Tuesday, September 22, 2009

trim notes and the equinox

We had our date with the trimmer this a.m. and after taking a drive down the lane to help out a neighbor in need (her horse had lost a shoe and the other one was loose) we returned to get started on the November Hill herd.

I had planned to do Salina first so she could relax and munch her way through the rest of the visit, but Rafer Johnson gently put himself into position by the trimmer's tools and quietly refused to budge. He lifted his hoof and waited for his trim! I don't think I've ever seen such an eager equine when it comes to trims. It's quite apparent that he actively wants his feet done.

Redford went next and then Salina, and we started with the hardest hoof so we could put that behind us.

Then the geldings and we were done.

Trim notes are easy this time - everyone looked good, with Cody and Apache Moon tying for best feet all-around. I suspect it's no accident that they are getting worked daily by my dedicated daughter. I need to follow her example!

Today is the equinox and I had forgotten all about it until the trimmer handed me his sheet and I saw the date up top.

Unconsciously, though, I was aware, because I woke this morning from a long and quite detailed dream about 4 black snakes that linked themselves together into a sort of ouroborus in my front field.

It clicked with me that finding the snake skin on Sunday, and now this dream, both fit perfectly with the cycle of the year and with some other things going on in my life.

Ted Andrews wrote about snakeskins and snakes:

Because it sheds its skin, the snake has long been a symbol of death and rebirth. It sheds its skin as it outgrows the old. This death and rebirth cycle is part of what snake represents. It has ties and significance to the ancient alchemists and their symbolic transmutation of lead into gold. This is associated with higher wisdom that comes with the passing of time. This cycle of death and rebirth is often symbolized by the ouroborus, the ancient image of a snake swallowing its own tail. It is the symbol of eternity.

Before the snake begins to shed its skin, its eyes will begin to cloud over. It gives the snake a trancelike appearance. To many mystics and shamans this indicated the ability of the snake to move between the realms of the living and the dead, of crossing over from life to death and then back to life again. As the skin begins to shed, the eyes begin to clear as if they will see the world anew. For this reason, alchemists often believed that wisdom and new knowledge would lead to death and rebirth, enabling the individual to see the world from an entirely new perspective.

The snake has often been depicted, along with its relatives, the serpent and dragon, as a guardian. It is found in myth and lore guarding treasures, the springs of life or sacred places.

All of this makes so much sense to me right now. I've written before about the feed room feeling like an alchemical space, and finding the snakeskin there on Sunday seems like the perfect symbol.

The idea of a big 4-snake ouroborus in the front field makes me sigh with happiness. Autumn and rebirth and eternity... good things to focus on as we shift to the next cycle in the year.


Grey Horse Matters said...

Your little donkeys are real characters, how cute are they when it comes to hoof trimming. Glad everything went well.

I love this time of year with 'good things to focus on as we shift to the next cycle in the year' as you say.

Although, I think I'd rather have another symbol other than the snake. I know you find good meanings for them, but if I had a dream about four snakes, I would have to consider it a nightmare! Ha...

Michelle said...

Mmmmm...I like this idea of renewal and rebirth. That's kind of where I'm at in my own life right now. You are definitely seeing a pattern here!

billie said...

Arlene, I know I keep saying this but one day I will get a video of these two donkeys and their love of our trimmer. He said today he had never encountered a donkey who would literally lift his feet before being asked.

I know what you mean about the snake dream. In some weird way, when I dream about this kind of thing it assumes symbolism even as it's happening, so that some things that would normally freak me out, don't. I wasn't thinking ouroborus in the dream, but it was like I knew the moment I woke up that would come to mind, so in the dream I was still seeing the 4 snakes as something good.

It's probably my Jungian work and the sandplay therapy - it has sunk deep into my psyche. :)

billie said...

Michelle, my favorite thing is when I start seeing the patterns in my days. :)

This particular pattern includes some writing info I was given yesterday that involves looking at the publication process from a new perspective, with some new information. All these pieces plugging together is so satisfying for me.

Victoria Cummings said...

Billie - Isn't the snake also a symbol of female power? I'm not a lover of snakes, but I started viewing them more positively, especially in my dreams, when I realized that there was more to them than poison and danger. Those donkeys are so smart, winning over the farrier like that. I'd love to see a video of them getting trimmed.

billie said...

Hi, Victoria,

I wasn't aware of the snake as a symbol of female power, so I went looking in my symbol books. Interesting - I didn't find any reference to it in the books, but did find it in one place online. It had to do with a more negatively-toned feminine power. Good to know.

The ouroborus image was so clear and dominant in the dream I think I'm sticking with that interpretation. :)