National Unicorn Day: Honouring Scotland’s national animal

The unicorn, the magical being with its bountiful and zestful energy riding forth gracefully with its magical horn, is being honoured in Scotland on 9 April.

Scotland, whose national animal is the unicorn, has marked 9 April as National Unicorn Day. Unicorns are steeped in wisdom, grace, purity, innocence, strength and mystical healing power.

The ancient mythical lore of the unicorn speaks of how being touched by the horn of the unicorn or to touch the horn of a unicorn can bring total and complete healing. The healing of the unicorn brings mind, body and soul into renewed perfect balance.

The legendary animal featured on an early form of the Scottish coat of arms by William I in the late 1300s. In the 15th century, when King James III was in power, gold coins even appeared with the unicorn on them. When Scotland and England unified under the reign of James VI of Scotland in 1603, the Scottish Royal Arms had two unicorns supporting a shield. When James VI became James I of England and Ireland, he replaced the unicorn on the left of the shield with the national animal of England, the lion, to show that the countries were united.

Unicorn magic symbolises the power to “believe” that one can overcome anything, enabling one to push past illusions and to bring forth the wisdom and the power to go beyond anything that gets in the way of one achieving one’s dream.

Unicorn spotting in Scotland is one way you can celebrate National Unicorn Day. Some of Scotland’s most important historic buildings and statues feature the unicorn, including the figurehead of HM Frigate Unicorn in Dundee, the country’s only water-based unicorn and Scotland’s only surviving example of a wooden warship.

There’s unicorns at Delgatie Castle near Turriff in Aberdeenshire, one of the oldest and most historic castles in Scotland. And you can also spot unicorns on Queens chair in the Thistle Chapel at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

The gatepost at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland, features unicorns, and also the gatehouse of the Queen’s Gallery by the palace.

If you are not in Scotland, you can still celebrate the magical being that is the unicorn in a number of ways – reading one of the many children’s books about unicorns with your kids, channelling your inner unicorn or simply getting lost in a fantasy book.

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:


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