When Growth Doesn’t Occur


When growth doesn’t occur, what is the purpose of life?  This might be one of the questions that Goethe’s fairy tale might prompt us to consider.  It is difficult to imagine.  Experience should lead to change of some sort or of some magnitude.

The Giant is introduced as one who lives off the land.  We find him in a cooperative effort with a boy at the river — the Giant lending his shadow for the boy to stand upon in order to fish in the deeper waters.  The fish that are caught are shared with the Giant.  But that is the extent of the Giant’s coverage in the fairy tale.  At the end he arrives at the temple where he doesn’t fit in.  He ends up being frozen in place, serving as an unusual sun-dial.

As an astrological symbol, consider the Giant as a natal chart.  It has all the components of any other natal chart.  Everything is there although arranged in a unique placement.  That natal chart is said to be “potential” waiting to be filled.  What if the natal chart’s potential is never filled?  What if the chart was frozen in time, impervious to the planets as they move through the sky?  If no experience enters into the natal chart, there can be no change. 

If there is no change, or very little change, what is the purpose of life?  The Giant in this story is a “caution” to avoiding change.  Do we, like the Giant, just want to mark time?  Goethe’s fairy tale, the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily, has much to teach us.









About dadsnook

Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and four years of archived material are available for study or reading at ninthhouse.wordpress.com A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how see seek to maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book is expected to be released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at dadsnook@charter.net Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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