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.
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.
Everyday 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.
Gender / Specific Meanings:
As a protective force in both men’s and women’s dreams, the bear can represent maternal energy.
Consult the entries on Animals, Archetypes in the Introduction and Mother in Family.