#Nature Awareness 9/23/2012 - Bear. Most bears tend to have periods of hibernation built into their life cycle. If the bear lives in a temperate climate, it is not unusual for the bear to hibernate to some degree during the colder winter months. Going within the earth to den up is a reminder that we all need periods of proper rest and peace in our lives. Symbolism: nurturing, maternal focus, creativity, timing, preparation, leadership, proper rest, introspection.