The probable date of c. 1400 BC ascribed to the giant chalk horse carved into the hillside turf at Uffington, in southern England, is too early to be directly associated with Epona a millennium and more later, but clearly represents a Bronze Age totem of some kind. The West Country traditional hobby-horse riders parading on May Day at Padstow, Cornwall and Minehead, Somerset, which survived to the mid-twentieth century, even though Morris dances had been forgotten, may have deep roots in the veneration of Epona, as may the British aversion to eating horsemeat. At Padstow formerly, at the end of the festivities the hobby-horse was ritually submerged in the sea.
A provincial though not crude small (7.5 cm high) Roman bronze of a seated Epona, flanked by a small mare and stallion, found in England, is conserved in the British Museum. Lying on her lap and on the patera raised in her right hand are disproportionately large ears of grain; ears of grain also protrude from the mouths of the ponies, whose heads are turned towards the goddess. On her left arm she holds a yoke, which curves up above her shoulder, an attribute unique to this bronze statuette.
The Welsh figure Rhiannon rides a white horse but has no other attributes in common with Epona. A south Welsh folk ritual call Mari Lwyd (Grey Mare) is still undertaken in December — an apparent survival of the veneration of the goddess. The pantomime horse is thought to be a related survival.
She is often depicted as a young maiden, either riding a horse (which was revered in the Celtic world for it's beauty, speed and bravery), or standing between 2 horses. She often carries a cornucopia and basket, which further supports her role as a fertility and abundance goddess. People would adorn pictures and statues of her with rose garlands, in the shrines.
Lay the elemental tools upon the ground: leave room for you to lay in the center.
North-a pentacle representing the physical; a head for thinking; arms to manifest and feet for moving.
West-frankincense and sandalwood incense; the smoke would allow apparitions to manifest by manipulating the substance.
East-an open sterilized jar of rainwater emotions.
South-a lit large three-wick candle fire will help guide you back.
Face east, pierce the air with you left hand and move clockwise in a circular motion to close your circle creating sacred space. You can say-"I draw this circle, this is the boundary where only love shall enter and leave.
Lay center of the elemental tools - top of the head in the north position. Feet pointing south. Breath the air deeply into your lungs hold for the count of ten, and then exhale. Close your eyes. Allow your burdens to soak into the ground beneath you.
Request Epona, a white horse Goddess, to take you for a ride across the earth surface.
RELAX---you may slip in and out of sleep and enter dream state. Don't be surprised if the dream is so vivid in your memory you could swear you've actually been on board Epona's strong back.
Listen closely to hear Epona's hooves approach. See in your mind before you standing tall and proud a stunning mare. Picture the mare motion for you to mount her study back. Grasp the pure untangled mane with your hands as she gallops effortlessly just inches above the spring growth. Feel the cool breeze, cascading freely, touching your face as it rushes by your body. Experience freedom - feel it as the mare races across the green and carpeted meadow, over the rocky hills, along an old twisted dirt road, and she swims in crystal clear water.
When you return to where you begun, dismount. Pat and thank Epona for allowing you two to become one.
Rise to your feet and walk to the east position to close your circle. Pierce the air with you left hand and walk widdershin around the ring and draw the energy into your body until you are back where you started.
Leave an offering bird seed or bread crumbs.