The Twice-High Giant is the first character to be introduced into the fairy tale. It is quite fitting. He is the ‘undeveloped man.’ He pursues only the bottom tiers of Maslow’s scale of essential needs. He sleeps, he seeks nourishment, his social interactions are minimal.
We meet the Twice-High Giant three times in the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily; at the beginning, in the end, and in the middle when he takes food from the Old Woman. It is at this point we first see the strangeness of the Giant. He has been sitting at the river bank, the early Sun at his back, and his shadow extends out over the water.
The Giant’s body is not solid, but seems a bit tenuous or transparent, like a semi-solid holograph. His body has no strength. His shadow is more solid, A young boy from the village has been standing upon his shadow as it stretches out over the river, permitting him to cast his line where the bigger fish swim. He and the other boys share their catch with the Giant. This is one of the few interactions he has with others.
The story informs us that his shadow can be used to cross to and from the land of spirit on the other side of the river. Of course, this can only happen near dawn and dusk when his shadow is quite lengthy. At these times, he is either awakening and very grouchy, or he is looking for a place to sleep. Because of his habits and his frightening size and appearance, no one in the fairy tale takes him up on this single redeeming characteristic.
So, I have started this ‘retold’ version of Goethe’s fairy tale with an exaggerated “common man” figure, far from the noble man that Goethe envisioned, far from seeking conscious awareness of his life’s purpose. The undeveloped man and the consciously aware man become the book ends for this tale.
Astrologically, the Twice-High Giant represents the typical “couch potato” whose charts seldom link to anything meaningful in his life. These are the charts without strong aspects such as squares and oppositions, charts offering few challenges.
Note: The posts that I make will jump from the fairy tale to charts to astrological discussions to study subjects or to a discussion of resources in a random order. My intent is to stimulate comments and interest from a variety of readers on topics that interest them. I encourage all to join in. Dave