Spirit message of the Deer

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Spiritual meaning of deer. Power animal wisdom & symbolism.


A fine and delicate aura elopes the deer. It projects a shyness that it quickly turns into graceful, nimble moves when on the run. If deer spirit animal energy slips into your life you will find yourself drawn by its ethereal and intuitive energy reminding you to fine tune your awareness for that, which is (yet) unseen. Deer energy invites you to see life as a great mystery and to take delight in having the secrets unravel by living fully in the present. Allowing moment by moment to unfold, the deer relies on its senses to stay alert.
Deer says to listen close to what you feel, see and perceive – your senses will guide you whether something is right for you or where to move next.

In countless myths the deer is playing a key figure in stories ranging from Native American legends of a deer transforming into beautiful women for weary hunters to the occurrence of white deer in the forests around Nuremberg, Germany, where hunters know of old legends that forbid to shoot white deer because they are harbingers of death. The deer’s very precious ethereal demeanour is tightly woven into the fabric of culture and nature since eons, creating awe and fascination for any rare glimpse this shy and tender animal.

Deer encounters & omens

Whenever you hear or see a deer flit past in the thicket of the forest, a sense of mystery fills the air. If you listen closely you hear how lightly it treads on the ground. Perhaps you just a faint rustling of some dry foliage, the occasional snapping of a fallen branch.

Deer energy opens you up to feel into the needs of the collective – it attunes you to greater awareness of relating your everyday actions with that of the sustenance of mother earth. Deer asks you:

“How do you walk through life? What traces are you leaving?”

Deer spirit animal energy expands your understanding of how each of your daily mindful actions are contributing to the bigger vision of humanity to build a better, more loving and sustainable world which many generations after us can enjoy and build upon our heritance. Treat as lightly as you can. Just like the deer stares at every threat directly before it takes action – deer asks you to accept the challenges of questioning harmful lifestyles for self and the earth and reconsider the way you walk.

Old paths might no longer lead you to your desired goals whether they might relate to your career, relationships or fulfilling your soul purpose. Being agile to change your path when you sense the need before much further damage is done means your skill of applying the deer energy at its most refined.

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Attune yourself to see with your senses. Use your imagination.


Although changing path does involve not being able to see the direction ahead laid out all clearly in the first phase, deer personalities are filled with trust to follow their instinct/intuition.

Intuition is what you feel at best, never what you think it might be. In this inner knowing lies your comfort to be on the right track at all times. Intuition is the compass to charter unseen territory – whether it be your inner or outer landscapes. In this sense, the deer always has one foot in the hidden world, the mystical, and one in the present. You can be sure that a pair of dark deer eyes is watching you from behind a tree or shrub. Deer animal power is one of the energies that make a forest come alive in a most magical sense.

Deer power animal invites you to see that which you only sense with your instinct. And from there on deer energy guides you to weave your next steps with your imagination.

Deer totem shows you that the forest is as green and alive as you allow it to be. Use a walk in nature for a dream journey, let the deer energy activate your third eye, the center of your imagination and creativity.

Deer energy shows how to be fully attuned to the present. Right here, right now is where life happens. A deer is acutely aware of its surroundings, to the presence of its group it usually roams the forests with. Each slightest crack of a twig, any rustling leave it takes in and quietly observes. Deer energy picks up frequencies and smells long before anything enters its visual field. Deer says: By being present you effortlessly take in life in any dimension.

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Deer spirit animal – meaning & symbolism


Being so finely tuned, so sensitive, can make you hyper receptive, perhaps lead to fatigue and overstimulation. Deer power animal invites you to take a closer look in your near surroundings. Perhaps you seek a more protected environment or want to build one where you currently live. Deer energy is pointing you to some important questions at this moment:

"Do you feel comfortable in in the place you live – your home and the wider location in which it sits?"

"Do you feel comfortable inside your body? With yourself? Your friends, people/colleagues around you?"

"Do you feel safe in your surroundings?"

It encourages you to take a deeper look into what places nourish and support your energy. What places makes you thrive. And how to build a home wherever you are – most importantly how to build a home within yourself. How nourished do you feel?

If you live in dense, urban spaces, ask yourself how to apply deer energy for protection or how to move around to allow your soul and energy flourish.

It invites you to use your senses to find what feels good for you. What place feels good for you. You might want to consider smaller cities or the move into the solitude of countryside living or a move into a more lively place with likeminded people.

If you ever had a magical deer encounter you know this short moment where your eyes lock and you see the deer gaging if you are a thread. That’s why the deer for me is always reminding of the questions how safe do we feel to be ourselves? Symbolizing that need be understood for who we really are so we do not have our souls translated all the time. In the right environment it will flourish. Deer power animal energy reminds us to sharpen our attunement to who and what surroundings make us feel good, safe and supported. More so, who and what encourages us to take joy in our blossoming of spirit and soul. These are valuable assets in our life for thriving and contributing our real gifts.

Rely on your deer totem to show you how to navigate your way to create a protected space for yourself. Or how to navigate your way into a different place, which feels more aligned with your essence.

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Deer spirit animal message


Deer energy evokes feminine energy. Being sensual. Vulnerable. Deer power animal invites you to connect to your softness and to your heart chakra. Deers mate in the height of summer, in July, when nature is at its most potent. The pregnant female then carries the deer baby for 9,5 months before it gives birth in spring, usually around May, when spring energy is in its full bloom.

Watch the world around you through the soft eyes of a deer and behold the world in beauty and love. Recognize that your happiness is intertwined with your surroundings, the people you let into your heart and the love you give freely. Open up to kindness and gentleness. Be gentle in your actions, your thoughts and words. Most importantly, be gentle with yourself.

“Let go of tension. Allow softness in your life. Feel your sensual nature.”

Allow yourself to feel and to be sensual. Look after your body as it is your primary home. Cultivate sensory experiences – by taking a bath, hugging your friends or parents - to stimulate your connection to mother earth and to reinvigorate your sense of belonging and safety. Just like for the deer, the earth is your home that holds you.
A deer creates itself little pods in the foliage to sleep in. Watch out for little dents on your next forest walk. Seeing a deer jump in the forest might also symbolize to get in direct contact with the earth again – to walk barefoot for 20 minutes or just to lay on the ground - without any distraction of plastic soles from your shoes or mat. When being in close contact with the earth we receive electrical impulses from the earth, which help reduce inflammation, anxiety, period pain and many other symptoms of modern style living.

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How to help the deer in protecting his natural habitat– the forest.


Revered across cultures and religions as symbol of trust, kindness and gentleness just being some keywords for this spirit animal power, deer power animal is living intertwined with nature in great harmony. Hence a deer was long held as a sacred animal. We can still hold up a kind of reverence for deer and deer energy: Be respectful when entering the forest, the grand home of so many forest dwellers. Walk in silence or in meditation, watch your steps. Watch out for the deer beds, those little dells in the leaves. Be aware of the energy you are sending out. Deer will pick up on your vibrations and respond to you. Open up to receive its message. Become one with the rhythm of the forest. That is when you start to see the signs of (animal) life.



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