective mother and the forces of anger. If the bear is you, use your wisdom and power wisely. You don’t need to growl; approach the situation like a teddy bear, and ask, stating your reason and purpose. You may need to walk alone for awhile to balance your mind. Find an environment where you are happy and free. Get plenty of rest and deep hibernation sleep to be ready for spring and a re-birth of energy, and potential leadership.

“Aggression in bears can be, and often is, a stepping stone to friendship. Friendship and alliances frequently develop by repeated interactions, with initial aggression that lessens over time.” – Benjamin Kilham, In the Company of Bears: What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition



Ursidae family

Hibernates during winter


Continents: North America, South America, Europe & Asia

Excellent sense of smell

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

REFERENCES: A combination of the following Oracle cards were used (with a dash of my own lifelong learning).

Archangel Animal Oracle Cards by Diana Cooper

L’Oracle du Peuple Animal by Arnaud Riou 

Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer

The Druid Animal Oracle Deck by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm

The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid


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