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Dreamt of a Bear? Here’s What It Could Mean

Bears are highly intelligent animals, regarded as symbols of power, freedom, courage, and great strength. Seeing this creature in a dream can make you feel frightened and uncomfortable because of its wild, ferocious nature.

However, bears are often considered a more positive than negative symbol and it’s said that they show up in dreams of those who are extremely lucky.

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If you have dreamt of a bear, it could mean that you are a mentally strong person with iron strength to get through any obstacle that may come your way.  The dream could be interpreted in many ways, depending on its context and the emotions you felt after waking up.

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most common variations of bear dreams and their interpretations to help you understand what your dream is about.

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Bear Dreams: A General Interpretation


Bears are a symbol of tranquility, so seeing one in your dream could mean that you’re about to have a peaceful life, regardless of how difficult life may have been for you in the past. 

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Bears can also represent your healing powers and the control that you wield over your emotions. You may also have certain characteristics such as strength, power, and intelligence which are similar to this majestic creature. 

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Pace of Life

This dream could also be your subconscious mind telling you that you need to work harder and act patiently in order to accomplish your life goals. On the other hand, it may be a sign that you need to slow down and stop being too harsh on yourself.

You may be overworking and find that you don’t have time for yourself. Since bears have the habit of leading a sedentary lifestyle and sleeping for a significant duration, this dream may be telling you to take time for yourself and relax, like the bear, before you start working again.


While bears may appear to be tranquil, relaxed creatures, they’re often aggressive and ferocious. The bear in your dream could be representing the savage and fierce side of your personality. This dream could also symbolize your concern and love for your family, in the same way that bears take excellent care of their family protecting their cubs with their life. 


Since female bears protect and take care of their bear cubs, much like humans, it’s regarded as a symbol of femininity and has several feminine attributes.  One common interpretation of a bear dream is that you probably have a very influential and strong woman in your life who always wants the best for you.

The dream could be giving you a sign that it’s time to value her presence in your life. On the other hand, the strong woman could be you, in which case you should value yourself.

Types of Bear Dreams and Their Interpretations

As mentioned earlier, the exact meaning of a bear dream depends on its context. Your emotions during the dream, what the bear was doing, and what you were doing could all influence the dream’s meaning. Here’s a look at some common interpretations:

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Dreaming of a Friendly Bear

A friendly bear in your dream may represent your ability to support yourself even in the most difficult of times when no one stands by you.

This dream of a bear generally symbolizes self-confidence and self-worth. The friendly nature of the bear shows your humble personality and congenial attitude towards others in your waking life.

This type of dream can also indicate that a friendly stranger will soon enter your life and help you reach your life’s goal.

Dream About Killing a Bear

Killing a bear in your dream is considered a good omen. The dream indicates that you have the power to cross all the hurdles that life throws your way. It’s likely that you have the determination and willpower to defeat all odds and ultimately become successful.

Dream About Embracing a Bear

If you dream of hugging a bear, it could mean that you have the capability to mix well with people who are not so amicable in your waking life. The dream may represent how well you can adjust with people and shows how tolerant you are by nature. You may be a wonderful, fun-loving person who’s excellent at socializing in your waking life. 

Dream About Dueling Bears

When you witness two bears fighting against each other in a dream, it could mean that some conflict is going on deep in your mind. You may be having a hard time choosing between several options and you find yourself in a dilemma. The dream can also signify that your pride and ego are the main reasons behind the emergence of this inner conflict.

Dreaming Of a Sloth Bear

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Since sloth bears are slow in their actions and lazy by nature, seeing one in a dream could mean that you need to act faster in making decisions about your life. On the other hand, this dream can also suggest that you need to slow down, give yourself adequate rest, and stop being too hard on yourself.

A sloth bear dream could also mean that it’s time to free yourself from any negative emotions you may have such as hate or resentment. If you’ve distanced yourself from your partner or your family, now may be the time for you to forgive, forget, and repair the broken relationships.

Dream About a Dancing Bear

A dancing bear in a dream seems like a positive sign and would most likely make you feel happy. However, this dream has a negative interpretation and could be giving you a warning.

Your subconscious mind may be sending you a signal that grave danger is coming your way. You may be about to encounter several obstacles in your life, but it’s important to remember that you have the potential to overcome them.

Dreaming of a White Bear

Polar bears, also called ‘white bears’, are often viewed as symbols of intelligence and wisdom. They’re animals that have adapted to harsh climates and have found ways of surviving and thriving in these habitats.

A polar bear in your dream could signify survival and the importance of being independent. It’s time to focus on your strengths, skills, and willpower to overcome all obstacles in your life.

Dreaming of a Honey Bear

Honey bears have reddish-orange fur that resembles the color of honey which is how it got its name. Seeing a honey bear in your dream could be a sign of new beginnings, renewal of energy and life, as well as fulfilling your goals. The dream could also mean that you’re under emotional stress which you need to deal with.

Dreaming About a Bear Chasing You

If the bear in your dream is chasing you, it could mean that you’re trying to ignore some serious problems you may be facing in your waking life. You may be feeling afraid of facing these issues and won’t be able to overcome them. This dream is also a reminder of your power to face adverse situations and emerge successfully.

Dreaming of Bears in Your Home

If you dream of a bear in your home, it may mean that you have the influence and support of a strong female character in your waking life. The female figure could be your mother, sister, wife, girlfriend, colleague, or even your boss. This dream could be telling you to value that woman’s presence in your life because she’s most likely the one to help you succeed.

Wrapping Up

All dreams in general tend to reflect the current events and emotions that you’re experiencing in your waking life. While dreaming about a bear may be frightening and leave you feeling uncomfortable,  its interpretation is often more positive than negative.

In fact, these dreams should be looked at in a positive way since they can make you aware of something that’s not going quite right in your life. As a result, you’ll be able to prepare yourself for what’s about to come your way and come up with a plan to face it.

Check out also these dreams about dogs and spiders for more dream interpretations.

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Apsara Palit
Apsara Palit

After completing her post-grad in Values, Ethics and Indian Culture, Apsara is sharing her knowledge of symbolism, mythology, history and culture through her blogs. Apsara lives in India and believes in getting a first-hand understanding of culture through travelling.