Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Unicorn - As A Symbol


"Dreams are the playground of Unicorns."
- Unknown

Perhaps the most wondrous of all mystical creatures, the Unicorn
is a Symbol of magic, miracles, purity, innocence and enchantment.
This magical and enchanting animal appears to only a rare few and
has the ability to bestow magic, miracles and Wisdom to those who
are pure of heart and virtuous in their deeds.

The presence of a Unicorn is announced by the soft and faint
tinkling sound of tiny bells being shaken; or of tiny Chimes being
rustled by a breeze. And as bells and chimes Symbolize the
presence of Divinity, the tinkling sound which accompanies the
nearness of a Unicorn reminds us that we are in the presence of
a highly spiritual essence whose boundless domain encompasses
all realms matter and spirit.

To kill a Unicorn is to destroy a Divine Incarnation of purity,
perfection, and wonder. It is a deed which burdens the individual who
commits the Act with an enormous Karmic debt.

The Unicorn is depicted as a white horse which has a long, straight,
spiral-shaped Horn protruding from the top of its head.

There are three basic Symbols contained in the Unicorn: the color
white, the horse, and the Horn:

The Horse is a Symbol of Travel and movement. And as the Unicorn
is a spiritual horse it has the ability to Travel and appear wherever,
and whenever, it wishes; it has the ability to appear throughout all
realms and dimensions.

White is the color of innocence, purity and perfection. White, which
is Symbolically similar to silver, represents the lunar, feminine
aspects of receptivity, instinct, intuition and virginity. Virginity in
its truest metaphysical and alchemical aspect represents the
unadulterated (untainted) mind and spirit; it is the prima materia
(pure matter) and the prisca sapientia (pristine knowledge, or
Wisdom). It is for this reason that to have a Unicorn appear to us
is both a great honor and Divine Gift. For, as stated before, only the
pure of heart and virtuous of deed are deserving to have a Unicorn
appear to them.

The Unicorn, unlike all other horned animals save perhaps the
rhinoceros, is a single-horned creature. While the two-horned
animals are linked, Symbolically, to the realm of duality and matter,
the Unicorn's single horn reminds us that its domain is the realm
of Unity; a realm that Transcends and exists beyond the bounds
of matter and duality.

The single, spiralled Horn is a Symbol of the endless, repeating
Cycles of Time. It is also Symbolic of the Sword. And as the Sword
Symbolizes the mind, the Unicorn's Horn also signifies Unity of
Thought and purity of reason. We also notice that this single Horn
protrudes from the top of the Unicorn's head which is the location
of the crown chakra. The crown chakra is a Border Between Realms;
it represents the highest level which our mind can attain and is the
Spiritual Gateway to the higher realms of Spirituality and Divine
Consciousness.

When depicted within a forest, the Unicorn represents purity and
enchantment amidst growth, birth, rebirth, renewal and fertility;
which are all feminine essences.

When a Unicorn is portrayed along with a lion it Symbolizes the
Union of the feminine (white, lunar) and masculine (Gold, solar)
aspects of our dual nature. This Symbolism also represents the
Alchemical Marriage.

In Chinese tradition the Unicorn is an "auspicious and perfect
spiritual beast which appears when sages are born". ***

As we can see, the Symbolism of the Unicorn is deep, pure, and
magical. And as very few individuals are pure and virtuous enough
to have a Unicorn appear to them we should feel very Blessed
should a Unicorn someday appear along our Path.

(See also: "The Phoenix")

*** "The Lost Language Of Symbolism", Harold Bayley

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9 comments:

Anoo said...

This is the first time i have come across such a good write-up on unicorns. I never ever thought much about unicorns. There was no reason to, until last year when i shifted to my new home someone gifted me a statue of a unicorn with a maiden clinging onto it. If it somehow opened a doorway or something I do not know but suddenly i began to see unicorns everywhere. If it was a movie a unicorn would suddenly appear, pictures of unicorns, toys... In the most unlikeliest of places images of unicorns nowadays appear to me. In your post you mentioned about unicorn with a lion. What does a unicorn with a maiden signify? What could be the meaning for me? And what could be the meaning of unicorns appearing before me suddenly in so many ways ??

Joseph Panek said...

A maiden represents feminine purity. The meaning of numerous Unicorns appearing to you can be something called "synchronicity".
Synchronicity is a phenomenon that once something is introduced to us, we begin to notice it more and more in our everyday surroundings.
Thank you for posting your comment!
Joe

firedrop said...

I searched the "lost language of symbolism" by Bailey, but didn't find anything about a chinese version of the unicorn symbolizing the birt of a sage. Is there a mistake in the book cited?

Joseph Panek said...

See: The Lost Language of Symbolism by Harold Bayley.
ISBN: 0-486-44787-1.
In volume ii, at the bottom of page 99, appears the following:

The Lin [Chinese term for Unicorn], described by Oriental authorities as "a spiritual beast," an "auspicious and perfect beast" which "appears when sages are born,"...

firedrop said...

Thanks!!

Nadi said...

A few months ago, I had an experience. It was a dream but it felt so real, almost as if I was in another dimension with all those things happening for real. A baby unicorn was born beside me... it came out from a shell. It was a very intense golden white in color - that I found it difficult to look at. The baby unicorn was kind of slimy (in white and goldishness too) I remember being too scared to touch it.

Does this signify anything according to your interpretations? If so, I'd love to hear from you as I went through quite a lot of experiences in my life following this dream, that im still trying to wrap my head around.

Thanks

Joseph Panek said...

Hello Nadi;

In my experience, I have found dreams to be very personal as they are part of our individual subconscious. As a suggestion, you may try meditating on the events which have occurred since you had your dream. Perhaps this will help you find your answers.

Sincerely,
Joe

Bob said...

Thanks, great to findf this. I dreamt last night of a unicorn so this morning I'm doing some surfing and landed on your island via a "unicorn symbol" wave.

Kerry Lucienne said...

I have just meditated on my pineal gland (I was feeling blocked in my spiritual teaching and too 'earthed' in my perspective to establish limitlessness within my voice to others to come to me.) As I awakened inside that part own physical form I found a young, exquisite Unicorn there to greet me...scamping about like a long lost friend. We were good friend...we were one instantly we held our faces together and re-united. We played...divine. Her coat was soft and she also held small transparent wings on her back. The energy on her head just below her horn....well, I can't stop stroking it (and she closes her eyes and bows. Not in reverence to me but with the feeling of pure love which her body naturally bows in bliss to...and I fill my body with.
Just wanted to share lovely people x