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  • nadmateescu
    Feb 28, 2008
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      "Plutarch tells us the story of wondrous horse, Bucephalus, the horse
      that Alexander the Great rode for thousands of miles and through many
      battles to create his mighty empire.

      The legend begins with Philoneicus, a Thessalian bringing a wild horse
      to Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. Philip was angry at
      Phinoneicus for bringing such an unstable horse to him but Alexander
      had watched Bucephalus and set his father, Philip, a challenge.
      Although Alexander was only 12 years old he had noticed that
      Bucephalus was shying away from his own shadow. Alexander gently led
      Bucephalus into the sun so that his shadow was behind him. Eventually
      Bucephalus allowed Alexander to ride him, much to the public
      humiliation of Philip. Philip gained face by commenting "Look thee out
      a kingdom equal to and worthy of thyself, for Macedonia is too little
      for thee"


      "Why do they put blinders on horses? And only on certain horses and
      not on others? I've heard the usual explanation, the materialistic
      explanation which is usually only a half-explanation, worse than none
      at all: to keep the horses from spooking and running wild. In open
      areas such as the Old West, any shadows a horse encountered were upon
      the ground, and with the horses's eye set to look to each side, they
      normally did not see the shadows on the ground. But, in a city with
      tall buildings, even before the turn of the twentieth century, horses
      needed blinders in cities because they could detect shadows in very
      many places to each side of them. This is what spooked them. And why
      did shadows spook them? The reason is given in the question itself -
      because horses see spooks in shadows!

      [page 268] The horse's eyes are set in such a way that they look
      to the side. Because of this the horse does not actually see the
      shadow itself, but perceives the spiritual element in the shadow.
      People will of course say the horse is afraid of its shadow. But the
      fact is that it does not see the shadow at all, but perceives the
      spiritual element in the shadow."

      From Mammoths To Mediums, GA# 350
      by Rudolf Steiner
      Answers to Questions, 16 Sessions in Dornach, May to September, 1923
      Translated by Anna Meuss
      Published by Rudolf Steiner Press in 2000
      Book Review by Bobby Matherne ©2003