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“Well, now that we have seen each other”, said the Unicorn, “If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you” – Lewis Carroll’s – Through the Looking Glass.
I have loved unicorns ever since I was a little girl and this page is dedicated to those of you who also resonate with this ‘mythological’ creature I have had so many magical experiences lately regarding this beautiful and majestic creature that each event has made me more determined to find out more about the origins of the unicorn. It definitely seems to be one of the great unsolved mysteries of the world.
Unicorns in History/Legend
The legend of the unicorn has existed in Chinese Mythology for thousands of years! The Chinese people felt that the Unicorn showed itself to human beings who were on important missions and this appearance was seen as an auspicious omen. Over the years and in different cultures, the unicorn has taken on several guises such as a horse, goat, deer, an ox, or a combination of all or some of these – but what seems to be consistent is the horn in the middle of its forehead over what we psychic’s call ‘The Third Eye’. No wonder then, that the beautiful unicorn is synonymous with all things spiritual. The unicorn is mentioned in the bible. “Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee?” – Job. “My horn shall be exalted like the horn of the unicorn” – The book of Numbers.
The Unicorn has also been a part of the official seal of Scotland since the reign of King Robert 111 in the late 1300’s where the unicorn was incorporated into the royal seal as definition of purity and strength. However, after the death of Elizabeth 1st, when James V1 became King James 1 of both England and Scotland, he had a new royal coat of arms drawn up that included the English Lion and the Scottish Unicorn. According to legend, the blood of the unicorn has various healing properties.
Unicorns in mediation/visions
I am never surprised when a unicorn appears in my mediations as they are always beautiful, peaceful and insightful. Sometimes they have wings like the Pegasus, but they still always show themselves with the horn. I call this creature a ‘Unipeg’ and I tell my little grand-daughter many bed-time stories about the Unipeg and his friends. Just like me, she loves everything about Unicorns and has a favourite unicorn toy that she takes to bed with her.
Earlier this year, my husband and I decided to go on a trip to Glastonbury. I had always wanted to visit this spiritual town and I was really excited. The day before we went, I was sitting on our garden swing when I felt a shift of energy and the most amazing sense of peace waved over me. I asked my spirit guide what this was, and I was shown a vision of a unicorn. I didn’t understand this at the time but knew that I had been given this totem for a reason, and all I had to do was to trust and believe. True to form, John and I had some amazing experiences in Glastonbury, but for me, the unicorns seemed to be prominent throughout. I literally saw them everywhere. On the day we set out on our journey, I saw a wagon drive past with the name Alison on the side and I felt at that point that I was being told I was starting out on an adventure!. When we arrived at Glastonbury we stayed at the George & Pilgrim Hotel which was built in the 1400’s. On the wall in the dining room of the hotel there was a medieval painting of a maiden and a unicorn. Once we had settled in, we went for a walk around the town of Glastonbury and in one of the shops I saw a lovely unicorn ornament. We were travelling to Cornwall the next day as I wanted to see St. Michael’s Mount, but John promised he would buy me the unicorn on our return to Glastonbury so we could climb to the top of the Tor, and visit the Chalice Well Gardens. As we started out on our trip to Penzance, we were in a queue of traffic and I had been reading. My husband said “Ali, look up in front of you” and I saw a lorry with the words ‘Horseshoe Distributions’ on the side. We stopped at a service station and I bought a copy of the Soul & Spirit magazine. Inside the magazine was a small booklet called ‘Soul Secrets’ and the majority of it consisted of information about unicorns!. I read with interest, an article by the author Diana Cooper called ‘The wonder of unicorns’, and so much of it resonated with me as she explained having a similar experience to the one I’d had in the garden, feeling a different shift of energy – a stillness. I felt at this point that I would be researching more about unicorns in general and sharing their peaceful energy with others. As I asked for confirmation of this, I looked up into the sky to see a cloud formation in the shape of a large Angel. Once I had seen the vision, the cloud changed shape again but it had stayed long enough for me to know in my heart, that I had received my message from above. We had a couple of lovely days in Cornwall before driving back to Glastonbury again. As we reached St. Isaac we drove past a house with stone unicorns on the gatepost. Further on into our journey, I was reading more about Diana Cooper’s experiences with unicorns. Our car jerked forward and I looked up to see what had happened. I saw a caravan, with the name (make) - ‘Unicorn’! Back again in Glastonbury we stayed at the Daisy Angel Retreat Centre and I went back to the shop we had visited earlier and John bought me the unicorn he had promised me which has now got pride of place on the mantelpiece in my living room.
Unicorn – Totem Animal
The unicorn symbolises faith, healing and mystery. As a creature of mystery and myth, the unicorn can assist in opening up your imagination as you experience the beauty and wonder of universal energy. The unicorn’s horn symbolises the third eye, and you can deepen your visualisation through meditating. Remember to have faith in all that you do; having ultimate belief in your own capabilities, making your dreams come true as the unicorn has the ability to restore broken spirits. As a totem, the unicorn can be powerful and yet at the same time, very gentle.
Unicorns in ‘Fantasia’
When my granddaughter Olivia stays at our house, we love to watch the film Fantasia together by Walt Disney, which was made in the 1940’s (before both our times!) and has now been digitally restored so we can enjoy Fantasia in the way that Walt Disney had envisaged. As the man himself said “Fantasia represents our most exciting adventure”. The film is all about an imaginative escape from the material world in which we live and I feel that such a small piece of escapism never harmed anyone. Fantasia is a vision of animated adventures set to pieces of beautiful classical music played by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Our favourite segment is that of ‘The Pastoral Symphony (6th)’ by Beethoven. Walt Disney was a nature lover and the scene opens showing the slopes of Mount Olympus. The land is rich in colour and takes us into the magical world of Unicorns, Pegasus, Centaurs, Cupids and Fauns. Towards the end of the music, we see a festival being held by the mythological creatures to honour the God of Wine Bacchus. Everyone is having a great time, and Bacchus is depicted as being rather inebriated! The festivities are eventually interrupted by Zeus who stages a dark thunderstorm, hurling bolts of lightning at Bacchus which has been created by Vulcan. The bolts of lightning strike the large wine vat which floods the whole area with torrents of red wine, causing chaos. All the creatures dive for cover until the thunderstorm ceases. After a time, tranquillity returns to the countryside as Iris draws a beautiful rainbow across the sky. When the sun begins to shine, it is symbolised by Apollo riding a fiery chariot drawn by three horses in the sky, and the baby Pegasus cupids and unicorns play amongst the healing colours of the rainbow. As day falls into night, Morpheus is shown covering the land with his cloak of darkness. The best is yet to come as Diana, the goddess of the moon appears in the sky to shoot a fiery arrow-comet which has been formed by the crescent of the new moon. The stars scatter, falling into their rightful place in the sky and once again peace and serenity are restored in the Elysian Fields.
Paintings of Unicorns
Researching the history of the Unicorn on the internet, I came across a picture of a unicorn within a mosaic on a 1213 church floor in Ravenna. There are many more pictures and paintings of unicorns throughout history such as ‘Chastity with the Unicorn by Francesco Di Giorgio Martini, ‘Maiden with a unicorn’ (1480) by Da Vinci, and my favourite ‘Portrait of a young woman with a Unicorn’ by Raphael Sanzio. It is suggested that the unicorn may represent Christ or Purity.
Meeting my own healing Unicorn
I have taken text from part of a book I am writing about my own spiritual encounters. This particular extract is taken from a diary account of my experiences on a recent 3 day Angelic Reiki course. Every time I think about what happened, I feel humbled and blessed to have been a part of that experience. ‘Partnered up this morning in the healing session with Mark, I started my healing on him. As before, I called upon the Ascended Masters, but we had also been asked to bring in the healing energies of the Galactic Healers. These are cosmic beings of 100% light and they can show themselves to you in any form. I commenced the healing on Mark by calling forth my healing angel (who I now know is Leila). I called upon the Ascended Masters and I could see Quan Yin to my right. I could also smell the beautiful scent of roses again, so I knew that Lady Nada was also present. I saw a lot of yellow around Mark’s head which is for ‘new knowledge’. I then called in the Galactic Healers of 100% pure light. I didn’t see anything at all, but felt a shift of energy and a warm sense of peace around me. As I turned to my left, to my utmost surprise, I could see a white Unicorn with a golden horn. I questioned this, thinking it must be my imagination and looked away, but when I looked back again the Unicorn was still there and his eyes were the deepest blue and were full of pure love. I felt really emotional as I realised that this was one of the Galactic Healers who had shown himself to me in the form of the trusted Unicorn. Those eyes were all-seeing, and they looked at me as if to say ‘Yes I am here, and no, it is not your imagination, and he nodded/bowed in confirmation. When it was time for all the energies to disconnect from the healing, I could see that the Unicorn had wings and I ‘saw’ him flying home through the galaxy’. Unicorn workshop for children - December 2012 Details will be published soon.