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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The fabulous Unicorn (its name means “one horn”) is also a creature of Deep Magic.  The touch of its horn can heal and wherever it resides, the environment is lush and warm.  It is attracted only to those who have Purity and “Good Heart” about them.  For this reason, virginal females seem to be their human companions of choice.  However, upon occasion a male human being does warrant their affection or, at least, tolerance.  They represent, besides healing, eternal spring and growth, innocence, and great love, hope and faith.

There are surprisingly few accurate accounts of unicorns in literature and even in folklore (much like the Phoenix).   Indeed, modern description tends to overlook the Unicorn’s fierceness and opt for an overwhelming gentleness of spirit.  The classic “western-civilization” description is that of a white horse’s body, with long and flowing mane and tail, cloven hooves, and a wonderfully long and spiral-grooved straight horn rising out of the center of the unicorn’s forehead.  Other cultures have legends of unicorns in various colors—and some state that a unicorn is born black or dark gray and attains pure white upon reaching maturity (we see this is the Lippizaner horse breed).   It is said that the Unicorn’s eyes are of a deep blue and seem to sparkle with the shining of thousands of stars.  The Unicorn is said to be telepathic in its communication with human beings—able to “sense” their level of  purity in spirit and thought.  Unicorns seem to make no sounds of regular communication (at least not that has reached human ears); however, when driven to rage or the end of their endurance, their scream of anger and challenge is so dreadful that it is beyond bearing and has driven many an attacker insane.

While usually placid and gentle, they guard their independence with great fierceness and would rather die than be captured.  They are friends to all other creatures—even the lion, as long as it does not threaten—and since the touch of the Unicorn’s horn dispels poison, other creatures let it drink first from water sources.  It has often been called “Lord of the Beasts” (while the lion is the “King of the Beasts”) and other creatures will do their utmost to shelter and guard it from approaching harm.  Still, the Unicorn is solitary by choice and roams alone unless mated and rearing young.  Occasionally they will gather for an extraordinary reason and, once a year, legend states that they journey to the site of the Garden of Eden at the source of the Euphrates River.  In general, though, they could be likened to “mystics” who prefer the quiet and contemplative life—far from any noisy or rowdy disturbance of the natural course of things.

Early Christian legend says the Unicorn was the first of the creatures to be named by Adam and was particularly blessed with grace and intelligence by the Creator.  A special friendship grew between Adam, Eve, and the Unicorn.  When the human pair was expelled, the Unicorn could have chosen to stay in Eden, but chose to leave with the human beings.   But, because of its own innocence, wherever the Unicorn resides retains Eden-like comfort and beauty—warmth and lushness exist in a unicorn’s range.  It also retains a natural affinity for human beings, but over the years has learned extreme caution because the male of that species seems to delight in hunting unicorns for sport and the horns.  And, unfortunately, men discovered the Unicorn’s affinity for pure-minded maidens and learned to set traps for them.  A unicorn will approach an innocent maiden and trustingly lay its head in her lap—wanting to be petted and cooed over.   Men would gull unsuspecting girls into attracting a unicorn and then spring out to slay it as it lay down.  Some legends state that if a unicorn sensed the trap but realized the girl was innocent of its setting, then she would be changed into a female unicorn and be allowed to escape in this form.  Later, to “cover their tracks,” men made up stories about unicorns refusing to get on the Ark with Noah—thus, trying to explain away why there are so few unicorns left in the world today.

In some lands, however, the hunting and killing of unicorns was considered taboo—the vilest of evil.  China was notable in this, even though its culture prized other creatures’ parts for all sorts of reasons.  In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone we learn that the blood of the Unicorn is silver-colored and can grant a “half-life” to one who drinks it—although that life becomes a “living hell” if the Unicorn has not granted its blood freely.  The crime of slaying a unicorn was obviously so despicable that even the warrior-like Centaurs were disgusted and appalled—likening the Unicorn to the young and innocent of a species (the “foals”).  If the Unicorn approaches or tolerates you, you may consider yourself blessed indeed.

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