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Horse Symbolism:
Power, Might and the Hero of Antiquity


The qualities of power, freedom and travel have always been associated with the mighty and magnificent horse, the eternal hero of antiquity, charging across the plains of the world, eyes and form focused with fiery determination.

LotR - Ride of the Rohirrim


The symbolic cycle of horses is year-round and this is why these fabulous creatures shine rich in lore and myth, sparkling with the deep power of might, magic and bravery. Man has no greater friend and ally, for the horse has been responsible for the spread of civilisation from ages past and long forgotten to our present time.

Horses have been associated both with burial rights and giving birth, individuals of lore riding into and out of the world, seated upon these elegant creatures of passion.



Odin, the Allfather from the sparkling Norse mythos rides upon an eight-legged steed named Sleipnir (the slipper). Sleipnir, who is grey in colour, is the child of Loki and Svašilfari, and is described as the best of all horses, and is ridden to the location of Hel.



In Hervarar saga ok Heišreks, the poem Heišreks gįtur contains a riddle that mentions Sleipnir and Odin;



36. Gestumblindi said:
Who are the twain, that on ten feet run? three eyes they have, but only one tail. Alright guess now this riddle, Heithrek!

Heithrek said:
Good is thy riddle, Gestumblindi, and guessed it is: that is Odin riding on Sleipnir.



In the serene Hindu tradition, the chariot of Surya, the Sun god is pulled by stallions, as is the chariot of Apollo in the magnificent Greek mythos.



In Chinese astrology the horse is associated with appeal and persuasiveness. Horse people are friendly, adventurous and emotional. Horses have always been strong symbols of freedom.



Horses have served humanity in travel, war, agriculture and all other major areas of life, particularly friendship. The horse has merged the world closer together and has a special magic around them, pertaining to closeness.



The horse enabled people to explore and find freedom from the constraints of their own communities. This enabled them to travel and thus discover the multiplicity of life and all of its powers. Horses have great appeal to most people. We are fascinated by them, and riding one raises us above the mundane, and renews our sense of power. Riding horses has been likened to flying by more than one poet through the ages. They signify the wind and even the foam of the sea.

- Ted Andrews (Animal Speak)



Horses have powers of divination. More than one legend speaks of the clairvoyance of horses and their ability to recognize those involved in magic. They are symbols that can express the magical side of humans.



The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win the war. The Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war. This shows how powerful the horse truly is.


Horses also serve a variety of functions in agriculture such as riding, ploughing and pulling and continue to help mankind in this manner.



The symbolism of the horse signifies movement, travel and particularly sexual desires. The stallion is often used as a symbol of sexuality. The taming of the stallion is akin to taming sexuality and more dangerous emotions. The Rocky movies with Sylvester Stallone echo this concept perfectly!



When the marvellous Horse appears in your Life, it is time to examine aspects of travel and freedom within your life.

Are you feeling constricted? Do you need to move on or allow others to move on? Is it time to assert your freedom and your power in new areas? Are you doing what you can to assist civilisation? Are you honouring what civilisation has given you?



The power and might of the Horse brings new journeys and will teach you to ride into new directions to awaken and discover your own freedom and power. Enjoy this brilliance of new awakening in your Life, go with what the horse brings, feel the fresh wind in your hair, the eternity of the horizon sparkling bright as your journey takes you to new found adventures!

Knowledge Source: Ted Andrews - Animal Speak