Late add on: I did not do much thinking about what deer meant to me after I hit it, I just knew what it was telling me without even looking it up. I listened to what my heart said and I felt the message. As for my daughter, I also knew but wanted to put this on here for others.
In the last two weeks, both my daughter and I have hit a deer with our cars. Her deer was much bigger than mine, in fact it was a 9-point buck while mine was a small, young doe. She must have needed a bigger smack up side the head than I did! LOL!
I thought the 9 was quite significant for her in addition to the deer message.
from Ann Albers: Deer – The deer is gentle and strong. She can leap gracefully and quickly up the mountainside but more often she prefers to graze on the tender shoots and grasses. She teaches us to be gentle with ourselves and to honor our heart.
In the South American Huichol tradition, the deer spirit leads the shaman through the “doorway of the heart” and gives him information on how to live in balance. Alllow the deer to show you a gentler and more peaceful way to live . She will help open your heart.
From One Spirit: Deer, Stag– Gentleness, Healing, Connection to the Earth and the Forest, Keen Scent, Grace, Swiftness, Being Alert for Any Danger, Psychic Powers, Innocence, Love, Kindness, Sensitivity, Pride, Independence, Purification, Strength, Nobility.
Denise Linn/The Secret Lanugage of Signs: A deer can represent the gentle aspects of yourself. This can also be a sign of feeling victimized and defenseless. Remember, there are no victims, only volunteers. Try to find areas in your life where you can take control and make changes. If you identify with the innocent deer, remember too the power of the stag–magnificent and forceful.
Jamie Sams & David Carson/Medicine Cards: If Deer has gently nudged its way into your cards today, you are being asked to find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds. Stop pushing so hard to get others to change, and love them as they are. Apply gentleness to your present situation and become like the summer breeze: warm and caring. This is your tool for solving the present dilemma you are facing. If you use it, you will connect with Sacred Mountain, your centering place of serenity, and Great Spirit will guide you.
Contrary: Deer in the contrary position indicates that you are courting your fear by fighting the internal demons of negative ideas. This is a clue to you that force is not always the best method. You may not be willing to love yourself enough to feel your fears and let them go. You may be projecting your fears on others. It may also be others whom you fear, reminding you of a time when you reacted to life in much the same manner. At any rate, love is the key. The only true balance to power is the love and compassion of Deer. Be willing to find things to love about yourself and others, and your demons will melt away. Your fears cannot exist in the same place that love and gentleness abide.
The Druid Animal Oracle by Phillip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm-Stag: Pride, Independence, Purification Stag brings us the qualities of grace, majesty, and integrity. Contemplating the stag can help you achieve a greater sense of poise and dignity. if you are ever confronted with a situation in which you feel vulnerable or under scrutiny, such as in a court of law or a public appearance, by attuning to the stag and asking for the protection of his spirit you will find yourself feeling calmer, stronger, and more dignified. The stag signifies independence too–both spiritual and physical. You will be able to find the strength to gain and maintain your independence. It relates to the birch tree and the number one. The birch is associated with the blessing of beginnings. It is auspicious when contemplating new projects. The stag’s connection with fertility and sexuality signifies taht you will find a way to bring dignity, grace, power and integrity to your sexual life.
Contrary it shows that you need to examine the degree to which your pride is helping or hindering you. Pride can be a valuable feeling when it helps you to give only of your best, but it can also block your development and enjoyment of life if it exists only to protect your feelings of vulnerability and inadequacy. ask yourself whether your pride is serving you, and if not, see whether the qualities of the Stag can help you find integrity and dignity without the need for inappropriate pride. The stag-god, as Lord of the Hunt, is responsible for culling, which can be seen as a process of purification or sacrifice, maintaining a proper ecological balance. Contrary may signify the need for sacrifice or purification in your life–perhaps through letting-go of unnecessary possessions or emotional attachments, thereby helping you to gain independence and integrity.
The significance of 9:
9 Positive Traits: Heartily friendly and congenial, a hail-fellow, humanitarian instincts, a giving nature, selflessness, obligations, creative expression, readily influenced to do good works, artistic and writing talents.
9 Negative Traits: Self-adulation, scattered interests, possessiveness, moodiness, careless with finances, wanting peer attention.
For my daughter, nine also indicates the end of one thing and the beginning of another. Life has changed a lot for her in the last couple of years, and things and people have left. She is definitely on a path of important choices, finding her way to independence but which choices are best for her, only she can figure out. The negative traits listed above also fit what my daughter is going through right now with the scattered interests, moodiness, financial issues and wanting attention from her peers, things she readily admits. She feels very vulnerable and hides it with stubborness and pride. Her life is very much technology and outer driven, and not much inner work, if any, is undertaken. She is struggling to find her way and this stag is really significant so I will send her the meanings and let it sit. If she reads or uses the info, that is up to her. But the whole accident was shocking to her and damaged her car a lot as well as made her very sore from the impact. Stag leaped out and said, Pay Attention! Your balance is off and something needs to change. Stag has many useful traits and qualities that you can use in your life.
As for me, deer tells me I need to get my head back here in the physical and stop dreaming of what could be or wishing for more or living in my head with so much thinking I tend to do. My message is also about balance but in a different manner.