Bear Symbol on My Unexpected Antique Gift

Bear Symbol

Yesterday, I got an unexpected surprise package. Inside was this tiny antique wooden cube that had a primitive, hand-carved image of a bear symbol on it. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was just a small wooden block until seeing a seam. Figuring how to open it took me a while, but I finally managed to slide it to one side where there was a secret compartment.

All I know about this bear box gift was that it came from an antique store when it was purchased a while back. It was meant to be given to me before but then the pandemic hit. Nonetheless, the bear symbol had specific meaning claimed the shop keeper for bringing good luck.

Bear Box opened
Here is my bear box opened. My friend included a personal scroll.

More curious than ever, I wanted to know more about the history of the bear symbol and what cultures it may have originated from. Therefore, I did some research to try to learn more.

According to the Chinese, the bear is a good luck symbol. The reason is because catching one bear could feed an entire village.

The bear symbol is also one of good luck to American Native Indian tribes and ancient Siberian clans, but in a slightly different way. This particular animal represents strength, wisdom, courage, and independence like a free spirit. In fact, these qualities were thought to be supernatural by American Native Indian tribes that called the bear a spirit animal. Since the bear was believed to be able to touch both the spiritual and physical planes, the bear symbol was honored on the totem. As a result, the bear symbol was important as a part of their medicine for healing after serious wounds in battle to help strengthening the mind for leadership and confidence

As legend has it, you need to reflect on what is going on with your life and concentrate on what you need healed before calling on the bear spirit for guidance and help redirecting energy toward it in a positive way.

I don’t know much more about this antique box. But in the time of this pandemic, the thought of magic and good luck from wherever it comes from is always welcomed by me. After all, the bear symbol opens the door for hope to come in.



  1. February 15, 2021 / 3:30 pm

    It is a beautiful box. Was nice that you were able to find out about the box. Most things you have to end of just wishing you knew more.

  2. Maryann D.
    September 7, 2021 / 3:12 am

    I never knew that the bear is a good luck symbol. How very interesting.

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