Meeting Royal Obligations

The infamous French horse master Francois Baucher speaks of meeting the onerous obligations of the riding hall if one wishes to join the aristocracy of those who excel at horsemanship. I am pretty sure that he was thinking of the human side of the equation, but the Choctaw Princess has made me consider those aristocratic […]

Citrinitas and Rubedo

We start off the chapter on yellow with a brief mention that many alchemists did not include the stage of yellow, especially in the later years of alchemy’s heyday, but moved directly from white to red. Hillman, who was himself trained as a Jungian analyst, suggests that Jung included the yellow because he was fond […]

Leaping Like Locusts

Thank you for your interest in my blog. The information in this post has been incorporated into my series on horse training.   Click here to see what books are available. One of the peculiar images repeated in Revelations and echoed in the Book of Job is horses described as locusts. They are caparisoned like […]

The Black Medicine Horse

Black Elk says: The Grandfathers began to sing, announcing the riders of the different quarters. They sang of the black horse riders like this: They will appear May you behold them A horse nation will appear A thunder-being nation will appear They will appear, Behold! The four black horse riders were painted black with blue […]

The White Medicine Horse

Black Elk says: Next they sang: They will appear May you behold them A horse nation will appear A geese nation will appear May you behold! The four white horse riders were painted white with red lightning on their limbs and plumes of white horse hair to look like geese. Revelations says: I heard the […]

The Red Medicine Horse

Black Elk says: Next they sang: Where the sun shines continually they will appear May you behold them A horse nation will appear A buffalo nation will appear May you behold! The four red horse riders were painted red with straight black lightning on their limbs and breasts Revelations says: I heard the being saying […]

The Unseen Medicine Horse

Black Elk says:Next they sang: He will appear May you behold him An eagle will appear for the eagle nation May you behold! My bay horse was painted with red streaks of lightning on his limbs, and on his back where I sat a spotted eagle with its wings stretched was painted. I wore a […]