My love of circles persists!!
This is nothing more than a design fit to encapsulate Green, Yellow, Black, and Brown.
This is back when I still had the idea of Black, Brown, and Yellow serving Green almost exclusively as Animal Gods, and Green topping them off as a god of plants and growth in general. Together they’d be considered the Life Gods.
For comparison, Orange, Violet, and Ash are the Sun, Moon, and Stars, and Blue is the Sky, so they’d be the Celestial Gods. Red, Indigo, Rose, and Nameless all have pretty gloomy connotations with destruction and death and the unknown, so they’d be the Death Gods. It still works fairly well, but the current story doesn’t support it as well as it used to.
This is, however, the first appearance of Yellow in his Bear form, rather than as a Dog/Coyote. The large body and strength fit his more mature image much better. And I just really, really like bears.
(Didn’t choose a lion, though. Bears were actually the predominant symbol of strength and power in pre-christian Europe, before the Crusaders came along and replaced it with the lion. If you want to read more about this stuff, please give The Bear: History of a Fallen King a try! It’s a great read.)