The Legend of the Unicorn - Unicorn Symbolism

May 12, 2019 1 Comment

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The unicorn is a legendary creature that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a single large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead.

The unicorn was depicted in ancient seals of the Indus Valley Civilization and was mentioned by the ancient Greeks in accounts of natural history by various writers, including Ctesias, Strabo, Pliny the Younger, and Aelian. The Bible also describes an animal, the re'em, which some versions translate as unicorn.

In European folklore, the unicorn is often depicted as a white horse-like or goat-like animal with a longhorn and cloven hooves (sometimes a goat's beard). In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. In the encyclopedias, its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness. In medieval and Renaissance times, the tusk of the narwhal was sometimes sold as unicorn horn.

The legend of the unicorn remains alive and well today.

What makes the unicorn loved so much? What is the archetype that lies behind the Unicorn story?

  The power of the archetypes to initiate transformation comes to us through the symbols of the Collective Unconscious, which are accessed by our lunar consciousness.  Of all the many images that have re-appeared within collective consciousness in the past few decades, there is one that represents the process of transformation itself, a symbol of this lunar consciousness.

Our longing for renewal is reflected in the figure of the Unicorn.

  The Unicorn is another image of the earthy masculine spirit that finds Allerleirauh in the forest of her imagination – the masculine spirit of possibilities that are only attracted to a woman who is virginal, a woman who is whole and complete in herself.

The fact that the unicorn is once again appearing in modern dreams and fantasies, as well as in various art forms and popular artifacts, points to its role as a mediating symbol of the energy and power generated by the movement and development of the archetypes. 

The unicorn, combining aspects of spirit and nature, calls on us to use our imaginations to bring about transformation in the world.

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Unicorn Quotes we love: 

“Someone told me to grow up yesterday. I immediately banned that person from ever riding my unicorn!”

“A friend told me I’m delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.”

“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn….then always be a unicorn!”

“Keep calm and ride a unicorn.”

“Everything is better with a unicorn.”

“Being a person is getting too complicated. Time to be a unicorn.”

“It’s going to be a rainbow and unicorns kind of day.”

“Unicorns are awesome. I am awesome, therefore I am a unicorn.”


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April 11, 2019

The unicorn images and colors appearing in modern and fantastic Thanks for sharing..

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