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The soul, the gentle harmless self that is often hurt or wounded by our aggressiveness and cynicism, or by other people’s criticism; vulnerability; the unsocialised or wild, but gentle side of our instincts; love-sickness.

In Greek mythology the deer was associated with the virginal huntress Artemis. So the female deer in a dream suggests the qualities of female gentleness and the connection with nature and the hidden world of the unconscious with all its strange wisdom. While the stag often links with bold and powerful masculinity and sexuality in a natural and potent form.

The Core Self often appears as a deer, or woodland creature in dreams. Below is a quote from Carl Jung’s book Man and His Symbols.

Example: “I am your child and your mother. They call me the ‘connecting animal’ because I connect people, animals, and even stones with one another if I enter them. I am your fate or the ‘objective I.’ When I appear, I redeem you from the meaningless hazards of life. The fire burning inside me burns in the whole of nature. If a man loses it, he becomes egocentric, lonely, disoriented, and weak.”

Example: As I walked the meadow my dog was running free. I felt I must call him to heal, as there were grazing animals about. I called him and saw him coming, almost wraith like, or like a spirit form, shadowy and powerful looking. He was running behind a wonderful looking beast – a mixture between a sheep a gazelle and a deer. The remarkable thing about it was its colouring. There were bright blues on its hindquarters, and radiant almost transparent colours elsewhere, perhaps on its head. I shouted to stop my dog frightening the creature. It ran towards me and jumped into my arms, very fearful, but relaxing and feeling safe as I held it. I could sense its emotions of terror. I seemed to feel what it was feeling inside. It was a creature without any means of defence except to run. So it was frightened for its life. This sense of its inner condition was impressive as I knew what it was like to be that creature when hunted. I also could feel how it could feel safe in my arms because somehow it was like handing over its defence to a sort of mother, as a baby might.

Then I seemed to look at the creature anew and saw that it had a much bigger body than I had first thought. In fact it must have been different because when in my arms it was small, but now it seemed to be about the size of a fallow deer.

In the above dream the man actually feels the quality of his inner condition represented by the deer.

Deer are sometimes used to indicate a sexual longing for a woman – the hunter and hunted. The sexual implication of the deer hunt is underlined by a medieval English folk song called “The Keeper”:  The first doe that he shot at he missed, And the second doe he trimmed he kissed, And the third ran away in a young man’s heart, She’s amongst the leaves of the green O”.

In a man’s dream: The deer may depict a young woman the man is in pursuit of, or a daughter if you have one.

In a woman’s dream: The deer may link with you as a young woman, or to a daughter if you have one.


Useful Questions and Hints:

What are the qualities of the deer in your dream?

Does it link in any way with a feeling of entering the magical realm of nature or the unknown?

Are you feeling about it as you would with a female?

If a stag, are there symbols linking it with sexuality, such as its horns or its attraction to you?

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-TJ 2016-04-03 16:08:19

I had a dream about a picture of a colorful deer. I was asked the question “how many shoes does a deer have”. My answer was 2 and as I was giving my answer, so did a male that I did not see. In looking at the picture of the deer in my dream, the knees were on the front legs and backwards (the knees were in the back of the legs). During this dream, I was having issues about my job. I understood the job issues but I am still trying to get the meaning of why the deer scenario was there. Any thoughts or input?


-lynne 2017-01-15 0:14:56

My husband had a dream last night of petting deer then we went for a ride on the way wecstooped at a resurant where we reminisced about a man who was my husbands boss he told my husband to remember the reason he got my ring and remember what it stands for he died before our wedding day . then we went on our way and seen a deer that came out on the road and stopped on the middle of the road and looked at us we had to stop and it went up the hill I told it to get in the bush where it would be safe we seen more deer on signs a neat sign as well as a lot of deer in field about 15 in total numbers 112,221 ,272,227,


-Brenda 2017-02-11 15:45:12

In my dream I was sitting in my car – must have been eating and saw a dear approaching my car.I thought she must have been hungry so after she had gone I threw out some skin and fat on the roadside. So then I didn’t know where she went so I got out of my car as I still had a piece of meat left that I wanted to throw to her. When I got out of the car i saw the one piece of skin that there still laying there and then I threw the piece of meat close to it. Then I looked again and the deer ( I just assumed it was a female) was laying down very close to the piece of skin that I had thrown and i had already thrown the second piece of meat. So she was really close laying down and looking at me but not moving. I then tripped and fell in the snow and still she never moved. So then I was afraid to move to get back to my car and ended up falling asleep. I woke up to the deer and she was going to bite my and and she had powerful bite and I took my other hand and got my hand out of her grip and she was kind of gentle but strong and i din’t know how i was going to get away but at the same time I wasn’t really frightened to the core or anything but still a little. I was so close to my car and with the dear. Then I woke up and remembered the dream and thought it must be a good one. Hope someone can help me with this meaning. Thank you


-Noel Herring 2017-02-15 22:05:30

Hopefully what I write here doesn’t set anybody off in a hateful way, but I had a very vivid dream.

So, the setting of my dream was this massive arcade. Two floors, super huge floor plan. Top floor was a big laser tag room. I’m going around, having fun with the laser tag, and I see this, what can only be described as, doe.

It’s definitely a deer, no antlers, but it’s kind of odd looking. For one, it’s standing on it’s hind legs. Two, something was up with its head. It was…. Hard to describe, but bulkier? Like, if you just hit bold for writing text, but instead it’s facial features that get thicker. Very creepy looking. Third, it seemed to only have it’s two hind legs, no forelegs. And also, not a black deer, standard coloration.

It was just walking along up there during the game. First time I saw it, I just stared, because it was looking at me first. Then it turns its head back slowly and walks through to the next room casually. I cautiously try to follow it, but the room it entered just has one of my friends in it, so I just play the game and shoot him, seemingly forgetting the deer.

Later in the dream, I see it again, accidentally shoot at it with the fake gun, and I try to catch up again, calling for it as it just slowly walks through another doorway just as i’m about to reach it. Of course, it vanishes once line of sight is lost, like before. So, I go downstairs, looking exasperated. Even in my dream, i’m trying to logically figure this creature out.

A woman calls out to me, she’s an older mother, as she’s got one of those baby seats next to her. “You should be careful up there,” she says to me.

I look to this woman, noticing her. “Oh? What? From that… deer-thing up there?”

She nods. I get closer. “So, you’ve seen it, too? Is it dangerous?” I ask.

“It can be,” she shrugs.

“You think I can take it out with this thing?” I ask without a hint of seriousness, since it’s clearly just a fake laser rifle.

“Weeellllll…..” She responds. I look up to the way back, I don’t really have any intention of hurting it, and look back, and the dream is fading. All the people are gone, it’s just the flashing lights of the arcade.

I bolt upstairs, in the slim hopes to get one last glimpse of this thing. None of my friends are around anymore. I somehow know this is a dream at this point and that it’s ending, but nothing comes of it, as it fades, and I wake up.

TL;DR I see a weird, two-legged deer with a fat face during a game of very fake hunting with laser tag, and talk with someone who lightly warns me about it.

As for what could make folks hateful, i’m trans, male to female, but haven’t done anything to really start that process off yet. I only mention this, because of how closely tied to femininity the doe is, and how it might tie in together.

I know that Many Native American tribes recognized people like me as special and to be respected, being two-spirited. And if this is something spirit animal-related, I do have a splash of Native American in me. Nothing to brag about in the slightest, (both of my fathers grandmothers were Native American) just that there’s a pinch of that heritage in there with the rest of my mostly Irishness. Which, there are Celtic meanings for the doe as well, so it could be that route we need to go down.

Honestly, I don’t know how to interpret this vivid dream, so i’m just throwing out as much relevant info as I can to see what sticks and what doesn’t.


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