The deer is known for gracefulness, love, peace, beauty, swiftness, delicacy, spirituality, gentleness, innocence, freshness, watchfulness, and regrowth.
Their senses are extraordinarily acute: they see very well in low light and can hear a twig snapping from a very long distance. They can see between the shadows.
Deer symbolize infinite generosity and a genuine gift from nature. They are associated with dawn, the moon, and Easterly directions. Deer touch the hearts, minds, and souls of wounded beings and are linked to creativity and the arts - specifically poetry and music.
Celtic and Indigenous tribes of north america would follow them to find highly beneficial medicinal herbs. Deer can help seek the green freshness of earth and find external and internal treasures.
In ancient, medieval times, the image of a deer sipping pools or lakes was poetically linked with both purity and piety - the quality of being religious or reverent. Painful symptoms of love were once thought to be actual physical or mental illnesses. This accounts for the medieval images of a deer pierced by an arrow and carrying herbs in its mouth - an emblem of love-sickness. Deer had curative symbolism and are a symbol of Christ as well.
A deer’s antlers are believed to be antennae that connect to higher energies and spiritual realms hence the shamanic references that involves antlers. If you encounter a deer, try to count the number of points on their antlers. This number is associated with numerology and can carry great significance.