Pride, or the Peacock’s Tail

%When through intense pride I wander in samsara (confusion) On the luminous light path Of the wisdom of equality% From Tibetan Inspiration-Prayer for Deliverance from the Dangerous Pathway of the Bardo by Chongyam Trungpa The Seven Deadly Sins are often associated with specific colors and animals. Lust is usually blue and associated with the Bull […]

The Eighth Door and the Horses of the Mist

“Thus Charlemagne, emperor and king of the Franconians and Defender of Roman Popes, is to be the one who will destroy our old world. But finally, when his God, his Rome and his Popes will fade in their glamour and terror, people will start to remember what he has robbed us of. “ A Prophecy […]

Blue Beard

The blue transit between black and white is like that sadness that emerges from despair as it proceeds towards reflection. The soul’s putrefactio is generating a new anima consciousness, a new psychic grounding that must include underworld experiences of the anima itself: her deathly and perverse affinities expressed alchemically … (Hillman lists female archetypes here) […]

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. “Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane?  Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic […]

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 […]