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Way of the Horse: Equine Archetypes for Self-Discovery A Book of Exploration and 40 Cards Hardcover – September 28, 2007
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"To produce a singular work -- like no other in equine literature -- is what Linda and Kim have done with Way of the Horse. This archetypal exploration of the wisdom that horses offer us is totally intriguing."
-- Robert Vavra, author and photographer
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Linda Kohanov has created a body of work that, when practiced daily, changes lives. The experience people have with it speaks for itself, my own experience included. These essays are derived from that body of work, Linda's vast experience working with horses in the field of human development, research into philosophy/psychology/myth, and so many sources it seems almost incomprehensible that someone could come up with such a work without some kind of inspired guideance.
Linda's curiosity seems almost insatiable, and The Way of the Horse is another example of her genius in the field of horses helping humans. Kim McElroy's work also seems inspired, so beautiful and meaningful are the images. Each card stands alone as a piece of work. Combined with the essays - brilliant.
1) that the cards are a bit thin and I'm not sure how well they will hold up to being handled and shuffled over years-worth of use (one of my cards came a bit wrinkled straight out of the box), and
2) there could stand to be more card layouts in the book- this won't phase an experienced card reader like me, who can use layouts from other decks and systems, but might limit a beginner who is just starting to learn how to use cards for the first time (you can make up your own spreads by drawing a diagram in the shape that you want, assigning numbers to each space- usually the same order to lay them down and later read/interpret each card, and give each card position its own meaning).
All in all, I highly recommend this deck/book set for both experienced card users and beginners to this form of information seeking. The book is well-written and even has an index to help you find your way around. Another way the cards can be read is without the book and purely with your own intuition, seeing how each card makes you feel and trusting the first thing that comes to mind when focusing on the picture. Let the colors, images, artistic style, and symbolism speak to you and realize there is no right or wrong way to do a reading. Trust yourself, relax, focus on your intent or question, and then have fun! "Past, Present, Future" is a favorite spread of mine, and I'm sure you will, over time, become partial to your own. There is much to be learned from this deck, the accompanying book, and, of course, from horses themselves. Enjoy!