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Updated bimonthly: Mar/Apr 2017 issue
INSIDE here are some of the articles featured in the current issue of Pathfinder.
Editorial: Close to Midnight?, pg 2
More about the Cover, pg 2
Glimpsing a Unicorn, pg 3
Griffins: Guardians of Treasures, pg 3
More About the Mar/Apr 2017 Cover
Unicorn by the river at dawn
Artist unknown. Background by Rose A. Jenkins (Some modification of the main image.)
As I was going through some of my books and odds and ends during a clean-up frenzy, I found a few shreds of a book of art. Although I had intended to use another piece of art for the Mar/Apr 2017 cover, I happened to glance at this lonely Unicorn, in the bleakness before day, and thought it would make a good cover, representing my feelings at the present time. We can look at this image as a darkening sky at sunset or a bleak sunrise. I'm grateful to the artist, regardless. [See related story: Glimpse of a Unikcorn, next story],
In honor of Easter's message . .
Glimpsing a Unicorn. . .
Material obtained from various sites. Noted. Excerpts reprinted as "fair use." Abridged. Some modification; condensed. Edited for brevity, clarity, and/or flow. Editor's comments, etc., in square brackets. References omitted for space. Editor's note: In my comment on this issue's cover [see above], the Unicorn, nudged its way into my field of vision. I glimpsed its marvels and felt inspired to include this additional information on the Unicorn for Pathfinder Readers. Top
Unicorns signify * innocence * purity * beauty * grace * healing * transformation
Symbolism of the Unicorn
© 2017 Universe of Symbolism. All Rights Reserved.
From universeof symbolism. com/unicorn- symbolism .html. Condensed and edited for flow.
Beguiling in its beauty, a magical being master of transformation benevolently gives us the power to believe anything is possible . . . The Unicorn opens up infinite possibilities that surround you and are available to you at all times, though many times we cannot see that possibilities abound, or even exist. The Unicorn gives us the "eyes to see" those possibilities, and the wisdom to take advantage of them.
If you summon the power of the Unicorn, the Unicorn will give you the blessings to be a success in whatever you choose to pursue.
Shifting between the visible and the invisible worlds u Bestows wisdom and the ability to manifest what is imagined u Summons up dreams u Facilitates in calling upon the Universe for all answers.
Spirit animal qualities
[ ] Transmutation (passing through boundaries) [ ] Spiritual sight (to see past all illusions, until the truth is revealed).
Deep mysteries surround the Unicorn, veiled in the misty glow of the forest. Her energy beckons you, telepathically she communicates to you an invitation to explore the true meaning of your life, transcendent illumination; a glimpse at your destiny awaits when the Unicorn appears for you. . .
Ancient myth and lore of the Unicorn speaks of innocence, purity, grace and mystical healing powers. To touch or be touched by the horn of the Unicorn can bring total and complete healing. The healing of the Unicorn brings everything in mind, body and soul into renewed, perfect balance. . . . Where you find a boundary in your life, there is where the Unicorn appears in symbols all around you. The Unicorn gives you a choice: To ride the winds of miraculous possibilities, or stay [mired] in the realm of your own fears and limitations.
Unicorn . . .
[ ] [Challenges] you to going beyond your limitations and fears
[ ]Tests you with riddles and puzzles to challenge your mind where illusions are created, to go beyond them, to continue on your path
[ ] Uses illusion to offer a choice to those who desire to shed the old, and embrace a new world where fear itself, becomes the illusion Top
When you are going about your day, and something "symbolically" catches your eye, and you understand its meaning, it is because Unicorn symbolism is speaking to you! Unicorn "takes the form of symbolic messages to guide you along the path of your desired destiny! Spotting a Unicorn is like catching a falling star. . . it's so magical it whisks you off to another land in the twinkling of an eye.|
History of Unicorn Symbolism
The unicorn is one of a very few mythological creatures that are considered to be beneficial in almost all traditions. The Unicorn is universally beautiful, mysterious and difficult to capture or tame. Although modern unicorns are depicted simply as horses with a single horn, traditional Unicorns also possessed a billy goat's beard, a lion's tail and cloven hooves.
Unicorns have a place in Greek mythology, Chinese traditions, in the art of the Indus Valley and India. Greek writers including Pliny the Elder and Aristotle mention the unicorn in their writings [Ed's: Unicorns are mentioned in the King James version of the Bible, though other versions typically translate the reference of the "one horn" Unicorn using "wild ox," or "rhinoceros." For myself, I prefer the poetry of the King James version. Biblical quotes included at the end.]
The Unicorn became a religious symbol in the art of the Middle Ages. The original tale was that a beautiful maiden representing the Virgin Mary managed to trap a Unicorn, whereupon [it] became tame and lay its head in her lap.
As the legend grew through reinterpretation, the Unicorn was viewed as the Christ or Incarnation and the death of a Unicorn as the Passion of Christ. This allowed a pagan symbol to become highly esteemed within the church. In fact, a grouping or herd of Unicorns is called a "blessing" of Unicorns.
Unicorns are also prominent in heraldic symbolism, usually with a spiral horn, sometimes of red and black. In heraldry, Unicorns are often shown with a collar and a broken chain, indicating that they have freed themselves from bondage and cannot be taken again.
. . .The magical powers of Unicorns are also legendary. Unicorn horns are said to be harder than diamonds and to be able to neutralize poisons. Unicorn tears can heal both physical wounds and sorrows of the heart.
A person with the ability to see a Unicorn may have a wish granted as a reward. Unicorns are often reputed to have the ability to fly. Some Unicorns are believed to be able to speak to all kinds of other creatures.
In modern literature, the lure and mystery of Unicorns remains [e.g., in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling]. . . The ongoing body of literature associated with Unicorns and the powers attributed to them will undoubtedly continue to add to their value as symbols of freedom, healing and beauty. . .
Biblical quotes (King James version) include:
"God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn."Numbers 24:8
"His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth."Deuteronomy 33:17
"Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?"Job 39:9-12
"But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of the unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil."Psalm 92:10 Top
Homage to the. . .
Griffin: Guardian of Treasures
[Also: Gryphon, Griffon] Top
Griffins symbolize * the sun * wisdom * vengeance and protection* strength * salvation
Material obtained from various sites. Excerpts reprinted as "fair use." Abridged. Condensed. Edited for brevity, clarity, and/or flow. Editor's comments, etc., in square brackets. References omitted. Note: Readers may have noticed the frequent inclusion of the Griffin as "page art" in Pathfinder pages. For Harry Potter fans: Harry's House at Hogwarts was the House of Gryffindor. Image found at yahoo.com /images. Many thanks to the artist who composited this intriguing version of the Griffin.
King of Heaven and Earth
Excerpted from Suzetta Tucker's "The Bestiary," obtained from thanasis.com/griffin.htm.
The griffin is a mythical creature with the face, beak, talons and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. At times, it is portrayed with a long snake-like tail. In some traditions, only the female has wings. Its nests are made of gold and its eggs resemble agates. Pliny believed griffins came from Northern Russia; Aeschylus thought they originated in Ethiopia; and Bullfinch wrote that their native country was India. In its body, the griffin is blessed with the speed, flight, and penetrating vision of the eagle and the strength, courage, and majesty of the lion.
Symbolically. . .
[The] griffin combines the qualities of both the lion and the eagle. It is the king of birds and lord of the air united with the king of beasts and lord of the earth.
The griffin's dual nature led it to be associated with Jesus Christ, God and man, king of heaven and earth. The eagle half of the griffin signified Christ's divinity and the lion half represented His humanity. Because no one could block the path of a griffin, this creature was especially associated with that passage in the Gospel which records Christ's marvelous passage through the crowd at Nazareth who were determined to throw Him off a cliff. [Luke 4:28-30] . . .
Legend The griffin's ability to soar like an eagle made him an emblem of poetic and spiritual inspiration. The eagle parts of the griffin represented the saints with their thoughts, aspirations, and souls lifted towards God. Its lion half stood for their courage in the arena and in the continuing struggle against sin, evil, and [Satan]. As emblems of the saints, griffins are sometimes pictured eating fruit picked from the Tree of Life. [See Rev 2:7] Top
Historically . . .
Both Persians and Assyrians decorated with images of this magical beast. Images of two griffins drinking from a flaming cup were common in the Persian religion, Zorastrianism. Later, the Crusaders, coming across this image, would be reminded of the Eucharist and the cup of fire became associated with the Holy Grail. . . . Because of the griffin's strength and powers of sight, it was believed to guard hidden treasures and hide them in their nests with their young. . . . Other treasures guarded by griffins were the Tree of Life, knowledge, and the roads to salvation. Greeks and Romans used griffin images to guard tombs [to keep plunders away]
The Griffin (Gryphon)
From Thomas Bullfinch's, "Age of Fable," mythological site.
. . . Their instinct led them to know where buried treasures lay, and they did their best to keep plunderers at a distance, [where they dwelt among and fought with the one-eyed Scythian tribe, the Arimaspians]. . .
From Hans Biedermann's, "Dictionary of Symbolism"
In Greece the griffin was a symbol of vigilant strength; Apollo rode one, and griffins guarded the gold of the Hyperboreans of the far north. The griffin was also an embodiment of Nemesis, the Goddess of Retribution, and turned her wheel of fortune. . . . The creature later became (from Dante onward) a symbol of the dual nature divine and human of Jesus Christ, because of its mastery of earth and sky [and] Christ's Ascension came to be associated with the griffin. The creature appeared frequently in the applied arts (tapestries, goldsmiths) as in heraldry. In the latter domain, Boeckler (1688) offered the following interpretation: "Griffins are portrayed with a lion's body, an eagle's head, long ears, and an eagle's claws, to indicate that one must combine intelligence and strength." Top