Call Upon the Horse!

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The horse is a noble animal. He is kind, intelligent and has been associated with fertility and sexuality. He is also a symbol of freedom, power, beauty, grace, strength and nobility. In the Chinese zodiac horse people are friendly, adventurous and passionate. In Greek mythology, the winged horse Pegasus was the source of inspiration and poetry. The horse also played an important role in the Hindu story of Ramayana where the King Dasa-ratha sets a magnificent horse free to obtain the favor of the gods which granted him 4 sons who were the avatar of Vishnu who is the preserver of life. It was also linked to Varuna and as such it is synonym to the cosmos.

The Celts associated the horse with war and its attributes of victory, conquering and longevity. He was also associated with valor which they hailed as the animal belonging to the Sun god, and the goddess Epona is also associated with the horse. Just like the Celts the Greco-Romans also associated the horse with victory of war, honor, domination and virility. In the Greco-Roman myth the horse is said to be created by Poseidon (Neptune) and is devoted to Hades (Pluto) and Ares (Mars). Romans also believed the Horse to be a symbol of the continuity of life, and would sacrifice a horse to the god Mars every October, keeping its tail through the winter as a sign of fertility and rebirth.

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In the Native American cultures the horse is seen as a symbol that combines the grounded power of the earth with the whispers of wisdom found in the spirit winds (air). It has long been honored as a helper, messenger, and harbinger of spirit knowledge. Shamans sometimes refer our drums as the horses that take us in to non-ordinary reality. The horse was one of the first animals that I connected with when I started in my shamanic path. I still remember so clearly how it profoundly moved me when I hugged him, it felt as I have always known him. He was brought to me by  my teacher. The love was there instantly. It was like reconnecting with a family member who you haven’t seen in a very long while. I rode him many times during my visits to the realms. The picture of the horse below, looks very similar to my spirit horse.

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If you are on a journey and you interact with a horse it could mean that you are about to start a new unexpected journey which will move very quickly once you have started it. It is also a time to claim your freedom physically and emotionally from negative aspects in your life. You may be experiencing some difficult times in which you needs it stamina and strength to get you through it. He is here to let you know that this is the time to call on your inner warrior balanced with sensitive, patience and compassion. It can also be reminding you that teamwork is important that when working together there is nothing we can’t  accomplish.

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Call upon the Horse when…

… you feel held back by external circumstances or outdated beliefs and you want to break free.

… you are feeling like a victim and blaming others for your situation because you don’t feel empowered and in control.

… you have an urge to travel and explore new places but have doubts or fears.

… your energy is low and you need a boost in your strength or stamina.

… you know it is time to deepen your spiritual practice but don’t know how to do it.

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On the 4th of July let’s Honor the Goddess Of Libertas!

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This morning when I woke up the goddess was right beside me and she gave me a strong message. She said to me “Let them not forget me, as they have always had my favor”. I decided to honor her and bring awareness to her with this blog.

On this great day our nation celebrates the freedom that we attained from the Kingdom of England but let us not forget and take time today to also honor the Lady that stands guard on our behalf. Our fore fathers felt that this goddess was very important to our nation which is why even today she holds a very important place in our Nation’s Capital.

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She is the Statue of Freedom, also known as Armed Freedom. She  is a bronze statue designed by Thomas Crawford (1814–1857). She has graciously stands guard on top of the dome of the US Capitol in Washington DC. She was originally named Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace, official U.S. government publications now state that the statue “is officially known as the Statue of Freedom”. She depicted as a female figure wearing a military helmet and holding a sheathed sword in her right hand and a laurel wreath and shield in her left.

The statue was created to honor and as a representation of the Roman goddess Libertas. Which had given her favor to the newly formed nation of the United States of America.

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In 238 BC Libertas assumed the goddess status. She was the personification of all the virtues of Liberty and Freedom. Tiberius Gracchus ordered the construction of her first temple on Aventine Hill in Rome. She was also known as the goddess of democracy. The rod is one of her symbols it was used in the ceremony Manumissio vindicta (Freedom by the Rod) in which a master would free a slave.  The Greek equivalent to Libertas is Elleutheria.

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She has served as inspiration for many modern-day symbols including the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. According to the National Park Service, her Roman robe is the main feature that invokes Libertas and the Symbol of Liberty from which it is named. In addition money throughout history has been created in her honor.

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As you enjoy the day with your family and friends do not forget to show your gratitude and love toward this very special goddess. Let us once again give thanks for her favor and to all those man and women who have stood beside her on battlefield to uphold our liberties and freedoms.

Many blessings to you all on this wondrous day!

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