|Horse emerges from Winter. (Photo by Lynda Yraceburu)|
Horse is one of the animals that has shared the journey with humans as we've evolved and created and occasionally bumbled our way through this grand experiment with "civilization." Dog is another key Totem animal in this regard, who will share its energy later on. Unlike the Dragon and the Snake, which are primal symbols that resonate significantly in the female consciousness, Horse resonates all but universally in the collective consciousness, with her deep ties to humanity that stretch back thousands of years.
Horse's universality is important to note because it speaks to the greater energetic shifts that are occurring now. We are moving out of the "old reality" of Duality and Separation and into the "new reality" of Unity and Communion. Horse is very supportive of being a part of a WE - whether that's entering into a relationship, becoming a parent, or assuming a greater and more visible role in one's community, in realspace or cyberspace.
If you ever watch a herd of horses moving together, there's a beautiful connection between each member of the herd. When they are at rest, you can sense that they're all looking out for one another; when they are on the move, they move almost as one animal. The groundwork has been laid over the past few years of Special High Intensity Transformation for this Deep Connection to begin arising and blossoming within us. You are invited to play and experiment with it...are there instances where you and another person seem to be on the same wavelength - and is it become easier to match wavelengths?
The overall energy of Horse Medicine this year can be summed up in one word: YES!
I'm feeling an overwhelmingly positive period of expansion and accomplishment and success beginning to unfold...if nothing else, it's a refreshing change of pace from the feeling of "once more unto the breach!" that we've been going through since 2011 or so! Shift is going to happen in joy*full ways this year; momentum that was started in 2013 is definitely going to continue in 2014. The difference: instead of feeling like, "oh gods, what else can happen?" it's going to feel more like, "Wow, did you see that? How Cool!"
First things first, though...starting next week, we have a visit from your friend and mine, Mercury Retrograde.
Now before you run screaming for the hills, this particular Retrograde feels Way Different than Retrogrades of the recent past. (Yay!) This one feels more like a catch-your-breath Retrograde. If you have been riding a crazy wave of Momentum and you are just about ready to pass out from Overwhelm, this will be a welcome moment to stop, re-center yourself, and relax. Enjoy the changing of the seasons and put your feet up; you deserve a wee holiday!
If you've been feeling stuck and held back and have no idea where you're going, this Retrograde is giving you the chance to Choose Your Horse. Which Horse do you want to ride into this time of YES? Do you need to switch Horses and ride in a different direction? If the Horse Year is your particular year, is it time to reign in and change directions, or chomp down on the bit and really fly forward? Take advantage of these next few weeks of Mercury Retrograde to gain crystal clarity in your intentions, because we have another double New Moon month coming up in March. Depending on where you are in the world, you'll be entering a period of dynamic growth (in the Northern Hemisphere) or really opening up and receiving a Huge and
Bounty*full harvest (in the Southern Hemisphere.)
Finally, let me take a moment to discuss nightmares, you know, those nasty and horrifying dreams that can wake you up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. You may find it interesting to note that Demeter, the Greek Earth Goddess, was also known as Aganippe, the "Night Mare" or the "Horse Who Destroys Mercifully." If you find yourself having a lot of nightmares, look into them; write them down as you would any other dream. What direction is this Horse going in? What is the Night Mare trying to tell you? Do you need to change direction? What you need to let go of Once & For All in your life.?
You can then take steps to change direction if that becomes necessary, both in the Waking world through different intentions and actions, and in the Dreamtime through the technique of Lucid Dreaming. If you have no idea what Lucid Dreaming is - you can train yourself to be awake in the middle of a dream and change the direction of the dream without actually waking up. If you're interested, I invite you to put Lucid Dreaming in your favorite search engine and see what you come up with.
May the Horse be a boon companion for you as you ride along the path of success. Gung Hei Fat Choi!