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Animal Guides – An Oracle Deck Grows

I’ve made a good start on my next Oracle Deck – Animal Guides  – four done and many more to go

Ancient wisdom from around the world teaches us that all animals carry their own unique energy and spirit. Furthermore we can call on animals to help, protect, inspire, and heal us on our life paths. You might have a Spirit Animal who stays with you your whole life or you might encounter an Animal Guide for a particular time or situation. Animals can be our allies, guides and
sources of power throughout our whole lives.

So far I have completed Owl, Horse, Dragonfly and Fox.  Coming soon – Swan.

Fox – Cunning, Camouflage, and Persistence

Fox is intelligent, clever and cunning. While it is persistent, fox is gentler and less aggressive than wolf. Fox is associated with feminine magic, offering the power of the feminine to both men and women.  Read more about Fox on my recent blog post here.

Dragonfly – Guide to Transformation
and True Sight

With their translucent beauty, erratic flight patterns and speed, dragonflies have inspired people for centuries. They are found in myth and stories worldwide. They most frequently symbolize transformation, both physical and mental/emotional changes in self-perception.  Read more about Dragonfly from my April post in FAR here.

Horse – Symbol of Power & Freedom

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Worldwide the horse has come to symbolize power, grace, beauty, freedom, nobility and strength. The horse is emblematic of the life-force imbued with spirit.

The horse plays an important role in cultures all around the world, both culturally and symbolically.  Read more about Horse in my February post in FAR here.

Owl – Guide to True Sight and Wisdom

Owl symbolizes perception and deception – quiet observation and wisdom. Owl is a harbinger of death through which we find the passage to new life. Owl with its large, all-seeing eyes peers deeply into the nature of reality, seeing what others fail to note. Owl, in the dark of night, in the dreamtime, gifts us with its all-seeing vision, opening our eyes to the truth of each situation.  Read more about Owl in my December, 2017 post on FAR – Wisdom of Reindeer Goddess and Owl.

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Our Long Connection to Horses

Humans have had a strong connection to horses for a very long time. The horse was first depicted in art about 32,000 years ago on the cave walls of southern France and northern Spain. Though archeologists disagree as to whether the paintings are realistic depictions or symbolic markings, many concur that they are both. Perhaps our ancestors applied a numinous meaning to the horses and the symbols painted on those ancient cave walls.

Horses were domesticated in the western Eurasian Steppes about 5,500 years ago. New evidence places the domestication of the Arabian horse at 9,000 years ago in current day Saudi Arabia. Culture and the movement of peoples was forever changed with the domestication of horses. Hunting, herding, migration and warfare were all greatly heightened after the horse was brought into the human fold.

Worldwide the horse has come to symbolize power, grace, beauty, freedom, nobility and strength. The horse is emblematic of the life-force imbued with spirit.

horse-spirit-guide-painting-by-judith-shaw

Read more about horse and its symbolic meaning to the Celts, the Greeks, the Romans and more on my post at the Feminism and Religion Blog.

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