Animal Spirit Totem: Deer
On New Year’s Eve, I took Victory out for her final walk and potty that night. During this walk, a magical event happened — from out of no where, a family of deer walked in front of us. The family of deer were roughly eight feet from us; and they all stopped and looked at us very calmly for about a minute or so. It was interesting that the deer stood still for what seemed like a long time at the time just back gazing at us very calmly. The only illumination present was the lights from the houses. Victory was calm and she also gazed back at the deer. I have never in my life been so close to a deer, let alone a family of deer. I need to take note more often that there is so much beauty in nature.
As a result of this unusual experience, I decided to make the deer my animal spirit totem for the year. (Plus Victory’s face resembles a deer to some extent.) I have never had a spirit animal totem before, but I have heard and read about other people having an animal spirit totem each year or for years at a time. After doing some cursory research, I discovered the following about the deer spirit animal:
When you have the deer as spirit animal, you are highly sensitive and have a strong intuition. By affinity with this animal, you have the power to deal with challenges with grace. You master the art of being both determined and gentle in your approach. The deer totem wisdom imparts those with a special connection with this animal with the ability to be vigilant, move quickly, and trust their instincts to get out the trickiest situations. (Source).
Additionally, below is a summary of the symbolic meanings for the deer: love; grace; peace; beauty; fertility; humility; swiftness; regrowth; creativity; spirituality; abundance; benevolence; and watchfulness.
My hope is that this spirit animal totem, the deer, will be helpful to me in 2015!