8. Horse as Lake, The Joyous


Original 20″ x 20″
acrylic on wood framed

The Horse as Lake, the Joyous, enjoys the energy of joy in the cool, misty twilight of the valley. She contains the spirit of removal even as she splashes in the marsh. She is satisfied, open, magical, and full of life. She is the youngest daughter, enjoying the companionship of all the family. With her mouth, she both talks and communicates. Her season is Autumn, her colors are turquoise and blue.

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Why These 8 Paintings of Horses?

Each idealized horse image
in this series of paintings
represents one of the 8
energy elements inherent
in Taoist symbolism.

In addition to the 4 elements
of western civilization,
Fire, Earth, Air, and Water,
Taoism includes Thunder, Wind,
Mountain, and Lake,
and substitutes Heaven
in the place of Air.

The I Ching Book of Changes,
an ancient Chinese divination tome
in wide use even today
assigns Trigram symbols
to each of these 8 elements.
Using solid Yang lines
or broken Yin lines
and stacking them 3 high
results in 8 variations —
one trigram set
for each element.

In Taoist study,
a wealth of information,
applicable to all aspects of life,
is contained within each
Trigram symbol.
But Taoism takes this farther
by stacking one Trigram
over another to create
a 6 line symbol, the Hexagram.

You will see other paintings today
that illustrate the energy
of Hexagram symbols.

Additional information

Weight 6.5 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 24 × 3 in