Symbolism: Deers

Since I saw that little deer in France, I have a thing for those majestic animals. Especially the grown up Deers, with those big antlers on their head. They look majestic, intimidating and simply stunning. They are on my list of favourite animals. Have you ever seen a deer in real life? It makes your jaw drop — at least that was my experience. I also kept saying “aaaaaawe” a lot.


The Deer

The deer has a lot of roles in various mythologies. Think about the Celtics, the Romans, Christianity and even the Islam.


The Celtics saw the deer as a supernatural animal. There were two aspects of the deer. The female and the male. The female deer was called Eilid. Which symbolises feminists, subtlety and gracefulness.

They believed that the Eilid could call us from the Feary realm, tempting us to release from civilisation and to go deep into the forest of magic. Many stories tell us that the female deer could change unto a women — a goddess. To protect does (female Deers) from being hunted.

The male deer, also called Damh is linked to the magical forest and its sacredness. The Damh symbolises independence, purification and pride. He is also known as the King of the Forest and the protector of its creatures.

Celtic gods that are linked to the deer are Cernunnos who had two deer antlers on his head. He is also known as the Horned One, the Horned God, god of the hunt, lord of the forest, lord of the animals and so on. Other Celtic mythology deities linked to the deer are Oisin, Flidais and Sadb.



The deer in the Christian believe is linked to Saint Giles. He was a saint who reported to have lived for many years as a hermit in the forest near Nîmes in France. That was where he spend most of his live time, and only had the company of a deer. Who in some stories gave him milk.


In the Greek mythology the deer is often associated with Artemis, the goddess and virgin huntress. When Actaeon was changed into a stag (male deer) after he was caught by Artemis when he secretly watched her bathing in a pool. After he was changed jet a deer, his own dogs tore him to pieces.


The deer in general symbolises:

  • Gentleness
  • Ability to move through life and obstacles with grace
  • Being in touch with inner child, innocence
  • Being sensitive and intuitive
  • Vigilance, ability to change directions quickly
  • Magical ability to regenerate, being in touch with life’s mysteries
  • Gracefulness
  • Love
  • Peace
  • Beauty
  • Swiftness
  • Family
  • A Gift from Nature

The buck stands for:

  • Strength
  • Bold
  • Leadership
  • Skilful
  • Speed

The Doe stands for

  • Gentle
  • Caring
  • Mothering
  • Intelligent
  • Watchfulness

Photo’s are by Jason Armstrong, Chaz Harding, wilfbuck, Huntingdesigns, Kev747, Eric Begin, Dawn Huczeck, Gisela Giardino.


Have you ever seen a deer in real life?


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