Bear Dream Meanings

Dream Meaning: From 37 Different Sources

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Often represents the mother figure in dreams and depending on the dream, this image can be caring or uncaring, or possessive and all devouring.

If the bear is recognized as male, then it could refer to an overbearing person, or perhaps the father figure in a person’s life.

The bear is largely a solitary animal that prefers to live and survive alone. This, and its human way of standing, may be major reasons for bears appearing in dreams. We can therefore link the bear with feelings about living alone or surviving by one’s own strength. Because of the bear’s ability to hibernate, it can also represent our ability to recreate ourselves after a period of rest and reflection.

Bears in dreams may also link to feelings we have about becoming independent, or meeting strength and independence in someone else, or even wild rage as ‘the bear with a sore head’.

If the latter is the case, it could suggest your relationship with someone who is touchy or grouchy or powerfully possessive in a smothering relationship. It could also indicate the danger of sudden unpredictable reactions.


(see Animals)

The grizzly or domineering side of our moods (e.g., acting “bearish”).

The wildness within that wishes more expression.

Heraldic: Among the medieval artisans, this creature provided the perfect vehicle for visual puns, and usually stood for for-BEAR-ance.

She-bear protecting cubs: The maternal instinct fully developed; righteous anger or anxiety with real foundations.

Hibernation: An alternative type of death dream. Also, resting and storing up energy for difficult times ahead (see Cave).


The term “berserkers” among warrior clans came from “bear sarks,” a shirt originated by Artemis to give strength and protection to those defending her lands.

Native American: Supernatural power and fortitude.

Biblical: The she-bear, particularly, is portrayed as ferocious (noted in Samuel, Hosea, and Proverbs).

To what project or relationship are you, or should you be, applying this type of fervently protective energy?


Particularly in the case of men, tremendous vitality (strong as a bear).

For our ancestors, the bear represented a real danger and threat. Those who wore a bearskin became attackers and experienced a tremendous increase in energy and vitality.

Can also be a person who is a little stupid but good- natured.

The symbol often indicates disappointment or that one is about to disappoint somebody. Often a symbol of the neglected inner animal (extinction).

According to Jung, symbol of the negative side of masculine strength.

In Nordic mythology the bear usually symbolizes female attributes. Also, the followers of Artemis called themselves arktoi (bears). Since ancient times, the bear has been depicted as a motherly, earthbound animal that represents the female drive.

ASTROLOGY: The bear corresponds to Taurus.


Symbol: The bear is seen as an animal of strength, but in a much calmer sense than other wild animals. In a man’s dream, the bear usually represents a controlling, overbearing mother, because the bear stands for the feminine power of nature. Vision: Seeing a bear: a sign of insecure feelings in interpersonal relationships, sometimes also gossip. Seeing a dead bear: uncertainties felt for some time are cleared up.

Depth Psychology: A bear often indicates deception and disappointment. Maybe somebody—perhaps a woman—is trying to deceive you. You are also not quite certain about a particular woman.

See Animals.


For Native Americans, the bear comes to initiate the power of healing medicine and can represent a call to walk the path of a healer or medicine person.

For the urban shaman, the bear’s call may be to a profession in the healing arts such as massage therapy or reflexology. As an archetype, the bear pos sesses strength and a grounded connection to the earth.

The bear often represents the nurturing or mothering aspect that comforts and heals as the primary relationship early in life.

Thus, an angry bear can signify a response to the devouring nature of your own mother.


(1) A bear may symbolize the feminine side of a man’s psyche.

(2) A bear may also symbolize mother, either vour actual mother, or the wisdom that is available to you in your unconscious.

See also Mother.

(3) Alternatively, simply take the bear as a symbol of your unconscious and try to work out - from the dream action - what particular aspect of the unconscious is being presented to your attention: for example, the functions of feeling, as distinct from thinking or fantasizing; or an intuitive oneness with Nature.


Symbolizes all instinctive things.

It is considered the representation of the dangerous aspect of the unconscious. The bear is the example of the cruel and primitive man. In any case, if the dream is pleasant, it could represent maternal protection. Beneath its imposing figure, a generous soul may be hidden. In this last case, the unconscious is communicating the need to express your qualities. You have to externalize these noble thoughts that, sometimes, you hide behind a proud front.


To dream about being attacked by a bear suggests that boldness and mounting barriers in your way. You could possibly be placed in a dangerous situation. Bears represent the cycle of life. This could signify a moment in your life that requires self-analysis and deep thought. This dream could also be the homonym of ‘bare,’ indicating that you might have to ‘bare your soul’ and reveal yourself openly.

To dream about a polar bear represents a reawakening.


You need to be patient and conserve your strength for now; the time to act will come after a period of hibernation. Bear medicine is about the long stillness that is necessary in order for true strength to be wielded appropriately. When the time to act comes, the power of the bear in you will give you incredible resources.

A dream with a bear in it is asking you to consider whether it is time for aggression or time to retreat and wait for the right season.


Big and bristly, the bear is a formidable character both in real life and in dreams. Shamans in many traditions associate this creature with healing and restoration because it hibernates. If your dream puts you face to face with this powerful animal, then you need to find courage in your waking world. You may first need to gather your strength and spend some time reflecting on what you really want, then when you are ready stand firm and face up to reality.


also see Animals

1- To have a bear appear alive in a dream indicates aggression, or if it is dead, the handling of one’s deeper negative instincts.

To dream of a toy bear i.e. a teddy bear shows a childlike need for security.

2- Psychologically; we have recognised the need to meet the force of our own creativity.

3- The bear symbolises spiritual strength and power, both latent for example, when a bear hibernates and also apparent.


Power, or a power imbalance.

The use of power to accomplish something, such as in protection or aggression.

Personal empowerment.

Strength or assertiveness.

Dreaming of this animal can represent too much or not enough of one of those qualities, or someone or something you associate with the quality or animal.

Consider also the animal’s actions, context, and your feelings about it.

See also: Animal


As large, powerful creatures, bears are natural symbols for strength and power.

As potentially fierce animals, they can also represent the untamed, animal side of the self. Paradoxically, bears are also regarded as soft, cuddly creatures, and thus can symbolize the softer side of human nature. (See also Teddy Bear.)


The mother appears in dreams in many forms, the bear being one of them.

The image may be of the possessive, devouring mother or of the all-caring mother.

If it is recognized in the dream that the bear is masculine, the image may then be of an overbearing person, or possibly the father.


The dream of a rich powerful enemy; to overcome a bear in your dream is a favorable sign (Artemidorus). Although the cult of Artemis worshiped the she-bear, in Christian thought the ferocious animals are usually suspect. Modern symbol of ferocity and surliness. Freudian sex dream.


Great hidden strength.

If you kill a bear, you will overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

If you are chased by a bear, you will have many business problems and will have to deal with unpleasant people.

If you track or hunt a bear, you will gain in stature and be greatly respected.


Psychological / emotional perspective: Psychologically, we have recognized the need to meet the force of our own creativity. As a symbol from a play on words, it can also suggest stamina, whether we are able to bear or put up with certain difficulties.


If a bear is pursuing you in your dream this is a sign that you will experience some financial losses in business.

A bear also represents a rival you may have for your loved one, if the bear is seen to be climbing, then the outcome will be in your favor.


Material aspects: To have a bear appear alive in a dream indicates aggression, or if it is dead, the handling of one’s deeper negative instincts.

To dream of a toy bear – i.E.

A teddy bear – shows a childlike need for security.


Bear is significant of overwhelming competition in pursuits of every kind.

To kill a bear, portends extrication from former entanglements.

A young woman who dreams of a bear will have a threatening rival or some misfortune.


If you dream of being chased or attacked by a bear, it suggests that you are dealing with competition or aggression in real life. Bears in dreams can also symbolize a period of introspection and thinking.


Dreams of a bear symbolize power, strength, fierce protection and custodianship of your family. Perhaps you are feeling the need for solitude and to be uninterrupted in your emotional cave.

See Animal.


The bear symbolizes spiritual strength and power, both latent – for example, when a bear hibernates – and also apparent. In shamanism the bear is a very powerful totem animal – a form of guardian.


To dream of a bear indicates unbelievable odds against any pursuit in the immediate future.

For a woman, it is a threat of a rival who is interested in her occupation or the object of her affections.


An indication of difficulties ahead of you, but that they are within your power, if you work earnestly.

If you succeed in killing the Bear, or driving it away, you may expect success eventually.


1. Strong but gentle in nature.

2. A leader, especially military; a warrior.

3. Out-of-control unconscious elements, usually dan­gerous.

4. To become berserk; transformation.


1. Enemy; Amos 5:19

2. Destroy young children young Christians; 1 Sam. 17:34-37

3. Powerful spiritual force; Rev. 13:2;

4. Russia or Iran; Ezek. 38:16.


Power of our feeling reaction and traits; possessiveness, as or by a parent or lover, the ‘animal’ side of our relationship with our parent(s).


Rivals in love are indicated by a dream of bears. If, however, a bear is seen climbing a tree, a happy outcome of the problem is to be expected.


Gives gender-specific: As a protective force in both men’s and women’s dreams, the bear can represent maternal energy.


Strength, power; inconsistent emotional energy, not to be trusted: can be violent or cuddly, charming or crabby.

See Animal.


If in a dream a bear chases you, it is a sign that you will lose money through inattention to business.


A very angry person, i.E.

A parent defending their child; see “animals”


lucky numbers: 01-10-22-31-33-43

attacked by a: you wil be persecuted by one who professes to love you.

being a: your vitality has returned to face major problems.

cage, in a: liberation from charges of complicity.

cub, of one: a friendly hint wil be given; charming and cuddly are in.

many: emotional sorrow from an overprotective situation.

in a cage: you are feeling possessed by your mother.

dancing: you wil be tempted into speculations whose profit wil be inconsistent.

with a: your plan wil endure with your strength.

dead: resolution of emotional ambiguities.

drinking, milk: others are envious of your power.

driving off an attacking: the darkness that occurs before spiritual rebirth.

eating, meat: a long il ness wil initiate you into next phase.

hibernating, a: a wish to retreat from reality.

killing a: defeat your adversaries with their own gossip.

man dreaming of a: create a distance from your mother.

of a: great competition in every pursuit.

polar, in a zoo: loss of heritage and solid foundations makes a path slippery.

sunny habitat: must find your comfort zone between old and new.

several: people gossip about your raw primitive instinct.

standing: insecurities towards your mother.

transformed into a: you wil be able to free yourself from your inhibitions.

woman dreaming of a: a rival wil threaten your love.

working, a: the competition is overwhelming.


(Mammal) In a dream, a bear represents someone with a physical infirmity, who is evil, deceitful, perfidious and betraying.

A bear in a dream also represents a dull and a heavy looking woman who takes pleasure in partying, uninhibitedness and enjoying all types of entertainment. Seeing a bear in a dream also means capture or imprisonment, or he could represent a stupid enemy, a thief, an effeminate person, or a trickster.

If one sees himself riding over a bear in a dream, should he qualify, it means that he will manage a loathsome business. Otherwise, it means that he will be struck with fear and distress, then he will escape from his trials.

A bear in a dream also means travels, returning from a journey or he could represent a prostitute.

If one has access to such a woman, he must beware not to commit adultery.

27 dream interpretation about bear related.

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Polar bears in dreams, are prognostic of deceit, as misfortune will approach you in a seeming fair aspect. Your bitterest enemies will wear the garb of friendship. Rivals will try ...

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If you dreamed of a koala bear, this generally menas that you will have good luck in friendship and love. However, if it tried to attack you, or you saw koalas fighting with each o...

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A bear in a dream is a very rich and complicated dream symbol. In order to understand it, objective association need to be made. Bears are solitary animals and the females are soli...

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To dream of a pall-bearer, indicates some enemy will provoke your ill feeling, by constant attacks on your integrity.If you see a pall-bearer, you will antagonize worthy institutio...

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To dream that you are a standard-bearer, denotes that your occupation will be pleasant, but varied.To see others acting as standard-bearers, foretells that you will be jealous and ...

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(Circus; Hunter) A bear trainer is the one who hunts it, trains it, teaches it to dance and to obey his orders.A bear trainer in a dream represents a teacher who teaches good condu...

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His grief and anxiety will disappear shortly. Some say it means goodness and happiness through beneficial knowledge. Likewise, people will also derive maximum benefit from his know...

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One who has many friends, relatives and acquaintances.*(A cup-bearer is a person who fills and serves the wine cups, as in a king’s palace-Collins Concise Eng. Dic.)...

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An abnormally long beard means grief, sorrow and impending calamity....

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They symbolise a person who is of little or no benefit....

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(Red-brown) Unless one has a reddish beard as the natural color of his hair, having a reddish beard in a dream means trials or temptations, and particularly if gray hair is mixed w...

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If there is anything to suggest any goodness in such a dream it means that if observer is in difficulty, Allah will remove if, if he is in debt, Allah will enable him to pay it; if...

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Normally oiling of the hair, beard or body suggests beauty and elegance. But if excessive oil is seen flowing on the face or clothes, it suggests grief and sorrow....

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To see the beard being shaven means that he will lose his dignity and respectability amongst the people.The same is the interpretation of the hair of the beard falling off....

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The face and beard symbolise a man’s status and awe. Seeing one’s beard lengthened suggest that his position or status will be elevated....

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Holding one’s uncle’s beard in a dream means inheriting him through unlawful means....

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This may be a reference to her husband who will enjoy a good reputation as a result of his high standing in the community....

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Always a good dream (Gypsy). ...

Author: Katherine Taylor Craig

To dream that one carries or bears the mace before the king or chief governor, shows that the dreamer is to arrive at great honor in a Little time....

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In dreams, hair is a symbol of strength and virility.If the hair is in a good condition, the dreamer may be feeling vital or strong, but if hair is in a bad condition, this can rev...

Author: Theresa Cheung

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