Inspiration of Celtic Horses

Here are some of the stories that inspire the jewelry that I design

 

Since ancient times the Celtic peoples have honored the horse in myth, story and legend. They revered the horse goddess Epona and carved huge figures such as the White Horse of Uffngton into the chalk hills of Britain. The great Iron Age hero CuChulainn drove a chariot drawn by two magical horses, Liath Macha, the Gray of Macha and the Dub Sainglenn, the Black of Saingliu. According to one tale, they were two foals born in the same hour as CuChulainn, and later came to serve as his chariot horses. Such was the affnity between the Gray and the hero, that Liath Macha refused to be harnessed by the charioteer Loeg on the day fated for the passing of CuChulainn. Liath would permit only Cu to harness him’ to the chariot, and he wept tears of red blood, for he knew it was his final day to serve the hero. It was foretold that three kings would perish that day at the hands of CuChulainn’s foes. These were Loeg, king of charioteers, Liath Macha, king of horses, and CuChulainn, king of heroes. Even after being shot with a poisonous spear, Liath Macha first slipped into a magical pool of water, but then returned to guard CuChulainn as he was dying, strapped to a standing stone. The Gray made a final defense with hoof and teeth, and then after laid his head upon the hero’s breast. When at last the hero’s soul had parted from his body, Liath rode on to bid farewell to Emer, CuChulainn’s wife, laying his head on her breast as well. From there we may guess and hope that the noble and loyal Liath Macha returned to the land of the Sidhe, from whence he and the Dub Sainglenn had come, carrying tales of the hero’s valor to be preserved down the ages, even to this day.