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Working With The Animal Totems

22 August – 21 September (N. Hemisphere)
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Birth and Animal Totem: Brown Bear
Elemental Clan: Earth Clan- Turtle
Personality: Diligent. Humble. Pragmatic. Meticulous.
Positive Traits: Modest. Discerning. Scrupulous.
Negative Traits: Fault-Finding. Fastidious. Sanctimonious.
Compatibilities: Geese and Beavers.

Brown Bears are hardworking, practical, and self-reliant. They do not like change, preferring to stick to what is familiar. They have a flair for fixing things, are good natured, and make good friends.

About BROWN BEAR Birth Totem:

Native American Animal Symbols ~ BROWN BEAR Birth Totem

Pragmatic, and methodical the Bear is the one to call when a steady hand is needed. The Bear's practicality and level-headedness makes him/her an excellent business partner. Usually the voice of reason in most scenarios, the Bear is a good balance for Owls. The Bear is also gifted with an enormous heart, and a penchant for generosity. However, one might not know it as the Bear tends to be very modest, and a bit shy. In a loving environment this Native American animal symbol showers love and generosity in return. Further, the Bear has a capacity for patience and temperance, which makes him/her excellent teachers and mentors. Left to his/her own devices the bear can be skeptical, sloth, small-minded and reclusive.

The Brown Bear and His or Her Partner

Brown Bear and Falcon

Brown Bear, connected to nature and Mother Earth as he is, loves an orderly life that moves in quiet and predictable ways. But when Falcon, ruled by fire, crosses his path, peace and quiet cease. The dynamic, power-packed Falcon brings more energy to the life of Brown Bear than he can stand. Both have to work hard to keep the relationship harmonious.

Brown Bear and Beaver

Both signs and animal totems are ruled by the element earth, which should make a good relationship, at least as it touches on basic issues and needs. Industrious and hard-working, Brown Bear finds a dependable and faithful parner in Beaver, who will share with him the comforts and beauty in life.

Brown Bear and Deer

Deer, due to his innate inclinations and intellectual excitement, may well create a restlessness that Brown Bear, with his need for a steady, practical, and well-ordered life, may find unsetting, Brown Bear and Deer will have a hard time reconciling their differences. Good communication may be the only way to overcome these obstacles.

Brown Bear and Woodpecker

Brown Bear and Woodpecker have a good foundation, based on their respective elements, earth and water. They compliment and understand each other without many words: Brown Bear takes care of a stable environment and Woodpecker, sensitive and emotionally devoted, provides trust. Both will be fulfilled because they enrich each other's lives.

Brown Bear and Salmon

Due to the influence of the element fire, Salmon brings deep emotions and a happy disposition to this relationship, which Brown Bear really likes. However, the Salmon also has rather high expectations both of life and love, something the more reserved Brown Bear may not appreciate enough. These two people may have wideely differing opinions and ideas. Compromising may bridge the gap.

Brown Bear and Brown Bear

The element earth, which both Brown Bears share, provides a solid base for their relationship, and their tendencies and interests are also much alike. What may be missing in this relationship is emotional spontaneity, because both express their emotions in more measured ways.

Brown Bear and Raven

Brown Bear prefers to stand with both feet on the solid ground of facts. While he is not a loner, he does love home life and a certain amount of seclusion. For Raven, this is often hard to understand because he loves diversion and is very social. If Brown Bear can show more flexbility and Raven more willingness to curtail some of his inclinations, this may not be a bad combination.

Brown Bear and Serpent

In this relationship, Brown Bear may enjoy the fact that Serpent is somebody who rattles his chains. On one hand, Serpent, due to the influence of the element water, is an emotionally charged person who knows how to coax Brown Bear out of his emotional reserve. On the other hand, the sometimes highly independant Brown Bear may be a welcome challenge to Serpent.

Brown Bear and Owl

While Brown Bear does not always agree with the circumstances and realities of life, he can at least respect them--something that is very difficult for Owl because he always looks for superlatives. Mutually agreeable compromises and harmony in this parnership will be difficult to achieve.

Brown Bear and Goose

The situation of Brown Bear and Owl is not what troubles this relationship. Goose, like Brown Bear, is influenced by the element earth and, therefore, remains a solid, steadfast, peaceful, and strong person. Goose and Brown Bear operate on the same wavelength. However, they often view life more seriously than necessary. Both should make sure that fun and trust in the positive things in life are not short-changed.

Brown Bear and Otter

Brown Bear and Otter might as well live on different planets. The elements that influence their respective signs, earth and air, make understanding each other difficult. The Brown Bear wants to preserve and stabilize the world, Otter wants to change and reform it. They begin from widely differing concepts. However, when both are willing to communicate, the results can be very good.

Brown Bear and Wolf

While the elements earth and water may serve as a basis for mutual growth, tension in this relationship is a given. That's because Brown Bear is primarily ruled by his head, while Wolf is guided by emotions and trusts her instincts--something of which Brown Bar is suspicious.


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