The Unicorn: A Powerful Symbol in Yoga
Perhaps the most wondrous of all mystical creatures, theUnicornis 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.
Author: Joseph "Joe" Panek