Pegasus Symbolism -Everything You Need To Know

Pegasus Symbolism

Even though. the existence of Pegasus in real life can never happen. But if you just exclude the wing, the horse that you see for real is no different. Starting from its friendly nature to its capacity of running, it is just like the winged horse.

We can say, that most of the traits given to this mythological creature come from the horse you see around. Just a pair of wing has been added with some additional powers. And each of the powers as well as its nature indicate something. That’s why we thought to provide you with all the stuffs that Pegasus can represent.

Symbolism:

Freedom:

If you take a look at Pegasus, you will notice that its ability to fly makes it a free spirit creature. Hence, it is stated to be a symbol of freedom where there is no limits and boundaries. It flies among the clouds. soars over the ocean and thunders across the land. This is what the message the horse gives to us.

Buoyancy:

The Pegasus leads its life with full on positivity by flapping its wings and flying around. It triggers you to live life at your highest vibrations so that nothing can stop you and hold you back. As a result, it represents Buoyancy reminding you that you were born to experience and express positivity and happiness. Not just that, it is also stated to be a bearer of good and unexpected news that brings nothing but joy of life.

Success:

As we have already mentioned that Pegasus appears with two of its wings that can elevate man way up above. This indicates that the horse has the ability to help you reach your goal and taste your triumph. In this sense, it is the symbol of success. There will be danger and obstacles, but Pegasus is a creature that overpower them all.

Loyalty and Friendship:

If you have a pet horse, you may realize that how it is known for its loyal nature. Similarly, Pegasus also has such traits. Its warmth and faithfulness makes it the symbol of loyalty and deep friendship. You will find it in different stories where the horse is always the one who walks beside the man and never leaves till death.

Protection:

Pegasus is also the symbol of bodyguard of the spirit who protects them on spiritual pilgrimages. It does not only maintain its friendship with men but also keeps their soul from several dangers. No wonder, the horse is always stated to occupy special place in human art and religion since its earliest days.

Strength:

If the Pegasus can be a symbol of Protector, it can also represent superior strength. The strength could be physical or mental. However, it fights all the obstacles and achieve power, just like it wins the world of creative imagination.

History:

The magical horse of Greek mythology, Pegasus is the most famous creature. Albeit the meaning of the name Pegasus is a mystery, yet there are some interpretations. Some of the people refer it to the term strong and mighty, some mention that the name refers to the color black or white while some associate it with a Greek term ‘a well’ or ‘a spring’ because of its birthplace.

Symbolism of Pegasus

There are many versions of the Pegasus’ birth stating that it was born from the ocean. As per Hesiod’s Theogony, Pegasus was the child of medusa and Poseidon. The reason why it is born as a horse is that both the parents were in the shape of horses. On a meadow of spring flowers, Pegasus was born. However, it’s often viewed as misinterpretation.

According to a common interpretation, it is claimed that the Pegasus come from the east just like other winged creatures. However, there are some theories that reveal the Pegasus is most likely found in Indo European origin, neither in Mycenae nor Egyptian tradition. So, it will be wrong to claim that the horse comes from the east. In all probability, it can be said that it comes from northern Peloponnesus due to some material evidences.

It is also said that its shape come from Assyrian-Babylonian art that later developed into the character of the winged horse. As per a theory, it’s most likely that the portrayal of Pegasus originates from Assyria. Such analysis suggests that Phoenicians introduced it to Greek mythology and culture. In Pindar’s poem, it is depicted about  in how Bellerophon caught and tamed the horse with much difficulties. The story states that the goddess Athens provide Bellerophon with golden brindles after she appeared in his dream. He used those brindles for taming Pegasus and flew away with it to fight Chimera, Amazons and mighty Solymi warriors. Impressed with his deed, the king Proteus grew fond of him and both became friends eventually.

Things to know:

  • In British heraldry, the pegasus became a common element appearing primarily a crest or a supporter.
  • During World War II, a silhouetted picture of Bellerophon riding on the Pegasus, was adopted as square upper sleeve insignia by the parachute troops of United Kingdom in 1941. The picture evidently represented how a warrior arrives at a battle by air inspiring paratroopers to use the same tactics.
  • The insignia consisted of Pegasus-Bellerophon in light blue on a maroon background. while British Army Website say it was designed by Major Edward Seago, a famous East Anglian painter in 1942, some say it was by Daphne du Maurier, a famous English novelist.
  • During the German occupation of Italy, the Tuscan National Liberation Committee too adopted Pegasus as its emblem. It is still featured on the coat of arms as well as on the Tuscan flag.

Wrap Up:

Pegasus is such a creature that is basically known for its positive traits. Starting from literature to art, it has been regarded as a symbol of soul that can fly beyond the kingdom of physical life. It also is an inspirational magical horse that endows a sense of majesty and beauty to the works it does. So, whenever something positive happens, you can imagine Pegasus flying around you.

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