Yesterday, in my parents back yard, I was outside by myself for a few moments. In those moments, a deer walked from the front of the house next door through that backyard, and paused several times. It almost looked as if it was just strolling along, taking in the views. It paused when it heard voices coming from another home, looked that way, then continued moving towards the back of the yard. It was almost lazy in it’s wanderings. My mom came back outside and we watched it move between the bushes at the back and then up to the train tracks behind the houses. It actually went onto the tracks, and walked between the rails on the planks away from us. It was moving south through the yard and then east as it walked away, so graceful in it’s movements.
I remember walking those tracks when we first moved into that house, when I was 11. We found blackberry bushes along the way, and picked them to bring home. We just meandered. Back then, there were two sets of tracks, but now there is only one. Part of the deer message is gentleness and innocence, like young children. The mother deer takes great care of the young, just like our parents did. We always felt safe, cared for and very loved as children, never wanting for anything, even though we were not considered monetarily wealthy. I smile as I recall those times. Deer reminds us to live in grace, being gentle and finding our innocence once again.
Deer also is about new adventure, as myths talk about it’s gentle luring of hunters into the woods, where they then were exploring new places. And, train tracks used to be part of adventure, as we traveled that way before planes. So, deer can be telling us of a new venture, lifestyle or about a fresh new outlook being created. And,with a gentle, caring type of love, new opportunities can appear to us.
Also fascinating is the energies of the south and east in this symbology, which reinforces these messages. South is awakening the inner child, playfulness, purification, change, faith, trust and protection. East energies include creativity, new learnings, new expressions, birth, healing and communication. Many child-like qualities, and new outlooks. And, with my healing and spiritual work, all of this fits rather well into how my life is currently moving.
Let’s all live with a soft love, gracefully moving into the new! ~ Heather
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