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Working With The Animal Totems

Spirit of the HORSE: Power, Grace, Beauty, Nobility, Strength, Stamina, Freedom

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Brumby ~ Australian Wild Horse

http://www.wildspeak.com/animalenergies/brumby.html

Horse/Pony/Mustang's Wisdom Includes:

* Power
* Stamina
* Endurance
* Faithfulness
* Freedom to run free
* Control of the environment
* Awareness of power achieved with true cooperation
* Interspecies communication
* Expanding one’s own potential abilities
* Friendship and Cooperation
* Travel
* Astral travel
* Guardian of travelers
* Warns of possible danger
* Guide to overcoming obstacles

The horse shows up in almost every mythological writing, folklore, and reality. There is the mighty winged Pegasus, the eight-legged horse of the Norse god Odin, the stallions of the Hindu sun god, the stallions of Apollo, and so on. Many legends speak of the horse as being clairvoyant and able to perceive humans with magical powers. No single animal has given man the physical freedom of movement as the horse. If you are drawn to Horse, you feel a power in your spirit that is sometimes difficult to control. Horse is a symbol of loyalty and devotion, of unquestioning love and faith in his master. He says that you love to travel, and have more than a touch of gypsy in your soul. Horse is also your warrior spirit - the brave fighter who brings you safety in your journeys, both physical and metaphysical. Horse's medicine includes power, stamina, endurance, faithfulness, freedom to run free, control of the environment, awareness of power achieved with true cooperation, inter-species communication, expanding one's own potential abilities, friendship and cooperation, travel, astral travel, guardian of travelers, warns of possible danger, guide to overcoming obstacles.

Horse Coat Colors:

The color of the horse you are drawn to is also significant. The white horse says that you feel responsibility very heavily, and you must guard against carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. The black horse travels into the void, the unknown, seeking truth and enlightenment. The reddish and red/brown colors are for humor, and says that you ease tense situations with a touch of humor. There's no doubt that Gerardus rides a red horse!  The yellow horse signifies new beginnings; awakenings and enlightenment.

The Horse

The horse symbolizes freedom and the power that comes with being free. They pulled the wagon trains across the prairies opening up new frontiers to be explored. Horses helped turn the Lakota and other Native tribes into the powerful mounted warriors and nomads that they became, although taming the horse wasn't easy, as their spirit for freedom was a fire that burned within them.

Those with this medicine can be fiercely independent and have little tolerance for anything or anyone that limits their free expression. This characteristic can create challenges in relationships of all kinds, especially co-dependent ones. Those with this totem are teachers to their partners, friends and family showing them how to stand solid within themselves. Individuals who choose to be involved with a horse person do so because the need for self empowerment is strong. They seek the horse and the power it holds rather than the horse seeking them.

Because horse medicine people hold the energy of power their leadership and teaching skills are usually in demand. Intuitive and wise they make excellent therapists. They enjoy helping others but often feel as if there is no one to lead or teach them. If people become too dependent they will respond like a bucking bronco. Personal relationships often lack emotional or mental nourishment especially in the earlier years of life. To compensate for this they are forced to go within and strengthen their bond with spirit. This bond provides them with the nourishment needed to evolve their soul while staying grounded in the earth experience.

Horses give their riders the safety of speed and the promise of adventure. Natives tribes used the horse to run, fight, send messages, hunt and move their villages quickly. The horse carried people and their belongings into new uncharted territory and the challenges that it held. If horse has come to you, you are being offered a gift of safe movement. Is there somewhere that you want or need to go? Horse can help you get there, whether the place is physical or spiritual. Is their a new venture you want to undertake? Call on horse to help you create it. Are there challenges in front of you that you dot want to deal with? If so, the horse asks you to awaken your inner power and move forward with courage.

Before this continent became so populated, it was well suited to the Mustang. They had adapted themselves to live in harsh environments on diets that wouldn't sustain most horses. However, their need for freedom made them unsuited to a country whose people seem compelled to control and dominate everything. Because of this the mustang is just about gone.

When the horse, either wild or domestic, appears in your life the following questions should be asked. Are you pushing boundaries that are going to cause severe repercussions? Are you trying in your need to be free, to not play by the rules? If so, this may not be a bad thing, but learn the lesson of mustang, there can be a high price to pay for freedom.

Horse Animal Totem:

The horse has long been a symbol of freedom, grace and strength. Those who have the horse as their animal totem or power animal are well aware of the powerful spiritual medicine associated with this noble and beautiful animal. For hundreds of years horses and humans have shared an alliance, one in which the horse helped provide transportation, pull plows or carry burdens. But even in this role of working for humans, the horse has within it a type of untamed power, one that harkens back to its wild ancestors. It is this wild, untamed spirit that lends so much magic to the medicine of the horse totem.

The horse has long been a symbol of freedom, grace and strength. Those who have the horse as their animal totem or power animal are well aware of the powerful spiritual medicine associated with this noble and beautiful animal. For hundreds of years horses and humans have shared an alliance, one in which the horse helped provide transportation, pull plows or carry burdens. But even in this role of working for humans, the horse has within it a type of untamed power, one that harkens back to its wild ancestors. It is this wild, untamed spirit that lends so much magic to the medicine of the horse totem.

Shamans throughout the world recognize the wisdom within the horse, a wisdom that is associated with such things as astral travel, intuition and freedom. As with other animal totems some people will have the horse as their totem throughout their life, or it may appear on occasion in order to bring a lesson or message. If horse wisdom is appearing in your life, whether during meditation, dreams or appearing symbolically during your day, it is wise to listen to the messages and teachings that it brings. The messages that the horse brings can vary so you'll need to ask yourself some questions to better understand their meanings and lessons you need to take from them.

For example, because horses are herd animals and depend upon the cooperation of the group for survival, the lesson coming your way may be one of working together with others or learning from the group. Horse medicine is also associated with courage and independence, so the lesson may be one of taking risks or finding your own personal power. Other lessons and powers associated with the horse totem include:

* Friendship
* Adventure
* Stamina
* Psychic abilities
* Warning of possible danger
* The importance of self-care
* Finding your place in the world
* Spiritual freedom
* Joy
* Perseverance
* Creativity and expression

People who have the horse as their personal totem tend to be fiercely independent individuals who greatly cherish the ability to freely express themselves. They can also be intuitive and compassionate people who can be good teachers, leaders or healers. Because of the strong independent streak in the horse, people with this totem may find themselves resenting authority figures or resisting rules so for this reason it's important to maintain balance and remember the importance of cooperation. On the other hand, if a horse totem person becomes overly cooperative and giving, they may find themselves feeling emotionally, physically or spiritually drained. If this is the case it's important to remember the importance of self-nurturing and personal empowerment.

As you can see, the horse is a complex and powerful totem. By keeping yourself connected and in tune with the energy and gifts that it brings, you may find that your spirit will gain much wisdom and strength.

THE HORSE:

Speed, strength, and grace are the finer qualities of this noble animal.  The horse lived on the North American continent for thousands of years, but mysteriously disappeared and was later reintroduced by Spanish Conquistadors in the 1500's.  American Indians quickly mastered equestrian skills and found the spirit of the horse to be a valuable asset in learning ways of leadership, safety in movement and freedom.

Even though the horse can be domesticated, it's spirit forever roams into the far reaches of freedom.   The horse meant ease of movement for indigenous people who quickly learned they could hunt and move into new territories as never before.  For those who seek the spirit of the horse, the idea of freedom may be a predominant theme.  To the American Indian, the horse symbolizes freedom and the power that comes with being free.

  • If horse has come in your dreams or visions, there may be a promise of safe travel ahead.  Movement or a new adventure, whether it be physical or spiritual is near.  
  • People knowledgeable of horse medicine know that taming the wild, freedom seeking aspects of its personality is not easy, but the benefits of gentleness and tolerance is attainable with patient kindness and continual training.
  • The horse spirit is intensely independent that often creates conflict in personal and professional relationships.   People who walk with the horse spirit are often independent leaders who forge new paths of awareness.
  • The power and strength of the horse spirit is able to take its rider to new spiritual territory.  It reminds us of our inner power and gives us courage to move forward.
  • The strong legs and back of the horse remind us to remain solidly grounded in our spiritual walk our earthly experiences and to carry the burdens of life with dignity.

Shuunka Wakan ~ Spirit of the Horse ~ Music by Arvel Bird ~ Video by Terri Benning

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