Deer Power Animal Symbol Of Gentleness Unconditional Love And Kindness

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 spiritual gift.

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 predator’s 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 compassion.

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.

24 thoughts on “Deer Power Animal Symbol Of Gentleness Unconditional Love And Kindness”

  1. I have been seeing a few deer this summer and has become a part of my daily routine as I find myself looking for them as they live near my house along a green belt, an area that I frequently walk and run. I consistently see 2 males with 7 points with the fur on them, until one day they were gone. I thought my messengers have delivered their message and have left me, cool. Then I started seeing them again only this time it was 2 young ones dancing and playing about, as usual I greet them as they appear within 1o’ of me, we talk for a minute then they leave. Today I followed them to meet the father awaiting their return, I greeted him and thanked him for his gift as they left into the wooded area. This has reminded me to be acutely aware of the life around me and to approach it with gentle, kind, and with love in my steps. I am a massage therapist and have gifts of ESP in many ways and found this to be most rewarding in my journey of Life, Love and Shamanism. I hope this article helps you to see that life presents us with magical creatures for a heavenly message. They may not be deer, but they ARE around us at all times giving a gently nudge in the right direction and messages from the heavens.

  2. Hi can anyone help me please for years I have been looking for answers for why I was visited by a stag every night as a child I would hear it come along walk in my room now down and leave, as a child was something calming about it but as a adult I fear the unknown thank you

    1. From my understanding of what I have personally read about, and depending on you own beliefs and traditions, that is most likely your Totem animal or spirit guide showing itself. I had a reoccurring dream involving a Coyote trying to reach me, when I was a child.

      The best way to find out is to research more on the stag and it’s behavior and see if it inspires you or soothes you. Then you can ask for assistance from your guides from time to time, they are there to help in their own way.

  3. Thank you, now all the work I’ve done this weekend makes more sense. My deer turned into a hopping white rabbit that wanted to show me something, my black self going happily away, nontheless my ego wanted to resits but there was the lesson of the deer, “let go, you know that it is time to release, I love you, don’t be afraid, you know that the time has come”.

    1. It was wonderful to read your comment Jessica.
      I am a 53 yr old man who for various reasons and at various times has had a turbulent life that has quite frankly exhausted me. I am now in a period of rest and rehabilitation. Last night I dreamt of a doe who approached me from the forest. I was wary of this wild animal. Even so she was insistent and would not be denied my attention.
      ‘Let go, it’s time to release.’ – yes, this comment resonates with me greatly. Now I must learn to let go and let the Universal Spirit become my guide.
      Many thanks!

  4. My girlfriend and I have been driving down the road 2 different times, and a herd of 2 fawns and their babies have darted out in front of our truck. What does that mean? Please

  5. I was driving to work this morning, a crisp 20 degrees with a light snow falling from the sky and five deer crossed the road in front of me. Driving through town, so my speed was low, I stopped as the first one passed, from my right to my left. Then, a couple seconds later, the second deer crossed; three, four, and five. I waited because I felt there was one more, but nothing. Slowly I started moving forward and as I passed the bush the obstructed my view, I looked to the right and there was number six. He crossed after I passed.
    So I’m curious for an interpretation.

  6. My husband died suddenly a few weeks ago and soon after a doe showed up by the bird feeders just looking at our house. I have seem her often now hanging out close to the feeders
    I bought lots of deer food today. There has never been deer spotted around here before. I love deer and fill a closeness and total love for them and all animals. I want to protect her

    1. Hi Kathryn, first, I’d like to say I’m very sorry for the sudden loss of your husband. I too am a widow. Second, in response to seeing a doe, staring at your house. In my opinion is a gift from nature, via your husband. I believe that he has asked Mother nature to provide, gentlness, unconditional love and innocence for you. This beautiful doe stepped up to the call. What a sweet blessing for all involved. When my husband passed, he sent a butterfly to represent him, at his memorial service. It flew around the entire group of people during the entire ceremony and gathering. When my children and I were leaving to the car, it flew alongside us and circled the car as we were getting in. Then it flew away, as we left. We all knew it was my husband. It was such a sweet and gentle blessing. I encourage you to continue to acknowledge nature’s gifts, as they will increase in time, guide and bless you on your new journey. Much love and blessings being sent to you in your hour of sadness and grief. My heart is with you. Peace, Namaste.

  7. I saw two deer yesterday. Our train was going by them and the young one, when she heard the train, she ran away. The older one, the mother, stood her ground, waiting for her baby to realize on its own to come back. Leaving but staying. Changing. Returning. All things are deer medicine.

  8. I was driving to pick up my three young children (age 4) from summer camp. I saw a fawn sitting by the side of the road. Then I look further up and saw the mother deer (white) several feet away. I pulled the van over and came to a stop. They looking at me, and me looking at them for about 4 min. The fawn started to get up to come to me, so I quickly drove away…I did not want her to venture on the road. One week later I saw a baby fawn had been hit by a car on an adjacent road, then yesterday, I saw a female deer hit by a car (near where I saw the two originally). It has made me very sad, and I cannot get it out of my mind. I have gone back to see if there is still another fawn there, I know that they are usually born as twins, but have not found anything there. I cannot help but feel there is a message in this for me?

  9. I have always had a fear almost of deer… Of hitting one… Over the past four years, I live on the outskirts of town by th way, I have had deer in my front yard, walking down the streets… Never alarmed me thought it was beautiful. On June 19, I actually hit a doe who was walking back to th side of the interstate to save her baby… I had seen this accident coming weeks before… But in my vision I was going to be hit by something big… A semi maybe and I wasn’t going to make it. I have three beautiful children one who just turned 7 months at the time. I saw the poor deer and there was nothing I could do… I got out of the vehicle as I had just passed two semi truck prior to hitting her… I was perfectly aligned on the side of the road. Sheriff said I was lucky to be alive… They never saw the deer..: a few weeks later… I saw a doe peek her head out of th cornfields.. It was early in the evening so it was strange to me… I locked eyes with her and felt this calming yet strange feeling come across as if it were the same doe telling me “you are here for your babies”… Meaning!? Has anyone ever had an accident with their totem animal?! I felt terrible and I’m still a bit timid… But feel I’m spiritually protected all in the same!!

  10. This l makes a lot of sense. When I was in high school, I had a very rough time. One day i was particularly stressed and looking for something in the back of my car before I went to school. It was cold, but I hadn’t seen, heard, or noticed a thing (consciously) but I stood up and to my right, behind the raised back door, (kind of like finding somebody behind the fridge door) was a female. Not two feet away from me. Eyes at my level (I’m nearly 6 feet). She just stood there and stared. No fear. Just looking, and her eyes looked so calm, inquisitive, but calm. I went into my car to grab my camera and she was gone, again without any indication to the 5 globally acknowledged senses.

    Now it makes perfect sense why she was there. She was a gift.

    Deer tend to do that with me in general; just look. I’ve joked that they can sense I’m not a carnivore, but they probably just are there for a reason.

    I’m a highly intuitive, sensitive empath and sometimes I get the impulse to be in a certain place at a certain time and somebody I know almost always shows up. And they ave something very specific to share or that they need me to share. I always wonder with totem animals if they know they are there and why, or if, like these deer, they just look up like I do when I notice my friends, and think “Are you why I’m here?” or “Oh, that’s why I came here.”

  11. I live in the Rocky Mountains of CO and nearly every day when I drive my daughter down the mountain to and from day care we look for baby deer and say “oh, baby deeeeeeer”.

    This evening we had done exactly that and less than a minute later a fawn darted out from the brush and we hit it. The baby deer screamed and died nearly instantly.

    When I got out to survey the scene I could hear the mother in the gully below. The whole thing made me so, so sad.

    It is good to read this and gain some perspective as I too a an empath. I also tried to remember what I thinking of directly before the accident. I was trying to come to grips with my own fear of death as I have a trip to Seattle this weekend and have a phobia of flying.

    Bless the baby fawn who lost her life unexpectedly on Crawford Gulch Road. Bless her mother. Bless my daughter. Bless all grappling with fear. Deer medicine is strong.

  12. A beautiful fawn ran out in front of my car yesterday morning as I returned from a night shift (Ambulance Sevice ).I was traveling only about 30 mph admiring the majesty of a ‘red sky sunrise and looking slightly towards the right where ‘Fawn’ emerged from. My reactions ,though excellent, were not enough to avoid a collision and it only seemed minor , Fawn skidded like Bambi on the ice briefly before rolling over once and lying upright at the side of this country lane. I went to her side . Not a mark on her except a smear of blood from a small praise. She was disoriented so I stroked and used calming speech to reassure her. She was beautiful and as I stroked her she relaxed. Suddenly she attempted to get up. Her tireless strong but her hind legs unable to respond. My heart sank and I gently felt along her entire spine and limbs for signs of fractured bones. None obvious so I carefully picked her up and put her on the grass embankment in the wonderful sunrise and stroked and spoke to her willing her to recover. She took a few big gulps of air curled her head around to her right flank as if about to sleep …… then died as I stroked her head. I laid her gently on her side and wished her a heartfelt farewell return to The Great Spirit. Then covered her body in long gasses leaving her beautiful face to bask in the radiant sunshine . I bade her farewell and left Fawn to go home.
    A long story from which I feel is a significant message and medicine from Fawn to me. Any insights would be gratefully received. Thank you Fawn.

  13. A couple of nights a ago I woke up in the drak and saw a man with a deer head and his antlers were like large tree branches and I didn’t know what to do so I just stared at it and then it kinda disappeared . I don’t know what to do its been on my mind ever since please help me .

  14. Today I was walking my dog in the nearby woods that runs along a sometimes busy road. I knew she saw something but I called her back and we continued walking another minute when I heard a huge “thug” crash and cars coming to screeching halts. I could see through the woods the cars stopping. I knew it had to be a deer. I tried to call the police but my phone didn’t work. A couple came down the path and I shared I wanted to call for the police. The woman told me not to worry that the folks on the street would call. I stopped and asked myself what else can I do to help. My hands by my side turned so my palms faced the direction of the accident. My hands became hot and I felt energy coming from them to the deer. My mind was asking how do I know it is a deer that was hit? Why am I doing this? It felt right to be sending this energy to the deer than to the people and then back to the deer. Saying all is ok, it is going to be fine, thanking God for giving me these moments to be connected to the deer was joyful. Then my hands stopping giving energy like a switch. My thought was the deer had passed. I didn’t believe what had happened. On my way out of the parking lot a few minutes later I passed the scene and there were several cars on the side of the road and a beautiful dead deer in front of one of them. I am feeling very emotional. I googled and found this essay by Ina Woolcott. It really has helped me to better understand what happened. Thank you.

  15. I recently went to a gathering where we performed a power animal meditation. During the mediation a basket was brought around and we were asked to feel the energy of what called to us and choose a small string drawn pouch. I chose the deer and the deer chose me. My ex was there and it was one of the few times we had seen each other since our break up. I feel the deer came to me to help me realize all the goodness that is truly in me and to help me realize that I am whole on my own. Since reading this I have seen this connection with deer manifest ever so clearly. God truly speaks to us in so many different ways, we just have to open our hearts to his message of love that comes in divers ways. I am learning that true power lies in unconditional love. I strive follow my savior who is Christ the lord. His love pours upon the souls of men and women like sunlight upon the Earth.

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