The dream deer is associated with the concepts of gentleness, sweetness, fear, timidity, or being defenseless. It is often thought to symbolize someone who is “dear” to the dreamer as well. Some words and symbols associated with deer include love, compassion, innocence, sacrifice, and healing.
Any animal in a dream represents some aspect of your personality or a message from your unconscious mind. In some Asian cultures, dream deer symbolize messages from your soul, while native cultures in North and South America consider the deer to be very significant in a spiritual sense. They believe that souls pass into deer when people die. As such, a dream of a dying deer is a negative message that meant hard times were ahead.
Modern cultures tend to perceive deer as gentle creatures that are often used in children’s stories. A dream deer may therefore represent all of the most gentle and helpful aspects of your personality. The dream deer symbolizes grace and natural beauty as well. It is associated with feminine qualities and independence.
However, if you dream of a black deer, it means that you are ignoring or rejecting your feminine qualities, and if you dream that you kill a deer, it suggests that you are attempting to suppress these aspects of yourself.
The deer is a major religious symbol in Buddhism, and Buddha is often depicted with a deer. The stag is an allegory of Christ in the Christian religion, and legends describe the stag as having the ability to renew itself. For alchemists, Mercurius is represented by the stag because of its renewal characteristics as well.
In the area of archetypes, a deer is very closely linked to ancient European goddesses, so when you dream of a deer, it indicates that you are on your way to discovering your true path in life.