Friday, December 31, 2010

Ode to Bear

Happy Winter to all !

I've been in a hibernating mood throughout the holidays... and its no wonder really, as I had ventured into the realm of Bear right before Solstice's lunar eclipse...

Born at the latter end of Summer, my native american zodiac animal is Brown Bear and being doubly blessed... Bear is also my Above animal totem. The above position in Animal Medicine, as told by Sams & Carson, "reminds you that you came from the stars and to the stars you will return. This animal is also the guardian of the Dreamtime, for your personal access to the other dimensions."

Bear, for most people represents the concept of hibernation... winter starts soon before the New Year begins and this transition time between the end of the year and its climax is a natural time for introspection. Introspection creates a conscious opportunity to look at the old year holistically and provides a chance to awaken the unconscious for deep insights.

In this meditative state, I review the year in terms of what was accomplished and what still needs to be done. Its a time when I look at the year's major events and go down its memory lane to review the emotional landscape that unfolded for me. If the year has been particularly rough then this can prove to be a somewhat challenging process. Fortunately, the good times are worth a lot and happy feelings help to propel me forward through it.

Bear says to look at our personal dreams & goals and find the answers or solutions within. In order to taste the honey of life & enjoy its sweetness... Bear medicine teaches us that we must make this personal journey during winter in order to awaken our inner power and bring it forth to rebirth in springtime.

To celebrate the wisdom of Bear, I created this lovely Treasury featuring her great spirit and teachings...

Click HERE to visit this Treasury !

In this collection of Etsy products, you will find some gorgeous bear photographs, original art imagery, totem carvings & jewelry handcrafts that are quite simply exquisite. Take a moment to check them out :)

Through my Etsy shop, brizel4TheAnimals, I featured one of Brizel Handcrafts Silk Tapestry boxes...

"Brizel Handcrafts presents, Mama Bear, a small unique handmade decorative Silk Tapestry Box, made of banana & silk yarns, perfect as a memory holder !

Mama Bear is a gorgeous soft fiber arts container featuring vegan banana silk yarn in variegated yellows, greens & deep reds paired up with a chocolate rayon yarn that has multicolored silk highlights."

It has a lid of its own which is embellished with a gorgeous carved pink quartz bear. Mama Bear likes to walk, especially when the ice has melted down, she loves to hear her footsteps on the ground."

This animal Silk Tapestry Box measures approx: 3 1/8" in diameter x 2 3/8" high with an interior of 2 3/8" in diameter x 2" high

Mama Bear will be gift wrapped in a box of its own and ships out via USPS First class mail. Shipments within the USA will have delivery confirmations."

To view the full collection of animal theme boxes, click here... to see other silk tapestry boxes and silkworks, please visit the Brizel Handcrafts ArtFire Studio here.



  1. Find the solutions within!
    Wonderful ode to bear and wonderful bear art!

  2. Bear is wise! I am working on goals even now so by spring I can be well on my way to achievement!

  3. I love bears and love you blog post about them. Wonderful treasury of bears!


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