{roe} deer           
                                
                                
                                    
                                          
                                          
 [picture  of  a  deer head, in a garland 
        woven of various grasses.         
 the deer has a  crown of  rowan, and  is 
         looking at the viewer.]          
                                          
                                     
                               
                                     
                                          
 in the  north, the deer is often used as 
 a symbol  for  the  forest's  agency, or 
    its self-knowledge. watching eyes.    
                                          
 warmer  regions  instead ascribe  it the 
 knife (teeth,  rumors  of  violence), or 
    obsession (unblinking eyes, always    
      awake, scrapie-like behavior).      
                                          
                                     
                               
                                     
                                          
 the deer is a cross between a horse  and 
 a  dog.  it  bears  a  resemblance  to a 
 young   salix    tree,   and    has    a 
     sweet-smelling nose, like honey.     
                                          
 the  horns of a deer is called  antlers. 
 they have  a complex fractal shape,  and 
 are  believed  to  enable  the  deer  to 
 "fold" through passages which  should be 
 too narrow  for them. antlers  from dead 
 deer   seem   to   lose   this    power. 
                                          
 a deer's  heart has  two chambers, where 
 it stores all the secrets it  might  see 
 during  the course  of  it's  life. with 
 age  the  secrets  will  harden  into  a 
    caramellized structure, which will    
 eventually block the flow of blood,  and 
              kill the deer.              
                                          
                                     
                               
                                     
                                          
 [picture of a deer  head.  from the  far 
 side,  looking   the   other   way.  its 
          antlers are bloodied.]