The supermoon brings the deer to the roses

White deer in roses
Hart in the roses

Watercolor on paper
© Margaret Sloan 2013

July’s supermoon kept me awake for the third time this year, and my wakeful night inspired this watercolor sketch for a painting of a hart in the roses. In North America, the full moon of July is known as the full buck moon, when deer have antlers (some say the antlers are still in velvet. Any readers out there know for sure?)

I’ve been a gardener for many years, and I don’t find deer as thrilling as an un-gardened person. But a hart  in the roses, edged silver by the supermoon is a magical image. The hart (especially the white hart) is a mystical being in many cultures. A white stag led Arthur and his knights on hopeful quests, brought Hungarians to their homeland, gave Frenchmen pain from unrequited love, and made  Native American brides beautiful on their wedding day. The white hart even became the Christ in some Christian countries. And it was the white stag the children hunted in the first Narnia Chronicle that led them back through the wardrobe into their own non-magical world.

I live in an urban area, where deer are few and far between. So if I saw one in the garden, I think I would have to follow it. Until that time, all I can do is follow it with my brush and paint. It will have to be enough.


For more about the hart in mythology, you might try these sites:

Terri Windling’s Wonderful Blog, Myth and Moor
Protect the White Deer
The Sacred Hart Moot
The White Deer

3 thoughts on “The supermoon brings the deer to the roses

  1. wow, beautiful. Very mystical. In the Friday night synagogue Shabbat Service a song is sung (Yedid Nefesh) in which the leaping deer represents the soul yearning for union with the Divine. Thanks for tying these universal archetypes together. I can imagine a beautiful Maggiebird Tarot deck! XO Renna

    1. Thanks Renna. I love the image of the deer symbolizing a yearning soul.
      I would love to create a tarot deck. Perhaps we could collaborate?

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