3. Horse as Thunder, The Arousing Force


original 20″ x 20″
acrylic on wood framed

The Horse as Thunder, the Arousing Force, acts as of an earthquake – inciting, moving, agitated, and impulsive. His is the ability to set things in motion, to be provocative and vehement. He is one with early morning, with early spring, with grasses and trees, with growth and expansion, with the color orange. Here is the eldest son in the family, whose stirring energy, whether standing or moving, flows up from the earth through the feet.

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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