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

Wonderful blog…for Dear Deers everywhere xxx

Gather Victoria


In the ancient nature religions (in which the divine was often perceived as feminine) it was the female horned reindeer who reigned as the great goddess of the north and she was much associated with 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 the power of the Deer Mother, the female horned Reindeer. Stronger and larger than the buck, it is she who leads 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.

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I have had the most amazing time in the last 4 weeks. I was invited to deliver a presentation at the 2nd Asian Facilitators Conference in Port Dixon, Malaysia by my good friend and drum buddy John J Hagedorn. We had met at an Arthur Hull Drum Circle Training in Scotland in 2009 and sealed … Continue reading Paul’s Rhythm Journey……so much to say……