Today I was driving when a deer crossed my path. It was the middle of the day and I was not driving on a rural road but was rather getting ready to enter a highway. Yet the deer stumbled out of nowhere and jetted across the road in front of me in fear as it perceived the danger that was staring it down.
Luckily there was enough space between the deer and my car for the deer to get to the other side of the street without my car causing any damage. But while I averted disaster, I knew there was a message in the deer crossing itself.
When an animal crosses your path out of the blue there is a message for you. If you find a deer unexpectedly in front of you, here are some possible things it could mean.
The symbolism of the deer
Before you go reaching for that animal symbolism dictionary, think about what that animal means to you. Animal symbolism is personal. Your messages and synchronicities will be shared through language and symbols that you can understand.
Does the deer have a special message to you that it might not have to anyone else? For example, if you have a fear of deer, the sudden appearance of one may be foreshadowing that it’s time to confront something in your life that is causing you anxiety. If the deer has no special meanings for you, then it’s time to look at some of the general meanings.
Deer are typically gentle creatures. Have you ever heard of a deer hurting someone or attacking a person? Not likely. They are peaceful in nature and they have an appealing sense of innocence around them.
A deer crossing your path could be trying to remind you to be gentle and loving in the way you handle a situation. If something has been on your mind and you’ve been wondering how to handle it, the deer could be telling you to avoid confrontation and use patience, kindness and understanding instead.
Common dear meanings
If you’re wondering whether someone is out to hurt you, the deer could be sign of reassurance. Or it could be a warning. It depends on what comes to your mind when you think of a deer. For me, my first thought is that no-one would hurt a deer, so I’d feel reassured that no-one was out to hurt me if a deer crossed my path. But if you’re accustomed to the world of hunting, a deer may be signaling to you that you’re in someone’s crosshairs.
Deer are also known to be alert and quick. They are able to move fast and be flexible. Seeing a deer could be a message to you to be prepared to move fast and flexible in your life. It could be telling you to stay on the lookout for signs and opportunities that can take you in a new direction.
Which brings us to another possibility. Deer can also welcome in new adventures. Seeing a deer could be a sign that a new chapter is beginning, giving you the opportunity to let go of the past and embrace the future. The fact that a deer crossed my path on New Year’s Day resonates with that a bit as the new year is definitely a new beginning.
What if your car hits the deer?
Luckily I didn’t hit the deer, but what if I had? Would the symbolism be different? A shaman once told me that if an animal attacks you or dies in front of you, it is passing its energy onto you. I believe if you hit a deer, that deer has sacrificed its life or its energy to you. That would mean that you could call on the gentleness, innocence and flexibility of the deer when you need it.
Some words and phrases associated with the deer are as follows:
Being able to change directions quickly
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