Fellowship of Isis and Goddess Group London
Notes for Attunement Rite by Caroline Wise
Some reliable sources for further studies:
is the Gaulish goddess associated with the Horse, the Donkey and the
Mule. Her presence is not found outside of
the Roman Empire. The Calvary, of which a large part was made up of
carried her as far north as Cumbria and as
far south as the North African coast. Her presence in Continental
is known from many inscriptions, statues or
temple sites. It is probable that the Germanic Gaulish horsemen brought
cult into the Roman army. Stylised Horse
figures had appeared on Gaulish and British coins. Chalk effigies of
horses are found
in the Southern British landscape, such as
The White Horse of Uffington.
is depicted in several ways, but mainly a
woman riding a horse, often side-saddle, or a woman feeding two foals
from a Patera,
a sacred feeding dish on her lap. She may
also carry a cornucopia, an apple, or bread. Roses are sacred to her.
aspects are fertility and plenty, healing and Sovereignty.
This last aspect is important for those of us
in Britain at the moment, as sovereignty is being squandered. Worth
Her presence has been found in Roman stables,
and she has been found by healing Thermal Springs in several places.
you wish to, and
have the facilities, set up a shrine. If this
is not possible or you don’t want to do this, it can be visualized.
can be set up on a table, a windowsill, or a
shelf. Suggestions include, a statue or picture of a horse, donkey, or
A green, gold, red or silver cloth, or
whatever you have that is suitable. (Her aspects in the modern world are
the horse is usually a solar and earthy beast
in myth – what ever you feel comfortable with.
for shrine could include – some silver or ‘gold’ coins,
an apple and/or some bread in a nice dish,
water, wine, a white, silver or gold candle, horse shoes (real or
type decorations!) real horse brasses,
roses. Bells or chimes. MAKE SURE THE CANDLE IS IN A SAFE PLACE.
Have incense and music if they help you attune.
Switch off your phones:
deeply, and create your circle in which to work in the way that suits
too can be visualised, but sometimes actually
walking it, acknowledging the four directions and making a circle of
can help focus.
seated by your shrine. See yourself
in a white robe that opens at the front like a
coat and tied with a white cord. See yourself surrounded by gentle
which expands to fill your sacred space.
Breath in the golden light, and see it filling you, so that you are body
with in the protective sphere of light. If
there is any other way you wish to create your sacred space, feel free.
Light Your Candle to
Epona and Say:
this light to Epona, Protectress of the
Horses and Mules, the Donkeys and the foals. May your creatures be
blessed. I offer
this light to the horses, donkeys and mules
that have gone before right back to pre-history, so important to the
may their souls be blessed in the name of
Epona. Epona, I invoke thee. Hail Epona, Hail Epona, Hail Epona.”
see in your mind’s eye horses galloping through time
and place – for instance, from the East the
wild Mongolian Przewalski Horses and the Arab stallions. From the south
the Paleolithic horses you know from the cave
paintings, from the West see the white horses of the Camargue galloping
the sea, and from the North, the hardy ponies
and stocky draught horses of Britain. They now gallop around your
free. The donkeys and mules join them.
to the roaring sound of their hooves, we
remember all the horses of the past, running free now in spirit, those
hard for humans, in the pits, and the fields,
in the wars and the mills and on the roads; those who were cruelly
who were neglected, the beasts of burden,
those who need to run free – see their free spirits, and send them love,
see then moving on, gamboling, running,
whiney-ing, happy and free. In the spirit world, no longer toiling on
earth. See their
track ways across the lands - in Britain and
Europe see Epona’s horses tracks as light paths along the Roman roads,
see the light paths of the bridal paths and
along the Ridgeway. See the white horses etched in the chalk Hills. In
States, see the old Indian horse ways as
light paths on the land. See what else is shown to you regarding the
horse and the
one horse winds in from the circle towards
you, and lowers its head to your hand. Is it a
mare or a stallion? Feel the warmth of it. Feel the trust. Stroke its
feel the velvet of its muzzle. It
communicates its name. It sits to let you mount. And your journey
starts. First a gentle
trot, see the landscape around you, notice
any trees, or hills, rivers, or sea. Notice any landmarks. It will be
for all of us. Now she is gathering speed – a
canter – you are feeling safe, happy, exhilarated, even. Feel
the wind on your face as you gather speed,
now galloping across the land. You are aware of the other horses
the thunder of their hooves.
a while, your horse slows to a canter, a trot, and you see up ahead
a circular grove of trees, and you hear the
bubbling of water. You enter the grove and see a steam coming from an
enclosure. You dismount, pat your horse, say
its name, and enter the enclosure, and see a thermal pool. In a niche in
stonework is a carving of the goddess Epona,
feeding two foals from a dish on her lap. Disrobe and enter the pool,
in the soft warm water. Feel it healing
aching muscles, soothing the skin, drawing out impurities. Relax.
as your eyes adjust to the light, you see Her. The goddess Epona
in what ever form she appears to you. She
speaks. Listen to what she says. Notice any symbols, what does she
And when her oracle for you is over, she hands
you a garland of red roses and an object for you. See what it is she has handed you.
Emerge from the
pool, the air dries you and you put on your white robe.
Give thanks to Epona for her oracle and leave the enclosure.
It is dark. Mount your horse and ride back. The moon is now
rising in the sky.
As you ride back, contemplate your personal oracle and the gift she has given
When you are ‘back’, dismount your horse, stroke it, thank it, and remember its name.
For you can call it again if you wish.
give thanks to Epona, hear the sound of sleigh bells,
some water, eat some bread.
Call “Hail Epona”
Send excess energy out to all the horses
needing love and care.
Blow out candle and send blessings
with the smoke.
Clap hands or ring chimes/bells.
Some food and drink is advised. A cup of tea is good!
Give bread and fruit from shrine to the birds, and make sure
they have some water, especially in the UK in this blizzard.
the coins from the shrine to a horse charity, or send a donation to one.
note of anything that has been revealed to
you, any imagery you had, and any thoughts on the oracle and gift you
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