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There is not so much difference between the horse and the dog. They are both domesticated animals, and so represent urges and drives in ourselves we have learned to harness or direct. The big difference is that the horse can carry us and serve us in our labours much more powerfully than a dog.

The dream horse also depicts or expresses our pleasurable energy and exuberance, the sort of enthusiasm or feelings of well-being that can ‘carry’ one through the day easily; dynamic sexual drive; the physical energy and life processes that ‘carry’ us around. As such it may also link with the life processe. Horses like other animals are quick to respond to love and danger. So they can be panicked and you can feel the effect of this part of you. See Mammal Brain

The energy that carry – or pull – us through growth and ageing, as happens when we dream of a horse drawn carriage or cart. Therefore in old age the unbidden processes which move us toward death may be depicted as the horse in a threatening or helpful role. The horse depicts human instincts that have been harnessed or socialised for generations, but have perhaps been let slide into non-use or crushed. It is also survival drive, sexuality, love, all yearning toward service, toward metamorphosis, all that has powerful energy to move us.

A horse or a man on a horse can sometimes signify a messenger or a message.

In his book Dreams and Dreaming, Norman MacKenzie says the horse ‘… is dynamic power and a means of locomotion; it carries one away like a surge or instinct. It is subject to panics like all instinctive creatures which lack higher consciousness. Also it has to do with sorcery and magic spells, especially the black, night horse, which heralds death.’ In a woman’s dream the horse can sometimes represent her relationship with a man and the power and strength she gets from that, as in the following dream.

Example: As I talked to the pale golden horse it felt more and more as if I was talking to a male companion who was in union with me. As I talked about my mother, she was standing before me in full anger and blaming me for bringing out the witch in her. H. Example: A rather shadowy man in a building opposite to where I used to live as a teenager was introducing me to a new job. I seemed to understand that I was to do a milkround. He led a small horse from out of the building. It was to draw a cart. When the horse saw me it ran to me and become very excited and loving, rubbing against me and licking me with a very long tongue. I was both pleased and slightly threatened. Threatened because it was so intense. At one point though we rubbed against each other with a degree of sexual pleasure.

But our dream horse can be a wonderful guide and mirror for us.

Example: I love horses too and they are great teachers, for they mirror what goes on inside us. I used to ride horses for many years and when I was not convinced about what I asked the horse to do, it would not consider me as its leader and was more likely to refuse to do what I had asked. Their sensing is perfectly developed. Anna A few weeks ago I saw a documentation about Buck Brannaman. He says -

“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems.

Black or dark horse: Unaccepted passions; threat of death. The unknown parts of your tremendous energy arising out of unconscious processes. The dream horse represents the very long history we have had with horses, through peace and terrible wars there are very long associations we have with them. It shares all that with us and so can be realisations emerging from our long past. Or it can represent threatening changes. Riding a black horse can represent the amazing energy used to bring awareness of things that had been unconscious into consciousness.

Blinkered horse: Not allowing oneself to see what is happening around you; anxiety about life, or an attempt to control ones natural anxiety or panics.

Controlling the horse or fear of it: Trying to control, or fear of, feelings of love and sexuality, of our own natural drives and emotions that are powerful enough either to give us motivation in our activities, or drag us along unwillingly.

Dead horse: Serious loss of energy or motivation which could lead to illness or depression; an old and dying set of habits and motivations or way of life.

Falling off horse: Relating badly to ones urges and needs. This could result in tension, breakdown or illness.

Grooming a horse: Taking care of ones basic needs such as food, shelter, sex.

Horse and carriage: The natural processes of life that move us through youth to old age; forces that can move us, either from within or as natural events, but which, if we are relating well to the horse, we can guide in some measure. It can also indicate the inner power which brings thoughts to awareness, things you might be blocking to think about. The horses represent the power which draws the mind.

Horse dragging the dreamer along: Impetuosity of feelings; feelings dragged along by natural urges.

Horse loving you or expressing sexual feelings: The flow of positive and natural sexuality and warmth from within.

Horse race: The events of everyday life, and your relationship with people; everyday competition and where you rate yourself in it; what happens in the race shows how you are relating to opportunity, or how you feel about your accomplishments and being part of the ‘human race’.

Horse running freely: Allowing ones emotions or sexuality free reign; love of life.

Horse unwilling to move or carry: Your inner natural reaction is against the action or direction you are trying to go. Sometimes this is a warning that you should not go in that direction.

Horseshoe: Good luck, receptivity if prongs upwards; bad luck or lack of receptiveness if prongs downwards.

Large horse: Enormous energy.

New born horse: Emerging energy or new motivations.

Old or worn out horse: State of your feelings, perhaps worn out from overwork; may refer to a member of the family.

Riderless horse: Sometimes represents the death of someone, as in the following example.

Example: “I dreamed that I was awakened by the sound of a horse’s hooves in the street. I saw a white horse, with no rider, stopping at midnight in front of our house. I knew it came for my younger sister. I went to the door and opened it to call her, when suddenly I saw her coming down the stairs, all dressed in white. She did not say a word to me, but walked with stately steps down the stairs, through the hall, and out of the door. She mounted the horse and rode away. I woke up crying.” The woman’s sister died a month later.

Riding or leading horse easily: Good relationship with inner drives and emotions; the harmony between instinctive drives and personality.

Running away from a horse or horsemen: Fear of sexuality, which includes responsibility for parenthood and relationship. Fear of ones own strong desires or urges; avoiding the responsibility of directing ones own feelings and desires.

Sick or dying horse: Loss of health, energy, enthusiasm. Have a physical check.

Speaking horse: Realisation of what you are feeling but have not been aware of; expression of levels of feeling or body processes usually unconscious.

Strange or unknown horseman/woman: Message from the unconscious; a new opportunity or event.

Struggling to control the horse: Fighting with ones urges and natural drives; difficulty in controlling ones emotions or sexuality.

The mare: femininity, receptiveness, fertility or a woman.

The stallion: masculinity, power and virility or a man.

PegasusFlying

The winged horse: In folklore and religion we also find mention of the winged horse. This symbolises the sexual or instinctive drives that have not been repressed, but allowed, in conjunction with consciousness and reason, to develop the higher possibilities latent in them. Put in plain language this suggests that the sexual drive rises like a wave that carries our conscious desires with it.

 

This energy wave rises, but in fulfilling itself in genital sex the wave falls again, self-awareness with it. However, if the energy is released, and yet not allowed to spill out in the full sexual release, the energy keeps on rising – flying in fact – lifting awareness with it, until it becomes a vast awareness of life and death. The white horse can have a similar meaning. For instance a woman turning her love of her children into social caring suggests a way of expression that goes beyond personal drives or the instinctive urges toward personal survival. She ‘flies up’ into a wider social context. See: Cayce, Edgar.

In mythology Pegasus was born from the blood when Perseus cut off Medusa’s head. Pegasus then lived roaming freely until Bellerophon caught him with a golden bridle given him by Athena. Bellerophon went through adventures such as the slaying of chimera with the help of Pegasus. But Bellerophon tried to ride Pegasus to Mount Olympus (Heaven) but Zeus caused Pegasus to throw him off and fall back to Earth.

However Pegasus arrived at Mount Olympus where he served Zeus. The symbolic meaning of this is that when the uncontrolled and undirected processes of thought and intellect are stilled a new level of experience or energy is released. This new way of relating to sexuality or life energy can uplift or expand consciousness to the point where we arrive at cosmic consciousness. But the old human personality cannot manage this and falls away as a new being emerges. Chimera, the destructive and illusory view of life arising from a purely sensory view of life is killed in the process. See: cosmic consciousness.

Thrown from horse: It depends on who is thrown from the horse and why. In general though it suggests that the instinctive or spontaneous life force has cast off an attitude that is restraining it, or not dealing with it well. One dreamer who saw a man thrown from a white horse realised that it showed how, “The forces of restraint, moral, sexual, worldly active that I have been imposing on myself have been thrown off.”

Tied up horse: Inhibition; need for release of feelings and allowing freedom of expression to feelings and creativity.

Training a horse: Developing new habits; directing your energies in a socially acceptable way; learning to direct sexual and emotional energy.

Uneasy on ride: being taken for a ride; feeling ones emotions or natural urges are dominating.

White horse: Changing sexual drive into love and wider awareness; a meeting with expanded awareness of yourself.

Wild horse: Undirected energy; sexuality which might not take care of personal or interpersonal needs.

Working horse: The energy or motivation needed to work; how you feel about yourself, that you are only a work-horse, or perhaps treated as such.

The astrological sign of Sagittarius is depicted by the half human half horse. Sagittarius, the Archer, is a ‘Mutable’ ‘Fire’ sign. In it the free, unrestrained activities of Aries which became ‘fixed’ qualities in Leo, now become balanced and harmonised, and work toward high aims. It is represented in the Zodiac as a Centaur-like being, half human, half animal, turning to shoot an arrow at the ‘Scorpion.’ The Sagittarian is said to have high ideals and philosophy, prophetic insight, and the power that overcomes sin and death.

In this sign the animal nature is ruled and directed by the human spiritual nature. The symbol of Sagittarius – half beast and half man represents this new emergence. The emergence of the human out of the animal, and the different sense that human beings have of themselves. It suggests a new type of human being in fact. If we look at the Zodiac from there on – Capricorn, we have the half goat half man figure – until we arrive at Aquarius, a fully fledged human figure. The human faculty is to transcend, to make that change. To switch across seasons, physiological changes, to actually attain consciousness. This allows us to look at the seasons, to adjust to them in a completely new way than the animal.

Example: ‘As I talked to the pale golden horse it felt more and more as if I were talking to a male companion who was in union with me.’ Alison B.

Alison’s horse is obviously portraying her feelings for a man, but also that motivating and active power in herself. The dream shows how easy and integrated she is with this.

Example: I was driving along Tottenham Court Road with my wife and my youngest son. As we neared Euston Road I saw the magnificent sight of hundreds of horses coming full gallop toward me. I knew it was a great horse race – something like the Grand National. There was every sort of horse – many riderless, all surging in a mass so thick there seemed no space between them. Then we were walking in the Covent Garden area, and it was still a market. I was crying openly at the wonder of what I had seen. Edward.

Edward’s tears are because his dream brought him a glimpse of something much bigger than his own small life. He touched the amazing flow of the energy behind the human race in its infinity of forms. Perhaps just lightly he experienced cosmic consciousness, the state of awareness that transcends ones own limitations of body and mind. But the dream also has elements of the competitive drive we feel as humans, and the struggle to know where we stand in relationship with others and the mass of other people we exist within.

Idioms: Back the wrong horse; from the horse’s mouth; don’t look a gift horse in the mouth; horse sense; you can lead a horse to water; wild horses; workhorse; horsing about; getting on your high horse; eat like a horse; back the wrong horse; beating a dead horse. See: spiritual life in dreams .

Useful Questions and Hints:

What is your relationship with the horse and what does this say about how you relate to your own motivating and energising drives?

Where is the horse taking you, or where are you directing the horse – this gives you clues to your direction in life?

Is the horse decidedly male or female – if so is there a connection with how you are relating to someone or yourself?

See Talking to Inner SelfSumming UpTechniques for Exploring your DreamsMartial Art of the Mind

Comments

-catherine wright 2017-05-24 19:09:53

Dreamed of a large black horse with a rider circling my bed slowly, the horse lowered his head to me and I ran my hand over his nose, it was unbelievably soft. It began circling and I looked to the other side of the bed and saw a white glowing person, face down, stretched like a rubber band, descending to the bed, I woke and turned my light on to end what really didn’t seem like a dream.

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-Geet 2017-06-16 20:23:53

I had a dream where there were many shining blue horses with wings flying in the sky. The place was like a hill or a mountain. Also the horses were being clicked by a photographer floating in air. To sum up the horses’ behaviour they looked very amiable,calm and enjoying. Also saw a person flying on one of the horses and getting off the horse to come and meet me. Kindly do the favour of interpreting my dream

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-Pia 2017-06-20 13:11:41

I’ve tried to interpret this, but I just dreamed that I saw around 30 dead light brown young horses in a pile just on the edge of a steep cliff. They had been put down for some reason I couldn’t understand, but I knew it felt unnecessary and sad because they were healthy before.

Then they were pushed over the edge and rolled and were crushed against the cliffs on their way down, but now they were alive and a little bit smaller. I heard them scream and saw blood and body parts, but it was almost as if I saw it on my mobile phone, as in a Facebook feed and it happened many times. Unknown people just kept throwing those poor animals to their death.
Very disturbing.

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-Cheyenne 2017-08-11 16:01:54

I had a dream the other night that I was trying to get some where and on my way, down a hill, there was the largest horse I had ever seen. It was as tall as the house next to it. I felt a little scared but intrigued at the same time. I started to look closer because the house was kind of jumping up with its front legs and shaking its head like something was wrong. Then I noticed that the horses face was on fire. It looked like waves of fire going over its face. I remember feeling like I needed to help it but was still scared because it was so big. Then out of no where there was a storm coming and whoever I was with in my dream started to leave. I started to freak out and then I woke up. So I cant shake the thought of a horse being on fire and i can still vividly see it? Does anyone know what the symbolism to this could be? My dreams are always crazy and I always dream in color. Just can’t shake this one.

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-08-14 12:47:47

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/

    Tony

    Cheyenne – You were trying to get somewhere, achieve something in your life, but you found you were going down hill.

    The huge horse is a very powerful feeling or emotions you met in trying to get somewhere. The horse is a wild creature – aren’t we all – that has been domesticated. It represents your own instinctive self that is some degree has been ‘civilised’. But as such you are still open to being scared or frightened because at base you can be panicked. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#mammalbrain and http://dreamhawk.com/interesting-people/animal-children/#Program

    Remember this is a dream horse, an image you have created and as such cannot be hurt, but is used as a way of communicated what is happening in you that you may not have registered. The burning horses head was an image of complete and utter panic. So ask yourself what you have been trying to do with your self, your work, and your ambitions, that have caused such panic?

    You can calm your horse by talking to it – which is a way of talking to your own emotions. Imagine putting the fire out with water and calming that part of you.

    Example: We had left some beehives at the previous cottage however, and so six months later we started driving back to collect them. On the way I started experiencing severe stomach pains. The suddenness of this, and the fact I couldn’t think of any physical cause for the pain made me investigate my feelings. As soon as I did this it was obvious that a part of my nature which was usually unconscious was just like my dog, or a frightened horse responding in a conditioned reflexive way. The cottage was a place of torment while I was there – why were we going back? More to the point, how could it stop me going back? How could it deter me from facing that pain again? As soon as I explained that we were not staying there, and the painful situations no longer existed, the pain went and never came back.

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-Sherrie 2017-08-20 8:11:55

I saw 3 horses. They were huge I mean tall. I was with family or some male and female relatives. I called the horses to me. The first one came. It was very tall. I had to climb a tree to get on it. It had a collar that was worn out and loose on it. I got it to not be afraid of me and it laid down on its side and stretched out very long . I got on it and rode it around. It was so tall I was a little scared but it rode me around. I was looking to see where it came from or who owned it when we found an orgre..2 . The first one we caught and tore it apart. It would have hurt the horse. The second orgre also we caught and I helped the horse rip its head off. The horse was white or grey with scabs or calous like scabs on it but I felt sorry for the horse. I showed the family or relatives me riding it as it was tame and friendly. We got to keep them. The second horse also I got on to ride . it was a little smaller. Also had a collar that was worn and loose and ready to fall off. We found another weird thing that I bit its head off to save the horse and it was pregnant. I had to kill the baby .And threw it in the swamp to die. The horse had a smaller horse with it. But I didn’t ride that one. I woke up. I am female 60. What is it trying to tell me. The horses were gentle with me and very greatful, trysting and happy I was there.

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-Gaynor Glass 2017-09-09 13:22:51

Hi, I’ve recently had 2 or 3 dreams about horses, but I woke up and completely remembered this one, so …… I’ve walked the brown horse up a big quite steep hill, when we get to the top we can’t go down the next road as there is some sort of fire, I go over and have a look, as we can see sparks flying and it doesn’t feel safe, I return to the horse, he is hiding by a wall scared but watching what’s going on, I tell him to come on and he comes with me, next he is in a horse box, I’m pulling the horse box with a motorbike, it’s so unsafe and the bike wobbles, I’m aware of the horse and as long as I can get “back” without hurting him is what I feel, we come to junction to get back, and there are trees across the road blocking it, next thing the trees are gone but there is maybe 5 ponies lying injured on top of each other on the road, I think one may be dead, we pass them, on the road a bus cuts me off and I almost lose control but I manage to keep control, we get to a big archway but, there is stuff all over the road again blocking me getting through, I career up a side path which is a dead end, and a man starts moving his stuff off the road, then I woke up, the whole journey on the bike with the horse box felt like I was risking an accident occurring but I had to get the horse home, I had a bond with this horse, do you have any clarity?? Xx

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-Clarice Brown 2017-09-11 21:34:13

I had a dream that I was looking out if the window at a huge oversized beautiful brown horse with black hair being lead down the street. Almost like a police horse with maybe 2 men walking it. I love horses so I immediately ran to the window in amazement telling my boyfriend and son to come look at the horse. I want to know what this could have meant.

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-Brandi Carter 2017-09-12 7:09:06

I just woke up from a cery mystical dream it seems very familial but i cant necessarily recall having this one before… anywho I was dreaming that i was set with tbis task u had to complete in order to save my life there where so many people involved with the task either trying to stop me or help me. The main person trying to stop me was my brother in law and he seemed to be answering to an old b oss of mine that recently passed away.. there was also some some spiritual help mostly un seen but like guiding me not with voice but mainly by visual also helping ( didnt find out until the end of the dream) was this person on a horse that i never saw majority of the time i just say the feet of the horse and the horse itself… i ended up ccokmpleting the task right before i remember having to try and swallow something difficult which seem to be coins or something… then it swithces up…myself along with other is now in this vault completing this drawing with this mysterious man that i dont recognize he’s telling us that we have to protect that drawing to stay alive (something to that extent) we were walking out of the vault and he reveals that he was helping the enitre time, we heard the sound of a horse galloping i feel the feelings in whole release in a satisfied feeling at that moment i see one of the other people in the group i dont recognize her but she is a gypsy woman (the only other peron in the group i actually seen) she smirks and then i awaken from my dream.

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-09-13 10:52:01

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/

    Tony

    Brandi – Dreams are mostly about our inner life, so the task that was set you was one that was important for you to continue your expression of your infinite potential – usually called your ‘spiritual’ life. See http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/inner-world/#MakesInner

    The life that was important to save was your inner life – your journey through life and death, for your physical life of the body was not at risk.

    The person trying to stop you was particular feelings you hold within you. For when you think about a friend or a person you know, you are only taking in your thoughts, impressions and feelings about them. So many people do not realise that they have an inner person equally as powerful as the external person you know. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by meeting or living with them, and they change you and make you the person you are. The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner person can appear in dreams because you still carry the memories or impressions of them, and so they influenced what you hold within you.

    The spiritual help you mentioned is again your potential, which remains latent until you manifest it physically. For we are like a time machine that has within it your past, your [resent and your future self. The wondrous future self is grand being you are moving toward becoming. It is like our future self constantly advises and encourages us. So you are in good hands. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/potential/

    The difficult thing to swallow is a truth about yourself that is difficult to realise. Swallowing it means you will need to actually chew and digest it – it takes time. It might help to use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson on the swallowing, and also on the drawing. You could maybe meet the wonderful being guiding you in the same way. It takes practise, so be patient and persistent.

    The horse is the wonderful manifestation of natural Life within you, that carries and work alongside your human efforts. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#mammalbrain

    Walking out of the vault is saying that your life until now has been like death compared with your life in the future.

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