Today’s card is Horse from the Druid Animal Oracle . Just after my Beltane reading, which was all about moving forward and just before my birthday, this is a very fitting card. How I would love to climb on this horse, hold his manes tightly and run free over the meadows. To feel the wind through my hair, the sun on my skin and to let go of any control I thought I might have had. To be able to surrender to the wisdom and guidance of this magnificent animal.
The keywords for this card are: The Goddess, The Land, Travel
“The card shows a gray mare with the chalk hill figure of the White Horse of Uffington, Oxfordshire, in the background. Carved on one rock is the symbol of a key, and on the other a mounted warrior. The sun is prominent in the sky above.
The spirit of Horse calls us to journey, to travel. This may manifest itself as a desire to travel in the physical world, or we may be drawn to voyaging in the inner realms. She brings us energy and speed and connects us to the power of both the land and the sun.
The horse-goddess (Epona) is the patroness of the complete life-cycle of birth, death, the afterlife and rebirth.” (guidebook)
Epona is normally portrayed as a woman either sitting on, or surrounded by, horses. Originally she may have been another form of the Great Mother Goddess because in some cases she is also portrayed with a cornucopia, a symbol of the land, abundance and fertility. She has also been portrayed as carrying keys, which may indicate her role in the underworld.
I think coming across this high spirited energetic horse goddess will be a great kickoff for my personal new year J