Before the beginning of time, before the gods and people lived upon the land, all lived beneath the sea - "Tir fo Thuinn" - Manannán's land beneath the waves. Eiocha - ancient Celtic Goddess of the Deep Waters - is a white mare made of sea foam - born on the shore between the land and the sea. Eiocha ate the white berries (mistletoe) - the tears of the sea - that grew on a giant oak tree on the shore, and then gave birth to Cernunnos the Stag God. Together they made the sacred mare Goddess Epona - who created horses in memory of Eiocha. The sea horse represents strength and creativity - as they change colors when threatened, and with their strong tails wrapped around the seaweed and sea plants, they resist the pull of the tide and currents..
Original Artwork and Text by Jen Delyth ©2014