Animal Guides ~ Terms of En-deer-ment

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We are interrupting our regularly scheduled post ( which is a goodie I promise) to bring you a very important post that must be published now. That’s because the deer are back!

On my blogiversary I mentioned a trio of possible animal guides to accompany me throughout 2015 or longer. They are tiger, owl, and deer. I will conclude that all three have been showing up while awake rather consistently. I am not aware of any recent dreamtime sightings at this point.

Some readers might recall that I had an extraordinary deer sighting in January that was rather unprecedented. I spotted 6 deer in my backyard during the light of day. That was wild and very exciting. This memory stayed with me strongly and powerfully.

Well, what about today, you ask? Well it has been weeks since I took a nature walk in my neighborhood due to the extreme cold and icy/snowy conditions. Today it was sunny and in the fifties so I decided it was time to head out and clear my head. I forgot to take my phone and I did not expect to need it anyway. I am taking my time, enjoying the trees and the fresh air. I held on to a few branches for a while just to take in their energy. It was wonderful. So as I head back I notice a large dog crossing the road and moving towards me.

Well it was not a dog after all. It was a small deer. It began to slowly walk towards me. It was moving towards me unafraid , approximately 40 feet away.  I was delighted but very surprised. Eventually it moved behind some houses. As I moved up the hill I noticed it was gathered with a few more deer next to one of the houses. They were all standing still and looking right at me. I silently sent out love to them and smiled. While walking further up the incline I noticed another small group of deer on the other side of the house. So I was in contact with approximately 6-8 deer in bright daylight. We were just a few yards away from one another. It was a revelation! This lasted maybe a minute or two and then a car drove up the hill. Then the deer fled back to the woods as quickly as they could. I began to briefly wonder if I even saw them at all. That thought receded back into the ethers. I rather quickly regrouped and realized that I am being guided in a very dramatic fashion. After such an isolating period , it seems as if nature is carrying me and protecting me.

I learned from research online that deer signify the Easterly direction in Native American culture. So I searched some more to discover more about the Eastern direction. I found this description  here.

East (Yellow) – The direction from which the sun comes. Light dawns in the morning and spreads over the earth. This is the beginning of a new day. It is also the beginning of understanding because light helps us see things the way they really are. On a deeper level, East stands for the wisdom helping people live good lives. Traditional people rise in the morning to pray facing the dawn, asking God for wisdom and understanding.

Then I perused the sacred internet highway for more deer symbology. I “stumbled ” upon some information that really rang true. Here are some excerpts that resonated for me. I highlighted some of the most charged passages in italics:

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.

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.

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.

To read the full article, please visit http://www.shamanicjourney.com/deer-power-animal-symbol-of-gentleness-unconditional-love-and-kindness

This deer encounter literally stopped me in my tracks. I am so in awe that I was able to commune with these un-deerlike deer. They were not afraid or squeamish. If that car did not show up, we may still be hanging out together now!

I am excited for new beginnings and a heightening of my gentility and loving nature.  Less and less judgement to be replaces with increasing compassion and forgiveness. I have been around the block long enough to know as above so below and without is within. The bigger questions is, can I implement this practice as we navigate these currently choppy waters?

NAMASTE

 

Update 3-13-15: While visiting the Wikiart site, the featured painting happens to be The Wounded Deer by one of my fave artists Frida Kahlo. Apparently the deer is an ancient Aztec symbol. To view the painting and learn more: http://www.wikiart.org/en/frida-kahlo/the-wounded-deer-1946

 

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30 thoughts on “Animal Guides ~ Terms of En-deer-ment

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  3. Beautiful post Linda, and I am pleased you saw more Deer… they are indeed wonderful totems and I have no doubts they are giving your insights as you delve deeper into their meanings..

    I hope you enjoy more Sunshine and more walks.. as Spring warms us all up 🙂
    Love and Blessings
    Sue xox

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  4. Dear Linda — What a beautiful encounter! Deer is one of my animal spirits also and I have been close to several of them. I had an interesting thought as I encountered this statement of yours: “I am so in awe that I was able to commune with these un-deerlike deer.”

    Recently, someone told me (or I read it) that animals perceive humans more as machines than animals, as we are most often in our heads THINKING instead of with our bodies BEING. So they flee from these machines. So, maybe the encounter happened because YOU were being a very “un-human-like human (in their perception.) In any case — congratulations on achieving resonance!

    Associating the deer with the East was new to me. I have associated this animal with the South as they do represent innocence and a child-like nature. Love to you Deer One, Alia

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    1. Hi Alia,
      Wow I learn so much from you. I have been known to live in my head but that is shifting. This definitely gives me pause. The East direction comes out of a Native American and shamanic perspective. The links on my post or worth reading( and often lead to more wisdom and so on.) I have been seeking my power animals for years and it has been a struggle. But I am now beginning to gain some clarity. The deer messages really resonate strongly.

      love to you deer,
      Linda

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  5. Thank you for this message it reminded me couple years ago I dreamed of a deer. It was so beautiful. Couple weeks ago I saw a deer while driving and I had the same feeling it was so beautiful. Thank you for this clarity when reading your post it brought tears to my eyes, knowing…Namaste God Bless! Diane

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  6. lisalday111711

    This is steeped in synchronicity….I have read two other blogs about deer guides and I posted one myself because I had three dreams in one night and then this morning at 3 in the morning I went outside to cool off (my husband forgot to turn down the heat) and right in front of me was a huge buck. I think deer is showing up maybe even on a global scale. Interesting…

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  7. I love these kinds of encounters. I think their willingness to approach you lends real depth to the communication of the moment. Deer are typically so shy in my experience. They’ll stop and watch, but generally it seems that when humans approach or strange sounds get going, they head for the trees. But to be fair, I smell funny, too. 🙂 We often forget about their ability to read the winds!

    Michael

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    1. That was the coolest part Michael. He or she was walking towards me! Typically as I have driven by deer or noticed them near my terrace, they would freeze or quickly run away. But this was so different. Like a moment out of time and space. I guess I need to get out more 🙂 Now that the weather is thawing. I am excited for more creature communions.

      peace,
      Linda

      PS don’t judge yourself on your smell 🙂

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  8. Hi Linda,
    What a kind and gentle sign, indeed – to be in their tender company – we all could use a little TLC during these times. Thanks for sharing your encounter. Also, the title reminded me of a favorite movie and tear-jerker called, “Terms of Endearment.”
    xo Ka

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  9. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful article. That is a wonderful encounter. Usually, the deer are shy. But they stayed with you. Amazing.
    In the Christian tradition, the stag is symbol for the Christ. I had quite a few stag occurrences in my life, either with a real animal , or in a dream. Even our closet has the image of a stag head appearing in the pattern of the pine wood.
    The stag in my highly symbolic dream prompted me to study ACIM and do the workbook lessons.

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    1. Hi Karin, I did post a picture of a stag because I could not find a public domain doe image. I think all of the deer were female. They did not have antlers, Does that mean they were all female or perhaps just young? I do not know. I did have a quite vivid reindeer dream on New Year’s with antlers that did effect me strongly. Glad you enjoyed the story. Nature is such a positive force in my life.

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      1. Funny, my highly symbolic dream of the stag with antlers was also on the night from New Year’s Eve to Jan 1st, but back in 2010.
        Strange how the universe uses specific dates for its messages.

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      2. Linda, we have seen deer in the woods this year ourselves, and I’m not an expert on deer biorhythms, but I don’t think the males would have antlers yet. They are such amazing creatures at any rate… So exquisitely sensitive and curious it seems to me…

        Michael

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      3. Hey MIchael, I am not clear on deer development either. The deer I typcially see in the area are small and antlerless. I began getting comments to the photo I posted so I began to wonder… I agree they are magic incarnated. And awesome messengers 🙂 Linda

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  10. Thank you, Linda. Aren’t they gorgeous? The photo you share of the spotted buck is beautiful, so don’t forget to look for the Stag in some cultural myths and indigenous traditions (like the Celt, etc.). Just exquisite beauty, these creatures. Thank you for sharing their appearance and message to you with us. Love, Jamie

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    1. Hi Jamie,
      I will continue to research and begin to look for deer, tiger, and owl objects to have at home in their honor. I have lived near deer for many years but these latest encounters have really intensified and this is not lost on me. They are gorgeous!

      hugs,
      Linda

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    2. As I explained to Karin, the stag photo did not depict the deer who I communed with. My peeps were antlerless. Does that mean they are female or just young? This is over my head. Any tips? love, Linda

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