What do you suppose he is thinking this mid-winter day when he should be hibernating? Bear is said to combine power, intuition, and instinct, and has been central to many human ceremonies going back thousands and thousands of years. Warriors wore the pelts, and once structured religion entered the picture they were often reduced to a caged life of bear baiting. Adding insult to injury the Chinese still cut the feet off living bears.
I'm reminded by this card being a powerful leader has got to be tough. T'were me, in spite of the honor I'd rather be a garden worm. Being honored carries far too high a price.
"The Puritan hated bear baiting not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators." ~ Thomas Babington Macaulay 1800-1859
Tarot opened previously closed doors to my own heart with it's merciless quest for the truth, nothing but the truth. They flay the soul and make me say thank you afterward. Each hour spent with my cards is a new lesson to be learned. Viva la Journey.