Solid Sterling Silver Celtic Horse Pendant.
The Celtic people honored the horse above all other animals. To the ancient Celts, the horse symbolized strength, vitality, courage and honor. A beautiful symbol for the person who embodies these traits.
In the ancient Celtic calendar, the person whose birthday that falls within June 10-July 7 would have the horse as a spirit animal.
This beautiful sterling silver horse pendant comes on a sterling silver chain. Hallmarked 925.
Pendant measures 1 1/4" x 1" in solid sterling silver
Epona - Goddess of Horses in Celtic Mythology
Epona, meaning "Divine Mare", was the goddess of horses, including those who worked with them, as well as fertility during the Iron age. Her worship originated with nomadic Celts. Epona was the only Celtic deity venerated in Rome itself.
Epona was the beautiful child of a horse and human male. The importance of horses in Celtic culture may have contributed to her cult spreading from Gaul to Germany and eventually to Rome.
Celtic nobles were usually buried with their horses and saddles indicating horses were important in the after-life. The extensive worship of Epona may also be the reason why the Celts did not eat horse meat.
The connection between Epona and horses was also present in the rites of Celtic kings as the goddess was thought to bestow on the king his authority to rule.
Epona's importance was later signified with a shrine in nearly every stable because she protected not only the horses but also those who worked with them.