4. Horse as Wind, The Penetrating


original 20″ x 20″
acrylic on wood framed

The Horse as Wind, the Penetrating, is an energy that you cannot touch, but that touches you. She is unseen, yet you see her effects, see the trees bending, hear their leaves rustle. Her season is early summer, her colors are soft and cool – violet, white, lime green — and her world is air. Here is the eldest daughter in the family, whose energy emanates from the thighs, an energy that is both supporting and pliable.

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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