This article was written by Ash, a member of Tribe of the Sun who follows an African-Nordic path.
Traditional Colors: Black and White
Number: 4 or 8
Areas of Influence: Transformation, crossroads, gateways between worlds (life/death; dreaming/sleeping)
Symbols: White horses, keys
Offerings: Hay, sweet grass, oats, apples, fresh water, a thick stout that you can practically chew on
Feast Days: The Autumn Equinox, when night and day are of equal length, occurs during the month of the Vine Moon.
Tarot: Queen of Wands
Entities of Similar Energy: Rhiannon
Epona is an extremely ancient horse deity that comes from the nomadic tribes that wondered through Gall-Roman region. Nomadic tribes or clans are often extremely dependent upon their horses for their lifestyle. The name Epona was can be derived from proto-Celtic *ekwos which means ‘horse’. Epona is often seen as a white horse, a woman riding on a white horse, or as a centaur. She is the protector of horses, donkeys, and mules as well as a fertility goddess.
Often Epona is described as a moon goddess. However, in my experience, she is the earth that feeds the world, she is the moon that sways the tides, and her soul is the primal fire. Her heartbeat is the sound of wild horses galloping across the prairies.
Epona is a warrior, horse goddess with an attitude. She knows you need her more than she needs you. If she has children, they are from several different “donors”, and she takes full responsibility for the rearing of those children. She’s a self assured, self relent woman that values her freedom. When going to battle, Epona can be seen among the front line with her ‘herd’. She’s extremely passionate and has a wicked sex drive.
To truly understand Epona, you must first understand horses (living and symbolically). Horses can quickly transition between planes of life/death and sleeping/dreaming. Societies that do not have horses in transition type roles will often use the cat to fulfill that role. This also means the horse often carries you from the living plane to the non-living plane. They can also show up in dreams bearing messages.
Properly Showing Respect to Epona
Always respect and care for horses as if they were the goddess herself. Give thanks to the horse and tend to their needs after a ride. Never overwork a horse in your care, and always give horses plenty of room to graze.
Where to find Epona
Stables, open prairie, or herds of horses. To call Epona into your life, meditate upon a horse and let the horses hoof beats be your heartbeat and allow that beat to sway your body. Because she can travel between planes, she’ll show up quickly.
Like many horse people, horse people only feel comfortable around horses and other horse people. They don’t have much use for the rest of the world. Epona’s children are very strong willed, life-filled, vibrant people. They also feel the need to have constant movement in their lives. If they aren’t physically moving their homes once every six months, they feel stagnant. In order to keep a sense of movement in their lives, they are often drawn to change, new technology, active life styles, active learning, and jobs that don’t have a routine.
Epona’s Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- 24 oz Whole wheat(or unbleached all-purpose) flour
- 12 oz raw sugar
- 1 1/2 to 2 tsp allspice, cinnamon, or nutmeg (to taste)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 oz butter (2 sticks, softened)
- 16 oz grated apples (3-4 medium apples)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla (could replace with almond extract)
- 16 oz Quaker Quick Oatmeal (This is usually enough but feel free to add some more if necessary to extract excess moisture out of dough)
- Allspice/cinnamon and raw sugar to sprinkle across the tops of the cookies if desired.
Put the flour, spices , baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl and mix with a whisk until well mixed. Cream the butter and sugar together with a fork. Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and mix well. Beat the egg and vanilla (almond) together. Add the egg mixture and grated apple into the dough, mixing well. Get your hands in there and kneed for a couple of minutes to really soften up the dough. Add the oatmeal and kneed until the oatmeal is completely incorporated. Drop a large teaspoon full onto greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with allspice and a pinch of raw sugar.
Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow cookies to cool on cooling rack. Store in ziplock bag once cooled. These cookies will go bad relatively quickly, so if you are not going to eat them all within a few days feel free to freeze them.
Note: Do not eat more than 6 cookies a day due to their “cleansing” effects.