The first horseman with a bow and arrow represents the mental body. His crown denotes an active mind. The drawn arrow symbolizes a narrowing of focus in trying to find the target to pin down. Questions arise of What is it? Where is it? When do I loose the arrow? How accurate is my aim? The rider looks this way and that, trying to find the target. If we see the fear in this rider’s eyes we may see desperation, panic, doubt or confusion.
What happens to you when you are faced with the unknown? The unknown often presents itself in periods of transition, when we know that the known past is falling away but the unknown future has not revealed itself. Imagination can run rampant in these situations, if we are prone to fear and stress. An incessant craving arises to answer every question, to fill every need, and to pinpoint every detail.
It is poignant and telling that this is the first horseman, as the whole drama that subsequently transpires in the Book of Revelation is dependent on the desperation of fear of the unknown taking hold in the collective dreaming. If we succumb to deception of this first rider and are seduced into an insatiable need to know, then we have some hand in catastrophe unfolding.
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