Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A 4-legged visitor tonight - Deer totem

Dear Friends,

When I pulled into the driveway tonight we had a visitor in the backyard:

A 6 point buck deer camping in our backyard

It's not a great picture since I was trying not to scare him away but it looked like he had 6 points and was a big boy.

I love it when animals show up to say hello.  I think it was especially interesting timing since we haven't seen deer since we moved into our home in July.  

I claim Deer as one of my totems in addition to Blue Heron, Wolf, Raven and Owl.  We talked about them this past weekend at the retreat.  

Here is an excerpt from Shamanic Journey  about the Deer totem:

Deer, Power Animal, Symbol of Gentleness, Unconditional Love and Kindness

By Ina Woolcott

Deer's medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch. The ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance. Understanding of what's necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland goddess, alternative paths to a goal

In the Celtic tradition, there are two aspects of deer - female and male. ... The Stag, Damh in the Gaelic tongue, is also linked to the sacredness of the magical forest. The Damh represents independence, purification, and pride. It is known as the King of the Forest, the protector of its creatures. For time immemorial people have sought to identify with the stag by ceremonially wearing antlered headdresses and imitating the deer's leaping grace.

Maybe the most effective way to summarize the lessons of these beliefs, is to say that only when we move through life in the spirit of love for all beings can we melt the barriers that separate us from others, from other life forms, and from the beautiful mystery which is our own magical and spiritual gift.  

I love Fall colors & visited a tree friend of mine today.
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.

The set of antlers grown by the male deer are antennae that connect it to higher energies. If you come across a deer in the wild, try to count the number of points on their antlers. This number is associated with numerology and can carry great significance for those with this power animal.

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. 

Wrapping you around with infinite love and gentleness,



Here are the delightful cards I received in the mail today from a friend from the Daily Creative Practice.  My picture and her Haiku together for functional art :)



  1. What a beautiful visit. Your new adventures must be just around the corner. Love the cards, too. Always nice to get a surprise in the mail.

  2. Great detailed description of the meaning of deer crossing our life path. Very interesting information.

    1. I thought so to Elda - I like that site and visit it often.

  3. What a beautiful visitor to have. Isn't it wonderful when life sends such beautiful animals to cross our path :)

    1. Yes it is Kama and especially when I take the time to slow down and pay attention :)

  4. Such a gentle and informative post to read on this chilly morning. Thank you for the nudge to slow down and observe. I needed that.

    1. Thanks Kelly - I often need this reminder and it's funny how my animal friends show up to communicate it :)