Deer Symbolism & Meaning

Deer Spirit, Totem, & Power Animal Symbolism and Meaning 1200x1200

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 energy can aid you with these things and so much more!

Deer Table of Contents

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 is 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.

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 heart beat 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 same. It also means long life, having associations with the God of Longevity, Shou.

10 Responses

  1. RadheKrishna

    Thank you for this post. Much thanks.

    • Hi, RadheKrishna;

      Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. 😉

      You are most welcome! And, thank you for visiting!

      Stay wild,

  2. Aly

    Every weekend my husband and I travel with our kids to visit family. My husband is usually behind the wheel, but whenever I drive we come across a deer standing on the side of the road. This has happened about four times within the last month or so; my husband thinks it’s kind of freaky that it only happens when I drive (and I agree!).
    What could these sightings signify??
    I hit a deer about a year ago and the whole experience was very upsetting, I wonder if that has something to do with it (facing my fears?)
    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Aly;

      I’m sure sorry you hit a Deer. I know how upsetting these situations can be. I have an article coming out in the next few weeks about what it means when we see our Spirit Animal die or we inadvertently harm or kill them. Sometimes, it can mean that it’s time to move on from that Spirit Animal’s teachings. But, my intuition is telling me that’s the opposite in your case – that, actually, Deer as an animal spirit guide is really trying to get your attention and the urgency of its lessons and medicine are ramping up.

      Take some time and truly focus on Deer teachings. See what resonates most with you and integrate it as best you can.

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

      • Aly

        Thanks for your response!! I am currently going through a lot of changes in my life and dealing with a lot of uncertainty and self-doubt; after reading the article above I strongly believe the deer is trying to help me navigate through all of the confusion. Thanks again 😊

        • Bernadette King

          Hello, Aly;

          You are most welcome! Thank you for visiting and commenting on Whenever you’re feeling that self-doubt creep in, focus on your Spirit Animal and all that beautiful Deer energy will help you through just as gracefully as a world class ballerina!

          Stay wild,

  3. jacquelin

    I enjoyed reading your writings of Deer totems. I’ve lived most of this life in the country but have moved to the city several years ago. My first home was just off one of the main business street and I was amazed when a large doe ran along the outside edge of my fence and paused and we stood there looking at each other. She left gracefully and I felt so privileged to have experienced the moment and feared for her safety. I now live on the opposite side of the same city and also a very busy street and have been visited at least twice a year for the past three years and just last evening, it was dark and I was standing on my porch and saw small bright green flash twice. I looked around and there walking into my front lawn were two beautiful does. Again, we had looked at each other a good while. Amazingly there was no traffic at all. They just walked off calmly. I felt so happy and peaceful for the experience. I’ve no intentions of sharing the experience with anyone but felt compelled to share with you. I’m very glad that I chose your site and feel very reassured for my deer guides. Curious if you might have an insight or message of the meaning of my experience. Thank you for letting me share, Jackie

    • Bernadette King


      Apology for delayed reply. I’m finding that having two hands is not enough and I’m looking into getting surgery to become an Octopus. 😉

      Thank you for sharing your story. It has a magical feel to it – like something one might see in the quiet moment of a dream or movie. Intuitively, I’m picking up that you have become interested in The Law of Attraction. It feels like you’ve been working to create an energetic bubble around yourself as well as hearth and home. I wonder if you do some kind of healing work as a career or want to do healing work. Deer is coming to tell you that your energetic pursuits are paying off – that Deer offers support so you can stay in your heart chakra, operating at all times from a place of love. However, Deer don’t always hightail it away when trouble is around. Though more usual for the bucks, does will take a stand and can be fierce. I think Deer is asking you to remember that you can be strong as a Sequoia but do not have to be combative. Stand your ground with quiet strength. What you’re dreaming of is on the way.

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  4. Jack

    Thank you Bernadette, for the time and energy spent in developing this site. I found your information to be quite intriguing. It is uncanny how accurate the details of deer match my personality. Being a fan of metaphysics, I was surprised that this expression of spirituality has only now, crossed my path. I look forward to the experience that this information will offer me. May God bless and keep you, in Jesus Christ’s name, I pray and I praise you Lord.

  5. Eric

    Hi Bernadette,
    Thank you for this posting. Last night I had a very vivid dream about a deer. I didn’t recall the dream until later the next day in the afternoon. Although it was very vivid with a lot of colors all I can recall in detail was a voice saying that “You are a Deer Seer. You have the skin of a deer and the eyes of an eagle.” I’m not familiar with Native American culture or shamanism, but I feel like that’s the best place to start. If you have an idea of what that statement from my dream means your insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you : )

Leave a comment