Over the course of time, many animals have developed a great deal of magical symbolism. The horse in particular has been found in folklore and legend in a variety of cultures. From the horse gods of the Celtic lands to the pale horse found in prophecy, the horse features prominently in many myths and legends.
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A Celtic Goddess
Epona was a goddess of horses honored by the Celtic tribe known as the Gauls. She was celebrated in an annual festival in Decemeber, where worshipers paid tribute to horses, erecting shrines and altars in their stables. She is represented by symbols of fertility and abundance.
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The Magical Horse of Odin
In Norse Mythology, Odin, the father of all gods, rides on an eight-legged horse. This powerful and magical creature has been found on stone carvings, with people believing that his eight legs represent the shamanic journey.
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During the Beltane season, there are many Horse celebrations. Beltane is a time of fertility, and the horse is a symbol of this festival.