Deer or Reindeer

Deer dream meaning

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To dream of a deer or a reindeer represents your nobility, spirituality and natural beauty.

First and foremost I want to thank you for coming to my website, we all have night-time dramas and to dream of a deer is rather amazing, I am Flo and I have been studying dreams since the early 1990s. I am here for you to help understand what the deer symbolized in your dream. Whether you remember the small details of your deer dream or not I hope that this meaning will give you some clarity. A deer is a noble symbol representing the spiritual aspect of life. It is, therefore, a positive omen in a dream. It is usually the bearer of good news, good luck, new beginnings, or new love.

What is the detailed dream interpretation of a deer?

Since the deer is an animal that likes to hide and come out from its hiding place only when necessary, a deer in your dream can symbolize any type of awakening, but most probably a spiritual awakening. The pure symbol of a deer is always welcome in the dream life since it can reflect heavily on your waking life. A deer symbolizes the awakening of your spiritual desires, but also that you must leave behind your shyness towards others and open your heart. Often, a deer portrays good news and good luck, but luck can be deceptive and can be shattered right away, so some thoughtfulness and attention is required.

In Hindu mythology, the goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning, takes the form of a red deer called Rohit. In Buddhism, the deer symbolizes the purity of Buddha’s first teachings to mankind. The deer is, therefore, a strong spiritual symbol. A deer in your dreams means good news and lots of good fortune, especially in your marriage and love life in general. If you dream you are going to hunt deer and miss the target, in reality, you should probably watch yourself to not make foolish statements. If you kill the deer, you should probably try not to procrastinate on anything important. You are most likely delaying something important in your waking life. Hunting deer, in general, symbolizes the existence of some intrigues around a person you love. A deer that has been hunted refers to your feeling of being a prisoner, even for real or mentally. You may find it difficult to cope with pressure and stress in this world. This dream also shows that your pride may be questioned in the future.

If in your dream you see a running deer, you will soon receive good news or you will encounter a big success in your waking life. If you have your own deer, you will have satisfaction and luck. If the deer appears with her fawn, you will gain some wealth. If the fawn is sucking milk, you will become rich. If you dream many deer, your life will be peaceful. If the deer are eating, you will receive important guests. Many deer playing together in your dream symbolizes a lucky marriage ahead, but it can also predict your victory over somebody more powerful than you, or maybe even over an institution.

What does a stag mean in your dream?

From ancient times, the stag was a strong symbol in dreams. It warns you not to make hasty decisions. A stag can symbolize that you will not be able to accomplish whatever you decided to do, mainly because of your ego and pride. If the stag is dying, this is, however, a good sign. If you are killing the stag, you will receive an inheritance from far away. However, if you are hunting stags, you will encounter some unpleasant events. If the tag is shot, your enemies will be humiliated. A running stag in your dream usually foretells lots of luck in your family life.

What does a dead deer mean in a dream?

A dead deer in a dream suggests that there will be difficult times in life. The dead deer denotes that you are confused and worried about the future. In many dreams, the symbol of a dead deer can indicate that there will be some difficult times ahead. There may be a turn for the worse in regards to developing your spiritual insight. A dead deer can also represent a delay in matters connected to the heart and it symbolizes that it will take some time to achieve what you wish to in life.

What does it mean to dream of a deer attacking you?

If a deer attacked you in your dream, it predicts a transformation or a possible enemy in life. Something you say or do will change a person’s opinion of you. The deer attacking you in a dream can also indicate that your emotional psyche is the challenge the famous psychiatrist Freud believed that the deer is a representation of your superego. A dear attacking you in the dream can also symbolize that you’re getting caught up in any adversities in life. It can suggest other people are being defensive or frustrated and to see a dead deer on the floor often occurs in dreams when you have lost your balance in life - the dead deer represents that you are trying to find or solve a problem. Yet, you shouldn’t worry. The right solution will present itself eventually!

What does it mean if you could see a deer/reindeer in a wood in the dream?

If you could see a deer/reindeer in your dream amongst trees, or the deer was stood in a wood it denotes you’re in love with who you are, and other people follow your instructions. You’re always true to yourself and others. Seeing a deer in your dream also signifies sacrifice. Are you sacrificing your happiness to make other people happy? What do you no longer need in your life? Or whom? Once you answer these questions things one see much simpler in life. If the deer is eating in a dream it can indicate that you need to feed your mind with positive affirmations.

What does it mean if you only saw the antlers of a deer/reindeer in your dream?

Did you know that during their life the antlers fall off then grow? Spiritually, this represents regeneration in life.

If you only saw the antlers of a deer or a reindeer in the dream, it foretells your wish to focus on moving your life forward. You want people to listen and respect you. However, you make come across someone you know who mistakes respect with obedience. The hidden message is to respect people’s opinions and they will respect yours - no matter if they are different to yours. To see a “deer's head” mounted on a wall in a dream indicates power. The deer brings with it many different types of powers. The antlers on a deer, if seen can indicate that you need to change your own perception of life. Often a deer occurs in our dreams when we need to understand our true self and our soul. The deer carries with it a beautiful abundant energy which can give you the light needed and help you fulfill your true potential in life. The deer can at times represent a true friend.

What does it mean if you shot or hunted a deer/reindeer in a dream?

If you shot or saw a dead deer/reindeer in your dream state, it reveals your wish to control your life more. You want everyone to see you as their leader. However, sometimes you worry about how you can lead in life. To dream of hunting deer in a wood indicates that you will soon encourage and motivate people to become better and your advice and help will improve their lives. Are you a born leader? Answering “no” means you should work on your strengths and try to become one.

What does it mean if you saw a stuffed deer/reindeer in the dream?

If you saw a stuffed deer/reindeer in your dream especially if on a wall of a house, can mean you’re wearing a mask and you’re not revealing your true identity to people. Are you afraid of getting hurt? Are you carefree and independent? To kill a deer in a dream and stuff the animal is a rather peculiar dream, it can suggest someone close to you is vulnerable and lonely. To overcome what you’re feeling, you should be honest with yourself first. My advice is to open up. Don’t be afraid of getting hurt. The people who deserve to be in your life will never hurt you.

What does it mean if you could see a deer/reindeer in captivity in your dream?

If you saw a deer/reindeer in the zoo in the dream, it signifies your imaginary mental limits. The fact the deer is not able to run freely in the wild denotes your feeling of being trapped. You’re limiting yourself because you’re afraid of failure. Every time you try to focus on yourself and achieve your goals, something’s telling you that you won’t make it. That’s your negative mindset. You should reinstall your mind and set up a positive approach to life. You can be everything you want. And don’t let anyone tell you the opposite, not even yourself. Make the first step and this will mean you are on the road to success and you won’t feel like you’re trapped in life anymore.

What is the biblical meaning of dreaming of a deer?

In Christianity the deer represents devotion from God. If we look at the famous legend of Saint Eustace where a Roman became good because he hunted a large and rather powerful dear. God spoke through the deer. The Roman was named Saint Placido and he stopped hunting the deer and became Christian. According to the Bible, a deer is a spiritual animal that shows up in your dreams to remind us of a possible vulnerability in our lives. The deer has been associated with the feeling of being invincible. We’re all humans that can be hurt. Are you ignoring the pain you’re feeling? Answering “yes” means you should face it instead and stop your feelings from bittering your soul.

What is the spiritual meaning of seeing a deer in a dream?

The deer is a representation of contentment, care, compassion, and focus. The deer is present in many different spiritual writings. For example in Buddhism represents can purity and also the focus on growing in life. If we turn to the Celtic meaning of a deer, the deer is associated with how we foster independence. The stag is obviously connected to the forest and is also the fact that we need to look after other people. If we turn to native Indians they believe that the deer carries a message of power and intuition. A deer is a spiritual animal that represents innocence and enlightenment. If you saw a deer in a dream, it denotes you’re naive and you will be enlightened soon. There’s also a negative interpretation of your dream. If you were eating the deer, it means you’re killing innocence in your life.

What does a dream mean of petting a deer?

If you were stroking or petting a deer in your dream it means you should be more gentle with yourself. The deer represents your natural beauty that you sometimes your self-doubts. Accept and love yourself the way you are. If the deal was in Captivity new dream of feeding the deer this can indicate that you are trying to feed your own mind in order to create better things in life.

What does a dream of a white deer mean?

White deer is extremely rare, the native Americans believed that seeing such a deer was connected to a great spirit communicating with you. White deers are connected to reaching a higher sense of security and also improving your knowledge of life. A white deer in dreams symbolizes purity, spiritual connection, and nobility. If the white deer was seen in the forest, his dream can then be connected to how grounded you feel life. The white color is extremely significant and it indicates that you have the ability to work with a fertile idea and more importantly that “spirit” is trying to communicate with you. There may be a realization that you have to adapt your surroundings live in more peace and harmony. Keep up the good work in life. Don’t let the world change your smile and kind nature. Change the world with your smile and kindness instead and listen to your spirit guides.

What does it mean to dream of a deer with antlers?

The deer's antlers change and fall off regularly which basically represents life-cycles. If you saw a deer with large beautiful antlers in your dream, it foreshadows a caring attitude but a short temper. It also denotes protection. You’re acting according to your emotions. In dreams to see yourself grow antlers indicates that someone’s protecting you at this time.

What does it mean to feed a deer in a dream?

If you were feeding a deer in your dream state, it reveals your wish to awaken your spirituality and feed your soul with peace. Feeding a deer predicts you’re going to take more care of yourself in the future. Make sure you have inner peace and comfort, this should be your top priorities in life. The message of feeding a deer in a dream indicates that in time you will be spiritually enlightened.

What does it mean to dream of Santa's reindeer?

If you saw Santa’s deer in a dream, it implies to your childhood spirit and behavior. You still believe in miracles and you want your childhood dreams to come true. Yet, you’re a grown-up now, and you have to learn how to make your wishes come true on your own. You can do it. Just try. Santa is also an omen of happiness and excitement in dreams. Seeing his reindeer means you will be pleasantly surprised by something or someone very soon.

What does it mean to dream of a deer chasing you?

If a deer was chasing you in the dream, it reveals your religious values. You believe that you will be forgiven for your mistakes but sometimes you doubt your fate. Running away from a deer in your dream means running from the mistakes you’ve made. Face them instead. If you were worried or perplexed that the deer was chasing you this can signify something is going to come to light shortly. To be attacked after being chased by a deer in a dream indicates you must learn from your mistakes and stop running away from who you really are. Running away from a deer can also in some dream texts be associated with your hidden resentments towards others. The deer is a symbol of the fact you need to stand up for what you believe if you dislike or are afraid of the deer it indicates that people love and value you the way you are!

What does a baby deer (fawn) in your dream mean?

If you saw a baby deer in the dream, it predicts new financial beginning and achieving your life goals. In other words, seeing a baby deer represent future success and wealth.To see a fawn in your dreams also portrays your vulnerability and innocence. You’re a kind person who’s liked by many. To see baby fawns playing in a dream signifies true, sincere friends you already have or will gain in the near future.

What does a red deer mean in a dream?

Seeing a red deer in your dream represents your independence and strong beliefs. Open your mind to know opinions and let people get close to you. Acting cold doesn’t make you more intimidating. To see a spotted deer in a dream denotes that great times are soon to enter your life.

What do dreams of the novel the deer and the cauldron mean?

Have you ever read this book? The reason I am including this in the dream interpretation is that I did read the book and later dreamed of it. If you dreamed of a deer and a cauldron novel it means you couldn't sacrifice who you are just to meet the requirements of society. If you continue doing this it may create problems in the future. This book appearing in dreams can also be just what Freud believed was a symbolic dream. The book was the "symbol" so the fact you did have a dream about this novel indicates according to Freudian dream theory because you have read the book!

Other deer dream meanings:

  • You saw a hunter targeting a deer in the dream: It reveals your unclear conscience. You could have prevented a negative time from occurring in the past. Yet, you’ve chosen to focus on yourself instead. Forgive yourself and learn from your mistakes.
  • You saw a stuffed deer in your dream state: It denotes your fear of losing yourself in this crazy, modern world. You’re a person with a passion for true values like love, family, friendship, trust, peace. However, you feel these values dying right in front of your eyes. Less and fewer people share your opinions and a stuffed deer can indicate that you may feel everyone’s gone nuts. Your dream is advising you to stop worrying about other people’s life values. Focus on maintaining yours.
  • A deer appeared on the road while you were driving in a dream: It denotes your carelessness in life. Slow down and think. The deer is appearing on the path to warn you not to bring reckless decisions in the future.


So that is it. I hope you liked this meaning and don’t forget to check out some of our other dream meanings. This dream can sometimes occur when you are procrastinating about something important. In summary, this dream means good news, a big success. Some type of wealth may come your way. You will receive important guests. You are going to be lucky in love. A reindeer in your dream is a symbol of freedom that you will gain soon. It can be a release from a commitment or duties. To see deer diving in your dream can foretell some bitterness and suffer ahead, but you will not undergo this situation alone.The deer in dreams represent a kind and graceful period in life. Deers as animals indicate that you will have an exciting spiritual awakening in life. If the deer enters your dreams it can suggest that you are going to have the intuition that you need in life.

Feelings that occurred during a dream of Deer/Reindeer:

Enlightenment. Comfort. Warmth. Love. Carefree. Freedom. Fear. Anticipation. Sadness. Amazed. Worry. Uncomfortable. Reserved. Quiet. Bored. Tired. Reclusive. Uninterested.


During this dream interpretation I have used the following references but please be sure to check out the other parts of my website. Since 1992 I have been researching what dreams mean and these wonderful books have helped me create this article and I do hope you like it! Much blessings and goodbye here is my book references: Reindeer by Katie Marco, Stag and moose by Sara Gilbert, Memories, dreams, reflections CG Jung, The interpretation of dreams by Sigmund Freud and Raising sleeping stones by Bennet.

By Flo Saul
Jun 14, 2012