The Deer have so much to teach us: about grace, strength, agility, intuitive spirit, and supreme adaptability. Deer can live almost anywhere! Deer is tenderness woven with attuned power, deep listening, and quick instincts–qualities of which we might all do well to cultivate within ourselves, yes?
Deer is gentle and vulnerable, but Deer is also the old “mossy-backed” stag of the forest. The mossy-back stag is so attuned to the ways of nature and presence that he is practically invisible, easily eluding the blundering presence of humans, especially those bent on his destruction. His many-tined antlers display his ability to side-step death (be it from hunters or doubt or fear), to battle successfully for their place and mates, to say yes to life.
As a healer, harper, and just plain human being who has long been inspired and fascinated by the Deer (read here about some of my connection with the Deer) I have surrendered to learning and exploring the metaphor and lore of the Deer, to seeing what Deer has to teach me, and to practicing the Way of the Deer (however that may unfold!) in my healing artistry and in my life.