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Gaulish Chant for the Horse Goddess, Epona

Chant for the Horse Goddess, Epona, based on a 1st century BCE inscription.

Despite having been a Druid since 1974, I learned much that was new to me while researching and writing the British Druid Order's courses. This post deals with just one of the many discoveries made during that research. It is a chant in the ancient language of Gaul.

The chant is derived from an inscription on lead sheet, dating from the 1st century BCE, found at Rom (Roman Rauranum), Deux-Sévres, in Western France. The inscription details a sacrificial ceremony carried out in honour of the Horse Goddess. The chant was created by taking the names and titles of the Horse Goddess in the order in which they appear in the inscription and adding one of the names by which she is most commonly known, but which does not appear in the inscription, i.e. Rigantona, meaning 'Great Queen.'

The resulting chant naturally lent itself to a drum-beat that seems to replicate the gait of a Horse person. It moves from a walk to a full gallop.

A Horse chant developed a particular importance for me some years ago when I realised that the part of south-west England where I live is home to a White Horse Woman who appeared to our ancestors in the Bronze Age (perhaps earlier) to show them the sacred ceremonies. Her name and parts of her legend were passed down by generations of bards, finding their way into that great collection of ancient British lore, The Mabinogion, where she is known as Rhiannon, a name derived from the Gaulish Rigantona and having the same meaning, 'Great Queen.' For the last few decades, she has been appearing in various guises to members of the Druid community to show us again the sacred ways of our ancestors.

Along with the Wolf chant I put online some time ago, and a number of others, the Epona chant forms part of a Winter Wolf Healing Ceremony that's included in our Druid Course.

Winter Wolf Healing Ceremonies are found in many cultures across the whole of the Northern Hemisphere and some of the Southern. In some cases, they can be traced back thousands of years. They have three primary purposes: to re-connect us with our power animals in order to stave off the physical and psychological illnesses that often come with the winter months; to enhance the well-being of Mother Earth and all her children; to perform initiations into the Wolf Society.

To learn more about the Winter Wolf Healing Ceremony, go here:

To book a place on a Winter Wolf Healing Ceremony, go here:

Meanwhile, here's the chant for Epona. Get your drum and join in, or just sing along!

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About Greywolf

I'm Greywolf (aka Philip Shallcrass). My main claim to fame (such as it is) is that I'm chief of the British Druid Order (BDO). I discovered Druidry in 1974, seeing it as a native British 'shamanic' spirituality. An Alexandrian Wiccan coven I joined in 1978 transformed into the Grove of the Badger as Druidry increasingly replaced Wicca in its rites. The end result was the BDO. Emma Restall Orr was joint chief of the Order with me from 1995 to 2002. I live in rural Wiltshire, not far from my spiritual heartland, the area in and around the Avebury henge. I'm a writer, musician, artist, drum-maker, roundhouse-builder and thatcher. I have three sons who share my obsession with music, books and film. Personal obsessions include the work of Britain's greatest bard, Robin Williamson, the comic books of Jack 'King' Kirby (1907-1994) and the speed-freak rock'n'roll of The Screaming Blue Messiahs.

5 thoughts on “Gaulish Chant for the Horse Goddess, Epona

  1. avatarSandy Buckle

    So beautiful and powerful. We are planning on using it today to help a horse lost on Dartmoor find her way home. Thank you for sharing.

  2. avatarShan Morgain

    What a perfect working. I love the way you combine shamanic spirituality with grounded academic research (1stC BCE, Rom inscription is eminently respectable), and again with well sourced images of archaeological finds, and gorgeous photography of horses in natural settings. Genius.

    Took me back to the lovely days of my bodhran and House of the Goddess rites, before disability retired me.

    I will soon be writing up my PhD chapter about Rhiannon y Dduwies Ceffylau. Rhiannon the Horse Goddess (topic of PhD Rhiannon of the Mabinogi). I have found quite a lot of surprising connections which bring forward a death goddess riding the horse aspect as well as the protective and bountiful mother, including a fascinating polarity in Hinduism. Would like to link it with you when done and will feature this chant as the lead image opening the chapter. Please contact re mutual interest via

    1. avatarGreywolf

      Thank you, Shan. Combining shamanic spirituality with research has always been my thing, but has become moreso as the years have gone by. Happy for you to link and yes, let's keep in touch... /|\


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