Ride the Wave or Run?: A World of Water Horses Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my exploration of mythical creatures known as water horses. In Part 1, I shared a list of kelpie-like water horses in Europe. It’s amazing how many variations on the tempt-and-drown water horse exist, but they are far from the only kind of aquatic equines out there. This time, I’ll range a little farther and cover the water horses that don’t fit the tempt-and-drown mold as well as some “near misses.” In both appearance and habits, these water horses show a great deal of variety. They may look nearly horse-like or only have horse parts. Some are demonic and some are divine. Some are shy and some are deadly. So approach with caution; these water horses may bite.

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Wild Horses Could Drag You Under: A World of Water Horses Part 1

For my last Quarterly Bestiary, I took a deep dive into the kelpie with a brief dip into the each uisge. Originally, I wanted to cover more water horses to give the kelpie context, but it turns out the kelpie was more than enough to tackle at one time. I promised I’d cover those other water horses, though, so today I’d like to start off a list of water horses from around the globe. The list is lengthy enough that I’ll split it into two, starting with the ones cut from the same mythical cloth as the kelpie. Continue reading “Wild Horses Could Drag You Under: A World of Water Horses Part 1”

Quarterly Bestiary: Kelpies: A Dive into Scottish Water Horses

Many dangerous creatures haunt the mythical landscape of Scotland. Kelpies, horse-shaped water spirits, are among the better known, and they even have connections to one of Scotland’s most famous monsters. They are fairy horses, though if you’re thinking of innocent winged ponies, you’d best think again. Kelpies are fierce flesh-eaters. Yet like many fairy beings, kelpies are more than mere monsters up close. They are wild, it’s true, but they still have a complex intelligence hidden deep within their shifting appearance. So today, let’s take a breath and dare to swim with the kelpie.

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Quarterly Bestiary: The Firebird: A Unique Gem or Just Another Phoenix?

Welcome to another Quarterly Bestiary! Featuring, once again, images by Bridget Sarsen!

Winter Solstice has passed, and the days begin to lengthen once more. To celebrate the return of the light, what better than a creature of brilliance like the Firebird? I had been thinking of looking into this bright Russian beast for a while. However, when I started researching, I quickly found a frequent confusion between firebirds and phoenixes. I even found websites like this one that calls the Firebird a phoenix, and this one that calls the phoenix a firebird.

So is the Firebird a phoenix? Here is what I found. Continue reading “Quarterly Bestiary: The Firebird: A Unique Gem or Just Another Phoenix?”

Seeking Suggestions for Upcoming Beasts

Hi! I hope everyone had a great Friday the 13th. That may seem like a weird thing to wish someone, but before it was dedicated to Jason Voorhees, Friday the 13th was dedicated to Venus and Freya, and it was considered lucky.¹ The Venus connection  means it was associated with love as well as death. Depending on how you’re feeling about those two things currently, knowing that may ease your anxiety about the date or increase it. Continue reading “Seeking Suggestions for Upcoming Beasts”