British mythology is full of references to the deer. The most frequently used and sacred of deer were the white stages and does. The creature was believed to be an animal that could transform bringing messages and sending signs to the human from the gods and spirits. It was also believed to draw hunters further into the forest, providing visions and often wonders to behold, all of which held deep symbolism for the hunter, the community or even the country. The white stag is perhaps best remembered having been seen by the pure knight Galahad taken to symbolise the presence of Christ, whilst the white doe is connected with the feminine spirits, beauty and grace. The white doe was also seen to be animal that could enchant the male, and therefore viewed with some caution.
The ‘Abbots Bromley Horn Dance’, is a traditional Morris dance (See Mystical WWW Arts : Dance - Morris), performed by an all male dance troupe each year in September on the borders of Staffordshire and Derbyshire (UK). The men wear antlered heads, performing a processional dance, to encourage growth and fertility. The origins of the dance are not exactly known but it is thought that the origins lie in Pagan rituals, this being the time when the deer are mating or in rut.
‘Herne the Hunter’ was believed to be an antler-horned spirit in British mythology who roamed Windsor Great Park (See Mystical WWW Trees : The Legend of Herne the Hunter).