The main characteristics of the bear are their large body, power and solitary way of life. Most of them are omnivorous, so, besides the image of the bear eating honey, there is another image of a cruel killer and carnivore.

In Europe the bear is a lunar symbol, related to obscurity and shadows. In Alchemy it represents the blackness of the primal matter. In Greek mythology the bear accompanies Artemis, lunar divinity of cruel rituals. As a lunar symbol, it has the relation to the instinct. Jung proposes the bear as the symbol dangerous aspect of unconsciousness.  It’s a primal force which is powerful, violent and brutal. In different traditions, during the bear hunting, women have to follow a number of prohibitions. That serves as a protective magic because women can easily be assailed by the spirit of the beast.  Continue reading Bear