Sunday, 12 October 2008

Horse Wisdom

I have a superb pack of Horse Wisdom cards that have been created by Linda Kohanov and Kim McElroy. Kim has painted the stunning images for these cards. The set consists of 40 cards and a book in which each chapter describes the Gift, the Challenge and the Journey relating to each card.

If you are interested in how horse wisdom can help guide your life then you will love these cards. I'll be sharing more of how I am working with them in coming posts. Here is just one example of how I used them just this weekend for my own guidance.

Recently events in my life have left me feeling like I am being held in a waiting mode and am not being allowed to move forward. These events have not been major but a series of irritating things that have held me up - like the car blowing a tyre, the PC monitor dying, losing my mobile phone (though I did find it eventually) and this last week a trapped nerve in my back which has literally stopped me moving forwards with any speed (and sometimes moving at all!).

So I tuned into my horses and the cards to ask 'what is this all about?' I drew three cards, one for the general question and one each for Penny and Jester's take on it. These are the cards I drew:

No 20: Close to the Shore
This card is about being at a crossroads and in transition where the old life is being left behind, but the new life has not yet revealed itself and the form is not clear. This can be a fertile time of gaining knowledge that can be passed on, if we view it that way. (Or we could just get cranky!)

Penny's choice: No 8 Desert of Inspiration (one of my favourities, this card depicts a black horse standing with a raven-haired woman, which is kind of poignant since Penny is a black horse and I have very dark hair!)
This card is about creative limbo, the art of doing nothing and allowing space for something new to emerge. 'The frustrating limbo between letting go of the old and giving birth to the new is an essential, though uncomfortable law of nature'.

Jester's choice: No 24 Kairos
Kairos is about opportunity and timing. 'The best laid plans can distract you from unexpected opportunities. Yet you cannot force the issue. Sometimes you must wait, patiently, for an opening - then act without hesitation'.

There seems to be a clear theme then! This is not a time for forward motion obviously!

What might I being doing instead to make use of this creative limbo? I drew card no 19 Back to Grazing! All about trusting in the universe, becoming emotionally agile and letting go of the stories that keep me tied to the past. This is particularly significant for me as I have been processing a number of issues over the last couple of years relating to the death of my brother when I was 12. I have a feeling that the time is now right to move on from there, and clear that energetic space ready for new things.

These cards really are awesome! As are the horses and horse wisdom encompassed in them.

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