How Inspired Was Goethe To Write His Fairy Tale About Conscious Awareness?

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Sketch Old Man Jumping-JWe read about Dr. Eban Alexander and his recounting of several visits to heaven.  He was amazed and ecstatic at the vividness, infused light, the symphony of sounds and music that seemed to propel all activity.  If one listens to his recounting on the noted U-Tube video one can’t help but be carried along with his sharing.

But, what about Johann Wolfgang van Goethe.  The words of history tell us that he was a curious man, intellectual and accomplished in many fields such as writing, natural sciences, philosophy, etc.  Although he had developed his own life-view, which he shared with his friend Schiller, it was only upon reading Schiller’s essay that he literally “put it all together.”  This is when he was inspired to write his fairy tale.  How did he react?  What were his feelings?

I have portrayed the Old Man With The Lamp from his fairy tale, leaping with joy, his lamp trailing a cascade of colors about him.  In his exhumberance (which seems not to be well recorded) did he picture himself as his suddenly imagined characters?  Did he plunge from the exuberance of the young prince to the sense of love and balance of Lily?  

I will post a copy (in two pages) of the letter he wrote on Oct. 26, 1794 and had carried by messenger to his friend Schiller, in the menu ‘Resources.’  Our modern day minds will find his writing to be formal, understated.  It is difficult to grasp the sense of high excitement that he felt on his realization that he could sense his soul-self, his life’s purpose, his place in the physical and the spiritual world.  

Book with cover drawing-GOur books and videos provide us with a framework of high drama, the storytelling we encounter in daily life on TV is superb.  We have to read into this imaginative fairy tale the excitement that Goethe felt, the range of emotions and intellectual clarity that came to him and which prompted this literary work to be conceived and written.






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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 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 Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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