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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 it 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



-elaine tucker-haviland 2013-09-24 14:54:46

Hi, I had a dream with an injured deer coming to me for assistance. It was in an apartment complex, I went to find help, came back and a young girl had found a man from India that was a vet to care for the frightened animal. When she saw me, she thanked me with her eyes. It was like when I went to look, I got detained by feeding my senses and when I returned, the little girl had found help. The deer’s two front legs had long gashes. I have broken both my feet at different times the last three years, and this year both hands at same time, really held me back with my work. IWhen my feet were inured, I got lost with numbing techniques. yesterday I met some other artists and see how different our approaches are, I am so not technological, I go by word of mouth, they are so “business” ….was the deer showing me my wounded spirit, and to trust cause she trusted me and sought me out from the wild? Was Divine seeking me out? Like in real life when my Hawk follows me?


-The girl with the dream 2014-01-12 1:57:44

I had a dream the other night with a deer like thing , it had the head of a deer body of a horse and feet of a raccoon, in my dream it showed kindness and was gentle, scared … on a rear it was white with black spots rest of body was a chocolate brown with big blue eyes… it’s been on my mind i don’t if it means anything or if it was just a dream


    -Tony Crisp 2014-01-19 11:25:33

    LazzzyGurl – Dreams are always open to giving us meaning, though not always easy to understand because we tend to think about them instead of exploring our feelings about them. You said the gentle scared animal showed kindness.

    So there are lots of clues. The first is one we usually forget – you/we are animals. We often forget this and do not take care of our animal needs. If we had a pet we would take care of it and give it the best food that would not lead to overweight.

    Your dream animal is a lovely image of the animal part of you that is usually forgotten. It is a mixture of several mammals, gentle, yet like a horse something within you that can carry and serve you; and of course wild as well like the raccoon.

    Please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/animals/



-Katbug 2015-02-23 1:41:23

I had a dream that I was a doe. I was by myself for awhile just walking and eating flowers. Then I came across a buck and we became friends. It was a very long dream and we walked and made conversation in a warm sunny forest together. But then a hunter was after us and we ran into the dense dark area of the forest. It was lined with bamboo. We ran and he told me he knew where to go. We kept go deeper into the forest and it began to get steeper. Once we reach the top, the forest cleared, and we were on top of a mountian with some snow patches on the ground. There was a cabin built into the side of the mountian. We ran up to the porch and an elderly couple let us in to hide. The hunter eventually made his way to their doorstep. He ponded on the door and screamed to let him in.I was scared. The buck kicked the back door open and we ran faster up the mountian. We hide behind a big boulder and watched the hunter get into his truck and Make his way down the mountian.


    -Tony Crisp 2015-02-24 10:52:18

    Katbug – The impression I get from your dream is gradual change in the way you feel about relationships. As a person you have a very female quality about you inwardly – and maybe outwardly also.

    You seek or sought a mate who is similar to you, but you have slightly the feeling of being a victim and see some men as aggressive and self seeking – as the saying goes, “Just after one thing.”

    I believe you have developed an inner male who compensates you for what you have met outwardly. This has led you to hide who you are and climb the mountain of consciousness. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animus-jungs-view-of-the-male-in-the-female/

    The climb was achieved by running from much that everyday life offers, yet has a lot to offer in becoming aware of more of who and what you are. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-outsider/

    You find shelter within the attitudes and care you learned from your parents, but that wasn’t enough to get rid of the victim threat. You finally managed it by a process of transformation which was hard won. You rose above your old self and are finding a new way of seeing things.



-Andrea Jay 2015-02-24 18:50:26

I had a dream that brought me to tears. I was the female deer. Someone shot me with a dart and told me everything was going to be OK. The dart made me feel drowsy and in the dream I struggled to stay awake. The struggle was most of my dream and it made me feel so exhausted. I felt feelings of being lied to when they kept telling me it was going to be OK. The person was holding me up and dragging me to some location. I woke up from the dream full of tears and actually sobbing. This was so strange.


-Farrah 2015-04-06 13:29:45

I had a dream I was walking along a riverbank exploring with my husband who was some distance away from me along the bank. Suddenly a wild animal came charging towards me and stopped right next to me. Once it stopped I realized it was a doe. It acted like it wanted my attention, and I started to pet her about the head. My husband who saw this from afar warned me that the animal might bite me. This made me a little more cautious when petting the doe, but I continued to show her affection even though she could possibly bite me at anytime.


    -Anna 2015-04-10 7:20:55

    Farrah – The dream shows that you have taken a distance from an (unconscious?) inner conflict with your partner and it means that you are able to explore on your own how you want to approach the doe.
    Your (inner) partner is afraid the doe might hurt you, probably because of his own fear for what the doe symbolises.
    It often takes some perseverance to explore in life those aspects of our inner world that a partner is cautious about, because exploring it will not only change your inner life, but also the relationship with your partner.
    It will be helpful to understand what it is you are giving attention to, for with awareness you are more capable of directing the change.
    So try “being the deer” http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or “talking as the deer” http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/#TalkingAs
    Anna :-)


-franci 2015-04-17 18:27:15

I dreamt that I was at the overflow service at a busy church In am sometimes a guest at. I chose not to attend the main service. There was a doe and a fawn hiding under the pew in front of me. I decided to attend the main service after all, and the doe and fawn his elsewhere.


-micaela 2015-05-07 11:29:31

Hi. In my dream a man whose face i don’t remember but whom i knew to be someone close, was killing a female deer by drawning her in a big glass container. He was inside with the deer to keep its head under the water. I was watching with my mom the deer’s struggle and its realization that she’s going to die. I could see the fear and the desperation in its eyes and i was feeling pitty for her but in the same time i was thinking that its dead was necessary. I was worried for the man also, because the deer might have hurt him in its struggle. Finally, the man let go and i thought the deer was dead, but she got her breath back and run away. I foolowed her with my mom and i’ve seen the deer in some bushes. It wasn’t scared anymore. there was no sign that the deer suffered any trauma. Only its color seemed to have changed in something discolored, almost white. She was playfull but she was trying to keep herself hidden. She start crawling on the ground toward me and gave me something that looked like a big piece of chocolate in the shape of a bear. She didn’t seem upset with me because i didn’t do anything to freed her from that man’s hands, she seamed friendly and happy.


-kristina 2015-06-05 8:00:28

I dreamed of walking in a backyard, and seeing something in the grass. As I walked closer, there were two deer resting in the foliage, almost concealed from the naked eye. One was a baby deer, the other – a very young deer. At first I became nervous that they might run away as they normally do, but they stayed there, relaxed, allowing the touch of a human hand, and reciprocating with warm, pulsating, loving vibrations. A very pleasant and surprising dream.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-06-06 14:36:53

    Dear Kristina – A touching dream indeed and I very much like the way you described this part “almost concealed from the naked eye”.
    I feel that it expresses very well how this loving, vibrating Life is Alive underneath the layers we tend to build around ourselves and it is good to know that even without always being aware of this Love and Vibration, IT is always present.
    And yes, Life does respond to our “touching it with love”; to touching our Core Self and “It” is always surprising for Life is so creative it is different for everybody and every time.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-core-experience-part-1/
    There are ways to approach and allow Life and explore what our Naked Beauty feels like while awake too.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/water-wonderland/
    Anna :-)


-Eo 2015-06-25 12:47:37

My gf dream that she gave birth to a deer. After which the deer transform into a baby girl. What does this means?


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-06-28 8:24:38

    Dear Eo – Since this is your girlfriend’s dream I will write my response to her.
    Giving birth in a dream is a wonderful experience and unfortunately you do not reveal if your boyfriend was the dream father of the deer/baby girl in your dream, nor is it clear how you felt about what I see as “Touching your Core Self”.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-core-experience-part-1/
    If you have given birth without any man involved, it suggests it is a virgin birth – i.e. no male partner was involved at the time.
    Many women dream of giving birth without any man involved. Virgin birth is normal part of dreaming. It means that the woman or young girl has conceived as a process of Life. Being a virgin represents the human soul or psyche and its possibility of dropping pre-conceptions, thus attaining an inner virginity and through that being receptive to the unseen or unconscious side of self.
    Only a ‘virgin birth’ can bring forth the birth of an intuition, a new response to oneself and one’s environment that transforms one’s life. This is a living relationship with the mystery which underlies our life. If we generate a child in this way, we are not held prisoner by habits of thought, stereotypes of behaviour, then we can begin to allow into our waking life what was previously impossible to know. This open state of mind and feelings, acts as a link between the identity or personality, and the deep unconscious life processes. This link allows a birth of realisations and inner change that brings healing and a possibility of experiencing the aspect of oneself that is our core self.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/pregnancy-childbirth/the-baby-in-your-dream/
    Anna :-)


-John Dawson 2015-07-29 14:08:41

Hi I had a dream that they were two diamond back
Vipers in my Mother’s house & Garden.
The bigger one was aggressive & trying to bite.
The smaller one was more placid.
My family was there in dream & kids.
It kept trying bite & I kept trying catch it.
It then bit my pals Dad on the Leg ?.
Then at the end of the dream there was a small
Dear or doe standing at the bottom of my Mother’s
garden & a girl I know was shouting at “me look it’s
Dear ” all excited.
I was froze still in dream & this amazing small
Dear was just staring through me as if it was in
The clouds behind it.
A very powerful & realistic dream as in felt real.
Apart from the vipers as I stay in Scotland !!.


    -Chanel5829 2015-07-31 15:09:41

    I had a dream where my family and I rescued a baby deer, we took it in the basement. When I came in the basement, I was that it was injured, and it gave me a sad and sorrow look. I told it’s going to be ok. While I was that it was miserable, I was about to kill the baby deer out of its pain and misery. But the dream stopped, and it woke me up. I started crying. What does it mean? Please help.


-Vaughn 2015-09-01 21:45:33

I had a dream that I found a fawn in my backyard. She was far away from home. She trusted me quickly and I tried to help her find her mother. A lot of people in my family ignored the fawn and left me to take care of it. After a while of searching I found the fawn’s parents. I remember feeling frustrated and confused because no one helped me and the fawn kept coming back to me.


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