Deer, Power Animal, Symbol of Gentleness, Unconditional Love and
By Ina Woolcott
Deer's medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch. The ability
to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance. Understanding
of what's necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to
sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland goddess,
alternative paths to a goal
In the Celtic tradition, there are two aspects of deer - female and male.
The Hind (the red female deer), called Eilid in the Gaelic language,
symbolises femininity, subtlety and gracefulness. The Hind is believed to
call to us from the Faery realm, tempting us to release the material
trappings of so-called 'civilization', to go deep into the forest of magic,
to explore our own magical and spiritual nature. The topic gentleness is
part of this tradition. Many stories tell of Hinds changing into women,
often goddesses, to protect does from being hunted. The lesson to be gleaned
here is that when we explore magic and spirituality, it must be with good
intention, to harm no living being, but to enter the realm of the wild
things in the spirit of love and communion. The Stag, Damh in the Gaelic
tongue, is also linked to the sacredness of the magical forest. The Damh
represents independence, purification, and pride. It is known as the King of
the Forest, the protector of its creatures. For time immemorial people have
sought to identify with the stag by ceremonially wearing antlered
headdresses and imitating the deer's leaping grace.
Both Celtic and Native American hunters prayed to the deer to give them a
good hunt, and in return promised to take no more than was essential for the
survival of the tribe. This helps remind us that our spirit of gentleness
and unconditional love should extend to all species, not only our own.
Maybe the most effective way to summarize the lessons of these beliefs, is
to say that 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
By observing the ways in which deer behave, it is possible to see what
amazing qualities - or powers - they possess. From the deer we can learn
that the gift of gentleness and caring can help us overcome and put aside
many testing situations. Only love, both for ourselves and for others, helps
us understand the true meaning of wholeness.
If a deer crosses your path, this may show you that you are a very
compassionate, gentle and loving person. If you don't have these qualities,
then consider if you have a problem that needs addressing. Are you facing a
challenge in your life, whether with a fellow human being or a delicate
situation? If you are feeling negative emotions such as anger, try letting
go. Think about whether a gentler and more loving approach can sort the
issue out. It may be necessary to speak the truth, this is best done with
kindness and from the heart, this will generally give a better result.
Deer teaches us how powerful it is to be of gentle demeanour, to exert keen
observation and sensitivity. Deer's are in tune with nature and all it
comprises. They are sacred carriers of peace and show those with this power
animal how to open their hearts and love unconditionally.
Frequently twins or even triplets are born in the spring. Females and males
reside in separate groups until the mating season. White-tailed deer are
rather sociable, and family members forage food together along with other
family groups, which gives the appearance of a large herd. Fawns are born a
colour that protects them, camouflaging them from a predatorís sight. In the
first few days of their life they hardly move, until their energy field is
strong and grounded. They then stand up and begin to follow their mother
around. A magical sight to behold is fawns coming out of forests, following
their tenderly protective mothers. Even when grazing, the mothers are
constantly watchful, fully aware and alert of what is going on all around
them. They travel through forest and field with deliberateness and clarity,
mindful of the fragile creature they nurture and protect. There is a
powerful lesson to be learned here by us. Though we are born with an inborn
ability to be unconditionally loving, often we are born to parents whose
life experiences have taught them to become hard, and to lose that ability
to experience and give unconditional love. Watching the deer and her babies
is a reminder to honour and respect the child-like innocence within your
self and go about your life with gentleness and an open heart. You should
also stand strong on your path, in your beliefs, and not allow yourself to
get distracted by outside influences.
Deer has entered your life to help you walk the path of love with full
consciousness and awareness, to know that love sometimes requires caring and
protection, not only in how we love others, but also in how we love ourselves.
A deer's senses are very acute and they see extremely well in low light,
giving them the ability to understand the deeper symbolic meanings of
things. They can hear a twig snap a very long way off. People with this
power animal are often described as being swift and alert. They are
intuitive, often seeming to possess well developed, even extrasensory
perceptions. Sometimes their thoughts seem to race ahead, and they appear
not to be listening, to be somewhere else. Anyone with power animal has
latent clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. They can see between the
shadows, detect subtle movements and hear that which is not being uttered.
Ask the deer to help you develop these true gifts.
The set of antlers grown by the male deer are antennae that connect it to
higher energies. If you come across a deer in the wild, try to count the
number of points on their antlers. This number is associated with numerology
and can carry great significance for those with this power animal.
Deer teaches us to be gentle, to touch the hearts and minds of wounded
beings who are in our lives. Don't push people to change, rather gently
nudge them in right direction, with the love that comes from deer. Love and
accept people as they are. The balance of true power lays in love and
When a Deer totem enters your world, a new innocence and freshness in about
to be awakened. New adventures are just around the corner and there will be
an opportunity to express the gentle love that will open new doors for you.