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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?

See AnimalAnimal ChildrenBeing the Person or ThingTechniques for Exploring your Dreams


-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.


    -Tony Crisp 2017-02-16 11:00:05

    Hi – I am stopping from answering your posts fully – but will try to give hints; sometimes long ones because I quote from masses I have already put online. Also I need to take time to update the site – dreamhawk.

    It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practicing what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPersonOrThing or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Noel – First I suggest reading http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-anima-the-female-in-the-male/ and then listen to the RECORDING

    The deer is an obvious representative of your female self. Strangely you are playing at hunting it/her. It is not just Native Americans who recognise this, almost all tribal people who link and understand the nature they are part of develop similar beliefs – but often they never took them beyond the symbolic.

    That it disappears and appears misshapen suggests that there is still work to be done on your relationship with women, and not the symbolic deer woman. See http://dreamhawk.com/relationship-sex/male-or-female-gender-struggle/#ManWoman


      -Noel 2017-03-01 10:06:07

      I deeply appreciate the hints and will be doing lots of reading from your links.

      I think, though, I may have figured it out.

      So, doe is definitely representing my femininity. It’s misshapenness is representative of my fear that if I pursue my femininity in expressing it, that it won’t work the way I want it to (hormone treatments can become less and less effective the farther past puberty you get, 26 being when most people finish the process, and I’m 28.)

      My ‘friends’ are society pressuring me into behaving in a more masculine fashion (the game of shoot-em-up laser tag), but my joking desire to only use a toy weapon to hunt my femininity down shows that I only pretend and go along with society and would never actually want to harm my chances of being my true self, despite my fears that it won’t quite work.

      The mother with her child represent my reason why I’m so distraught over not being a woman from birth to begin with, as I dream of being a mother, and with science the way it is now, I won’t be able to see a successful uterine transplant that results in the ability for pregnancy (at least, not likely in my lifetime).

      And her warning of why my femininity could be dangerous is the sad truth that trans people tend to end up as targets for bigots. Her shug when asked if the laser gun would be effective is pretty much giving me the choice: to either bend to society and actually hunt down my femininity, or to merely seek it out to embrace it.

      Whether the toy is to be effective or not is up to me. Do I give up on me to be accepted by society? Or do I give up on society to be able to accept myself?


        -Tony Crisp 2017-03-01 11:43:37

        Noel – The danger is not simply being target for bigots. There is another danger; I think a more important one. Shown by the misshape of the doe. See – http://dreamhawk.com/interesting-people/animal-children/#Program

        Example: Now I seemed to go into a condition of surrendered, and spontaneous movements arose from within. I reached out and drew the sword. The girl gasped and begged me not to touch, handle, the sword, as it was sacred, or only to be used by a special person. Then she suddenly saw, by my movements, that I was fulfilling the full ritual or ceremony of the sword. It was as if her people had a prophecy about the use of the sword, and whoever handled it in the right way was a leader for the people. Through the inner direction, I had used the sword correctly, and was this leader.

        Now she knelt before me, head bowed, in Oriental fashion. The inner movements led me to bring the sword down on her neck – and touch it lightly. This was the last proof of the ritual being fulfilled. Quite without knowing it consciously I had fulfilled the ritual. Also, this last act was a rite of marriage. We were now man and wife. Our relationship was now different, and our depth of feeling for each other made whole.

        This an example of a man meeting and integrating his anima, not acting it out by trying to be a physical female. Integrating our female does not mean dressing up in female clothes or even having an operation to change sex. That is further developing an unbalanced self. Integration means having both the female and the male self equally developed. That is wholeness. So therefore being both firmly masculine or homosexul are both unbalanced. It takes courage and hard work to achieve. See http://dreamhawk.com/news/lifes-little-secrets-2/ Also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-anima-the-female-in-the-male/

        Please also read http://dreamhawk.com/interesting-people/on-being-a-man/


-TINA 2017-03-08 22:27:55

Ok, I woke up this morning and when I looked at the clock it was 3:33 am. I immediately made a wish. I went back to sleep and had a very vivid crazy dream.

I was in the woods and it was dusk. I was with a woman who appeared to be of no harm. I felt a bond of some sort, like friendship. She turned to me and put her index finger over her mouth to tell me to be quiet. She gave me the gesture that she was looking at something in the distance. I followed the direction in which she was pointing and saw a male deer in the distance. She picked up her rifle and let one round go. The deer dropped where it stood.

We go over to it and she grabs it by the hind legs and begins to drag it. She seems to have a a little difficulty so I tell her that I’ll grab one leg. We drag it to a nearby stream and she prepares to “dress” the deer. She asks me to hand her a knife and I remember asking, “which one”? She says the big one. It was sharp as hell and with one incision she cut through the underbelly where the guts are supposed to come out.

Instead of guts there was a dark sac. I don’t remember seeing any blood until she punctured it with the knife. Out slid a tiny lifeless infant covered in blood. The cord was still attached. There was a faint heartbeat going through the cord to the baby. The infant seemed to move. but when it did that, she cut the sac away from the inside of the deer. When I saw the movement I asked, “what do we do now”. She responded, ” Don’t worry. It’s taken care of”.

The alarm went off and I woke up for work.


-Karen 2017-03-22 15:39:43

I had a vivid dream about a stray wolf, fire, the wolf burning in the fire, an Indian spirit coming to me to cure my sorrow regarding not being able to save burning wolf, howling, then the Indian guiding me to see a Doe lying in grass giving birth to a fawn. Please help me or guide me to what the meaning is as I can not find any definitive answers


-Alana 2017-04-06 17:11:46

I had somewhat of a dream but somewhat still awake. I was drivi g down an old back road. When all of a sudden i see a sign that say dead end. So as i slow down i see a herd of deer. As i wait for them to finish crossing over so i could turn around, i happen to notice that as the deer were moving so was a couple wepping willow trees. They looked to be leaning over the deer and when they stopped, the top of the trees turned as though they were looking at me.


-Yashica 2017-06-05 14:04:51

I dreamt that I was in a house and my mother asked me to make dinner. When I went into the kitchen to cook there was a doe and a baby deer on the counter. The baby deer was feeding from the doe. I yelled out to my mom that they were alive and asked how was I supposed to cook them. The doe was was not afraid of me. She just stared right in my eyes.


    -Tony Crisp 2017-06-07 8:50:04

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Yashica – Would you have killed the deer? Humans are the greatest predators on earth, killing millions of chickens, cattle and other edible life forms. Even vegans are killers, for everything evolved from single celled creatures and so we are all made of the same stuff, and everything has levels of sentience and consciousness. But most of us have the killing take place out of sight. One needs to realise that everything is alive and can respond. Plants too are living beings and respond what is done to them.

    Example: Experimenting with this I attempted communication with a sick New Zealand tomato tree we had. It was in a large tub, well fed and watered, but had the greenfly, and was also wilting. We had sprayed, but the general debility of the plant seemed to attract the fly. I used the technique of LifeStream to see if my intuition could asses the condition of the plant. The first thing I felt was an unexpected wave of love, as if the plant was wordlessly saying thank you for caring. Then I had the sense of my consciousness meshing with the consciousness/being of the plant. My impression was that the plant was an entity, a form of life and awareness, but it did not have a focused consciousness which could formulate the idea what causes this sickness? Because I could ask the question, and because I allowed my consciousness to consider the plant, a new situation arose; the plant could be aware of itself. The difficulty of the process was that everything was direct non-verbal experience. As the experience of plant life was new to me, I had to spend some time allowing the sensations to soak in and be analysed by my rational mind. What arose out of this was the understanding that the root system of the plant needed to spread sideways, not down. We therefore put the plant in a sack, with the same earth spread thin. Within a week the greenfly had all gone, without spraying, and the plant grew strong and luxuriant.

    So, what was your reaction to being faced with a beautiful life form knowing that everything – except bees and humming birds etc. – have to kill to survive. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/lifes-basic-functions/#Inner



-Ruth 2017-07-25 7:52:11

I had a dream that I was sitting in a boat with no oars and no sail but the boat was gently gliding across calm seas towards a not too distant shore. My late husband, who died over 2 years ago, was standing in the rear of the boat where the helm would have been if there had been one. I notice that something under the water surfaces slightly, enough to show a breaking ripple and what looks like the hump back of a creature that I can’t see. It swims just beneath the surface, passing the boat and continues towards the same shore that my boat is heading towards. As it reaches the shore and stands on its legs I can see clearly that it is a huge, magnificent stag with antlers. As it walks up onto the shore it stops and turns it’s head towards me, looking at me directly. I no longer feel fear and feel safe. The stag joins a massive herd of deer on the shore and my boat lands on the shore where I disembark and join the deer. My late husband is still with me and we are both mesmerised by the sight of the stag with the deer. My dream ended with my late husband and I moving away from the herd. We move up the shore towards a shop selling clothes. In this shop I pick up a t-shirt that fits and suits me perfectly. My husband picks up a mans t-shirt saying how much he likes it. My dream ends with me thinking and feeling how lovely it is to have a mans t-shirt in my life again and how I have missed men’s clothes. Crazy dream or what?


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