Your Year of the Horse

Every traveller on life’s journey brings a message: for more than my three-score years and ten, actually thirteen, I have heard the message of Horse.  I have been with horses since the age of eighteen when, working on a vast estate in the highlands of Kenya, I taught myself to ride, at first from a book, Cross-Sadddle and Sidesaddle, that I would read each evening and practice next day.  After falling off my boss’s horse too often I chose a route through the narrow paths of a spiky sisal plantation where I could be impaled before hitting the soft earth below.  That worked.
   Two years later, posted to an arid desert on the tip of the arabian peninsula, I worked in the stables caring for beautiful Arab stallions who, hooves pounding and manes flying, would as soon buck you off as carry you up the beach.  They weren’t getting enough off what stallions need, I guess.  I walked back a lot, but under the tutelage of an Irish jockey, got to ride in a flat race.  I was very proud for not coming in last, as Flicka refused to start until the others were almost out of sight.
   Then I had my first taste of polo in Cyprus, and years after that a season in Hong Kong.  Now I was running the stables, again by the book, this time Stable Management and Exercise, and teaching polo to my colleagues from Introduction to Polo.  One of my life’s peak moments was scoring a goal at a flat gallop – I can still hear the applause!  I also met an ex-Olympian who coached me to win my first (last and only) rosette in the Open Showjumping, ahead of a few Lancers and Hussars who thought the trophy theirs by right.  Ha!
   So, with all this equine experience I was prepared to be well beaten at Tai Chi forty years later, by a man twenty years my senior: the late Master Lim of Penang, then 84 years young!  I recovered my pride by taking a riding holiday from coast to coast in the North Island of New Zealand.
   More recently I have been horse-whispering and learning of their sensitivity and psychic power.  They know what you are thinking!

Now we are about to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Horse.  The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.  The Wood Horse Year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. (Did they celebrate in Troy?)  Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. Magical Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can even fly! A white celestial cloud Horse is sacred to the Chinese Goddess Kwan Yin.  And one of the Eight Immortals carries a paper horse in his pocket that becomes alive when he takes it out to ride across the universe.  3-D printers have a long way to go!  In our sister tradition, the Native American, Horse is Power: physical power + unearthly power.  In shamanic practice throughout the world Horse enables shamans to fly.  The Tibetan wind-horse carries prayers to Spirit.

Your Year, Your Horse, is what you make it.  Horses are sociable animals who like to do things together.  Their first defence is to run away but when cornered or challenged they fight with flashing teeth and flailing hooves.

So, how do you see your Year?  Will you spring into the saddle and gallop into a new and exciting future?  of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance?  Or will you gently canter to the music of your power?  Trot steadily ahead to fulfil a plan?  Or simply walk your talk?  On the other hand, you might choose to sit in the saddle and watch the world pass you by, or embark on some wild scheme that carries you out of control over the hills and far away.
Where shall we meet?
16th January Jade Circle Level 1 in London, with Anamarta. All Women Welcome. No Pre-requisites. Presenting the Jade Egg Holistic Practice (including the Jade Egg) followed by Kuan Yin Chi Kung, Meditation and Yin Practice. Kentish Town Studio, 141-145 Kentish Town Road (Side Entrance in Castle Place), Camden, London NW1 8P

16th January Jade Arrows Level 1 & 2 in London, with Kris Deva North Kentish Town Studio, 141-145 Kentish Town Road (Side Entrance in Castle Place), Camden, London NW1 8P

 

18th & 19th January Learn more and sign up for Tai Chi Winter Intensive with Kris & Anamarta. All Welcome, no pre-requisites: Kentish Town Studio, 141-145 Kentish Town Road (Side Entrance in Castle Place), Camden, London NW1 8P

Friday 24th January FREE TALK & DEMO –TAOIST SHAMANIC HEALING – Kris Deva North & Anamarta share a few secrets to whet your appetite for the workshop. Includes a Free Demonstration and Group Healing Circle. All Welcome, No Need to Book, just Come on By: 7 to 8.30pm @ Kentish Town Studio, 141-145 Kentish Town Road (Side Entrance in Castle Place), Camden, London NW1 8PB No Pre-requisites

28th January Jade Circle Level 2 in London, with Anamarta. All Women Welcome. No Pre-requisites. Kentish Town Studio, 141-145 Kentish Town Road (Side Entrance in Castle Place), Camden, London NW1 8P

31st January thru’ 3rd February Learn more and sign up for Taoist Shamanic Healing with Kris & Anamarta. All Welcome, no pre-requisites: Kentish Town Studio, 141-145 Kentish Town Road (Side Entrance in Castle Place), Camden, London NW1 8P

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Author, Meditation Coach, Teacher of the Taoist Arts and NLP.
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