Week 44 Goddess Knowledge – Epona

Epona, from Celtic Gaul, was especially worshiped as a protectress of horses, a bringer of fecundity to mares and well-being to foals. She was the only Celtic goddess to be adopted by the Romans. A lunar goddess, Epona is often depicted with a cornucopia, a symbol of abundance and plenty. Like the symbol of the horse, she is a bringer of fertility, a source of inspiration, and a figure of death – a psychopomp on the soul’s final journey. As late as the twelfth century, Irish kings underwent a ceremony of symbolic birth from Epona in her form of a white mare part of claiming their kingship. In ancient days, a king was ritually wedded to the goddess as part of becoming king.

Comfortable in both realm of life and that of death, Epona is a strong symbol of independence, instinct, and vitality.

To read more about the Celtic Gaul Goddess Epona

To see some images of the Celtic Gaul Goddess Epona

To read more about the Roman Goddess Epona

To see some images of the Roman Goddess Epona

SIDE NOTE: In modern times many pagans believe that Epona watches over all domesticated animals to help protection them