From bestselling author Linda Kohanov and equine artist Kim McElroy, this wisdom-filled book-and-card set brings Linda's groundbreaking teachings about human-horse connections and equine archetypes to readers interested in the hidden offerings and profound insights found in the powerful relationship between horses and humans. Way of the Horse is useful both as a divination deck and as a book of deep insights (255 pages) into the Way of the Horse as a teacher of self discovery.
The book consists of forty chapters, each describing one card. Each chapter begins with the card title, key phrases conveying the card's concepts, and a discussion of the image depicted on the card, its meaning for the reader, and its mythical/archetypal history.
The urge to be with horses can take hold at any age. These spirited creatures gallop through ancient myths, favourite childhood stories, wishes, dreams, and drawings. For many people, the desire recedes over time, hiding in a secret corner of the heart, ready to leap forward, suddenly, when a movie, photograph, or painting triggers emotions too complex to voice, yet too important to ignore. Those lucky enough to own a horse would seem to have a better understanding of this longing, this mysterious promise of an ancient freedom and an even more ancient knowing. Yet a living, breathing mare or stallion is often more of an enigma than an imaginary one. Answers to the questions that horses pose, silently, relentlessly, to the human soul have always hovered just outside the scope of reason.
These animals mirror, and help us recover, the beauty, power, and nobility of our own spirit, that elusive Presence so easily lost in the frenzy and disconnection of civilized life. Now that horses are no longer obliged to work in our fields and carry us to war, they're free to do something arguably more important: work on us. This time around, however, the hero's journey involves stepping off our high horses, removing the armor, and letting these powerful yet sensitive beings lead us to greater physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual balance. This deck and the accompanying essays are designed to reveal the various lessons horses are available to teach.
"To produce a singular work -- like no other in equine literature -- is what Linda and Kim have done with Way of the Horse. This archetypal exploration of the wisdom that horses offer us is totally intriguing."
-- Robert Vavra, author and photographer