Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.– John Wayne
Once Upon A Time
the almighty Odin owned an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir. His shamanic horse would gallop across the realms of the living and the dead in record time.
So how did this shamanic horse come to be? Let’s just say that his birth story is miles more bizarre than a horse with eight legs.
It all started with Odin’s desire to rebuild the protective walls of Asgard that were destroyed in the war. Without any walls, trolls, giants and other nasty beasts trickled into Asgard on a mischievous mission.
And so, when a mysterious stonemason proposed to build an indestructible wall in only three seasons, Odin was intrigued.
Of course, the stonemason wanted more than a few gold trinkets. His price was the sun, moon, and the gorgeous goddess of love and war, Freya.
“Hmmm no, you can’t have my wife,” should have been Odin’s response. But alas the gods really wanted that wall, and they wanted it fast.
Convinced that the stonemason wouldn’t be able to finish the wall by due date, the trickster god, Loki, convinced the gods to agree to the stonemason’s offer. After all, if he doesn’t finish the wall on time, no deal at all, and the gods get a head start on the wall.
And so, the stonemason went straight to work with his horse named Svadilfari. Stone by stone, the man laid the stones by day and used Svadilfari to drag massive boulders to the wall by night.
The cosmic duo were pretty close to completing the colossal wall on schedule, sending a wave of panic across Asgard. The gods couldn’t possibly give the sun, moon and Freya to the stonemason. They would be walled in a world without divine light and love. Sounds unbearable!
In the midst of the blame game, the gods looked at Loki who pushed for the deal in the first place. Not yet in panic paralysis, Loki came up with a brilliant plan to distract the horse from his work. With a sexy mare, Loki wooed the love struck Svadilfari from his work and around the kingdom.
Eventually, Loki became pregnant by Svadilfari, and a few months later he gave birth to the eight legged horse, Sleipnir.
Are you walking the middle line between wild freedom and chummy community? When adventure calls, it doesn’t need to be a solo journey into the wild. Horse calls on you to seek freedom in the company of your tribe.
By all means, run with the wind! Just don’t forget to bring along your peeps. It’s more fun to gallop as a loving and harmonious tribe.
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