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The lamp, and the action of rubbing the lamp, refer to the proper actions and working of the mind. We all know that over ninety per cent of our mental activity occurs in the unconscious or subconscious mind. Never forget that.

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Rubbing the lamp sets the dominant conscious thought into action, so as to influence the genie that is, the unconscious or subconscious mind. Whatever interpretation we adoptand I am sure there are others as wellthe important message is this. Their only means of income is a cow. When this cow stops giving milk one morning, Jack is sent to the market to sell it. Jack takes the beans but when he arrives home without any money, his mother becomes angry and throws the beans to the ground and sends Jack to bed without supper.

As Jack sleeps, the beans grow into a gigantic beanstalk. Jack climbs the beanstalk and arrives in a land high up in the sky where he follows a road to a house, which is the home of a giant. He enters the house and asks the giant's wife for food. She gives him food, but the giant returns and senses that a human is nearby. However, Jack is hidden by the giant's wife and overhears the giant counting his money.

Jack steals a bag of gold coins as he makes his escape down the beanstalk. Jack repeats his journey up the beanstalk two more times, each time he is helped by the increasingly suspicious wife of the giant and narrowly escapes with one of the giant's treasures. The second time, he steals a hen that lays golden eggs and the third time a magical harp that plays by itself.

This time, he is almost caught by the giant who follows him down the beanstalk. Jack calls his mother for an axe and chops the beanstalk down, killing the giant. The end of the story has Jack and his mother living happily ever after with their new riches. In other words, creative divine life.

One other very important thing. In the mystery language, a woman represents the human soul, whereas a man represents the human spirit or the physical body or both. She has an wisdomspiritual or ancient wisdomto pass on to her son Jack. We are all seeking our stolen inheritance. It is nothing other than our spiritual destinyour ultimate reward. The journey is not an easy one, and there are many dangers and threats, but we will ultimately triumphno matter how long the journey takes. The giant symbolically represents our ego-self, or false selves, that threaten the divine innocence and spiritual development if the human soul and spirit.

In a more mundane sense, the giant also represents all those difficulties and adversaries we are called upon to face, and conquer, in our daily life. Each one of us is Jackand, yes, we can also be the giant at times too! Jack brings a spiritual treasure to earththe hen which lays the golden egg.

Obvious symbolism, there. On his second visit Jack brings back bags of silver and goldthat is, even more spiritual wisdom. On his third visit Jack takes a harp, the latter symbolising the music of the spheres, or the knowledge of cosmic harmony. The defeating forces are destroyed or overcomeand Jack and his mother live happily ever after with their new riches. Finally, a frog prophesies a birth. When the child finally arrives, they call her Aurora. Visitors come from far and wide, including three good fairies.

One of the most distinguished guests is another king from a neighboring kingdom, who brings along his son Prince Philip. No, not that one.

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Both kings realize that their dream of a united kingdom can now come true. The three good fairies begin bestowing their gifts upon Aurora. Aurora receives the gift of beauty, and gift of song, but before the last gift is bestowed, a wicked fairy interrupts. As a precaution, all spinning wheels are removed from the kingdom, and Aurora lives in hiding as a peasant with the good fairies for protection. Aurora grows up, meets Prince Philip, and falls in love with him. With the help of the good fairies, Prince Philip, after a heroic, difficult, and dangerous journey, reaches Aurora, then kisses her, and she awakesand, yes, they all live happily ever after.

We have the involution of the human soul, with its incarnation from the starry regions of space-time and the cosmos. She renews herself each morning and flies across the sky, announcing the arrival of the sun. Much symbolism there! There is the curse from the wicked fairy, representing all those trials, setbacks and negative forces with which we have to grapple and which we have to overcome.

Once again, we have the Path or Quest. Yes, the human spirit, represented by the Prince, must fight its way through evil, ungodly and false beliefs. Some commentators have written that we also have here an allusion to the spirit evolving and successively passing through the various kingdoms plant, animal, etc in its divine unfoldment.

They are all very poor- --indeed, they were starving, so the two children go out in search of food. Actually, it is the stepmother who suggests that they take the two children out into the forest and lose them. Hansel, the boy, overhears the plan, and collects pebbles, so that he can lay a trail to find his way back. He is successful in so doing. After a while, they come upon a little house made of gingerbread as a result of the assistance of a white bird who guides the children to the house. Some wonderful symbolism, there!

Hansel breaks off a piece to eat. She feeds them mountains of pancakes and fruit, and then tucks them into bed to sleep. However, when she asks Hansel to put his finger through the bars of the stable to see how fat he is getting, Hansel holds out a piece of dry bone instead. Finally, the children escape and push the old woman into the oven. The house dissolves into pearls and precious stones. Again, wonderful symbolism, there. The two children fill their pockets with jewels and food and use the trail of bread crumbs to find their way back home.

They come to a great expanse of waterand a white duck carries them over it. Their father welcomes them home, and informs them that their stepmother has died in the meantime. Note, some commentators suggest that the stepmother and the witch are at least metaphorically one-and-the-same person, because the stepmother dies when the children have killed the witch. They all live happily ever after. Well, what a great story of involution and evolution! The presence in the story of the stepmothernotice how in fairy tales these stepmothers are never niceindicates, symbolically, that we have here a material existence into which the human soul Gretel and the human spirit Hansel have descended.

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We have the descent into a physical body, and later the ascent again to the spiritual or divine realm. We see that so often in fairy tales as well as other secret or sacred literature. We have a white birda clear sign of divine guidance cf the Holy Spirit. The gingerbread house looks so lovely, you want to eat it. The gingerbread house is like the land of Oz cf The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , that is, that strange, colourful, wonderful, yet Anyway, soul and spirit enter the physical bodythe gingerbread housebut, like us, experience it as a veritable prison-house in which bad things can and do happen.

The old woman, or witch, symbolically represents all those negative, retarding forces that seek to overwhelm, indeed destroy, the human spirit Hansel. Notice the symbol of the dry bone, which represents all those negative forces that are blind to our true spirit. I think the dry bone especially symbolizes dry, intellectuality, that is forever incapable of discerning or knowing spiritual truths.

The fire, and its lighting, symbolically represents some special event or impulse in which the soul awakensand finds freedom. Spiritual richesprecious stones and jewelsare ours, but first we must cross the Great Water that is, death. Soul and spirit are carried across the water, and on the far side there ishome. The girl walks through the woods to deliver food to her sickly grandmother grape juice and banana bread, or wine and cake depending on the translation.

In the Brothers Grimms' version at least, she had the order from her mother to stay strictly on the path. A mean wolf wants to eat the girl, and the food in the basket. He secretly stalks her behind trees and bushes and shrubs and patches of little grass and patches of tall grass. He suggests the girl pick some flowers, which she does.

In the meantime, he goes to the grandmother's house and gains entry by pretending to be the girl. He swallows the grandmother whole, in some stories, he locks her in the closet , and waits for the girl, disguised as the grandmother. Then he falls fast asleep. A lumberjack with the Brothers Grimm, and always in German tradition, a hunter , however, comes to the rescue and with his axe cuts open the wolf, who had fallen asleep.

Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother emerge unharmed.

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They fill the wolf's body with heavy stones. The wolf awakens and tries to flee, but the stones cause him to collapse and die. Sanitised versions of the story have the grandmother shut in the closet instead of eaten, and some have Little Red Riding Hood saved by the lumberjack as the wolf advances on her, rather than after she is eaten. In any event, Little Red Riding Hood gives the cake and the wine to her grandmother, who recovers. Little Red Riding Hood resolves never to stray from the forest path again.

Well, what are we to make of all this?

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For starters, the little girl, that is, Little Red Riding Hood, represents the innocent ego-conscious soul. The sickly grandmother represents old forces and the Ancient Wisdom which, sadly, have seen better days. Indeed, they are fading. However, as we all know, the Ancient Wisdom never disappears. Little Red Riding Hood is the human soul that seeks wisdom and enlightenment. She is the bearer of cake and wine cf the sacred symbolism of bread and wine, representative of the indwelling divine life or Christ Self. The wolf represents the retarding forces of materialism and physicality, as well as the attractions of the sense world.

There is also the symbolism of the human soulLittle Red Riding Hoodbeing trapped, or imprisoned, in flesh and matter. Involution of the soul, again—a time of trial but also progress. Again, obvious symbolism there. Little Red Riding Hood has discovered a wonderful spiritual truth, which she intends never to forget. Yes, she wandered from the Path, experienced the meaningless distractions of the material world, but now she has been resurrected into newness of life.

She knows the Path, and she intends to stay on it. What a wonderful object lesson this fairy tale is for all of us! Again, we have this common element in fairy talesnamely, a widower and his not-so-nice second wife. The man has, however, a beautiful, gentle daughter of his own, but she soon becomes the servant of her evil stepmother and stepsisters. They make her do all the chores around the house.

The beautiful daughter is named Cinderella, after the cinders or ashes she sweeps out of the fireplace. One day, the father travels abroad and asks his daughters what presents he should bring back for them. Not surprisingly, the two un-nice stepdaughters ask for beautiful clothes and jewels respectively.

Cinderellabless herasks for the twig which brushes his head when he returns home.

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  • It grows into a beautiful tree, and there is this little white bird which comes and throws down whatever Cinderella asks for. Now, there is a king, and he needs to find a bride for his prince, so he throws a huge ball. The evil stepmother and stepsisters are invited, but Cinderella is only allowed to go one condition her stepmother orders her to separate lentils and ashes which have been mixed in a dish Cinderella manages to successfully complete this seemingly impossible task, with the help of some birds again, note the symbolism.

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