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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? 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 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.

Learn more about Deer Spirit by reading <strong>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 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.

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  1. EILEEN M AULT November 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I live in an senior apartment complex. I went out of my front door and to my surprise there was a deer mask on my entrance. I don’t know who or why they left this other than I love Halloween. Also where I live I see many deer in the valley. I love watching them grow from babies to bulk or beautiful does. Anyway but what i am asking does that mask mean anything because today is the first of November and Halloween is over.

  2. William November 20, 2017 at 2:56 am - Reply

    A few days ago after meditation I saw a male deer in my backyard woods with pretty large antlers and yet I observed it with wonder and awe. Being around it was just incredible and peaceful, I tried not to get to close and provoke it but it looked calm. I studied deer behavior and knew that this encounter had more meaning than my other deer encounters. Is the deer my spirit animal? What does this encounter symbolize?

  3. Madison December 10, 2017 at 1:12 am - Reply


    Just recently I have become almost certain the White Tailed Deer is my spirit animal rather than my original uncertainty and believing the wolf was my spirit animal. How ironic is it that rather than predator, the prey is my spirit animal.

    I totally get it to. I am way to forward and outgoing. The Deer Spirit is telling me to enjoy things a little more while being careful and observant. Watching things but looking forward and knowing to stop and love and enjoy things. Rather than my usual bulling through everyday. Thank you so much for creating this website, I think life is a lot better now that I know to stop and listen to the Deer as it visits me and tries to guide me along in life.

    This probably sounds stupid or weird, but I have pretty much always seen myself as a deer and always have ‘seen’ a misty looking deer before me on a path or in a hall. Guiding me, ushering me to a certain direction. Telling me that that was the way to go. Recently especially, my dreams have been crammed full of deer. I see mostly buck, but awake, I see does. Which to me is a little odd. Never the less, I think recognizing my guide has helped me along a lot!

    If it isn’t too much trouble, please let me know if you have any tips for clearing my mind during meditation because I have been craving a converse with my spirit animal recently and unable to contact it. Very frustrating. Thanks!

  4. Lucy October 10, 2018 at 2:44 am - Reply


    I live on a farm and just about every night I go out to feed the chickens I always see deer. And whenever I drive around I usualy the first to spot a deer near the road. Earlier I saw a mama deer with this years baby and last years. A lot of times when I drive home at night I’ll always see the same buck standing near it next to the road I drive to go home. I nicknamed him Monster Buck because he looks so magestic. Although I’m convinced that the bear is my spirit animal because I often see bears in pictures, movies, TV, Andy hear the word bear in everyday speech, I’m curious if the deer is my spirit animal.

  5. Finding Inspiration – My MD Odyssey November 13, 2018 at 2:49 am - Reply

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  6. Robert Hernandez December 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I really love deer. One morning I walked outside and there was a family of deer in my backyard, they seemed friendly so I said hello. The oldest started talking to me, we have a lot of similar interests and I could immediately tell I was falling in love. He had large horns, really big. It surprised me how big these horns were. He lives in my house now. I just took this quiz, thinking my spirit animal would be deer. Instead, a wolf. Does this create a strange power dynamic between my deer and I? (Predator and prey), please reply and let me know.

  7. violet January 18, 2019 at 12:10 am - Reply

    I went to bed feeling insecure and apprehensive of several situations in my life.Iawakened this morning to find a deer sleeping right outside of my bedroom window. Later I was blessed to have 8 of them hanging out in my back yard all day. They are so peaceful, graceful and beautiful. I feel way better now.

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