Deer Totem & Symbolism – The Spirit of Grace

Animal Totem is a special Animal Spirit that has chosen you to guide, and protect, for your whole life. It also represents your best, and worst qualities, who you are at your core. You can find who your Animal Totem is through meditation with the intent to know, and meet, your Animal Totem. You can also consult a psychic on this matter.

However, if you have meditated on it, but still have doubts, and you don’t want to consult a psychic, this article will shine light upon the qualities of the Deer Animal Totem. If you feel it resonates with you, and you share a lot of qualities with the Deer, there is a high possibility that Deer is your Animal Totem.

If Deer is your Animal Totem, it reveals your inner world, and your stamina. It guides, and protects you, but at the same time it reminds you the importance of being gentle, and graceful. Deer Totem is the symbol of gentleness, and intuitiveness, a power through which you can touch, and change people’s lives, and hearts. Teaching others these qualities may be related to fulfilling your soul karma.

Other character traits of the Deer Totem are:

  • Graceful
  • Gentle
  • In touch with inner child
  • Innocent
  • Vigilant
  • Regeneration
  • Intuitive

In general, if you were born under the Zodiac Sign of Gemini, Deer would be your spirit animal. Deer is associated with the air element.

How to know if Deer is your Animal Totem?

Your Animal Totem represents qualities, abilities, characteristics, that you currently have, or that you are in the process of developing. Therefore, you can realize that Deer is your Animal Totem because:

  1. You resonate with almost all qualities of the Deer like being brave, and handling challenges well, being a good friend, guiding, and healing others.
  2. You see Deer all the time, like photos, documentaries, videos, but not on your choice.
  3. You just love Deer very much, they inspire you, and you can’t explain why.

If you are still confused, you can confirm if Deer is your Animal Totem through:

  • Meditation.

You will have to start your meditation with the intention that you will meet your Animal Totem. It may happen that during your meditation, you see the animal, or you smell something, or you hear something. If none of this happens, do not get discouraged, sometimes it takes a couple of tries.

  • Your dreams, as well as by pure synchronicities.

For example, you may start seeing more Deer pictures. You may also feel curiosity peak up for Deer out of the blue. You should follow your intuition.

  • If you feel you have not received any answer, or you can’t figure out your Animal Totem, you can always ask a psychic.
  • Online quizzes that tell you which is your Animal Totem. Online quizzes will depict your character, and personality traits, therefore they are accurate at some degree.

Deer Animal Totem Symbolism

Various traditions, and religions, believe that each Animal Totem has the qualities of the animal it represents. This means that it feeds the same way (although in an energetic way), it moves the same way, it fights the same, and it behaves the same, as a Deer would do in the physical world. Therefore, the best way to know what qualities your Animal Totem has, or why it is present beside you, it is to look at how the animal behaves in this physical plane.

However, these traditions also believe that your Animal Totem can foretell your destiny, or share insight into your life mission.

Spirit Animal

As a Spirit Animal, Deer represents awareness, and gentleness. Your eyes are wide open, and you tend to be on alert for most things. You notice details that other’s wouldn’t, only because you are very in tune with your intuition, and you accept yourself for who you are.

Native American Traditions

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Eastern Traditions

The Eastern Traditions see Deer as the symbol of vitality, and longevity. They associate Deer to God Shiva in Hindu, therefore symbolizing the sovereignty of Deer over nature, and all other beings.

Deer’s antlers have been used in love potions, to attract new lovers, or make someone fall in love with you. Some others used them to make musical instruments.

Celtic Mythology

The Celtic Traditions used to relate Deer to fairies, and other magical creatures. They thought of Deer as a divine creature, and later told the tale of how Deer pull the Santa Claus’ sleigh. The Deer also indicate abundance, renewal, fertility, and feminine energy. Its symbols are found on pottery, drawings, jewelry, and other objects, that would often be buried with the deceased. 

Christian Religion

Christian Religions use Deer to symbolize the married life, by representing often the image of a male deer, and female deer as embodiments of the bride, and groom. They see Deer as the symbol of innocence, faith, and modesty.

What your Animal Totem indicates about:

Your personality

Deer Animal Totem indicates that you are someone who is gentle, approachable, loving, caring, and generous. You are the one who most people turn to, when they have something to solve, or they need a shoulder to cry on. You are very intuitive, and you know just the right thing to say, or do, at the right time.

You are good at keeping friendships, and building meaningful connections. You make others feel safe, and protected when they are with you. Also, you nourish every relationship that you are in, or every one that is around you. This may come in different forms like caring about others well-being, offering a helping hand, making them smile, going through difficult times with them, etc.

What others love most about you is your graceful way of behaving, and talking. That is not something that you learnt anywhere; it is a natural gift. Some may hate you, only because they want to be like you. others may love you unconditionally, and try to cherish you with thoughtful gifts.

Your life at the current moment 

An Animal Totem is the Spirit Animal that accompanies you since the day you were born, until the end. Therefore, if Deer is your Animal Totem, it doesn’t indicate much about life at your current moment, unless it starts showing up in your dreams.

The Spirit Animal that guides you through certain events in your life, is usually an Animal Guide that chooses to walk with you for a limited period of time, until you learn your lesson, or you overcome the problem. It may also choose you, to help you amplify certain qualities that you need for the next phase in your life.

If Deer is the Spiritual Animal that chooses to accompany you, it is reminding you to choose love. If you have something to say, behave in a graceful way. You don’t need to hurt others, to express yourself. If others have hurt you, and you are in revenge mode, or you are defensive, and shut down, you are only hurting yourself. It is also encouraging you to stand your ground, as well as connect more with your own self. Most of the problems you see in your life, are there because of your own beliefs, and behavior. You are only hurting yourself, by holding back, or focusing on the negative.

What does dreaming about your Animal Totem mean?

If you have a dream where a Deer is present,it is a sign of unconditional love. It is trying to get you to open your heart, and accept the love that surrounds you. It may also signal that you don’t need to worry if others love you, because they do. You have to also love yourself more. Find the balance within yourself, before you try to find it outside of you.

Deer can also deliver messages from a loved one that has passed on, so try to remember as much as you can about your dream.   

It can also be a sign of encouragement to be honest, and speak your truth. There is nothing to be afraid of, because the ones that truly love you, will still do so.   

How do you handle your life based on your Animal Totem?


If you have the Deer Animal Totem, it indicates that you seek unconditional love in your relationships. You want to experience the purest form of love, the kind that is called agape. You believe that you may find your soulmate, and that’s what you are going after in every connection that you create. You only invest on building a relationship with people that you truly like, and you are interested in. Once you are in a relationship, you make the most of it. You are not afraid to open up your heart to love, to give, and receive, and you take your chances on heartbreak. You believe that what is meant to be, will be, and love is the most beautiful feeling in the world. Love is what makes the world go around, and if you are going to get heartbroken, then so be it. You are not afraid to break your own heart, because you experience love at such a deep level, that you can only see the beauty of it.

The perfect partner for you would be someone who can meet you at the same emotional level. This partner loves you for who you are, and cherishes you in every way they can. You don’t want someone that is perfect, you want the one that is perfect for you. The liberty to be who you are, is a very important aspect in your relationship. The perfect partner for you, is the one who accepts all of you, and they accept their whole self as well. They are honest with you, respectful, and loving towards you. All else can be dealt with, if your partner chooses to invest on the relationship.


Deer Totem indicates that you are someone who knows how to adjust, and adapt, in every work environment. If there is an argument at work, or coworkers are not getting along well, you try to calm things down, and quietly build a healthy work environment. It is not all on your hands, because everyone makes their own choices, but you try your best to make all feel good. If someone is not respecting you, you know how to put them in their place.

You may have a difficult time growing your own business, because you tend to be very forgiving, and people are not. People would do anything to protect their own business, and their own money. You may find it hard to navigate these waters at first, but you are not shy. Once you get a grip at it, you may be one of the best businessmen out there.

Regarding finances, Deer Totem represents a good financial situation. You are going to steadily grow your finances, up to a level where you feel comfortable. You may not be seeking a wealthy status, but you may gradually become rich. You are careful about the way you spend money, and you may tend to save a lot, and make sacrifices in order to save more money, especially during the first years of financial independency, or until you reach a certain amount.

Relationship with yourself

Deer Animal Totem reveals your inner struggles, as well as your true self, which you may hide from others. Sometimes you may find it hard to contain yourself, and remain graceful in situations that dare you to play dirty. Sometimes you seek revenge, because you get tired of forgiving, and understanding people that keep hurting you.

When these times come, you rather act quickly. You may regret it later, and you know you will, but you can’t help yourself. This is one of the struggles you deal with, and nobody knows of. Others either judge you for your calmness, and think you don’t have a backbone, or they will judge you for your revenge, and play the victim all along.

The trick is for you to understand that others will always do what interests them, and if they hurt you, is not personal. Everyone is dealing with their own trauma, insecurities, and voices in their heads. Also, it is not your karma if you get back at someone who hurt you, or ruined your reputation. Sometimes, it takes someone else to show them their place, and other times it happens to be you. If it bothers you, forgive yourself, and move on. You know too well, that you did everything you could to empathize with them, but if they didn’t change, it’s not your fault.

How to honour or connect with your Animal Totem?

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If you want to connect with your Deer Animal Totem, you can take a page from the book of the Native American Traditions. You don’t have to wear the skin of the Deer on you, but you can keep nice Deer sculptures at your work desk. You can have a beautiful artwork of the Deer printed at your blouse, or a paint of the Deer on your wall. You can also buy jewelry that has a Deer signature in it, like the head, or footprints.

You can use these objects to focus on during your meditation, in order to connect with Deer Animal Totem. During your meditation, you may want to call upon your Deer Animal Totem, and ask to be blessed with the qualities that you need at the moment.

Try to feel the specific quality amplifying in you. Act as being a Deer is your second nature. This is also how you honor your Spirit Guide, Deer Totem.

If you feel that you can’t visualize the Deer well, which is important for your meditation process to work, you can think about the qualities you want to embody, and try to feel those qualities growing in you. You have to embrace the Deer energy in all aspects of it: physically, energetically, spiritually, and emotionally. It may also help to watch a movie with Deer.


You may find that during the course of your life, other Spirit Animals will choose to walk with you for a while, to guide you in different areas of your life. It is possible, that while you have Deer Animal Totem, you can also be guided by other Spirit Animals. However, you will notice that your core values, the same qualities you share with the Deer, won’t change.

You will still be generous, patient, gentle, and the symbol of grace. Different Spirit Animals help you see other paths, that only those can help, and guide through. They also help you develop other qualities, because the purpose is for you to grow.

For example, if you will be accompanied by Bear Totem, which is there to help you develop your inner power, your intelligence, and help you overcome obstacles by pure inner strength. Deer Totem will always be there, even if you won’t always have other Spirit Animals.

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