Archive for the ‘Bear Scratchings’ Category


The Bear’s New Friends in South Africa, Roll On!

February 19, 2023

The Blue-eyed Bear is finding some new friends in South Africa! Did you know that the Dung Beetle, Scarabaeidae, was sacred to the ancient Egyptians and was immortalized as the scarab a symbol or rebirth and regeneration. The beetle also represented the sun god Ra rolling his orb across the sky as the beetle rolls his poop ball cleaning the environment for the many African animals and providing food and a home for its eggs. Different species of the dung beetle are found all over the world but recent scientific investigations in and around Johannesburg SA have found that the dung beetle gets his dung ball home by orienting his roll to the Sun and Milky Way!. The dung beetle is the only known animal to orient to the Milky Way making it truly a celestial being. The BE Bear thinks that’s a great idea and will try to incorporate those celestial alignments in her quest for a new Home!

Also see the children’s book Steve the Dung Beetle: On a Roll by Susan R. Stoltz and Mellissa Bailey 2022 Pygmy Giraffe Publishing Phoenix AZ,


Christmas Sea Serpent 2022 and New Year Prayer 2023

January 2, 2023

A Christmas Sea Serpent and a prayer for the new year? Yes this drawing in pencil is what I call Bear Scratchings (The cross is made from five claw scratchings, which bears do quite often). The serpent theme or symbol of the Christ manifest is a nod to such symbolism found in the Book of Kells a 5th century illuminated Gospels from Ireland. The serpent symbol may go back to John 3: 14-15. Jesus is quoted as saying he will be lifted up as the serpent was lifted up by Moses. The three circling serpents are also a nod to the Greek Caduceus, which shows entwined snakes as a symbol of healing. It is also a nod to the Ouroborus a symbol of wholeness as the sea serpents are eating the small fish as the small fish are eating the sea serpents. All of which are held to gather by the Bear Scratching cross. The Blue-eyed Bear definitely prays for wholeness and healing as we move into the coming year.