Modernly speaking, horses are mostly domesticated, though there are small herds of wild horses in various parts of the world. Horses range in size, color, breed, and other characteristics. According to experts, horses have contributed more to the spread of civilization than any other animal.
Different Uses for Horses
Though horses often serve man, they still can never be fully tamed by humans. In yesteryear, horses were used as primary modes of transportation, were ridden into battle, helped pull farming equipment, and move goods with carts and so on. These days horses are generally used for recreational activities, although professionals such as military, law enforcement, and so on still use horses for career partners.
Horse Symbolism & Spiritual Meaning
Most cultures, mythologies, and even religions symbolize the horse in a variety of ways, but the most common and dominate concept is the horse representing power and freedom. In some cultures for example, a white horse represents a balance of power and wisdom, but on the other hand, the white horse in some religions symbolizes death. As a universal symbol freedom with no restraints, the feeling of riding these powerful animals is also connected with desire, movement, and travel. As mentioned, horses were often ridden to the battlefield in the days of old and many cultures use horses as an emblem of war.
Horses in Greek & Other Mythology
Throughout the different mythologies, horses are frequently referenced. In Roman mythology, Mar, the god of war, is linked with horses. Additionally, Helios, the sun god, is always seen with his chariot being pulled by incredible horses. In Celtic mythology, horses are the harbingers of good fortune and were good luck charms. White horses were especially sacred to the Celts as they were form sometimes chosen by Rhiannon and Epona. If several horses are seen standing closely together, a folk wisdom suggested a storm is well on the way; but superstition aside, when horses sense a storm is coming, they will protect each other by grouping up.
Horse Spirit Animal
Horses are a representation of the spirit, similar to freedom, a rather important element to remember. As other cultures include personal drive and passion with freedom as a spirit animal, among the spirit animals, horses show the strongest motivation that carries one through life. Greatly depending on whether the animal spirit guide is represented as wild, tamed, moving freely or constrained will dictate the meaning of the variations of the horse meaning. Horses meaning and generally representation:
1) The driving force that carries you in life or contributes to how you thrive.
2) The harmony between instinctive and tamed part of your personality is also the secondary meaning for the horse spirit animal.
3) Not limited to masculine energy, but especially emphasized for sexual energy.
4) Passionate desires and strong emotions.
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