Stuart wrote:The 'wound' in the Sleeping Beauty story is a pricked finger, so unusual (unique?) in a fairy tale that one suspects the real meaning is hidden, or Hermetic as Boreades says. It reminds me of blood brotherhoods and oaths, generally associated with secret and underground societies.
Pedauque is an architectural term, French obviously so presumably familiar to master masons, most of whom seem to have been French. The symbols in this fairy tale, especially the death that isn't dying, could be pointing to a masonic allegory a la Magic Flute.
Umm, sounds interesting. Sadly I'm not familiar with French masonic symbology. Perhaps it has some crucial differences from the English version? I have to confess I've got a book on the masonic symbology of The Magic Flute but have struggled to get past the opening chapter.
Also, I never knew (until know) that Sleeping Beauty is just the name of the Disney version of Grimm's story of Briar Rose. Reading that version, ( e.g. here http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2591/259 ... k2H_4_0008
) it reads much more like a tale of resurrection and transformation. The emphasis that Grimm puts on 12 usurping 13 feels significant as well. Lunar calendar (old knowledge) being replaced by a Roman calendar perhaps?
The Sweet Briar Rose (Rosa rubiginosa) - "Its dense, prickly habit of growth makes it a good impenetrable country garden hedge". http://www.britishhardwood.co.uk/rosa-r ... -rose/163/
- lots of pricked fingers there!
In Macbeth, the second witch says "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." - so is pricking of fingers a route to insight as well as resurrection?
And roses are full of symbology as well. Anyone for a Rosicrucian connection?