Cornucopia (Horn of plenty, Horn of Amalthea)

The Cornucopia (Latin, ‘horn of plenty’), a spiraling, woven basket overflowing with an abundance of produce, is an ever-present symbol of harvest prosperity. The symbol dates back to an ancient tale of the Nymph Amalthea,* who, as a reward from the infant Zeus for a meal of Goat’s milk, was given an enchanted goat’s horn which gave whatever one wished for.**

The cornucopia became a ubiquitous symbol of fortune and plenty, and was associated with many Goddesses, including Fortuna, the goddess of good fortune, and Ceres, Goddess of agriculture.

Amalthea feeds Zeus from the horn

*Sometimes, Amalthea herself is the goat.

**Similar tales include the Finnish Sampo and the Celtic legend of the Cauldron of Plenty.

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Triple hornGorgon

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mark north idaho April 7, 2017 at 11:28 am

the cornucopia represents the horn that provides.. in the body their are 7 horns.. these are the 7 endrocrine systems in the body.. Jesus is, the 7 horns that provide..

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