The legendary unicorn is probably one of the world’s most famous fantastic beasts. This white horse-like animal sporting a long, spiral horn on its forehead was said to live for a thousand years. Long held a symbol of purity and chastity; a protector of the just endowed with exceptional magical powers. Little wonder then that the unicorn myth developed its own associations with the fabled King Arthur and mystical Brittany.The Unicorn and King Arthur — Bonjour From Brittany
Monday, 7 September 2020
While we are talking about unicorns, I actually believe that unicorns (horses with a single giant „horn“) do exist…Except their horns are depicted in the wrong place…Probably because of the morals 🙂
The predecessor of all medieval bestiaries, Physiologus (Φυσιολόγος), which was compiled in Alexandria sometime between 2nd-4th c. AD, popularised an elaborate allegory about a unicorn trapped by a maiden (representing the Virgin Mary)
„As soon as the unicorn sees the virgin, it lays its head on her lap and falls asleep“ it claims…
What does this mean?
Well I believe that this is another myth which has its root in the „natural zodiac“, set of symbols based on fixed annual lifecycle events…
In this case the unicorn symbol is derived from the natural reproductive cycle of horses.
The natural breeding season of horses typically begins around mid-April and finishes around mid September…It is characterised by violent stallion fights…
The beginning of the horse mating season coincided with the beginning of the sailing season in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is probably why the Greek sea god Poseidon to whom then sailors prayed for calm seas, was also „god of horses“ who was „worshiped as a stallion“. You can read more about this in my post „Trojan horse„..
read more: http://oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.com/2020/09/unicorn.html