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"Spiritual Conductors - In Western culture, the word "reindeer" is usually associated with Santa's faithful sleigh guides. However, in many cultures, deer are conductors of a very different sort. Rather than emissaries bearing gifts, for some cultures deer are soul ambassadors. Deer, for many shamanistic peoples, are guides to the Otherworld, guides leading the soul to new worlds once it departs from this reality.

Deer as spiritual guides may seem odd, but this is perhaps due to our concept of death as a negative aspect of life. Our Western culture usually depicts the "angel" of death as a Grim Reaper rather than a caring conduit. However, for those people and cultures that view death as a natural part of life, the herald of such an event is far more likely to be a kindly, gentle soul rather than a fearsome specter. Who would you like to show up to usher you on--a cloaked skeleton figure with a scythe or an elegant, mature Bambi?!" (Aisling Ireland)

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tomorrow is eager

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