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Re: Unicorns and Virgins

Posted by Paul on November 07, 2003

In Reply to: Unicorns and Virgins posted by Ward Fredericks on November 07, 2003

In the Cloisters in New York City you can see all the tapestries of the story of the capturing of the Unicorn and one of the last Tapestries in the sequence, was of a virgin with the Unicorn sleeping on the virgin's lap after having suckled at her breast. It took a virgin to capture the Unicorn because the Unicorn symbolized masculine energy (the cornocupia) and was ever able to touch green Earth, otherwise, they would be magnetisized to the Earth and lose all their magical powers of flight, etc. Kind of allegorical to the alchemical elixir of turning the lead into gold. Love conquers all

: In the mythology of unicorns, virgins play a number of interesting roles. Does anyone know the history of this relationship, and if it is English in origin or is part of the worldwide Unicorn myth?