white stag or hart, as it is also called, comes with the warnings of curses and prophecies of bad luck to anyone who crosses the creature. To the Celts, if one came across a white stag meant that it was a harbinger of some kind of doom, some taboo had been transgressed or a mortal law had been broken and some terrible evil or judgement was imminent.Many legends surrounding the
To the Hungarians, the white stag led their ancestors to their homeland. In many French legends, if anyone killed a white stag was cursed with the pain of unrequited love.
The stag was also thought to represent the cycle of death and rebirth because the stag grew and then shed their antlers in the spring. It was also thought as one of the oldest animals of the world. A white stag appeared to King Arthur and his men while they were in the forest. They took this as meaning that it was time to embark on a quest, the quest of the Holy Grail.
Merlin was also said to led a herd of deer and riding on a stag in the Caledonian Forest.
In the Irish Fionn cycle, Donn, the god of the dead and protector of crops and cattle, disguised himself as a stag, which the hero chased. Then later in the tale, the hero marries a fairy woman who often takes the form of a stag. They together had a son named Ossian, who himself was half human and half deer.
In the 12th century Scottish legend of King David I, who was out hunting when a white stag charged him. He took the stag by the antlers when they turned into a large cross. He was then inspired to build a shrine to the Holy Rod meaning the Holy Cross, at the site of the Queen's Holy rood Palace.