Epona is the Horse Goddess of the Gauls (Celtic French) and said to be the offspring of a man and a mare. She is a shapeshifter, able to take the form of each of her parents.
In Ireland she was known as Macha, the Goddess of War, while in Wales she became Rhiannon, the Goddess of the Underworld. It was in the aspect of Rhiannon that Epona appears in the Welsh collection of tales known as The Mabinogion.
The worship of Epona ultimately spread into the Roman Empire between the first and third centuries AD – She was “the sole Celtic divinity ultimately worshipped in Rome itself”. (Phyllis Fray Bober) The Romans adopted her as the Goddess and Protectress of horses.
Epona was frequently depicted holding a cornucopia (symbol of fertility) or round disc / plate which reflected her solar nature (as do horses). She was a bestower of sovereignty in ancient Celtic rituals. Epona was a much-respected and loved Goddess.
Messages from Epona
The horse carries the messages of our ancestors and the cycles of life and death. Through dreams and astral travel, Epona brings messages and support for your journey in this life. She lends her strength for transformations that need to occur and through that strength, she also reminds us that change is inevitable but we must be willing to embrace the change – shapeshifting to adapt and overcome obstacles that seem insurmountable. Remember, she offers the strength of horse.
Epona signifies mobility and fluidity and with her guidance and strength, you will be able to face challenges head-on.
She also brings the messages of protection, companionship, and partnership. Epona says to hold yourself sacred and to believe in your worthiness. Shine like the sun, move with the strength of the horse, and bestow your love carefully and with great consideration.
To Connect with Epona:
Add a gold disc or plate to your meditation or altar space to represent the light that Epona beings. A dream journal would be a great help in deciphering further messages from her. Keep the notebook by your bed and record your dreams and meditations. She likes white and yellow candles, as well as images of horses.
Resources for Epona
Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines by Patricia Monaghan
The Goddess Guide by Brandi Auset
Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood by Merlin Stone
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