Friday, 30 November 2007

Spirit Animals – Deer

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The first awareness that many of us have of deer is through Walt Disney’s wonderful animation film, “BAMBI”. We watched, (or have watched our children or grandchildren sit) spellbound as the story of this gentle creature unfolds. We marvel at all the lessons in the film. First we see that the deer are very gentle and seem to get along with all animals. That trait is true in real life. The next thing we notice is that we don’t always see deer! Deer has the knack of blending in to its surroundings, and keeping still, even in broad daylight. This is one of the first lessons that the fawn learns. We also see the way the mother protects the young, and how the animals alert the Deer to danger. This is also true in real life as magpies, crows, ravens, and even four legged creatures will create noise telling the Deer that a hunter or danger is near.

The very large ears assist Deer in “hearing” both the sounds in the immediate environment, and the sounds far away that are carried by the winds or breezes. The ears act like radar antennae and provide the Deer with an uncanny ability to discern what is going on in the world around them. Antlers on the bucks are believed to be receptors for information from the heavens. Many early peoples believed that the Deer was sacred to the Gods, and because it appears at dawn and dusk, was actually a messenger from the Gods. Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, held the Deer sacred and nightly killed a deer with a bow and arrow so that it might be reborn again in the morning. This then is a symbol of death and rebirth, and of transformation.

Deer graze in the early morning and evening. However, a doe with two young fawns may graze during the day time as well. The deer will be sure to be in an open place where it can see clearly all around it. The Deer readily defends its young as Roger and I witnessed this spring in Fish Creek Park. A coyote decided to hunt a fawn to feed its young. As it stalked towards the site where the fawn lay, the Doe was alerted. We watched as she bounded towards the coyote. We thought the coyote might attack her! Never get between a Mama and her Baby! That coyote had one good swipe from Mama’s hooves and he was running. We watched Deer chase the coyote for a good twenty minutes. We think it passed on fast food after that.

Those with Deer as totem or power animal are very fortunate because the gifts Deer brings are clairvoyance (seeing) and clairaudience (hearing). Deer also brings great gentleness, kindness, courage, skill at blending into the surroundings, and a strong sense of family loyalty. Deer travel in herds that may include several generations. Some of the tribes of The People in Canada and the United States believe that Deer is a guide to the Sun (Deer appears at dawn and dusk) and as such, that Deer is a part of the cycle of life. When Deer appears to you, watch to see what message it brings, and how to be gentle to yourself.

We all honor Deer at Christmas as the wonderful animals that pull Santa Claus through the sky. We know that it is Deer’s place to do this since they are favored by the Gods and have been given the ability to fly between the worlds.

-©Judith Hirst- Joyeux. Judy is a sage, seer, shaman-healer. See more on www.angelsandancestors.com

42 comments:

  1. I believe that the deer is my Spirit Guide. I've had several really meaningful experiences with deer :)

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  2. As I was driving a doe came racing in full gait towards my drivers side of the car. In response I grabbed the steering wheel with both hands and continued to now see her at my drivers door. I slammed on the brakes and waited for the impact as I could see her coming into my back drivers side door. Then she disappeared. I searched the back seat, the side and rear view mirrors and the ditch behind my right shoulder. She was no where. What was that message?

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  3. Hi Anonymous,
    Thanks for sharing your experience! There are several interpretations of this message. My interpretation is that Deer is one of your totem animals, and since you have not made any effort to merge with Deer, then Deer came to you to merge, and become part of you. Since the Deer is female, then part of the message is about allowing more of your feminine nature to emerge, and using the feminine to balance the male energy.
    Blessings,
    Judy

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  4. Normally i see deer all the time not this time was special >i feed our birds in our back yard and last evening i got done feeding them and went inside 1/2 later i look out of the patio door sure enough there was a deer eating the bird food sticking her tongue inside the feeder i said WOW so close thanks God she did not see me what a appetite she has my girlfriend took a video from behind our blinds ..What a wonderful sight to see
    it was the most wonderful thing i ever saw my girlfriend was shaking with excitement i like to what is the message please Thanks

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  5. Hi Vince and thanks for your question. Deer, in this situation, may have several messages. Perhaps one, but not all, will resonate with you.

    1. Deer is very hungry - She is mirroring you/girlfriend, as being hungry for love and commitment, and settling for eating more, or eating unhealthy choices. She reminds you to make sure that you find balance. She, like most deer, like to be with a herd. She reminds you to accept graciously, the overtures of friendship and social invitations.

    2. Deer is also about being gentle to one's self. Deer reminds us not to deny ourselves anything, and, not to over indulge in anything. Balance is not found in denying yourself food, nor is it found in bingeing on food/alcohol/drugs.

    3. Deer tells us that when sustenance is needed, the Universe supplies it - and we are to remember not to set boundaries around how we receive the abundance. Simply, we are to let it happen.

    Blessings,
    Judy

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  6. I believe the deer is my spirit guide. I've always felt a connection to deer, as well as personifying, if I do say so myself, the traits of a deer totem. Despite being drawn to them and feeling deeply it is my spirit guide, I have never seen a deer in real life. I have had many encounters of just missing them, being unfortuanite enough to look the other way as others see a deer. I don't understand. What does this mean? Is a deer not my spirit guide or is the lack of presence a message?

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  7. I was taking a walk today, it took around an hour. And in that time I managed to encounter at least(!)10 deers.

    The last one I encountered took a step closer to me and started to browl(?) several times. I got really excited but backed off. When I came closer to it the next time I stomped a bit in the ground, and saw the deer, and another too jump away.

    I thought this was very wierd, I mean 10+ deers on a walk?

    I hope I didnt disturb the angry one too much.. I didnt mean to interfere, I was simply saying "I'm here, and I leave when I want to".

    Alexander from Sweden.

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  8. Over the last few months I have been having powerful encounters with deer. The first one happened this summer when I witnessed a doe get hit by an oncoming truck. I stopped the car and saw that she was still alive but badly injured. Normally I am quite distraught at seeing an animal in any kind of pain, but this time I had a strong urge to go and put my hands on the dying deer. Immediately fearful thoughts arose, what if it injures me, has a disease...etc. but I said to myself that is fear talking, now what does my heart say? My heart says put your hands on the dear. So I walked over, knelt down beside her and put one hand on her upper back over the heart and the other on her lower back and just dropped into my heart and was present with her. It was very peaceful and powerful at the same time. Just as her spirit left her body she kind of "untwisted and turned her face to face mine" then she collapsed and I believe that is when she died. It was very profound for me.

    The next major event was about a month ago on the same road, my husband was driving and my children and I were in the vehicle when a doe crossed the road infront of us. I pointed her out to my son and as we all looked at her to the right we hit her fawn and killed it. I was completely shocked and a bit numb. I tried to offer a prayer or something but was in shock. Weeks later I realised that killing the fawn had deeply affected me and I am always tense driving on our road every day. I can still feel and hear the impact.

    The other time that really stood out was driving home again, a short time after we hit the fawn, I saw a buck standing on the side of the road just staring at me and it felt significant. I have seen him twice now in the same vacinity around the same time.

    Since my first amazing encounter with the doe, I see deer all the time and I have all my life but suddenly I feel like there is some meaning to it. I am overwhelmed by love when I see them or think of them and when I meditate I imagine them around me, sometimes eating out of my hand.

    I will also add that I am at a major crossroads in my life. I know there are major changes I need to make but have been too fearful to make them and to trust myself. Could you please share any insights?

    In gratitude,
    Chelsea

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  9. I was recently told that my spirit animal was the deer, and that she was my protector. I was taken back by this as I lost my husband 7 years ago to a motorcyle collition with a deer. This really confused me. Why would an animal that is to be my protector be my husbands demise?

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  10. I have felt for a long time that Deer have been one of my spirit animals. I have had many amazing experiences with them. Tonight I was driving with my family and happened to have an albino doe cross in the road in front of us. I was curious if you have any thought about the significance of the albino part of my sighting.

    Many Thanks

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  11. My experience is that when an animal crosses your path deliberately, that you are blessed by this animal, and that she brings you a message or two. When the animal is white, it is truly a Spirit Animal because most animals are not naturally white, and you are doubly blessed. Your doe may be giving you the sign that you have been waiting for around an asking that you did of Great Spirit (God, etc.). The animal is confirming your question or action. When I was completing a quest, each time I completed a task, a white deer would show up. Blessings, Judy

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  12. A buck charged right at me from 30 yards away as I was standing by a pond admiring 6 white domesticated ducks on the bank. The startled ducks jumped in the water and as the buck got within 4 feet of me he decided to jump into the pond to avoid me rather than poke me with his antlers and he swam to the adjacent bank and ran quickly away. Any ideas what this means ? Love, Greg

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  13. Greg - this seems to be a warning about something going to harm you, from a spirit animal. Perhaps the buck is saying to be more aware of your surroundings and the people around you, - that the people may not always be trust worthy.
    Blessings, Judy

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  14. I know that the deer is one of my spirit animals. I have been seeing them at a close distance for about a year. Last winter I came face to face with a doe and we stared into eachothers eyes for about 20 minutes. I recieved many messages that night from an angel that came into my space, the deer, gentle and unconditional love I felt. My backyard is filled with oak trees and many doe and their fawns play and have a place to relax. Tonight I was sitting in the hot tub and came face to face with a beautiful buck. We stared at eachother for about 1 minute. I was Amazed to be so close to such an incredible creature. I didn't want him to feel like I was a threat so I stood up out of the hot tub and he pounced back into the trees. It is an Awesome experience to be five feet away from a magnificant spirit! I am grateful!

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  15. I was walking down my block on Monday, 6/20. I was in the middle of the block when I realized there was a deer at the end of the block -- a busy intersection. And then it ran in my direction stopping about 15 or 20 feet away from me. It just looked at me. I wasn't afraid, was just in awe at this magnificent creature. And then it started running again and went right by me (within about 5 or 6 feet from me) and down to the other end of the block. Next, the deer came running again, passing me as I watched it kicking up divots in people's lawns. It was so graceful, so powerful. It had the beginnings of antlers on top of it's head - it was so beautiful. I was worried for it being in such a populated neighborhood - this is Chicago. It went down the busy street and turned to go up an alley. I called an emergency number because I was concerned for the deer - I was worried it would run out into traffic, or that someone would hurt it on purpose. It's the closest I've ever been to a deer. Oddly, there had been a news story within the week before about a doe and her fawns near an even busier intersection in another Chicago neighborhood, about 3 to 4 miles southeast of where I live. I believe there is a reason for our encounter, I just don't know what it is yet.

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  16. What a great story! Thanks for sharing your experience. You are right there is a reason, and it will pop up for you when the moment is right.
    Love and light, Judy

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  17. Last night, I was on may way home from Ocean City, Md. I was almost finished riding across the Bay Bridge when I saw a deer run across the left side of the road and get hit by a motorcycle and fall to the ground. I screamed, and was deeply saddened. But soon realized that the motorcycle hadn't stopped moving or had even fallen off, and the deer had faded from the ground. The deer was moving fast, and was a light gray in color. It had no features and honestly looked like a shadow of a deer. The area was very bright, and I'm 100% sure of what I saw. Btw, my bf was driving my car, as I was too tired to drive. My bf and other drivers saw nothing and had no reaction to the event, no horns no swerving to avoid. What did I see???? -Miranda

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  18. Mia - see the post Spirit Animal - Deer Shows Up Unexpectedly from June 24, 2011 for some information on your question. Blessings, Judy

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  19. I had 2 dreams of deer.

    1) I was driving along this road in a truck and suddenly my radio wnt off with a reporter saying that there's oncoming road blockage. As I drive further I get out of the car and notice hundreds of deer dead along the road...the path extended into the horizon but I walked over and stepped over bunches of dismembered deer...without the antlers. And I woke up

    2) I was in my car with a very close friend and deer with antlers were trying to catch me or crash into my car...in the herd of deer there was one tiger. We dodged and dodged until they all crashed into the car...weird thing was..neither one of us were hurt. As a matter of fact it was as if we watched it happen...what could these mean?

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    1. 1. do you think you are dreaming about parts of yourself (are you female? don't only male deer have antlers?)
      2. We can always see ourselves getting hurt in the dream. it's a survival technique, dissociation. maybe it was telling you there are men out there with hearts of a tiger (in deer's clothing) who are trying to hurt you?

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  20. About a month ago I was listening to my ipod, and my spirit told me through my body that it would control the playlist. The song I feel like dying by Lil Wayne came on, and 30 seconds later I hit a deer! If I was a second early I would have totaled my tiny Toyota Echo. I hit the deers legs and my car swerved a bit, I wasn't scared it was just out of no where.

    Then today as I was driving home at 11PM a deer crossed my path about 30 feet in front of me. I could see 2 sets of glowing deer eyes. I flashed my brights and another deer went back on the other side of the road, scared to cross.

    What does this mean?

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  21. what are your thoughts on seeing a tame deer and a menacing wolf in the same vision. It looked like the deer was afraid of the wolf and the wolf commanded the deer (telepathically?) not to touch me although it was too late. i felt it's nose and snot, whiskers, etc...

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  22. these last few years I see deer all the time, dawn, dusk, middle of the day. I can turn my head while driving and see them, they are in my neighborhood now and we see them all the time. One jumped our fence and got into our garden, the other night I saw two fawn walking and I went outside. I was speaking in a high pitched voice to get my dog in the house and the fawn both came back to watch me. Yesterday I saw a doe with three fawn in our neighbor's yard, and one came to 'dance' in front of us... it was so cute. I always ask the angels and St Francis to watch over them and protect them (afraid of cars for all involved). I wrote I see them when I drive, and there are times I will turn my head and see them on the side of the road, and I cannot help but cry. This is new to me, 1-2 years old only... what does it mean? I cant help but think it means something... can you help? Thanks, Lisa

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  23. My son is going through a very hard time. We were driving back from his grandparents at night time when we saw the biggest must beautiful buck. We were so amazed as it stood there looking at us (I saw it as I was driving and was able to slow down) We looked at it as it looked at us too. After we passed it I really felt a powerful spiritual peaceful feeling as it was saying to me...Its all going to be okay, trust in me. Its amazing!!!

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  24. Tonight going home I was on a slip road leading onto a motorway, when a doe came out of the trees stopped in front of my car. I had breakes and would of hit her if she had not shown herself in time. I told her to move swiftly as it was safe to cross she hopped over the crash barrier looked back crossed the ongoing trafficking lane over another barrier onto the oncoming lane stopped looked at me then went into the trees again on the other side. No cars were on the motorway and it was so quiet and calm.

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  25. Today there was a new fawn barely able to stand in my driveway. It appeared as I was finishing a long run. I went to touch it and it just slumped down, not really strong enough to stand or walk. I pet the dear and picked it up but left it there so the mother would return. Earlier in the week I was on a run a nod a ber emerged longish me on the dirt road. We stopped and looked at each other. I talked to it and then continued on my run. All in the same week.

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  26. A few weeks ago while on a walk (a daily thing I have done for several years), I was crossing the bridge on the road close to home and below me were two deer--I've seen plenty of deer in my life, and around the property and area, but NEVER in that spot--it is open, close to but under the road, marshy. This was also in the early afternoon on a sunny day (normally, we see them at dawn and dusk). One trotted away into the forest. The other looked at me for quite awhile before sauntering away. I somehow know this was a message, but am at odds as to how to interpret it. None of the classic interpretations seems to have the right "fit", the right "feel". As a family, we are currently in a state of limbo, wanting to leave this depressed area for financial reasons, yet unable to find positions elsewhere that will allow us to do so (we are both in specific professions). My son, who is also in a state of limbo (dissertation phase of a doctoral program) saw the same two deer a week later. They haven't been seen since, by us or anyone else we know, at least in this area. I am totally without a clue. Any thoughts would be appreciated...Thanks!

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  27. My grandmother passed away almost a decade ago. She and I were extremely close. Last night I dreamt of her, which I rarely do. Today I went to visit her. On my way there, I saw a dead deer on the side of the road. It made me sad. She is buried at a beautiful veterans cemetery that has acres and acres of land and a pond where a family of geese stay. I spoke to her about pain I had in my heart from some life experiences. I asked her to help me get through tough times. I also told her that my only wish is to be healed from the pain and to experience unconditional love. As I was walking back to my car, I looked to the left and saw a young buck looking directly at me. He was breathtaking. I stood still for a moment, both amazed and scared. His white tail waged and I felt at ease. I have no idea how long he was there before I saw him. He watched me as I walked to my car, then he graciously leaped away. It was a beautiful experience. I cried for about 5 minutes and thanked my grandmothers spirt for sending the deer to me. I no longer felt any pain or anger within my heart.

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  28. While driving home from a friends house at about 1 am, a deer crossed the road about a hundred feet in front of me, I slowed down as I watched it reach the other side of the road, then it turned around and looked at me, I stopped and it then it ran back across in front of me. I waited until it was out of my sight before continuing on the road. Any insight?

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  29. Dear (Deer) Anonymous of June 29th,
    The immediate vision that I had was that you have been putting off gentleness with yourself. Deer is looking at you with sadness, because you are so hard on yourself. Blessings, Judy

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  30. My mom passed away 3 ago. The next morning after her death I got in my car to leave and as I drove down our long driveway I saw the biggest, most beuitiful deer with the biggest antlers I ever saw. It was standing right by my mailbox. It watched me drive all the way down until I was right in front of it at the end of my driveway. I sat there for a minute just saring in disbelief. It didn't move an inch! It stood there just staring back at me. Finally, I turned out of my driveway and went on my way. I looked back & it still stood by my mailbox watching me drive away. I couldn't believe it! I still think about this all the time. What could it mean?

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  31. Dear Mindy,
    Thanks for sharing this. Deer was offering you support, courage, and comfort. It was offering itself to work with you, if you chose to do so.
    Blessings,
    Judy

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  32. Every week I see two large light colored deer with antlers standing in the parking lot of a church directly across the street from my home staring at me. The first time I saw them I was in awe because they looked so strong so majestic. However each week since the first time I saw them it's as if they appear out of no where, the same stance, all of us in the same position as the first time we saw each other, the difference is I've started feeling uncomfortable/afraid. I think the way they just appear as if they're waiting for me is disconcerting, and they always stare at me. Tonight I saw just one standing further back watching me. Again I had the same feeling of discomfort. When they're together it's overwhelming because they don't change like a picture in a book they're always the same. What is going on? I really don't understand what they want. I've never had this happen before, please help.

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  33. I was driving along at dusk, thinking about making a big lifestyle change and move from suburbs to open land where my only forms of transportation are my two feet and my horse, a nice slow quiet life connected to the energy of the land. Also in my mind was a fawn colored dog i've been thinking of rescuing from a kill shelter. Just imagining roaming the country side on my horse with pup by my side when out of nowhere a deer is galloping next to my driverside window at 35 mph. before i could react, she just brushed my side mirror, which flipped her into the side of my car. I slowed and looked back to see her getting up and hopping away jn the direction she came from. Im afraid the poor sweetheart most definitely was injured in a big way. Im sending my love and energy to try to soothe her pain and help her heal or pass with peace
    what does this mean? I'm in a period of such uncertainty and feeling lost - the world always sends signs to show me that i am still on the path. Is this a sign telling me not to pursue that life or is it fire to pursue it with determination?
    what about the sweet fawn colored puppy?
    I know you are busy, but I would so greatly appreciate even a word of guidance, thank you

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  34. I've had 2 encounters with deer (all bucks). As I was driving down my street early one morning and reached a corner intersection where to my left stood 3 bucks with magnificent racks. As I passed by all 3 turned to look at me. I felt a very strong presence from them and was very moved a such a sight. Whenever I see deer it's usually a doe and only one a time. Then a few weeks later another buck, also with a magnificent rack, appeared in my back yard. He stood and observed his surroundings for about 10 or 15 minutes and then proceeded to lay down in a spot where he blended in with plants grass and leaves. He laid there for a good 20 minutes or so. What a powerful and profound moment. I recently lost my job of 15 years and my dog I raised from a puppy passed away. Can you tell me what my encounters mean?

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  35. The day after I lost my job of 15 years a majestic buck appeared in my back yard in the middle of a rainy day. He stood still looking around for about 10 minutes or so and then laid down in what we like to call our meditation corner. Then after maybe 20-25 minutes he stood up, looked around some more and then proceeded to lay back down. Also he would often look directly at my window making eye contact each time The total time he was here was at least an hour. A few weeks earlier I was leaving to run an errand and about a block later there were 3 buck deer standing together in my neighbors front yard. At least one of them made direct eye contact the whole time I was passing by. In between these events I also had to put down my dog of over 11 years. Hardest thing I ever had to do. This all made such an impact on me, especially the lone buck in my back yard. Can you, or someone, tell me the meaning or symbolism of all this? I know there's a message being sent to me here.

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  36. Dear Judy

    My husband and myself were driving past a road when we saw 2 deers and 1 more followed shortly (in total 3 deers) by the roadside. It was an awesome sight as we hardly get to see such in my country. Can we know the meaning? Or is there any message for us?

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  37. I have been pretty emotional the last week or so, yesterday we were going out foe the evening and when we were getting on the interstate I saw a deer who had just been hit by a car. It was hobbling across the exit with a broken front leg. The rest of the night all I could think of was the deer. Tonight on my way home from work I was on the road behind my house. I was listening to the song played at my grandma's funeral and began thinking about my relatives who have passed and teared up, I suddenly see something moving in the road. Its a deer just hit, with a broken leg and can't get up. I sat there with my hazards on, called 911 to get it moved. Its thrashing and trying to get up and im telling it I wont let it get hit again. It kept looking at me, with its head flat on the ground almost calmly. Ive been crying pretty much since I got home. Could this be a new totem?

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  38. I always have deer grazing in my yard along with some mischievous behavior when they decide to eat my roses. Not sure what to think though. Last year, I had a deer dying in the middle of my drive early one morning. I called the police to get help of which we found that the poor animal was wounded with a bow and arrow. She eventually passed but not sure why she chose the hard driveway to lay down? Early this morning, I was greeted with three doe's at my front door. Grazing, taking their time and not appearing scared about anything. I just watch them until they decided to leave. Are they giving a message? -Christina

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    1. It may be that the Doe are telling you that they realize your gentleness, and that they want to honor you for the care you took of one of them (deer on the driveway).
      Blessings, Judy

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  39. In the past week I have seen 2 baby deer. I was driving both times the first time it ran beside me as I drove. The second time was 3 days later and it walked across the street behind me as I was turning. I was alone both times. Does this have any meaning or is it just a coincidence.

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  40. Today my daughter and I went on our normal hike and on 2 occasions we saw momma and a baby. The last ones let us get super close and didn't seem bothered or startled at all. I have also encountered a raccoon on my deck during the day several days in a row. Curious as to the meaning behind their presence.

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