I have loved animals as far back as I can remember. I played with my "imaginary" animal friend as a child, not knowing at the time what a power animal was. I had vivid dreams and visions throughout my life. I also felt drawn to different animals at different times in my life and when I found out about power or spirit animals, I finally understood why. Reading up on those animals and then going on shamanic journeys and meditations afforded me the entry point into the world of animals on a spiritual level. The reason I prefer the term power animal to spirit animal is simply because it feels more grounded and manifested to me. You are, of course, welcome to use whatever term you like; power animal, spirit animal, animal guide...You choose. The important thing is to have a strong, loving connection and to trust and ask your animal to teach you and share its wisdom with you.
A Passion for Life
Horse stands for freedom, passion for life, drive, strong emotions, the balance between your instincts and the tamed part of your personality and sexual energy, especially the male part. Horse is one of the few animals that convey majesty, pride, beauty and nobility of spirit in such a positive way. Therefore, Horse has the ability to set your imagination wild by stirring your heart instinctively and deeply. Horse gives you power and stamina to move towards the fulfilment of your goals and actively pursue your dreams and passions.
Horse as a wild animal is freedom-loving, enjoys running across wide planes, but also lives in a herd with certain rules and a social structure. The herd is led by a stallion who is leader and protector of mares and foals alike. When threatened by a powerful predator, horses will usually run, unless they need to protect or don’t see a way out, which is when they will fight by kicking with their powerful hooves and biting. Horses have eyes on the sides of their heads, so they have, like most vegetarian prey animals, a 180-degree radius of sight, which enables them to see danger behind them while fleeing from it.
Horse also stands for travelling. As the animal can cover vast distances fast, Horse heralds long journeys that you need to prepare yourself for. This can be in the physical, as well as the figurative sense. When embarking on a long journey, there is some preparation needed, so if you have booked a longer holiday or business trip some distance away from where you live, make sure, you have covered all options, like climate-appropriate clothing, enough funds to sustain your physical needs, any additional vaccinations and medication that are compulsory or recommended, ensuring you have accommodation and travel insurances booked, etc.
On a spiritual level, you might embark on a shamanic journey or an energetic upgrade through some course that stretches over a longer period of time, so you should ensure that you have your environment set accordingly. You need time and space to integrate the changes in your energy household and set some quiet time aside for meditation and reflection. Eating clean and drinking lots of water to keep you hydrated is another point you should have panned for on your agenda, as with all spiritual upgrading and healing, a larger amount of water and nutrients are required to sustain you on your journey to support your development in the best way possible. Horse lends you the courage to jump over any hurdles in life, so you can move towards and reach your goals.
Horse also stands for freedom. Even a tamed horse needs a lot of time outside in the pasture to be able to move about and be in the fresh air. This way, the animal can move about more freely and have unrestricted contact with their mates if at all possible. Horse shows us how wonderful and invigorating it is to move outside in nature. It calls you to go walking, jogging or cycling in a park or the woods, play team sports outside, like football or, when you look at children in the park, play catch or throw frisbees.
In my romance novel In the Event of Love, the female MC, Charlotte, is free in her movement to follow her dreams. She moves to another continent, finding a new job, so she can be with the man she loves. On the other hand, she is hampered by her own past and not trusting in herself and her relationship with Jake, the male MC, to be able to let go and share her fears with him. When she is finally freeing herself from these limiting beliefs with the help of Jake and his family, it is Jake who needs to learn the balance of freedom and taking responsibility for his own actions and accepting help from his family and beloved, his herd in Horse terms. Only when both main characters have managed to face and overcome their fears, they are able to move forward together.
In a figurative sense, Horse also asks you to express yourself freely and keep moving forward in your own development, whether it is on your own or within a group, for example, you could go on a spiritual retreat where you can study and do activities within a group of likeminded people and also have some activities incorporated that allow you to move freely in nature.
Horse is also a very caring and nurturing guide. It will inspire you to have the right words to say to someone when needed to make them feel better, comforted and cared for. Horse also tells you that no one can take away your freedom from you unless you allow it.