hooden horse

Wel dyma ni’n dwad
Gy-feillion di-niwad
I ofyn am gennad . I ofyn am gennad
I ofyn am gennad i ganu

The horse is a divine medium, well known among the Indo-European and Germanic tribes.  In Norse myth, the Vanir equated the horse with Seiðr.

Many are familiar with the ancient divination of the flight of birds or the entrails of animals, but the horse too – its neighs and prances – was a message from the Tivar (‘gods’).

Special horses were well-maintained by Godmen (‘priests’) in sacred groves.  These privileged beasts pull the holy chariots during seasonal rites.  The horses generally found in burial mounds were such revered beasts.

A horse’s head is mounted atop a pole to create a níðstang.  This “scorn-pole” was activated by runes and galdr chanted by Seiðfolk.  There are examples in Germanic lore where Seiðfolk skinskipted (shape-shifted) into horses.

So sacred was the horse, that the early Church was quick to ban its use it ritual, and forbid its flesh – especially liver – from being eaten.  A taboo still crippling Pagans today.


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