Horse is but one of the many fascinating spirit animals you can connect with, learn from and whose energy you can embrace.
This article continues the series on Native American Spirituality and animal medicine.
In Native American spirituality, animal medicine refers to the empowerment that each animal offers us and is based on the belief that we are all connected to every living thing, to all that is. That we are all family.
As loving family members, animals come to us in spirit, as power animals, and stay for a lifetime, or as spirit animals, and stay for a while. They offer us their strength, their wisdom, their character, their essence.
“Every animal is unique unto itself. Each species has its own characteristics, its own strengths and its own weaknesses. “-Ted Andrews, Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small
For example, horses exemplify the love of freedom, the need to be untethered, free to roam whenever the need beckons. In addition to accepting their gifts to us, we can request what we need from them.
When animals come to you as power animals or spirit animals, they help you develop potential within you that matches their characteristics. They also teach us the lessons we need to learn.
Among the lessons they teach are how to use and develop your potential, how to adapt to your environment, lessons of dying to one part of your life and being reborn to something new, and maintaining responsible relationships with all our relations.
Is Horse One of Your Power or Spirit Animals?
Horses love to run free, untethered, without boundaries. Roaming wherever fancy takes them. If horse is one of your power animals, then you also value freedom and autonomy.
You like to explore (and possibly to travel) just for the fun of it, and may be drawn to the metaphysical realm. Psychic or shamanic work might be a good fit for you.
If horse has entered your life as a spirit animal, think about the issues of freedom and travel and exploration. Also, think about boundaries at work or in relationships.
(1) Is it time to assert yourself in some way? Move into a new level of empowerment?
(2) Is it time to move on? Do you need to allow someone else to move on?
(3) Is there any sense of constriction in your life? A need for freedom? Or space?