Each zodiac has designated a deity who will offer special attention and help to the particular zodiac to provide great power in clearing obstacles and inviting wealth from endless resources. The Horse’s guardian deity is Mahasthamaprapta whose miraculous energy helps eliminate disasters, lighten problems, attract good fortune and bring good health. No effort will be spared to look after the well-being of the Horse who falls under his special protection and guardianship.
This is a lovely emblem of the Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta, also known as Da Shi Zhi in Chinese. It is carved from pristine white coral which is considered magical in the realm of crystals and gemstones, associated with emotional healing and protection. Mahasthamaprapta, whose Sanskrit name means ‘he who has obtained the highest strength’; together with Avalokiteshvara are often seen flanking Amitābha as his attendants. Collectively they are referred to as The 3 Saints of the West or the Western Trinity. It is believed that Mahasthamaprapta is the peaceful manifestation of the wrathful Vajrapani who is the protector and guide of the Buddha, and rose to symbolize the Buddha’s power. A powerful protector and remover of obstacles, he represents the power of wisdom and works to bring awareness for the need to strive for awakening as a means to achieve eternal bliss. As befitting the protector/charge relationship, the Horse is shown in complete repose at the foot of Mahasthamaprapta, calm and relaxed, knowing that he is being watched over by heavenly eyes.
If you are a Horse (what is my Chinese zodiac?), make sure you enjoy the protection of your guardian deity by wearing or having the Mahasthamaprapta Pendant near you at all times. You may also display the amulet in the North or keep it together with personal belongings.