Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Horsing around

Horses have been turning up in unexpected contexts in the news these days: Slow Joe's ban on horses for the Border Patrol, and the ongoing effort to rebrand a certain unmentionable drug as suitable only for horses. (I get this stuff indirectly from the Babylon Bee, which has been awash in horse jokes recently.)

The "Ripple" Tarot spread's card for the month just ending, September 2021, was The Sun. I had entertained the idea that this represented secrets coming to light or something, but the relevant feature of that card turns out to have been the white horse it so prominently features.

When I posted a few days ago on Animals with a stereotypical favorite food and said that horses stereotypically like oats, a commenter suggested apples or carrots instead. This led me to search the Web for horses like apples, and I ended up on a page called "Things a Horse Shouldn't Eat." One of the items on the list caught my attention:

Deadly Equines, The Shocking True Story of Meat-Eating & Murderous Horses by CuChullaine O'Reilly, the Founder of the Long Riders' Guild, explores the fact that horses can and do eat meat (and can appear to behave in quite a violent manner to get it). However, just because they can and do eat meat does not mean that they should.

This made me think of the man-eating Mares of Diomedes, which reminded me that horses -- in Piers Anthony's Night Mare, including both the title character and her antagonist the Day Horse (featured on the Sun card?) -- had actually entered the sync-stream some months ago.

Today, on a random whim, I visited my own blog, clicked on the "Moody Blues" tag (why that one? no reason), and reread the posts that had that tag. I ended up reading a post I had pretty much forgotten about, "Arkansas took control," which discusses among other things the Jimmy Driftwood song "Tennessee Stud." This particular hoss was, you will recall, "the color of the sun and his eyes were green." The sun reference ties him to the Day Horse and to the horse of the Sun card, and the green eyes made me think of Othello: "the green-ey'd monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on." Green eyes are thus associated with meat-eating. (Meat in Shakespeare's time just meant "food," but the sync fairies don't care.)


HomeStadter said...

Huh, I just saw a picture of horses going down the streets in the Netherlands with the caption of no car days during the '70s oil crisis.

Mr. Andrew said...

Slow "I don't need your vote" Joe might be a one trick pony. The rumor is he's disappeared since getting boosted. What if it aint just salt water taffy in those pecks? Now that would be something.

Mr. Andrew said...

Here is a poem from John Wright's "The Last Guardian of Everness" that reminded me of your night-mareness. There is a rumor that there will be a total of 7 pecks. 7 is Doom, Eight is Death.

Ware the toll of a single ring
Night-mare her single rider will bring
Woe if twice the great bell tolls
For fire-giants and fell frost trolls
Storm-princes rise at the sound of three
The fourth ring brings the plague Kelpie
Five for Selkie, Six for Hate
Seven for Doom, Death for Eight
And if the toll sounds nine withal
Wake the Sleepers; Nine worlds fall.

Mr. Andrew said...

“Death for Eight”

Anonymous said...

Don't forget that the horse (actually, donkey) can be a symbol of the anti-Christ, in that the "red ass" is considered to be the most formidable of beasts that the soul encounters after death, and may in fact be the very same beast that the Whore of Babylon rides on. The "cult of the red ass" from which all elite satanic cults descend from in one way or another (in fact or in spirit) has been with us since the beginning of time and will be with us unil the end. In medieval times, there was a festival of the donkey once a year where the people, and priests in particular, reversed everything and did many vulgar and profane things, even in the sanctuary of the church. This acted as a sort of pressure valve for all the lower and base influences within individuals and society, and to which the Carnival and Mardi Gras are also related. Since then, the lower influences, once confined, were unleashed and the disorder has spread to all times and places. If you go down this rabbit hole, make sure to tie a rope to a tree beforehand so you can find your way back...

Just another of the signs of the Apocalypse that are so prevalant nowadays. Don't forget to get your peck to buy and sell in the marketplace!

Wm Jas Tychonievich said...

Note: The "red ass" thing referenced by the anonymous commenter is from René Guénon.

I would say that the horse and the ass are symbolically distinct, though, and that the ass as a demonic symbol has to do with the sense that it is sort of a degenerate parody of a nobler animal, the horse.

If we're talking about signs of the apocalypse, the actual Apocalypse (of John) has no asses but does prominently feature horses, most notably those of the famous Four Horsemen. (In Night Mare, the Day Horse's alter ego is called the Horseman.)


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