Deer Dream Interpretation (Spirit Animal)


Deer – Dreaming of deer represents the presence of true nobility in your life either in the form of noble actions or noble intentions. You should be aware of these actions and reciprocate them wherever possible because they will invariably benefit you. The deer specifically indicates that the nobility in your life is very difficult to see. Someone may be benefiting you without your knowledge.

deer dreamThis is a time to be grateful for the people that are working hard in the background for your sake. This is a time to give small gifts and tokens of your affection to those around you.

Seeing a deer in your dream can indicate a number of things depending on the context of the dream. In most cases, deer represent being vulnerable to the people around you. This could be related to your relationships with loved ones or it could be related to your working environment.

If you are the one pursuing the deer in the dream than it can indicate your success in overcoming fears that have plagued your life. You may have been trying to make changes in your life that are finally coming to fruition.

If you dream that you are killing a deer it can indicate your desire for dominance and control over people around you. It can also indicate that someone may be out to hurt you in your waking life. The context of the dream in relation to your waking life is important to determine the meaning.

If you see a stag in your dream it can suggest male sexuality, courage, virility and life healing energies. To see a stag in a dream can also represent a masculine figure that you admire and want to become more like in your waking life.

If you dream about a deer or reindeer herd then it can indicate your need to find your own place in this world. Maybe you have been tired of doing the same thing over and over and are in need of positive life changes.

Other Meanings

Dreaming of deer can be a reminder to be true to yourself. Are you neglecting things that bring you joy? Are you being pulled in all directions by family and friends? Do you always say yes to keep peace from love, but really want to spend time on the things that matter to your future? Are you being naïve about something? Or, are you showing loyalty to friends and family through their tough times?  Consider balancing time out for yourself with spending time helping others to stay on track with what matters to you.

Deer could also bring reminders of being more prepared. Maybe others take your innocence and use it to turn you into a victim. Be alert to challenges that may be on their way.

When Deer crosses your path

Deer is graceful, swift moving animal and this can be her message to you when she crosses your path. She teaches lessons about the ultimate sacrifice in being hunted for her meat. What do you need to sacrifice or no longer need in your life?

Questions to Ask Yourself

What was your interactions with the deer in your dream?

Did you have an influence over the deer or were you simply watching it from a distance?

How do you think the deer can relate to an aspect of your waking life?

Note* If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something that is related to this topic please leave comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.


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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for and has a B.A. in psychology and a minor in sociology. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. In Stephen's free time he loves sweating out his stress in Hot Yoga and enjoys cooking recipes he finds on Youtube.


  1. Kimberly Reichert on

    My 3 year old son woke up screaming this morning because he thought there was a deer under his pillow. After I showed him that there was nothing there he had to look out all the windows nothing. The maybe 45 minutes later on the way to the baby sitter was a lone deer standing in the road pretty as can be

  2. Hello
    What does it mean if the deer comes up to you and almost forcefully hugs you so tight with its legs around your neck that you are literally “floored”.. both physically and with emotion too..?

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