Has the academic world become blind to the existence of unicorns?

Greek mythology and God’s Holy Scripture both support the existence of unicorns. You might easily dismiss the Greek version as a mere pagan myth but when the Judeo-Christian God talks about unicorns, that is another matter!

For instance, Scripture states:

“The firstling of his ox, honor is his, and his horns are the horns of the unicorn . . .” (Deut. 33:17)


“My horn shalt Thou exalt like the unicorn’s” (Psalm of David 92:10)

And in the same Psalm:

“O Jehovah, save me from the mouth of the lion, and answer me from the horns of the unicorn.” (22:21)

An educated person might well make the claim that if unicorns really existed we would have seen them filmed on TV shows like Wild Kingdom or on Animal Planet.

But would God fib to us? Would God mention things in a Sacred Text that have no ontological status?

Or, do mythical creatures like the unicorn represent a higher law operating at another hierarchical level of ontological reality?

The human intellect is an example of activity operating on a higher plane than that of physical phenomena. The human mind consists of cognitive functions like memory, imagination, understanding and reasoning. These cognitive functions all have ontological status and can cause real events to happen in the physical (lower) realm.

A unicorn is an allegorical creature for sure. However, we can assign ontological status to such a creature if it symbolizes some real human cognitive function or mental quality. This symbolism would not just be arbitrary or taking poetic license, but based on a premise that physical images lawfully correspond to spiritual realities.

For instance, a rider on a horse can travel faster and farther than someone on foot. Likewise, a person can travel much faster and farther from the cognitive operation of understanding than one who merely retrieves data from the memory. One represents a superior means of physical travel, while the other, a superior means of mental travel. Both types of “travel” correspond to each other.

Sacred Scripture uses this symbolism or correspondence throughout its many narratives. That is why God will be depicted upon a white horse, which represents the purity of God’s Divine understanding. That is also why the Lord, when in the world, rode into Jerusalem on a donkey—He was entering Jerusalem with a superior understanding of heavenly truth.

A horse with wings would have a similar significance—the more “lofty” operation of spiritual understanding.

A unicorn is a horse with a horn. It signifies the power of truth from understanding. That the post-modern academic world gives no ontological status to unicorns is evidence of a diminished cognitive state in the human intellect and a descent into naturalism and reductionism.

As further evidence, when you apply these “higher” meanings to the biblical passages quoted above, they not only make more sense, they make doctrinal sense.

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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