Temple of Balance Oracle Cards (©Lee-Anne Peters). This time it is Bear.
I find the message associated with this card a little unusual. Perhaps because I don't really associate Bears with much in the way of planning and accomplishment. They hibernate in caves, rather than digging buroughs as rabbits do. They live off the land, rather than farming as some ants do. They don't work as a team, which some monkeys do, nor do they create beautiful, decorative mating places as some birds do. Although they must eat enough to have reserves to hibernate over winter, they don't transform in the way that caterpillars do, moving to a different stage of their life.
What I see in the bear is a great deal of strength, and a shamanic connection to healing. They have a lot of discrimination - choosing only the best if they have enough, but making the most of whatever they can get. Bears are also very similar to humans in terms of size, sometimes walking upright, and in their expressions. They are native to large areas of the world, and have been important in the mythology of all of Europe, and the Americas. We have many common phrases that include bears - "like a bear with a sore head" "bear hug" "bear market" - and there are both male and female names in all European languages that reference bears - Ursula being just one example. Bears are also smart - they will lay down false trails and double back on hunters tracking them.
For me, then, this card represents being strong and smart, as well as protective of your family, and possibly a healer. It might indicate the need for a time out, as in hibernation, being similar in that way to the Four of Swords or the Hanged Man in tarot. I wonder what bears dream about while they hibernate...
Today I shall call on the bear's ability to sleep - I've been up since 4.15am and won't have a chance to sleep til Big Boy leaves for school. After that, though, my bedroom will become my cave :)
I am grateful for a time out to sleep, perchance to dream.