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Fairytale & Storybook Charms

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The History of Fairy Tales

Tales of fantastical elements and occurrences, but not necessarily about fairies, are included in this category. It consists of both traditional fairy tales like “Cinderella” and “Puss-in-Boots” as well as more modern art fairy tales (Kunstmärchen) like Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince” (1888). It’s difficult to tell the difference between oral stories and those that were eventually written down and published because both have been adapted to the page since antiquity, and both have returned to the oral tradition.

In German Romanticism, art fairy tales were cultivated by personages like Clemens Brentano, Ludwig Tieck, Goethe, and Charles Kingsley. A few of these grand narratives have found lasting popularity. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen is the master of the art of the fairy tale, whose works are as famous worldwide as the traditional ones. His stories are autobiographical, despite their folklore roots with a dash of social satire.

People like Bruno Bettelheim, Carl Jung, and Sigmund Freud in the 20th century saw elements of fairy tales as embodiments of our fears and desires. For example, in his book Uses of Enchantment (1976), he argued that children’s natural and necessary “killing off” of developmental phases and initiation phases can be seen in many folk fairy tales that appear harsh or random.

Researchers say that the origins of fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can be traced back thousands of years. Academics say that some fairy tales had prehistoric roots. But, according to their findings, some stories were older than the earliest written records, including dates to the Bronze Age.

Experts believe that the origins of Jack and the Beanstalk can be traced back to the breakup of the Eastern and Western Indo-European languages over 5,000 years ago.

Rumpelstiltskin is about 4,000 years old, according to a study. The Devil, Death, or a genie are all examples of supernatural beings that a blacksmith might make a deal with. The blacksmith is willing to give up his soul in exchange for the ability to join any two materials together.

To break his end of the bargain, he uses this power to tether the villain to an immovable object like a tree. According to the research, Indo-European speakers from India to Scandinavia share this basic plot.

Research claims that this story can be traced back to the early Proto-Indo-European civilization when metalworking was possible and nomadic tribes from the Pontic steppe about 6,000 years ago. So as far back as recorded history can go. But, according to experts, they may have been told in an extinct Indo-European language.

A common cultural history dating back to the dawn of Indo-European language development was a claim made by the Brothers Grimm in the 19th century for many of the fairy tales they popularized, including Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, a group of writers penned several stories passed down orally for centuries before they were written down. There are also Latin and Greek versions of these texts.

What Do Symbols in Fairytales Mean?

Fanciful elements like wicked witches, enchanted woods, magic beans, and talking animals are common in fairy tales. However, a deeper understanding of the stories can be gained by knowing more about the symbols’ meanings.

Symbolic meanings can vary significantly from one culture to the For example, when. When it comes to baby girls in the West, pink is the color of choice; in the East, blue is the choice for boys. Pink, which is closest to red on the color wheel, is a masculine “fire” color, whereas blue, which is more feminine, is a “watery” color.

Symbolic meanings of popular fairy tales, in the form we know them, originate in European culture, from which most of these come.

Witches

Witches have long been used in fairytales to represent our repressed shadow selves. The word ‘witches,’ which means wise in old English, comes from Wicca. They were herbalists, healers, and even midwives when they were alive – not the demonic forces they’ve become in fairy tales. The Christians’ desire to keep God separate from nature and the pagan religions’ veneration of animal and earth-based deities led to their persecution. If God is in the air/heaven, the Devil must be on the ground. These women (who had a connection to the earth) were often suspected of working with the Devil because they possessed intense healing and psychic abilities.

Stepmothers are sometimes used to substitute for witches because they have similar definitions. For the heroine to be saved, they act as a force multiplier for the witches (and thrive). Something that would be the exact opposite of what you would expect from a mother. For spiritual progress, they refer to our ego nature, which must be brought into the light of consciousness.

The ego is crafty, just like the witch in Hansel and Gretel, who fools the children into thinking she will help them by providing food and a warm bed, only to try to eat Hansel. It is as if the ego is trying to eat our higher self. For as long as we desire something, we are enslaved to our egos. The children get into trouble because of their insatiable desire for a home filled with sweets and cakes. Consider the Buddhist view that all suffering originates in our attachment to things. Like poor Hansel, we are held prisoner by the witch in a cage because our egos feed on our desire and devotion to all things, which traps us.

Birds

They are considered messengers from the higher realms because of their ability to flutter through the air. So a little bird told me, for example.) All cultures have shamans who adorn themselves with feathers to communicate with the gods. Birds are also symbolic of the human spirit’s capacity to soar or rise above adversity. They are often there to help and give wise advice to their fairy tale heroes or heroines.

Roses

Gretel transforms into a rose in some earlier versions of Hansel and Gretel. In Beauty and the Beast, Belle asks her father for a rose after Snow White accidentally pricks herself with a rose. It’s a common visual representation. The rose symbolizes the sacred path. For example, Christ’s blood was said to have spawned a red rose. This means that through the way he showed, we can overcome our karma and find our way to our heavenly homeland because of his sacrifice. Several groups use this symbol as part of their title and doctrines, such as the Rosicrucians.

Thorns on the rose symbolize our negative karma, which manifests itself in the form of pain and suffering that we must endure on our journeys toward enlightenment.

For those interested in Western and Eastern mysteries, the green and leaf-like sepals at the top of the stem represent the ‘five-fold path’ for initiation.

The rose is also closely associated with the concepts of love, perfection, beauty, and the human heart. According to Jung, the thorns and red petals of the rose represent the male and female aspects of the self, respectively. So don’t forget the deeper meaning of the gift next time you give or obtain roses.

Having a mirror was considered a status symbol and only available to the wealthy in the past. Aside from checking one’s beauty, they were frequently employed for divination, allowing one to see into the future and the past. In addition, psychic abilities were said to have been enhanced by using alchemically prepared chemicals.

Like the one used by Snow White’s stepmother, a seer’s mirror isn’t just a mirror as we know it; it can speak. Water and crystal balls share many of the same characteristics. As a result, mirrors are viewed as a gateway to other realms or levels of consciousness. However, the mirror can’t deceive us, just as our current mirrors can’t help us lose weight or get rid of those wrinkles, no matter how hard we try!

Trickster Figures

Christian symbolism refers to parishioners as sheep, while the wolf, which preys on the sheep, is seen as Satan’s pawn. The wolf can also represent predatory men. When Red Riding Hood thinks the wolf is her grandmother, she goes into bed with him.

Historically, the wolf was associated with base desire and the lower aspects of oneself because of its connection to sex, when sex was seen as separating us from divinity (interestingly enough, Tantric practices in the East, where it was viewed as having the opposite effect). The wolf represents this lower self’s desire to eat/rape the pure Red Riding Hood and put an end to her (spiritual) progress. An innocent child cannot tell the difference between good and evil, so she cannot distinguish between her grandmother’s sweetness and the evil that lies within her. Wolves are a common sighting for hikers. The wolf is clever and demanding and will go to any lengths to get its way. He doesn’t care if he eats grandma or tricks them.

It’s also possible to think of the wolf as a kind of Trickster like the fox, hare, or other animals in folklore. Tricksters are often disguised as demi-gods who use cunning and tricks to teach.

Like the court jester of old, the Trickster exposes our society’s flaws while avoiding personal blame or repercussions for their existence. After all, he is a fool, and how can anyone hold a joke responsible? He’s a prankster who plays with the laws of the universe and accepted norms, making fun of authority. He is the number zero – the beginning and the end – like the fool in the Tarot card, which takes a leap of faith. Yet, in the world of illusion, he can live and die, change appearances, perform magic, and even speak in animal form.

Hermes Trismegistus is an example of the Trickster in history. When depicted as Mercury, the Trickster is often seen with a broad traveler’s heat, a staff or caduceus, or sometimes, a winged cap. These items tend to appear in other tales – think of what the Puss in Boots wears.

The Egyptian God Thoth, the scribe, was also known as the Trickster by the ancient Egyptians because he was considered to embody the universal mind. In Arthurian lore, he is also linked to the magician Merlin.

When Hermes is depicted as the Trickster, he represents the conflict between good and evil and the chaos of creation, rather than the reality of order. He is both the world’s destroyer and its creator, yet he is not of the world. He is both. He manipulates those around him and his students into believing in the illusion of time and the physical world through his antics and skepticism of accepted norms. Like Coyote medicine or Brer Rabbit, he teaches by tricking his students. Brer Rabbit is a clever prankster and practical joker.

The Trickster is a divine and wise fool who has no one to answer but himself. Most of the time, he is self-centered and rebels against authority, making jokes and devising clever schemes that frequently backfire.

Men’s characteristics like aggression, promiscuity, and destructiveness characterize the Trickster, which is why he is often referred to as “male.” However, universally, a trickster can be both man and woman in the traditional sense.

When we see trickster symbols in our own lives, it indicates that we are in the midst of some change or transformation, whether internal or external.

The Ominous Forest

Emotional forests can become dark and impenetrable at times in our lives. Like Dante in the 12th century, many fairytale heroes and heroines find themselves in that situation. There is a deep sense of betrayal and a deep desire for physical and spiritual nourishment for those who have been betrayed.

Snow White’s stepmother has ordered the woodcutter to kill her in the woods, so she’s been left alone in the forest. At this point, the world is depressing, and we cannot see the forest through the trees. We only see the details in this night of the soul and miss the bigger picture. However, this very confusion allows us to change our lives for the better and begin a new journey.

As the light (male principle) cannot penetrate the forest’s depths, it is viewed as the feminine principle or unconscious.

The forest has its advantages. Shelter and protection can be found here, just like the nurturing female energy. It symbolizes a journey into the depths of our consciousness. Enchanted forests, ferocious animals, deep oceans, deserts, wildernesses, and wastelands are just some symbols used in fairy tales to represent this journey into the unknown. (Even in religion, Jesus and Muhammad both went into the desert.) Our faith is tested here, and we must replace our fear with it. We can’t leave the forest or go back until we’ve completed this part of our journey, but doing so is fraught with peril and requires guts to overcome its dangers. In the forest, we must battle our inner darkness if we hope to make it to the other side unscathed.