The following is a response to a woman who wanted to know the symbolic meaning of a white deer as she had recently seen one on a nature walk.
Dear Deer Seer:
All creatures are noble, and have profound messages to share with us. However, those animals that are white can be some of our most powerful teachers.
The Native Americans believed the occurance of a white animal was a huge sign of prophecy – a sign from the great spirit that a major shift in their world was to come.
Usually, white animals were seen during soul-quests, or vision-quests. However, if one was seen during the normal course of day, this would cause a tremendous ripple among the tribe. A great meeting would be called, the elders would be consulted, and great care would be taken to communicate with the animal spirits to determine the meaning of the message.
Not much has changed over time, as you yourself recognize the special power of the white deer that comes to you – and wish to know more about it.
When white occurs in the animal realm it is a message of:
- higher thoughts
- higher ideals
- purity of soul
- cleansing of spirit
- attaining higher knowledge
Compound these attributes with the those that the Female deer represents:
The Male deer holds the same representations, but also includes attributes of:
The deer was/is a symbol to the Native Americans representative of the great spirit – a sign of the sun as its antlers spread like the sun’s rays. The Native Americans also recognized the shedding and regrowth of the antlers and deemed this a symbol of regeneration, cycle, and growth.
Above all, we can recognize the sensitivity of the deer - alert, keen, and always aware – we can translate these qualities to of being spiritually aware – and this is why the deer is seen primarily as a spiritual symbol.
The fact that you were able to see this very powerful sign – the white deer – is a message that you are on a path of growth and expansion that will lead you in a direction beyond your wildest dreams. The message of the white deer is one of “get ready.”
Our animal friends are just as willing to communicate with us as we are with them. All it takes is a open heart – and a willingness to be still enough to listen.
Post script: Photo is from Velo Steve at Flickr.com