Animal of Litha — Horse


The horse is an animal symbol of Litha, the Summer Soltice.   As one of the symbols in the Chinese zodiac, the horse in Chinese culture is equated with Litha celebrates the Sun God and the Mother Goddess in their union. Horses and their connection to Gods and Goddesses can be found across cultures and religious beliefs.  There is Apollo with his chariot driven by stallions that brings the sun to the sky every morning. The winged Pegasus is linked to Poseidon, Zeus, Apollo, Athena and the demigod Perseus. To the Celts, the horse belonged to the Sun God. In the Celtic tradition Horse is also associated with the power of the land itself.  Odin, the Norse All Father, rode an eight-legged stallion, Sleipnir.  Images of Odin riding Sleipnir have been found on stone carvings in Scandinavian countries dating back over 1500 years.  As a Native American symbol the horse is considered a messenger of the Gods, or the tribal Wise Ones.  In Hinduism both Varuna the lord of the sky and Vishnu who is similar to the All Father role of Odin are both linked to horses:  Varuna rode his steed Brihadaranyaka through the cosmos, while in his last incarnation Vishnu was horse.   In Buddhism Buddha is said to have left this physical reality riding a horse.   In Buddhism a winged horse is often depicted carrying the Book of Law. 

Across the globe and across cultures, horses are described at the messenger and companion to deities.  Horses are described in many legends as having mediumship abilities — the ability to understand and convey messages between the spiritual world and the material.   With their powers of divination, horses are considered in magical and shamanic terms to be clairvoyant and act as a spiritual messenger.  Horses are also considered to be psychic and able to recognize human magic users.  Shamanic lore attributes horses with the ability to transport a shaman to heaven, mirroring the horses powers given to it in both Norse mythology, Hinduism and Buddhism.   Celtic tribes used a mare as an oracle.  Arabic tales exalted the horse’s sixth sense.

Horse shamanic and magical meanings include loyalty, devotion, fidelity, friendship and companionship,   Other horse meanings include communication with the spiritual realm, power, stamina, endurance and a guide and companion in astral traveling.

The Horse Goddess Epona is one of the most well known of all the Goddesses within the Celtic Pantheon, and she was granted such titles as “The Great Mare,” the “Divine Mare,” and the “Mare Goddess.”  Epona was worshipped throughout the entire Celtic world in a variety of different aspects. In Ireland she was known as Macha, the Goddess of War, while in Wales she became Rhiannon, the Goddess of the Underworld.   She has also been identified with the Celtic Goddess Edain, or Etain, whose full name, when translated, is Etain Echraidhe, which means “Etain, the horse rider,” or “Etain, the rider of horses.”  Epona was also known as the Gaulish Moon Goddess and the Goddess of Abundance, since she was believed to represent fertility, freedom and creativity. 

Epona was believed to have the ability to shape-shift between the form of a woman and that of a white mare. It was when she appeared in the form of a white mare that Epona was believed to have magickal abilities, which allowed her to carry shamans upon her back so that they could travel to, and then return back, from the spirit world.  Epona had many characteristics that suggested that she might, indeed, have been a different form of a Great Mother Goddess herself.

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