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Invoking the healing power of the Deer

This weekend, I am up on a mountain in the New York Adirondacks where I have been leading gatherings of active dreamers, spring and fall, for the past fifteen years. This is a place where the Deer energy is strong, and dragons are sometimes seen.

In our very first gathering, as described in my book Dreamgates, the Deer spirit became available for healing for a woman who had been told she had an incurable disease. There is a legend on this mountain of a great stag who has the power to turn of the killer in men. It is said that, three seasons in a row, hard-bitten hunters came face to face with him, eager to take his antlers for a trophy, and found that something in his huge steady eyes made them lay down their guns. A modern-day version of the story of the Roman general Placidus, a passionate hunter who had a similar encounter and – finding the Christ energy in the stag – became St. Eustace.
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Deer antlers symbolize spiritual power, because they reach above the physical head into a higher dimension. The antlers also embody the power of healing and regeneration, because they die and grow back.
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In one of the early gatherings on the mountain, after we had seen and felt the presence of the Deer in healing, I wrote a poem of invocation that I want to share here:
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To the Deer of the Mountain

Deepheart, mountain guardian
who harries the hunter
and knows what belongs to us
and what does not,
give us your speed,
your ability to read the land,
to see what is behind us and around us.
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May we grow with the seasons
into your branching wisdom
putting up antlers as taproots into the sky
to draw down the power of heaven,
reaching into the wounded places
to heal and make whole,
walking as living candelabra,
crowned with light,
crowning each other with light.
  • http://www.henwithpen.com Kit Cooley

    Lovely invocation, Robert, grazie. I grew up in Ohio, and my dad’s paternal line goes back into the Finger Lakes region of New York. The Deer People are very special in our family, and to me.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jan Johnson

    Dear Robert,
    I did not recall the legend of the great stag at Gore Mountain until just now, as I read your blog of November 5th. In my Friday night journey I was met by the stag, who was tamping down a nest of pine needles lined by trees and filled with light. When he bowed his regal head I placed my forehead to his; and my third eye, heart, and eventually my entire chakra system became activated.

    On Sunday morning I woke and cried -with complete detachment. For three years I had been needing this deep authentic release but had been unable to access it. I am deeply grateful, Robert, for our safe mountaintop nest and your strong, steadfast, heartfelt navigating guidance and support. The blessings extend far beyond our rich and transformative 3 day gatherings. I am extremely grateful.

    Brightest of blessings, Jan

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