ABOUT THE BEAR FETISH
According to Zuni mythology, the Bear
fetish is the Guardian of the West and has the power to heal and transform human passions
into true wisdom. They believe that Bear is invaluable whenever you are faced with change
and transition and that it can be your ally when you are attempting to resolve conflict,
forgive yourself or others for errors of the past, or when you are faced with new
challenges in your spiritual path. There is a particular kind of depression of the spirit
sometimes associated with the deep introspective stage of transition and change. When this
occurs, Bear is a reminder that there is a parallel between depression and the natural
state known as hibernation, when involvement with the outer world is minimized in order to
focus more energy on the inner processes necessary for a successful transition.
Bear reminds us that one of the great powers we have is the power of turning to solitude
and introspection through which we integrate new experience and change. If you are feeling
overwhelmed by events, Bear can help you meditate on the symbolic parallels between your
present state of mind and the bear at the door of the cave. You may be reluctant to step
out of the cave into the sunshine after a long period of hibernation. You may retreat into
the cave again and return to a state of solitude. However, you may be assured that no
matter what the circumstances, you can choose peace instead of the conflict or disturbance
you are feeling.
Bear represents the healing power within every living thing. Many of us are unprepared to
make use of the potential power we possess in our capacity for introspection and solitude.
The wisdom of Bear can help you realize this power and use it during those times in your
life when the change created by cataclysmic events feels overwhelming.
Bennett, HZ. Zuni Fetishes: Using Native American Objects for Meditation, Reflection,
and Insight. San Francisco: Harper San
Francisco, 1992, p.97-100