Bear Necessities

Fall has fallen and soon we transition into winter. Winter on the Anishinaabe or Ojibwa medicine wheel is in the North. The colour of the North is white. North is where the mental plane resides. It is the direction of the elder and white bear. The strength of Bear medicine is the power of introspection. The art of introspection or 'hibernation' is necessary in order to quiet the mind and silence the inner chatter. Through hibernation we can manifest our goals and find the answers to our questions in life. To become like Bear we must attune ourselves to the energies of Mother Earth. In this void or womb-like cave we can experience the death of illusion or EGO. In India, the cave symbolizes the cave of Brahma. The cave of Brahma is considered to be the pineal gland that sits in the centre of the four lobes of the brain. To hibernate, Bear travels to the cave that is the pineal gland. Bear seeks answers that will then come to light in the Spring when all is reborn. Through meditation you can visualize going into your pineal gland/cave and ask for Bear medicine to help you with whatever you are struggling with.

The crystal associated with North on the medicine wheel is clear quartz. Quartz helps to focus and integrate different levels of the mind, facilitating inner wisdom and taking a wider perspective on life. It enhances metaphysical abilities and attunes to spiritual purpose, bringing about a balance between heart, mind, body and soul. Clear quartz works on all levels of being and has the ability to dissolve karmic seeds. Mediate with quartz to help bring about the alignment of heart, mind, body, and soul and to help heal any imbalances mentioned above. Quartz is connected to the crown chakra which is our connection with Spirit and spirituality.

Illustration Credit: Angela Werneke from Medicine Cards tarot deck by Jamie Sams & David Carson.

Content Credit: Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson and The Crystal Bible & The Crystal Bible 2 by Judy Hall.

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