First values 5: the magic of animals: the Icelandic horse

The British mythopoetic wise man, Martin Shaw after a vigil of 101 days just before Covid 19 was left with these words: 


Inhabit the time and genesis of your own being. 

This has returned Shaw to an understanding of the Christianity which he abandoned at 17

and which is now infused with the learnings of his life’s work.


I continue to think that the time and genesis of our original home is the late Paleolithic

when the DNA of our species began to be stabilized

and our forebears had spread themselves across several continents

and the consciousness of our species began to show up in cave drawings all over the world.



Painting of a horse, Lascaux, Upper Paleolithic, Dordogne, France





As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic;


the fertility of the soil,

the magic of animals,

the power-vision in solitude,

the terrifying initiation and rebirth;

the love and ecstasy of the dance,

the common work of the tribe.


Gary Snyder, American born 1930, in Earth House Hold, 1969





Wehrheim, Germany Icelandic horses play as snow falls.

Photograph in Wehrheim, Germany. Michael Probst/AP. Taken from the website of The Guardian (UK)



From an article in the New York Times on September 22, 2022.

Where the Wild Things Are – The New York Times (

animals photographed by 6 photographers.



Gareth McConnell traveled to Skeiðvellir, in Iceland’s Suðurland region, about 50 miles east of Reykjavík.


He took these photographs of the Icelandic horse at Icelandic Horseworld, the home of 100 horses operated by Katrín Ólína Sigurðardóttir and her husband, Davíð Jónsson. 


This horse, this beautiful animal, has a marked significance for the people of Iceland.









2 thoughts on “First values 5: the magic of animals: the Icelandic horse

  1. Yes, indeed, Luisa. The photographer said he wanted to capture some of the spirituality in which these horses have been enfolded! Thanks for your comment!

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