A Guide to the Meaning and Mythology of the Celtic White Horse
This guide on the Celtic White Horse expands on the information found in the Celtic Animal Zodiac Signs article. It goes beyond personality characteristics and provides information on the Celtic White Horse's meaning and mythology.
Celtic White Horse Meaning
The Celts thought the white horse was a representation of deities, many of whom took the form of a white horse. This caused the Celts to place great meaning on the appearance of a white horse and to believe it had special powers.
The Celts believed the appearance of a white horse meant purity and spirituality. It symbolized light and goodness, power and wealth, and freedom.
However, the white horse was also an animal you did not want to cross because you did not want to incur the wrath of the deity who may have taken its shape.
White Horse in Celtic Astrology
Celtic White Horse Mythology
The white horse is a central figure in many Celtic myths.
Epona was a Celtic horse goddess, who may have originally been a fertility goddess. Her name comes from the Celtic word for horse. She was the only Celtic deity adopted by the Romans, and the only one with a temple in the Roman capital city.
In Welsh mythology, Rhiannon (a prominent figure in the Mabinogion) rides a white horse. She is often associated with Epona. Some believe Rhiannon may have been the original Mother Goddess of the Celts.
In Scottish mythology, the kelpie is a water spirit that takes the form of a pure white horse. The kelpie is a malicious creature that lures people onto its back, and then plunges into a lake and vanishes, drowning the person.
The white horse is the most common hill figure in England. These figures may have represented the horse goddess or may have been shrines representing sacred areas.
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