The maiden goddess Epona is usually portrayed as riding a white mare side-saddle, sometimes
with a foal, or standing surrounded by horses. Her
symbol is the Cornucopia ("horn of plenty") which suggests that she
may have been honoured as a fertility goddess, although she is most
commonly known as a goddess of horses and travel. She fed her beloved
horses from her cornucopia filled with corn and apples, symbolic of
mother-love and abundance.
From the iron age, the
Celtic goddess' faith spread across the whole of ancient Europe,
eventually being embraced by the Romans and to a certain extent, Christianity.
Epona had a shrine in almost every stable of the Roman empire - in fact, she was the only Celtic
goddess to be honoured by the Romans with a temple in their
capital city. Her annual festival in
Roman times was around the 18th December (in Mantua/Italy), when her
images in shrines and stables were draped in rose garlands.
HER MODERN ENERGY
Epona and her white mare accompanies the soul on its final
journey to the other world, and in life she is associated with the white mare that
This week, allow yourself the time to dream, give yourself
the opportunity to let your ideas
ride in your mind, think of where you have been afraid to go and let the horses of Epona guide your spirit
there in safety. If you need a tool to facilitate a meditative
state, use a string of rose petal beads to help discover new places within yourself.
To make rose petal beads: cook rose petals in a little water in an iron
pot until nearly black and pasty. Add a little orris powder and
rose-scented oil, and shape the beads to 2 times the size you want them to
be when dry. Pierce them with a needle and string them, turning them
regularly until they're dry. On a full moon, invoke Epona to bless the
beads. Use the beads to energise your prayers by holding them as you
creatively visualise your journeys with Epona.