Following the introduction to the Twice-High Giant, Will-of-the Wisps, and the Ferryman, we are led into the Green Snake’s cave. This is the start of discovery, the actual event that permits the situation and the characters to come together in a singular event that changes the world they live in.
It starts with the falling of gold nuggets and the Green Snake’s curiosity and tasting of these glowing nuggets. We learn that gold represents two very different things; the wealth that one can use to improve or change their life, and as a source of wisdom which can benefit our path to conscious awareness and service and support to those around us.
Consider that these gold nuggets, when ingested by the Snake, cause the Snake to glow. This glow symbolizes her growing wisdom and knowledge. The glow lights up the Snake’s environment, enabling her to view the previously unseen world that she lived in. This is ‘enlightenment’ in its most basic form. The Snake discovers the Kings; the Gold King, the Silver King, the Bronze King, and one other less-distinct King sitting apart from the others. The Green Snake has an initial discussion with the Kings before the Old Man with the Lamp appears on the scene.
In another post we will need to consider the three Kings and the one King that sits apart from the others. We will also want to think about the three Kings and their messages.
What is more thrilling than the moment of discovery? Something new appears before our eyes or within our mind. Opportunities become recognized and entertained. Possible futures are glimpsed. The inclusion of others enlarges the discovery and what it may lead to. A discovery can change one’s life. In the fairy tale the Snake’s life is certainly changed in a dramatic way.
What the Snake may represent.
Snakes are associated with the astrological sign of Scorpio, the concepts of renewal, and the attributes of curiosity and investigation, a needing to know and understand fundamentals, secrets and the workings of nature. In this portion of the fairy tale we see gold associated with the sign of Leo and with the Sun. Leo, as a sign, is square to Scorpio; the two have difficulties in working well together as any planets within those signs feel challenged by each other. Scorpio is a water sign. Earlier in the fairy tale, the Ferryman warns the Wisp not to let the gold come into contact with the river’s waters. So, there is a danger indicated here about the Snake’s use of the gold. What will the Snake’s challenge be?
As we examine the fairy tale and Goethe’s charts we will increasingly understand that this exploration of Goethe’s path to conscious awareness is not ‘a simple read’ that can be done within a few minutes. The reader will need to become involved in this process, and in this blog site. Dave