7. Horse as Mountain, Waiting & Keeping Still


original 20″ x 20″
acrylic on wood framed

The Horse as Mountain, Waiting and Keeping Still, has the energy of standing in rest, or of immobility. This energy is calm, perfect, modest, and careful, but can also be perverse, cautious, and stubborn. The element is the rock or stone of the mountain, the bedrock. This is the dawn of early spring, in colors of green and copper. The mountain is the youngest son, devoted and willing to wait for the full flowering that comes in late spring and summer. From mountain’s hand comes holding as well as touching.

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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