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Deer Symbolism & Meaning

Do you wish to move through this world with more grace?

Have you become hardened and want to dream more love into your life? Are you moving too slowly and need help hightailing it toward success? Deer, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Deer teaches you how to listen to the wisdom of the Higher Self all while showing you the easiest path along life’s journey. Delve deeply in Deer symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can illuminate, support, and guide you.

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Deer Symbolism & Meaning

Throughout the world, Deer symbolizes tenderness tempered with strength. This allows Deer Spirit to act even when obstacles challenge the path. Deer also comes as a playmate for our inner child reminding us of innocent times where the smallest flower provided a smile and excitement.

Deer medicine is strongly connected to the heart chakra. Where there is ambition, there is also love for inspiration. Deer, even when running from a predator, remains graceful. This means that Deer Spirit appearing in your life acts as a teacher of how to be gentle, determined and sure even in difficult situations. Remember that a gentle soul is not a helpless one. Deer wisdom shows you how to use your great horns for defense.

Deer may also challenge you to leave behind the safety of your grassy bedding for fresh horizons. Ever vigilant, Deer moves often for protection. As you move with her don’t take the negative patterns with you, rather let new surroundings inspire different perspectives. By so doing you create the energies of regeneration and renewal even as Deer’s antlers grow back when they fall off

Deer Spirit Animal

When Deer jumps in as your Spirit Animal, She acts as a reminder of the power of love and compassion. Perhaps there is a situation in your life to which you’ve become apathetic or perceive in a negative light. The challenge here is not to wallow in those unhealthy feelings. It’s time to let Deer energy help you let go and embrace kindness.

Deer spirit also teaches us that peace is a powerful healer.

When you put aside ego and let yourself walk a mile in another’s forest, much of your ire naturally falls off burdened shoulders. In turn, you may be able to truly re-establish a relationship or situation thought long lost.

Just as Deer are ever alert in the forest, make sure to remain mindful and diligently aware of opportunities for bridging the gap(s).

Deer Totem Animal

Those born with Deer as a totem animal are the gentle giants of the spiritual world. They know the value of life’s lessons and appreciate the people who have helped them survive as well as thrive.

Trust and kindness are never overlooked with you – you do everything possible to pay it forward!

With Deer as your Totem Animal, most moves you make are purely instinctual. It might take you longer than most to make up your mind but when you do nothing and nobody can catch you!

Deer people can be very inspiring but they do it with a nudge rather than “horning in”.

Deer are also naturally observant peacemakers, showing the way for communal healing by providing different perspectives from a place of love.

In nature, Deer can see well with little light, which gives Deer people the ability to see through the darkness and help guide others to safety and/or home.

Deer Power Animal

Seek out Deer as a Power Animal when you cannot navigate your way through a situation swiftly and peacefully. Deer will help you see the signs of where to walk with assurance.

Deer spirit is also an excellent Power Animal when you are learning clairvoyant arts or practicing other psychic gifts.

Deer helps you “tune in” to the higher self and Astral residents to receive important messages, often about changes in your life.

Native American Deer Symbolic Meanings

Native Americans look to Deer for a successful hunt, but they must offer prayers that promise they will hunt no more than what the tribe absolutely needs.

Some folktales claim that humans were once Deer. South American and South Western tribes both consider them sacred, as ancient caretakers of Mother Earth.

In Northern tribes, Deer is mostly connected with fertility of a spirit messenger who offers peace.

Deer as a Celtic Animal Symbol

In Celtic symbolism Deer is both male and female – the Hind is the feminine aspect who can access the fairy world and teaches humans about spirituality.

The stag is the male aspect who has strong ties to the forest and Earth element. The Stag is king of the forest and he protects all creatures therein.

Deer Dreams

Dreams about Deer often has feminine overtones. This is a time to reach out to the Goddess and see her in yourself. By so doing you integrate the characteristics of compassion and gentleness into your very soul, but without sacrificing your sacred self.

Learn more about Deer Spirit by reading What Do Deer in Dreams Mean? on!

Deer in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

Deer is one of the 12 Native American Zodiac Signs.

Those born between May 21st and June 20th were born on the sign of the Deer. Deer people are strong yet gentle, and desperately desire the unity of humankind. If Deer is your sign, you are intimately alert – so much so that slight noise may keep you awake at night. The best way to calm this is by meditations focused on your heartbeat combined with deep breathing.

Sound is your omen or sign. By listening you will discover where danger lies and how to avoid the hunt. Nonetheless, Deer doesn’t constantly run – they crave family and shared goals. Deer sees all people as potential friends until they prove otherwise.

Click to read the full description of the Native American Zodiac Deer birth totem.

Far Eastern Deer Symbolic Meanings

In China Deer appear on charms and amulets. The character for Deer is one that represents a high paid government job and symbolizes a wish for the same. It also means a long life, having associations with the God of Longevity, Shou.

33 thoughts on “Deer Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Katie Boyle says:

    About 2 years ago, I started seeing this female white-tailed doe almost every day. She did not seem scared of me. It was almost like she was domesticated. Then one day my cat was going crazy looking out the window. I looked and there almost on our driveway was a tiny spotted fawn standing up in some brush. I couldn’t believe it. It looked newborn. My gut tells me it was “my” doe’s fawn and she felt it would be safe to birth and raise her close to us. We watched this fawn grow up and it was a magical experience. Anything mystical bout this experience?

  2. Stacy says:

    Katie – that is truly beautiful and has it’s own magic. Your home must be a haven of peace 🙂

  3. Karen Spencer says:

    Today, a doe and 2 yearling fawns were running beside my truck in the town I’ve been living in for awhile. I’m moving next week. They ran almost a half mile beside me before turning and crossing the street, knowing that I would stop for them. Once across the street, the doe stopped and looked at me. She gave what looked to be a small nod of her head. Last spring, I had freed a small fawn that was stuck in the fence behind my home. What could her actions mean?

  4. beatrice bonini says:

    She’s thanking you and reminding you to show gratitude to others who are helping you now and/ or have helped you in the past.

  5. Christine Dettling says:

    This fall there was a 4 point buck rutting in my yard and I saved some of the skin, it was very powerful. What does this mean?

  6. Tommy Thompson says:

    i was walking about 7 PM last Sunday through our little town. As I walked by a small lot right across from our house I saw a very large deer about 25 ft. away just staring at me, just frozen in place. It was already quite dark. Then I looked farther into the darkness and realized there were actually 8 deer or more in that tiny lot not more that 50-60 feet away, some of the younger ones were eating, but the older ones were just frozen in place. I reached in my pocket and took several pictures of them with my phone. When I finally moved after a couple minutes they moved also…bounding into the larger field directly across from our house. This felt….. different. Them my intuitive card reader asked about deer, she had a picture in her head of deer, and I told this story today. She referred me to this page and I found the information fit where I am and what I am working to help accomplish.
    Thank you.

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