Happy Eponalia!

Today is the day that modern pagans have assigned to the Celtic-Roman goddess of ponies, Epona. If you want to celebrate, Devon, Maid of Epona has some suggestions involving beer and hippomanes here, and there’s a fantastic, comprehensive site about the history and archaeology of the goddess here. Alternatively, mosey over to Epona TV and […]

A (Not So) Short History of Women Riding Astride

I enjoyed talking about the history of sidesaddle on Countryfile – it was my first experience of TV and everyone was incredibly friendly and easygoing. We did a few takes of different parts of the interview and it was hard to know whether to embellish what I’d said each time or to say the same […]

If Wishes Were Horses: The Red Horse and the White Mare

Epona.net is a comprehensive one-stop-shop for all the known sources on the Gallo-Celtic horse goddess, Epona. There’s an on-line shrine complete with funky flute music here. Devon, Maid of Epona has provided a prayer for the goddess here, and ideas for honouring her in ritual here. Jane Badger has an interview with the author of […]

Happy Eponalia!

Don’t forget to leave an apple, some beer and a candle out for Epona, the goddess of ponies! Alternatively, enter her virtual shrine here. Goodness knows, Britain’s ponies could do with the help: Dartmoor Hill Ponies, Welshies and now even New Forest ponies are being hit hard by the recession.

Is it Knot Magick?

You go to fetch your horse or pony in from the field one morning and find, buried in its mane, a perfect plait. Where on earth did it come from? These mysterious plaits are a common enough phenomenon and have been reported all over the UK, causing much speculation. Up till now there have been […]