~The unicorn is part of the world of nature and part of the world of dreams--and completely of the heart. In many ways, it is a symbol of our longing for the mysterious and the unattainable~

Why Unicorns?!

When I asked Avery what her favorite animal was, I was not expecting her to say 'Unicorn'. And then to go on and on about how she actually saw one, and describe it's coloring and actions was just a bit much for me to grasp. I initially felt bad that she chose the unicorn, an animal which to me isn't real and therefore I felt on some level that I had not done my 'job' as a parent in teaching her all about the wonderful, present, REAL animals on earth. This was how I felt until I started researching the symbolism of the unicorn and realized that in all actuality, real or not, it's a wonderful animal to connect to and consider your favorite. I actually feel proud that she chose an animal that is an archetype of such spiritual significance~the unicorn generates tremendous power and energy, the image embodying great magic, mysticism, and wonder.

~The Meaning of Unicorns~

I found many words written about unicorns, but I want to share the 'truth' that I found amongst them all. The way that I understand it, unicorns symbolize the spirit of purity, innocence, and childhood. Almost every traditional legend containing the unicorn states that only a young pure female could attract a unicorn to become visible and be of this reality. Even so, the legend of the unicorn combines male and female in one beast and therefore rich in the symbolism of opposites.

~Unicorns have long been a representation of the Moon, a clear indication of female energy; this yin side is evident in the mysterious, intuitive, magick found within the unicorn. This embodiment of purity and natural truth is found threaded throughout most of the major cultures of the world and is thought valid to be an archetypal image. Archetypes are universal, reflecting a primal energy pattern. Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, symbols and images reflect an archetypal energy at play within out lives. When we work with archetypes, we are lead back to our own primal source. The journey becomes part of the sacred quest, in which we find our true core.  Archetypes can be seen as spiritual symbols, and the magick and power they hold is only as great as the significance we attach to it.~

One of the greatest gifts I receive while learning through Avery is knowing myself on a deeper level. Through interactions with her, I am helped to see my world through a fresh pair of eyes which yearn for new experiences. Better yet, I am challenged to see things in a different way, and confront my old patterns of thinking and viewpoints. It was a refreshing experience to abandon judgment and see the pure beauty of believing in an animal that symbolizes such an array of love. I can't think of a better animal to believe in at four-years-old than the unicorn. The unicorn represents love, purity, and the seeking of natural truth. It symbolizes balance of the yin and yang, and recognizes the power and mystique that animals can bring into our lives; which can ultimately help us learn the core of who we really are. This experience with Avery and her favorite "aminal" has taught me to be more open-minded and accepting, and through this I am able to find pure beauty in all things.