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I attended my first Psychic Circle at Inner Peace Health Healing and Wellness  in Plains Township last night and could not have enjoyed the energy, meditation and kindred spirits more!

I was blessed to be able to provide and exchange angel readings with some wonderful people.  And a funny thing occurred.

I felt called to use my Doreen Virtue Angel Therapy Oracle Cards exclusively, even though I had brought a second angel deck and tarot along as well. Reading for 6 or 7 people and pulling an average of just 3 to 4 cards each, I was surprised to see the Power Animal card pop out in over half the readings!

The presence of that card felt highly synchronistic because at a NEPA Metaphysical Society meeting only two days prior, a member shared some fascinating info on animal totems and I had been thinking about the topic.  

So today I did a little online research on my power animal.  According to MyPowerAnimals.org my power animal is the bear.  I was a little surprised by this because most of my unusual experiences in the wild have been with birds, specifically a heron and a hawk, and I am most strongly drawn to wolves, crows and owls.  

Reading about the bear however, I remembered an experience at Hickory Run State Park when an enormous black bear cruised through a crowded lake front beach.  What impressed me most was the great animal's absolute calm as excited campers scattered in all directions.

The experience spoke to me on sanctuary and the natural order of our planet in a way I have not forgotten.

I'm certain that there is a lesson there for me in that, as well as in the information given on the website, because this is how these things are meant to be explored.

The Bear:  Keeper of Unconscious Knowledge (August 22 to September 22)

"Bear seeks honey, or the sweetness of truth, inside the hollow of an old tree, and enters the cave, or womb, to hibernate, and to digest the year's experiences. Bear seeks answers while hibernating, or dreaming, and then is reborn in the spring. Bear teaches us that to accomplish the goals and dreams we carry enter the silence within. If we choose to believe that there are many questions to life, we must also believe that the answers to these questions resides within us. ~ excerpts from the "Medicine Cards" by Jamie Sams

As Birth Totem Bear, you are an individual whose outer personality is one of quiet observation. As you move through your daily life, there is a noticeable careful study of all you encounter and experience; to sift and sort through all of the stimuli in order to categorize and label each person, action and event so that a greater understanding and assimilation can occur.

Eventually, you will realize that not everything can be understood with the physical senses alone, and the individual soul of another can never be neatly or completely labeled or categorized. Until you can come to the awareness that life is ever changing and that to attempt to understand the process with only physical senses will lead to frustration, you will be stunting your own spiritual growth.

Bear teaches us to respect our natural hibernation cycles. Just as Bear rests during winter and reawakens during spring, we need spaces of rest and rejuvenation. Bear calls us to awaken the potential within ourselves and the power of our unconscious mind. Bear reminds us there is a time for playfulness and a time to be assertive. The power of the Bear Totem is the power of introspection. The answers to all our questions lie within us. Each of us has the capacity to quiet the mind, enter the silence and know.

When you have Bear Totem, you are being guided to a leadership role. You must be fearless in defending your beliefs.

The Bear also encourages you to exercise your abilities as a natural healer.

People with Bear Totem are considered by many as self-sufficient, and would rather stand on their own two feet than rely on others.

Bear's medicine includes solitude, wisdom, change, and communication with Spirit. Bears are associated with trees, which are natural antennas, linking the Heavens and the Earth.

The symbolism of the Bear's cave reflects returning to the womb of Mother Earth. [A Cave is an archetype for the mind - sleep - returning to higher consciousness.] This also suggests a strong feminine aspect, one of nurturing and protection. Bear cubs, born in the early spring, can spend as many as seven years with their mother before reaching maturity.

The Bear is the Keeper of the Dreamtime, and stores the teachings of dreams until the dreamer wakes up to them. People with Bear Totem will be quieter during the winter months. However, they must awaken in the spring and seek whatever opportunities are around them."


* Sadly my search for black bear images yielded many pics of  hunters posing with their prey.  How can this be changed?

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  1. Thank you for sharing! Bears help us set up our boundaries and are Spiritual healers.

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  2. Thanks for commenting Anon! Interesting info. Boundary setting and spiritual healing - two gifts I often need :)

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