This piece is part of the ‘Spirit Shield’ series which is loosely based on the ‘Medicine Wheel’ of the Native Americans, the ‘Mandala’ of the Tibetan and East Indians, and the ‘Wheel of the Year’ based on Celtic/Pagan Spirituality coupled with my own meditations on it’s symbolism and meanings. This particular piece features different bears of North America: the Grizzly Bear in the East, the Black Bear in the South, the Brown Bear in the west, and the Polar Bear in the North. The symbols in the inner circle are different Native American symbols for the bear. I consider the Bear as a symbol of inner strength and protection. The going within the cave of self.

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Artwork by Sandra SanTara
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