The unicorn has its horn representing mysticism, the griffin has the qualities of both the lion and the eagle.

These representations are of the best qualities of masculinity and femininity. Only the purest of women (the virgin) can tame the unicorn and only the bravest of men can tame thegriffin.

(It is sometimes said that only the female griffin has wings, yet the griffin is also said to draw the chariot of nemesis, goddess of justice, across the sky.)