Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer: The Spirit of Mother Christmas

The imagery and the research are beautiful and need to be shared by all. Here’s to Mother Christmas, Mother new year and Mother Deer.

Gather Victoria


In the ancient northern religions it was the female horned reindeer who drew the sleigh of the mother or sun goddess at winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.

Today he chariots Rudolph and his steed of flying reindeer across our mythical skies and we have forgotten that it was the” Deer Mother” (stronger and larger than the buck) who lead the herds.

And it is her beloved image that adorns the Christmas cards and Yule decorations we are so familiar with today. Because, unlike the male who sheds his antlers in winter, it is the Deer Mother, who flies through winter’s longest darkest night with life-giving light of the sun in her horns.

stag2 Image is from Art of Sekhmet

Across the North, since the Neolithic, from the British Isles, Scandinavia, Russia, Siberia, the…

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2 thoughts on “Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer: The Spirit of Mother Christmas

  1. Thanks for the reminder that it was the female reindeer which led, the tittle reminds me too much of the sounds of music, I need to find time and re watch it


  2. We forget the role women play and have played in our world. There once were societies headed and ruled by women. Where oh where are those societies these days? And I have watched that movie several times…love it.


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