The spirit of horse in your violin playing

Mythic beauty
Horses are profoundly sensitive and spiritual. Humans become deeply attached to this majestic creature that exists in a complex hierarchy within a herd. Their bodies require the utmost ministration. As an example, they need to be seen regularly by a farrier, a specialist who cares for horse hooves much like seeing a luthier for a bow rehair or soundpost adjustment. A violin can be a violinist’s beloved but how much do we consider the raw materials that make up a violin?

The sacred experience of playing music
This card serves as a reminder about the animals whose bodies were utilized in the production of your instrument: the horse’s tail for your bow hair, the abalone’s shell harvested for the jewels on your frog, the leather grip from a cow’s hide, the “gut” of various farm animals for the glue holding your instrument together and possibly in the core of your strings, and, until fairly recently, the elephant’s tusks for the tip of your bow.

The sentience of animals
It is believed in some indigenous cultures that when you use a part of an animal’s body in a sacred ceremony, you honor the animal’s spirit and give it its voice back. Rather than disregarding and exploiting them merely as a source of transportation, entertainment, for battle and hard labor, elevate your relationship to horse. Use your music to honor horse’s spirit. Tune into the sentience of horse and of the other animals who sacrificed their lives for your music.

Violinist Linda Beers is the creator of the Inspiration for Violinists, a 50 card deck. Each card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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