This symbol is invariably related to the sun-shade, which is a solar emblem of the monarchs of certain peoples. But its mechanism has tended to lend it a phallic significance. It is a fathersymbol for this reason and because of its implications of protection and of mourning .
Water-nymphs, or undines, are symbolically the inverse of sirens: in the latter, the fishy part of their body refers to the relationship between the waters and the moon and woman; with undines, it is the feminine—or perilous—nature of the waters which is symbolized. Krappe notes that these nymphs are usually wicked in so far as they represent the treacherousness of rivers, lakes and torrents.
Symbolic of chastity and also an emblem of the sword or of the word of God , . Tradition commonly presents it as as white horse with a single horn sprouting from its forehead, buts according to esoteric belief it has a white body, a red head and blue eyes. Legend has it that it is tireless when pursued yet falls meekly to the ground when it is approached by a virgin . This seems to suggest that it is symbolic of sublimated sex. In China, the animal known as Ch'i-lin is identified by some writers with the unicorn, whereas there are others who dispute this because it has two horns.
It is an attribute of high-ranking army officers and an emblem of uprightness and high birth. Its skin is of five colours—red yellow,blue, white and black; its cry is like the sound of bells. In legend its is reputed to live for a thousand years and to be the noblest of animals . Jung, in his work on the relationships between psychology and alchemy, has studied a great many aspects of this fabulous animal, concluding that, broadly speaking, it has no one definite symbolic character but rather many different variants embracing single-horned animals, both real and fabulous, such as theat sword-fish or certain types of dragon. He notes that the unicorn is at times transmuted into a white dove, offering the explanation that on the one hand it is related to primordial monsters while on the other it represents the virile, pure and penetrating force of the spiritus mercurialis.
He quotes the remark of Honorius of Autun in his Speculum de Mysteries Ecclesiae, as follows: 'The very fierce animal with only one horn is called unicorn. In order to catch it, a virgin is put in a field; the animal then comes to her and is caught because it lies down in her lap. Christ is represented by this animal, and his invincible strength by its horn. He, who lay down in the womb of the Virgin, has been caught by the hunters- that is to say he was found in human shape by those who loved him.' However, in Antiquity the unicorn appears on occasion with certain evil characteristics. The Physiologus Graecus comments that it is 'an animal fleet of foot, single-horned and harbouring ill will towards men'.
As Jung has observed, the Church does not recognize this negative side of the unicorn. On the other hand, the alchemists made use of its ambivalent implications in order to symbolize the Monstrum Hermaphroditum. The universality of this symbolic being, non-existent in nature, is indeed surprising; it is, for instance in the Vedas. Regarding its iconography, of special interest are the 15th-century tapestries in the Cluny Museum in Paris, with their illustrations of La Dame a la Licorne .
A symbol of containment which, like all such symbols corresponds to the world of things feminine. The urn of gold or silver, associated with a white lily, is the favourite emblem of the Virgin in religious iconography. The urn with a lid is one of the eight emblems of good luck in Chinese Buddhism, and signifies Oneness, or that state of supreme intelligence which triumphs over birth and death .
Generally speaking, their symbolic significance amounts to a simple transference to the spiritual plane of their practical and utilitarian function . Secondary implications are prompted by the particular shape, material and colour of the utensil.