This set of designs is dedicated to some animals of legend and fable, particularly those of Celtic and British origin. Each one is available as either a brooch or a pendant, which must be specified when ordering.

Available as Brooch/Pin | Available as Pendant. All items weigh approx. 15g - 20g unless otherwise stated.

Unicorn




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Supreme Magical Power

This magnificent mythical animal is probably the best known of all magical beasts. Examples are found in almost every mythology in the world, but the Unicorn we know best has the body of a sleek white horse, the tail of a Lion, a Goat-like beard, and, of course, a single horn growing out of it's head. The base of the horn is pure-white, the middle portion is gold and black, and the sharp tip is a vivid crimson.

According to legend, the Unicorn is so elusive it can be caught only by a virgin maiden, implying that the very essence of one's being cannot be captured by any physical means, but only by innocent receptiveness, the feminine side to our nature whatever our gender.

The Unicorn was hunted throughout mythology for the value of it's horn, which contained the concentration of all it's magical properties. Such was the pride and ferocity of Unicorns that they could not be taken alive. Yet mortals - more prideful still - liked to think they might hold the beautiful beast captive, so they wove tapestry prisons to contain the Unicorn's image. There are many tapestries and paintings depicting Unicorns from all over the world. The Unicorn of China was a beast of the Gods, rarely seen by men and women. Along with the Phoenix, it dwelled in the world beyond the clouds, where the great immortals forever feasted. The Asian Unicorn, known in Japan as the Kirin, possessed an unerring sense of justice. Sometimes it appeared in courts of law to slay the guilty and free the innocent.

There is a story of a Bulgarian maiden who led a Unicorn to her village to cleanse the wells which had become stagnant. The Unicorn dipped the tip of it's horn into the water, turning it pure as crystal, and clean as sunlight. The men's greed made them slaughter the beast for the treasure of it's horn, little caring that their deed removed magic from the world.

Catalog # FH03

| Width : 50mm (2") | Height : 27mm (1 1/16") |

 

 

 

 Stag




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The Horned God

The Stag has long been associated with royalty, kingship, fertility, power, hunting and sacrifice. All horned creatures were associated with power, especially in the early hunter/gatherer societies, where hunters risked their lives to kill such wild animals for food. The hunters defied the spirits of the animals, such was their importance, and would pray to the spirit of the animal to willingly sacrifice itself for them, and they would also thank the spirit of the animal afterwards. The earliest representation of an antlered human figure is in the Caverne des Trois Freres, in France. It is reckoned to be 20,000 years old, and it suggests a shamanic approach to the rituals which surrounded hunting. This Deification persists into modern paganism, where the Celtic Cernunnos, or his British form Herne, is still worshipped as a major god form, as lord of the forests and wild animals. This aspect of the horned god is usually used during Autumn and Winter, especially as an Underworld god who emerges on stormy nights with his pack of hounds, known as the Wild Hunt. It was said that this Wild Hunt meant the impending death of anyone who saw it.

Catalog # FH02

| Width : 35mm (1 3/8") | Height : 50mm (2") |

 

Raven




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Prophecy and Initiation

The Raven was sacred to Bran the Blessed in Welsh Celtic legend (Bran means "Raven"). Mortally wounded in battle, Bran ordered his companions to cut off his head and take it to the White Mount in London, where the Tower of London now stands. The head talked and prophesised on the journey, and was buried on the mount as a magical protection for the kingdom against invasion, hence the long association of Ravens with the Tower. In American Indian tradition, the Raven is both creator and trickster. In Irish and Norse mythology, the Raven is a symbol of war and battle, and seeing one was thought to presage death. The Raven is also associated with the lesser death of initiation, representing the death of the old self and rebirth of the new self. In this design, the Raven is displaying a coin on which is engraved a labyrinth, an ancient symbol and tool of initiation.

Catalog # FH04

| Width : 29mm (1 1/8") | Height : 40mm (1 9/16") |

 

 

 

 Hare




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Inspired Madness

The original Hare of Britain was the Arctic Hare, but the Normans introduced the common Brown Hare which is the Hare we see here today. For a long time, it was regarded as a symbol for fecundity and sexual pleasure. It was closely associated with the moon and it's goddesses, particularly Oestra, the teutonic goddess of the moon, from whom we have the name of the Easter festival. She is often depicted as having the head of a Hare, and it was Oestra's Hare that laid the egg of new life, to herald the rebirth of the year, hence the tradition in stories of the Easter Bunny who distributes eggs in springtime. The Hare was also believed to change it's sex at the start of each new year; alternating between male and female throughout it's life.

The Hare is famed as a very magical animal, and believed to be the most adept of animals at shape-shifting.This witches' familiar represents intuition, which makes things appear suddenly in our consciousness. The Hare is also associated with "madness" or manic behaviour, the best known example being the March Hare from "Alice in Wonderland", who was also a messenger in "Through the Looking Glass", in this case, for the White Queen. This reputation stems from the Hare's wild habits during the spring mating season, when pairs of the animals may be seen "boxing" or leaping into the air.

The Hare is a hero-figure, a bearer of good fortune, and according to the Native North-American Indians, the Hare is connected with the creation myth and the Great Manitou.

The Hare is one of the great trickster figures of the woodland regions, and as such symbolises a nimble mind, and outwitting brute force.

Catalog # FH01

| Width : 44mm (1 3/4") | Height : 37mm (1 7/16") |

 

Falcon




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A Falcon, called Vedfolnir, sat on the beak, between the eyes, of the wise, all-seeing Eagle on the topmost branch of the "world tree" Yggdrasil. The Falcon reported on all that it saw in the heavens, on earth and below, to Odin.

In 1405, the Isle of Man was given to Sir John Stanley by Henry IV on condition that he paid homage to him, and gave him two Falcons, and similarly to every future king of England on their coronation day. This tradition continued for over 400 years, until the coronation of George IV in 1822. A Falcon appears as one of the supporters of the shield on the Isle of Man coat of arms.

In Norse mythology, Freyja, the goddess of love, fertility, sexuality,and the guardian of the dead, is associated with Falcons. She used a Falcon-feathered cloak to travel between the mythological worlds, taking the form of a Falcon.

In ancient Egyptian mythology, Horus appeared in the form of a Falcon whose right eye was the sun and left eye was the moon. It was believed that the reigning king was the earthly incarnation of Horus. The kings were often depicted as being Falcon-headed, including the Sun God, Ra.

Catalog # FH05

| Width : 30mm (1 3/16") | Height : 55mm (2 3/16") |

 

 

 
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