The unicorn is a legendary creature that has always been present in the minds of humanity. In my digital drawing above, I created my interpretation of the western and eastern versions of the unicorn.
The ancient Greeks where the first to write about the unicorn. What is interesting is that the Greeks of antiquity actually felt that the unicorn was a real creature. The unicorn was not recorded in their myths but rather in their accounts of natural history. The writers were convince that unicorns roam the lands of India. Even Aristotle makes a reference of their existence. A Greek merchant in 6AD noted that it is impossible to capture these powerful creatures and it’s strength lies in its horn.
The Hebrew Bible makes many references to an animal called the re’em, a strong and agile creature with one horn. The translators of the King James bible replaced the re’em with the unicorn. Here is an example; Numbers 23:22 “God brought them out of Egypt; he hath, as it were, the strength of a unicorn.” This is just one verse I’m quoting.
In the Chinese culture a creature called the Qilin is sometimes called the Chinese unicorn. It is an animal that looks more like a chimera. It has a body of a deer, head of a lion and scales on its body. The horn is curved and looks more like an antler rather then a horn.
During the European Renaissance, the unicorn’s legend took on the form we know of today in the western culture. The unicorn became the most important legendary animal in Renaissance Europe, described as a woodland creature, pure and graceful and can only be captured by a maiden. The horn of this majestic creature is considered to be a powerful conductor of healing. The unicorn and the maiden is a symbol of pure love. Only the maiden can tame the unicorn. When a maiden is present, the unicorn lays aside it’s fears and will lay it’s head in her lap and fall asleep. This is when the unicorn is most vulnerable and the hunter can take advantage of this.
I’m not sure if you are aware but unicorns do exist in our world. A few years ago, scientists discovered a one horn deer in Italy.
I believe that unicorns do exist. Both in the physical world and in our hearts and minds. If one is open to what the unicorn can give, what is possible for humans is endless. A world filled with unicorns is a world filled with magick, wonder and pure love. Giving pure love to the unicorn, allows the person to ride the unicorn and feel the wind as it gallops through the life of the human rider.