Celtic deer art - plus a look at the myths, meaning and folklore around the female deer - the hind or doe...
Doe a Deer, a Female Deer
Whilst the male deer, the stag or hart, is often a symbol of strength, power and kingship, the female deer, the doe or hind, is the symbol of femininity or the land.
The hind can be a symbol of the land or earth, particularly with reference to the symbolic marriage between heaven and earth.
In classical Greek-Roman mythology, the hind is sacred to the goddess of love and marriage – Hera or Juno.
Medieval Irish texts tell of Flidais, often seen as the goddess of cattle and deer, who possessed the ‘fairy power’ of milking ‘double cattle’ (cows and does).
Deer of the Fairies
You might also like the matching stag to this doe - see them both together here
And take a deeper dive into stag symbolism and folklore here...
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