On July 16, 2011, wearing black so that I would be difficult to notice, in an appropriate spot "within the confines of a remote location - high upon a hill " I sat quietly for a while with a white candle and tobacco before me. The night was clear and warm. By the light of the full moon, completely relaxed, I lit the wick, and then said -
I conjure thee, Spirit by the great living Sovereign Creator of all things, to appear under a comely form, without terror. I conjure thee by the virtue of all that is Holy and Sacred.
Around midnight I couldn't be more delighted to view in the tobacco smoke a bear. Bears are silent, swift and very protective of family.
Animals are used as spirit guides quite often or signs which must be paid attention to. Certain animals can be an indication what it is that we need to focus on in our personal healing at that moment in time. To see wild animals during spirit conjurations is generally a good omen pertaining to business, but the interpretation depends on their attitude; if they are calm your affairs will prosper, but if attacking, you can expect some reverses.
The summit of the Bear's power is in the spring and summer. S\he roused from inaction to become fully aware (conscious). The bear remains in a state of inactivity in the cold months, thus has come to represent introspection. This is the time to go within (hibernate) to examine experiences and emerge with answers. We contain within ourselves the answers to all our questions.
The bear teaches us to go within, and access the subconscious in order to blend intuition and instincts leading to attaining personal power. Your body often knows the truth before the mind does. Like the bear you have an inner sense. Your instinctive body response senses danger, pleasure and hope. It knows when to exercise caution, restraint, abandon, frivolity, grace, cunning. The Bear's lesson is to listen with your whole body.
Celtic Symbolism of Bear - a creature of dreams, astral travel, visionaries, mystics and shamans. The person of bear power animal or totem has a determined ally in spiritual work, loyal and utterly dependable. When you have a Bear Spirit, you are being guided to a leadership role. You must be fearless in defending your beliefs.