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Symbols - What does heaven look like

Sleeping Beauty

Maze’s are intended to be a symbolic representation of your life’s plan – the road to your Destiny – see also  the Maze.  Whenever we draw up a project plan for someone it looks like a very complex series of paths with possible branches dependent on what happens at each stage. 

What else looks like an interwoven mass of paths with lots of interdependencies and complex interlacing roads and branches ? 

A hedge.  And if the plan is difficult a thorn hedge

Perhaps the most well known myth or story to have been invented around the idea of a Princess [Soul] who has been trapped by a thorny hedge is that of Sleeping Beauty.   The Prince [Higher spirit] has to undertake a very difficult journey through a path of thorns before he can ‘rescue’ – his soul mate who has been sleeping away ready for his arrival.

At the beginning of the story the princess is a spirit, but she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel [the wheel] – and is consigned to earth  - in other words she becomes physical takes on a body.  Allegorically she ‘sleeps’ -  is unaware of the spiritual world.  In all stories such as this it is the Higher spirit [prince] that searches for his princess [Soul]   This tends to be the case in actuality, the Higher spirit is desperate to obtain communication with the soul .

Sleeping Beauty was originally recorded as a French fairy tale  (La Belle au Bois dormant, "The Beauty asleep in the wood") published in 1697 by Charles Perrault in his book  Contes de ma Mère l'Oye ("Tales of Mother Goose").  While Perrault's version is better known, an older version, the tale Sun, Moon, and Talia, was contained in Giambattista Basile's Pentamerone (published in 1634).

The Story of Sleeping Beauty


At the christening of a long-wished-for princess, fairies invited as godmothers offered gifts, such as beauty, wit, and musical talent. However, a wicked fairy who had been overlooked placed the princess under an enchantment as her gift, saying that, on reaching adulthood, she would prick her finger on a spindle and die. A good fairy, though unable to completely reverse the spell, said that the princess would instead sleep for a hundred years, until awakened by the kiss of a prince and true love's first kiss.

The king forbade spinning on distaff or spindle, or the possession of one, upon pain of death, throughout the kingdom, but all in vain. When the princess was fifteen or sixteen she chanced to come upon an old woman in a tower of the castle, who was spinning. The Princess asked to try the unfamiliar task and the inevitable happened. The wicked fairy's curse was fulfilled. The good fairy returned and put everyone in the castle to sleep. A forest of briars sprang up around the castle, shielding it from the outside world: no one could try to penetrate it without facing certain death in the thorns.

After a hundred years had passed, a prince who had heard the story of the enchantment braved the wood, which parted at his approach, and entered the castle. He trembled upon seeing the princess's beauty and fell on his knees before her. He kissed her, then she woke up, then everyone in the castle woke to continue where they had left off... and they all lived happily ever after

 

 

 

Sleeping Beauty – Edward Burne-Jones

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