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Only when we move through life in the spirit of love for all beings can we melt the barriers that separate us from others, from other life forms, and from the beautiful mystery which is our own magical and spiritual gift.

If Deer has crossed your path;

It is often a sign not to be too hard on yourself. Still the voice of the self critic and treat yourself with gentleness and understanding, be yourself and continue along your path. Seek out your inner treasures and use them generously to help those around you. Trust that kindness and graciousness will be well received.

We are also reminded that we cannot push towards change in others, rather we gently nudge them in the right direction with love and understanding. Lead by doing and showing the way.

Deer is a messenger of serenity, can see between shadows and hear what isn’t being said.

Deer teaches us to maintain our innocence and gentleness so we can share our open-heartedness with others.

If Deer is your Animal Totem;

You have the knowledge of how to use the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of the wounded beings in your life. You have a propensity to see new innocence and freshness in life everywhere and you constantly feel the lure of new adventures. Often you have a link to the arts, especially poetry and music.

You are also a keen observer, able to see well in low light. You are also a very compassionate, gentle and loving person.

If Deer has come to your Dream;

It symbolizes grace, compassion, gentleness, meekness and natural beauty. It has feminine qualities and may point to the feminine aspect within yourself. It also represents independence, alertness, and virility. Consider the symbol to be a pun for someone who is “dear” to you. Alternatively, the dream represents vulnerability and naivety. As a result, others may take advantage of you and your gullibility.

If the deer is black, then it means that you are not acknowledging or are rejecting the feminine qualities in you. You may not be in tune with your feminine side.

To dream that you hunt or kill a dear suggests that you are trying to suppress those feminine qualities.

To see a male deer or buck in your dream represents alertness, virility, masculine sexuality and assertiveness. If the two bucks are fighting, then it signifies male aggression. You are trying to dominate or take control over some area of your life. Alternatively, the dream may be a pun on a dollar.

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44 Responses to Deer

  • Woke up at 3am to go to work (cleaning job), i usually go an hour later but I slept early the previous night and couldn’t get back to bed.

    Stepped outside to go to work and saw 5 Adult Deer across the street, maybe 20 feet away, they were headed in a southerly direction nearby the elementary school

    I live in the city, my house is right infront of a elementary school so it was an interesting site to see.

    The issues i’ve been having in my life include being very hard on myself for not making decisions that would get me a girlfriend, been constantly stressing over it. I’d like to think seeing the Deer was that message of its okay, don’t be so hard on yourself.

  • This mourning I was in the car and my dad was driving and while we were talking I suddenly saw a buck run out in front of us, I nearly had a heart attack because I thought we were going to hit it but it just barely passed in front of us. I was so relieved we didn’t hit it but my dad just looked at me funny and asked what happened. I was completely bewildered by this and shouted “We almost hit a deer!” He asked me if I was on drugs and that he didn’t see any deer and went even further to explain it was impossible for us not to hit a deer if one did run in front of us. We were going 45 mph and we were only two car lengths away from the car ahead of us so it would be impossible for the deer to cross both lanes, dash in between the two cars, and make it safely to the other side. I feel like I’m going crazy but I swear I saw a deer!

  • After a sacred psychedelic trip, I found myself as a deer. In my human form, I had a really hard time walking because I felt like I had skinny little stilts for legs and kept tripping and nearly falling. Finally though, I learned how to use my “deer legs” and ran across a giant meadow near my home. It was the most amazing feeling to be nearly flying across the meadow and hopping over everything. This was my first symbolism from a deer and it was very powerful.

  • My friend’s husband passed in February this year and a few days before his passing a deer came up to their window and looked in. The deer looked in the direction to where her husband was sitting. There was over two feet of snow and bushes outside the window where the deer was. The morning he passed a few deer were in their driveway and haven’t been back since. Is this a spirit way the deer came to guide him?

  • Is my spirit animal a deer? I have dreamt of a deer when I was 9 or 10 I remember it so clearly everything I did it repeated and it kept following me but before I woke up i heard it talk I forgot what it said though, im 17 now and I tried to find my spirit animal through meditation and there was a deer. But I kind of keep second guessing myself so is this my spirit animal or no

  • Hello,
    This is for my Wife, she is a vivid dreamer, meaning that she remembers her dreams and some times she can tell me about them hours after she has woken up. this dream is one of those.
    What she said was that Two White Baby (fawn) deer came up to her and some one else, (she thinks is me or her best friend, Can’t remember) they were nice and allowing them to touch and play with them, here first thought was where is the mom cause Mother animal(deer in this case) don’t like anyone touching there offspring, the beginning of the dream the mom was no where in site but late the Mother deer came and started charging at the other person not her! She then stepped in front of the Mother and told her to stop that we were friendly.

    I’m looking around the internet to find out what deer means but also I want to know what Baby (fawns) deer mean they are WHITE and I don’t know what the Mother deer color was,
    If any could email me please I’m curious about this dream. Thank you

  • What does it mean when a white buck follows you in a dream? I’ve had two dreams both with white bucks, in one I see him in the road and I stop to see if he’s ok then he’s in the back seat of my car. In the other he’s in a parking lot nuzzling my hand for carrots, which I feed to him, then he follows me to the door of a building.
    Not sure what it represents and I was wondering.

  • When I was a kid, my dad used to call me his “little doe”. Now I feel a special thing with this animal, I’m practically sure it’s my spirit animal. Coïncidence?

  • On may 17,2015 my fiancee passed away on June 20, 2015 i was on my way home around 4am to my amaze i seen 5 to 8 bucks in my neighbor’s yard i stopped made eye contact with them we locked eyes for a few mins they stood there looking at me i left and circled the block came back around they all took off for yhe woods. Mind you that was my old address on June 1, 2015 i moved around the corner into a new place which is about 3 mins from my old address on friday June 26 was my deceased fiancee birthday again around 4am i was pulling in to park in my space there stood 5 deers this has happen within a week of me seeing deers in 2 different places before i could park they took off running. I read on hello grief .org that if someone has passed that it is a sign that they are still with me……Is this true or is there any other meaning? I have never had any connections with a deer someone please reply!!! 😉

    • Hi Elaine

      Believe it. I have been working with a guy in spirit for a number of years and they definitely show us animals to let us know they are around. Whenever anyone passes into spirit they just lose their bodies, their soul lives on and they’re still there and around you. It’s not like haunting and nothing to be scared of, because they just share the same space we do. We’re just having to live as humans to learn stuff. I am sorry for your loss, and do keep believing because the more you do, the more magic you’ll be shown and this will help you smile again. Much love to you.

      Months ago a psychic told me when a deer lands on my lap to take it in and care for it. When we were driving back from the vet with our cat we saw a deer on the side of hte road which had its legs broken. So we picked it up and put it in the back of the car, sat on my husband’s lap to take it to the vet. Unfortunately it was beyond repair but at least we gave it love and healing before he passed. In the process, he whacked his antler on my husband’s head and he’s now got an antler shaped faint scar – the scar itself is shaped like an antler, so I think he can safely say the deer is his totem! x

    • Sorry Florida56, I meant this for you, not Elaine! blimey can’t get this right on here!

  • I was curious if the bones of a deer have a different meaning than of the entirety of the deer, most specifically the teeth. Recently, I had been visiting a friend, who had many deer bones, and while handling the jaw, a tooth that did not previously seem even slightly loose, fell from it. I began to wear it around my neck as a protective charm, and only two days later I was given two deer knee bones as a gift, as the person who had them had no use for them. I gave them to my familiar, who is my wolf/pit bull/shepherd mix. He broke them both in half and buried them in my yard, all of the places corresponding with the compass points. I had never felt any prior connection to the deer, so does this have any particular meaning that anyone can understand?

  • I’m trying to find my totem through meditation. Upon my first meditation, I am very confused. I was walking through a forest and came across a fox that wanted nothing to do with me and fled in the other direction, I went into a clearing and there was a hawk flying overhead in circles watching me, I walked into a denser part of the forests and a see two deer, a buck and a doe, mating. Again, my first time meditating and I am very confused. ???

    • Upon reviewing my dream, and looking up pictures of vultures, i’d have to say the so-called hawk of my dream was actually a vulture. I have had a few funny experiences with vultures–one playing tag with me when I was a child and when three playfully attacked my kite, so I’m starting to believe that a vulture may be my totem. But I am still curious about the fox and the two mating deer though.

  • Last night I saw a dream which made me sad and I couldn’t get off thinking about what does it mean.I was standing behind a tree and suddenly a brown deer appeared( having a green plants and looking at me)It smiled at me which made me follow that deer…sky was clear…I kept following the deer…….What was dream about ?

  • I had a dream last night about a dear trying desperately to get into the location I was. I woke up thinking how weird it was, and then forgot about it. An hour later I was driving along and saw a dead deer on the side of the road and suddenly remembered the dream. Which is why I’m here now. :)

  • Okay so I had this really weird and confusing dream last night that kind of freaked me out. In my dream I was walking around a huge hole (almost like a fire pit except deeper) and inside there was a white and light brown deer hanging upside down, dead. Then I started running around the hole trying to get to it and another one appeared dead like the last. Then I kept running around and around and another deer appeared dead like the last two. I saw one more dear appear that was close to death but not dead yet so I stopped running and some how got to it and saved it. But then it transformed into a human so I’m really confused. I feel like this dream has some sort of important significance but I don’t know what it’s trying to tell me. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a deer in my dreams.

    If you have any insight on this please HELP me understand what my dream means. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    • Idea: your partners in life are always weak?

      • I just woke up from the strangest dream. I was playing in the snow with one of my puppies then realized it was a beautiful baby deer. We began sliding down a steep road and I hugged it to me to protect it, when I looked up a huge full grown deer was watching. He came running towards us and I thought he would hurt me, but he didn’t, somehow he was making sure we made it down OK. I heard voices and noticed a group of men laughing getting ready to shoot him, I began screaming and telling to not do it, I had his child, he wasn’t hurting me. The huge deer git so close to me I was able to touch him and pet him! Finally the guys understand he wasn’t gonna hurt me and they stop trying to shoot him. I felt like I saved his life and the baby’s too. My dream continued on to get weird without the deer, but I can still feel his fur in my hands even after being awake. Any thoughts on this? Literally, never dreamt about deer before.

  • I had a very interesting experience last night. To preface, I’ve never had this experience before and I love about a block from the woods but back to a busy road so not sure why this buck was near my window. I heard something outside my bedroom window last night. It was banging on our house and then I heard grunting. My husband went outside to see what it was and it was a huge buck outside my window. My husband ran back in, we opened my blinds and he was staring at me. We tried playing music and shining a light to get him to move (initially I was worried about him trying to get in my window). He didn’t flinch so I said I was calling the police. He left right after I said that and was gone the entire time the police officer was her. Roughly 5 minutes after the officer left, he came right back to my window. I could sense him and he was very calm. We feel asleep and I woke up throighout the night and knew he was right there. When I woke the next morning, I heard his antlers on my screen and he was resting his head on my window ledge. My husband tried to play the siren again to get him to leave but he wouldn’t. My husband left the room, I got down at eye level with him, locked eyes, and spoke softly to him. I told him I apprecaited him staying by me last night but he had to go back to the woods to stay safe. I didn’t want him to get hurt. He left right after that conversation and has been gone the rest of the day. What can I make of this? My husband and I have two beautiful fighters but have been praying for a son, could this be a sign?

    • So sorry for all the grammar/spelling mistakes on that post! I couldn’t read everything on my phone and it kept guessing words wrong.

  • I have always had a deep connection with deer. Ever since I was a child I have come into contact with deer on at least a monthly basis. They constaly appear to me whenever I am alone, the interaction is always gentle and quiet. The most recent encounter was when I was unloading my car from a trip and a single doe appeared not 10ft away. We looked at each other for a good fifteen minutes before she melted back into the forest. Any advice about these encounters?

  • since the fall of 2014… I have had a doe & two fawns in my yard it is now Feb. 2015. And they are there every evening! Meanings anyone? The Deer is my spirit animal….

  • 8 years ago i became pregnant. I was given an immediate sense that the child in me was a boy. He was weak. I knew he would struggle in life. He would need special schooling and he would be inclined to the arts. I named him within a week of knowing Ivan Azriel. At 13 weeks my child died inside of me. The hospital sent me home to pass my baby. 7 hours later i passed my child. I fell asleep and was told to by a voice to find a tin of sweet william and burry my child in the woods. I am a gardner but i know plants by scientific names. I found a tin in my mother in laws kitchen the next morning designed with various dianthus flowers. I looked up sweet william and sure enough it was the same. And a sign of gallantry or bravery. My husband and me buried our son in sweet william deep in the woods. Most strange was that when we finished covering his grave with dirt we looked up to see a deer 12 feet away had been watching us. We stood and thanked the deer and he left.

  • I had a dream the other night about deer. I was standing in an open field and there was a forest line not too far away. A distance away from me was a huge herd of deer running off and leaping into the forest. There was one deer that stood there just staring at me while the rest of the herd kept leaping on. There was this golden sparkly energy around the deer and a voice said, and this is not the exact words I’m just paraphrasing because I can’t remember exactly what was said, “You can take as much energy from the deer as you want they have unlimited energy source.” And that’s when I woke up. What does my dream mean? Is the deer my animal spirit guide? What else was my dream telling me?

  • last night I had a dream that I was sitting in the deer stand and there was a doe and then another walked out. I was watching them and I look across the field and see 2 more does just jumping and what not. It was very peaceful

  • For the past 5 or so years, I have always seen a deer on the side of the road on my way home, especially late at night. It is always on the same road (close to my home) and on the same spot in the road. One night it stood in front of my car and stared at me, not moving, no matter how close I got to it. Tonight I had two cross my path, and again had to stop for them too. This has been happening too often for me to look past it and nudge it off as a coincidence. They always have antlers too.

  • hi i saw a spike buck that was pure black, can’t help wondering if it was some sort of omen

  • This morning as I was opening my window shade, I locked eyes with a large buck in my tiny backyard space. It was breath taking to say the least. I was hoping it was a sign of some significance. Any thoughts?

  • Last night a deer came to me in my dreams and gently rubbed its nose in my face. 😛 😀 😉

  • Today I was on my way to a induction for a job and I saw 3 deer walking together up a grassy hill in the near distance. I have sometimes seen deer before but never as many as 3 there. I didn’t see any significance until we reached the venue and besides the venue name the road or drive way was called Deer park. Surely thats a good sign right? :-)

  • I just saw two good sized bucks with large antlers walking across the street in front of me and then pausing before going through a hedge in someones front yard. A beautiful and peaceful sight.
    Just wondering what you think the reference would be.

  • I had a dream where tigers where jumping the fences of my backyard. I was amazed at the site but noticed a young tiger was unable to make the jump and was left behind. I went outside, regardless of the fear I felt and thought the baby tiger to jump not knowing it’s mother was watching. After so, I went inside unharmed. A few minutes later I hear another noise but to my surprise, this time it was a young fawn. There was a baby deer outside my sliding glass door. I let it in, knowing there was tigers outside. Only, this time when I was ready to take it outside, there was a tiger there. I’m not sure if it was the mother or young tiger but it did not leave. No matter how much time passed it seemed to want the deer. Knowing the baby deer’s fate, I kept it safe inside till I awoke. This dream is not like any other, I woke up and still feel like there is significance behind it yet, I unsure of what it might be. Can you help explain? I

    • Hi..I the tigers represent two strong females..the backyard..things you do not want to acknowledge or face…the fawn..represents innocence.. The fence… A barrier. Difficulty in yourself. It is either something which bars your progress or expression, or is used as a protection from things outside yourself, or from things getting at you. If you are sitting on the fence, it shows you attempting to avoid decision or action.

      In many dreams a fence or wall also suggests social barriers, the attitudes and feelings people express to keep others at a distance, to keep a separation between those of different social, religious or economic class. This sort of fence may also depict tension or conflict, as was expressed by the Berlin wall between two opposing powers.

      The fence often depicts our sense of social barriers, class barriers, or the attitudes we use to segregate the sexes, races or classes in work, opportunity or relationship. It can represent the need for privacy; territorial feelings; the social rules we use to give each other respect, or the de-fences we erect to ward off what we fear as danger of hurt.

      Also our boundaries or fears in relationship or society which might prevent us daring to express ourselves or be creative. The door..A boundary; the difference between one feeling state and another, such as depression and feeling motivated. A barrier to change or growth or the passing from inside oneself to exterior life. The feelings or attitudes, such as aloofness, we use to shut others out of our life to remain independent or private and being open or inviting. A sense of leaving an environment or relationship – or escape. A door can be an entering into a new work or relationship situation; entrance to a new life style, or a new phase of one’s life. Or conversely, an exit from one situation into another…..I hope this helps I took two of the symbols fromt ony crisps website.. to save time

  • This morning before dawn as I began my morning ritual of walking a sacred circle outside a deer snorted in the dark and bounded off to the north. Any thoughts on this?

  • I had never heard of spirit animals and didn’t know anything about them when I met this guy and I had this strong impression of a deer: he somehow just reminded me of a majestic, peaceful deer, and I had never really associated people with animals before him. I got to know him a little bit and he was very kind, soft spoken and the most empathetic person I had ever seen, ever: he felt people’s problems more than they did, really a lot of sympathy for others. Reading this, he has exactly all of these traits. He even plays an instrument and sings well. I only much later found out the deer was his favorite animal and he kept a very pretty (artistic, not necessarily realistic) painting of one in his room.

    • This is how all human beings should be, what a beautiful sounding gentle-deer-man. My main spirit is an illuminated white doe. I have owl and horse next. Have you had any journeys or experiences whereby you identify with any animals? xxx

  • Last fall, I was at my house when I heard the sounds of clattering sticks and heavy breathing. I looked out the window and saw 2 eight point bucks with antlers intertwined, pushing against each other and shaking their heads. The 2 bucks seemed equally matched as one pushed the other back for a bit, and then the other would dig in and push the first around. Their hooves and antlers churned up the ground as they struggled. Sometimes they rested for a minute or so to catch their breath, then it started again. At one point their antlers locked and they struggled to separate themselves – they seemed to be working together at this point. After they separated, they paused and came back together again each trying to gain advantage over the other. After about 10-15 minutes of this, they separated and left. I was both amazed and grateful for the experience, but have often wondered since then why I was invited to witness this event. It doesn’t seem that it occurred by accident.

    • Hello Kathy: This significant event in your life is also representative of the internal struggle you have constantly with your own will power. Only when you come to full unconditional love and acceptance for yourself will this internal struggle cease and leave you.

  • Im interested in the message specifically of Fawn. any info is appreciated!

    • Hello Carla: A Fawn is the “Light.” They are the manifestation of spiritual inspiration in action. To see a Fawn is to know that new spiritual truths will soon be revealed to you. They are faithful, graceful, upright and affectionate and represent the nurturing support of the Universe. In the shadow form they seek favor through subservience, flattery and pandering. They refuse to own their power.

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