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Bear Spirit Animal

Ursa Appears

I have often heard about spirit animals which appear during meditations.  Many people turn to spirit animals for guidance and advice.  I had never experienced this until the Winter Solstice 2017.

It was very dark, quiet and cold as I began my meditation.  After being in a trance-like state for a short time the image of a translucent bear made of stars appeared.  I welcomed the bear and the entire experience was very surprising and comforting.  I felt as if I had been transported to a winter centuries ago; outside under a sky with a million stars.

The Winter Solstice festival is also called Alban Arthan in Druidry; from early British and Welsh words meaning Light of Arthur.  It can also mean Light of the Great Bear as the Gaelic word for bear is ‘Art’. This refers to the star constellation of the Great Bear which is seen in the northern sky.  The Latin name for the constellation is Ursa Major which means Great She-Bear.

Although I didn’t see the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, I added them to the illustration of my most interesting meditation.

Have you ever been visited by a spirit animal?  I’d like to hear about it!


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