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Sleeping Beauty and the Curse (Awareness: 1)

Sleeping Beauty and the Curse

By on 21 September 2021

Sleeping Beauty and the Curse

Sleeping Beauty and the Curse (1: Awareness)

Sleeping Beauty and the curse: Twelve fairies give the princess their blessing, but the thirteenth curses her. What does this mean?

Sleeping Beauty and the Curse

The Feast of Life and the Good Gifts

The twelve fairies came to the feast. One after the other, they bestowed wonderful gifts on the child: Virtue, beauty, wealth, kindness, understanding ... in short, everything one could wish for. Eleven of the twelve fair ies had already blessed the girl.

Sleeping Beauty and the Curse of Thirteen

Then suddenly the thirteenth fairy, who had not been invited, burst in and pronounced a curse on the child in a loud voice:
"The king's daughter shall prick herself on a spindle in her fifteenth year and fall down dead." Then she left the hall. Those present were scared to death.

Mitigating the curse: 100 years of sleep and redemption

Finally, the twelfth fairy, who had not yet spoken her wish, stepped forward. She could not lift the curse, but she could soften it. She spoke:
"It shall not be death, but a hundred years' deep sleep, into which the king's daughter will fall, and with her the whole castle."

Symbols and Themes of Sleeping Beauty and the Curse 

Interpretation of the underlined words in Sleeping Beauty - Curse and Blessing:
The Feast of Life and the Good Gifts
  • Wonderful gifts: Resources: The child is given many gifts, talents and resources for its life journey.
  • Eleven fairies - wholeness not yet fully achieved: Wholeness is not achieved until the 12th fairy. This is the opportunity for the thirteenth fairy.
Sleeping Beauty and the Curse of Thirteen
  • The thirteenth fairy - the shadow: As a dark fairy, she symbolises everything that is not allowed to be in the light of life and is therefore denied and repressed (more below).
  • The curse - a minus, predetermined from the beginning: Just as the child has received good gifts from fate, it is also born into a certain minus, which manifests itself in life like a curse (see Original Sin as a Collective Human Problem). Its effect is described in the fairy tale as "dropping dead". In other words, the curse means: Beauty will "fall" and love will die (see below).
  • On her 15th birthday - sexual maturity: The death curse is temporally related to sexual maturity and the girl's maturing into a woman.
  • Spindle - a trance: The spinning wheel is capable of inducing a trance. The trance it suggests, however, is rather the intoxication of power and desire, which causes the young people to lose their minds.
  • Theprick of the spindle - the first sexual intercourse: abruptly something sharp penetrates the flesh and a drop of blood flows...
  • Falling dead - the died love as the spiritual death: The intact love (symbolised by the VIRGIN) is doomed to fall. Instead, lack, negativity and non-being (deficit, illness and death) prevail in life.
The Twelfth Fairy and the Mitigation of the Curse: 100 Years of Sleep and Redemption
  • The Twelfth Fairy - Wholeness : Wholeness can only be achieved after the Thirteen has spoken (see The Inner Family and the Twelve Trees in Paradise). The problem must be put on the table so that it can be solved and the Shadow integrated can be solved. By hearing and understanding the message from the shadow (for example, that their anger has a reason), the curse is at the light and can be dissolved through love (understanding). The loving consciousness (the twelve) listens carefully.
  • Mitigation of the curse: The negativity (unconsciousness, "sleep") must be overcome in life itself. Afterwards, pure love rises again.
  • Sleep instead of death - unconsciousness: In traditions sleep is a symbol for unconsciousness, so for the first time in the Babylonian Gilgamesh epic (the seven loaves). Those who let themselves be determined by their drives live unconsciously. The female drive is the death drive. It leads to negativity from pain and anger (s. The drive and The body of pain).
  • One hundred years - the dissolution of the double negative dynamic (100 = 2 x 5 x 10): The number 100 can be put together like this: 10 factors of the negative dynamic must be dissolved through love. double negative dynamic must be dissolved through love, i.e. through the 5 aspects of the hero's path = 50. In addition, both partners (2) must walk this path so that they can reunite in love (2 x 50 = 100).
  • Awakening - resurrection to consciousness and love: the negative dynamic is Integration of the shadows overcome. With this, personal wholeness is achieved and the couple has overcome the dynamics of power and found love (s. The Ego and the Self).


The Dark Fairy and the Woman in Negativity

The thirteenth fairy is angry because she was not invited to the feast, every child understands that. But what does this mean?

Where does the negativity come from?
The Dark Fairy: Negativity from the Shadows

The thirteenth fairy symbolises negativity of the woman who rises from the shadows with destructive energy. The fairy or witch, who is endowed with supernatural - spiritual! - The fairy or witch, who is endowed with supernatural - spiritual - abilities, symbolises a spiritual reality that can cast a spell over the woman. She leads to the feminine-emotional drive, i.e. to negativity from frustration, pain or anger (s. The Ego and The drive), which drives the woman into impotence or aggression.

Repressed injuries and a "pain body

The woman's negativity comes from repressed, unresolved hurts. On the one hand, the woman herself may have had bad experiences. On the other hand, however, there exists a collective female identity formed from the suffering and oppression of women over the last 4000 years. This forms the collective female pain bodyidentity that can also negatively influence women. This is not least a component of the great Original Sin.

Curse and Healing at the Light through Awareness

The dark fairy is identified with this "body of pain" as a superior spiritual reality. She calls out loudly: "The girl will still have a bad time, at the latest when she has grown into a sexually mature woman. That is the reality of this world!

For a long time this negative reality was repressed, but today it has come to light.
[See, e.g. Medusa, #MeToo and the revenge of the goddess.]

With that, healing can happen. So the dark fairy in Sleeping Beauty appears in the middle of the banquet hall and unmistakably gives vent to her displeasure.

Giving life: curse and blessing in women's destiny

The curse has to do with the woman's destiny. Her unique gift of giving life and materialising new reality lies hidden in her womb. [S. Woman's Womb as Life-Giving Grail and The Virgin - Miracle-Working Love and Potential).
No wonder the man wants to dispose of it. This can lead to a power struggle between the sexes.

The death curse over the woman: giving life but not really living herself
The female womb as the grail: life and vitality in the woman's womb

New life can grow in the womb of a woman, and here a man can also find new life force. It is therefore not surprising that this miracle-working "vessel" is much sought after. For whoever can dispose of it "has" power over living matter. (For more on this see Aladdin and the magic lamp).

Emotional and physical suffering

The death curse means: "The young woman will not live, that is, she will not lead her own life. She will rather give it up for the life of others (for her husband, her children) and thereby almost inevitably fall into lack and negativity.

If she has given too much and received too little, her love may die. Then she can no longer love herself and also rejects her body. (This can go so far that she damages herself and her body, see. The woman's body of pain).

Taboo and denial

The subject of lost love is a social taboo. Women are therefore often ashamed of their "weakness" (s. Dark secrets as a curse). But in order to still be part of life in the light, they deny the pain and banish it to the realm of the unconscious. They suppress their discomfort or disappointment and put away their emotional pain with a smile.

Energy from negativity as mitigation of the curse
Sleep (unconsciousness, negativity) instead of death

In traditions, sleep is a symbol of unconsciousness and thus of drive. The female emotional drive is the susceptibility to negativity. This can sometimes develop almost into an addiction, so that the focus is always on what is wrong. In this way, grievances and lamentations about them constantly push themselves to the fore and spoil the celebration of life (cf. The drive and The pain body of the woman.)

From powerlessness to power (anger and indignation instead of rigor mortis)

The suppressed pain that "sleeps" in the shadows initially causes powerlessness. But when the woman gets into stress, the negativity can burst out of her like fire. Volcano burst forth.
And then one day the woman doesn't even like to play the victim role any more. She has had enough of having to please everyone, doesn't want to be a tame sweetheart, but angrily rises from her lethargy to fight and finally take what is rightfully hers with power. As the fairy tales put it, she then becomes a "stepmother", her father's "other" wife or a witch.

Negative couple dynamics as a curse: power instead of love

Due to lack in the relationship, the couple becomes entangled in a power game and gets into a negative couple dynamic instead of loving each other. In the process, each uses their trump cards to get what they crave from the other, be it seduction or violence.

[S. Negative couple dynamics and The Two Trees in Paradise and the Forbidden Fruit.]

The feminine and masculine side of power
Anima and Animus in Interaction: Seduction and Suppression

The male and female spirit play an important role in this, Animus and Animaplay an important role. Thus the woman exercises power over the man through seduction by identifying with his negative anima as a whore (s. The Anima). The man, on the other hand, brings the woman down and can dominate her by wearing her down and thus separating her from her power of love. In doing so, he identifies with her negative inner man (animus as. Body of pain, Animus as devil/animal).

[S. The two trees in paradise and the forbidden fruit.]

With reversed signs: Cunning strategy and angry dominance

Of course, the man in identification with his negative anima as a serpent can also use cunning to seduce the woman. On the other hand, the woman in the grip of her negative animus as a body of pain can use violence against the man out of anger and revenge.

This is the meaning of the curse in human reality:

Intact love(VIRGIN) is doomed to fall. It falls like a star from heaven and burns up in the denser matter of corporeality before it has even arrived on earth.

Sleeping Beauty-Maleficent, plot comparison

Sleeping Beauty and the Curse told differently: Maleficent-Malena

The retelling of the fairy tale is inspired by Disney's Maleficent films, which are an interpretation of Sleeping Beauty.
[S. Maleficent, plot and interpretation; right a schematic comparison of Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, see also Maleficent as Sleeping Beauty interpretation].

Maleficent - The Curse: War as a Symbol of Negative Couple Dynamics
War between the two empires

Maleficent and Stefan are getting older. While Maleficent has become the highest fairy in the realm of the moors, Stefan strives for fame and honour.

The reigning old King Henry goes to war against the moors, but Maleficent and her moorland creatures successfully defend the moors against the invader. The king has to admit defeat for the time being, but he is out for revenge. He proclaims that whoever succeeds in killing Maleficent will be his successor.

An opportunity for Stefan ...?


The Feast of Life and the Good Gifts

My body began to change. It became more feminine. I also noticed that I was pretty and that I especially attracted men's glances ... my long slender legs, my long blond hair, my flawless skin ...
Certainly: there was also something intoxicating about noticing what I could trigger in men. - And in me the longing for love became stronger and more concrete ...

My relationship with Stefan also changed. When we fought, there were suddenly other feelings ... When he grabbed me, touched me ... It was unmistakable that he felt the same. He also seemed a little insecure and confused.

Sleeping Beauty and the Curse

All this caused me trouble and I resisted it. No, I didn't want to grow up! It scared me. I didn't want to become like them, the adults ... I didn't want to become a woman who waited depressively or aggressively for a man who was never there for her. Mother seemed dissatisfied - or was she even jealous of me, of my freedom?

The ("evil step-") mother as the thirteenth fairy

In any case, she was now even harder on me and stricter, more vigilant. I was no longer allowed to stay away from home for days. She controlled me and kept stressing that it was about my future. But I also had the feeling that she wanted to tie me back. I felt constricted by her and therefore met with Stefan secretly - just out of spite. This was despite the fact that he sometimes displayed macho airs recently, which annoyed me. Sometimes he suddenly seemed strange to me, he had changed ...

Mitigating the curse: 100 years of sleep and redemption

I tried to find a balance in my thoughts and inner conflicts. "Thank God the world is not like it was 100 years ago, and today you also have many opportunities as a woman! - And anyway: I don't have to become like THEM," I said to myself. "I can fight for myself and my own life so that I can be free and happy ... Yes, that's what I want to do!"

Remarks on this interpretation

Confrontation with the adult world

The two young people enter the adult world and are confronted with reality. While young Stefan recognises the lure of (royal) power, Malena looks with critical eyes at what the future role as a woman might mean for her. Inwardly she resists the common female role and so she gets ready to fight for her freedom.

Maleficent and King Henry: Anima and Animus in their negative guise

The dark fairy Maleficent and the power-hungry King Henry with their two kingdoms fighting each other symbolise the collective aspects of Anima and Animus in their negative form. As spiritual forces andarchetypes, they can influence people and take possession of them, as the further course of the story will show.

[S.The Two Trees in Paradise and the Forbidden Fruit.]

The curse: Negative couple dynamics (power instead of love)

The curse thus appears on the one hand in the young man's striving for power, and on the other hand in the woman's rebellion against her female role.
The resulting negative couple dynamic is understandable, because abuse and exploitation of women is as old as human culture itself. However, they have long been taboo in society as a dark secret. Yet lore has addressed these abuses from the beginning in its stories and images, and also presents solutions.

[S. Dark secrets as curse and abuse and redemption in human lore].

Let's see how these are portrayed in the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.

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