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Cinderella’s Pagan Origins

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Once Upon a Time….

Actually, scratch that. While Cinderella was a tale spun long ago, it’s origins and true meaning grow even deeper.

In fact, did you know that the original story may have even been meant as Prophecy?

Cinderella was a story told by Pagans. Cinderella was “Ella” or, Hel. Hel, as in the daughter born of Mother Earth.

Also known as Helle, who’s fires of renewal would reduce one to “Cinders”.  Hence the name, Cinder -Ella.

The Nasty Stepmother was code for the “New” Church. The “Ugly Stepsisters” were really the powers behind the throne– the Aristocracy and Clergy supporting the New Church by way of Military and other means.

The tale went like this….

Cinderella’s mother, the Earth, gave her daughter a “Fairy Tree”, which would later become spun as a Fairy Godmother. The tree gave Cinderella Golden Apples– Apples being a VERY important part of Pagan lore— and various other gifts.  Beautiful garments, the slippers. You get the idea.

The Prince was actually symbolic for “Mankind”. With the gifts from the Fairy Tree, Cinderella was beautiful and like the story we know today, this enchanted beauty won the love of the Prince — the love of mankind.

Did this mean the New Church would lose it’s favor and the ways of the Goddess would find itself anew, would survive the powers attempting to crush her and remain beloved of the people? That’s my own personal speculation. Nothing written in stone.

Now, back to it….

Where did the glass slipper come into play? Well, that was actually a ritual in days of old, a sexual innuendo, if you will. The entire thing represented the Union. In certain cultures, working a phallic object into a woman’s shoe signified a sacred marriage.

Some theorize that the “glass” slipper was symbolic of the “Crystal” Cave. Men, or heroes,  would enter the underworld — this Cave– which again, had great meaning. In fact, Ill have to type up another article soon on, Cave– yep, that much meaning behind it.

There were many Prophecies in Medieval times which spoke of the rich and powerful being tossed off their high horses. Overthrown by the very people feeling the grunt of their blows.  Having the Great Mother reach beyond the Underworld, ridding them of these awful threats. Aiding them from the beyond. Having her own Daughter as a Champion– well, you can imagine the attractiveness of it all.

And Pagans learned long ago, in order to protect and hide their message, it was easier to create a fictional story– a deeply-seeded symbolic one– to hide it’s truth and camouflage it, if you will, within colorful imagery.

Do you think they knew it would survive such a long test of time or are we doomed to repeat ourselves — an old history bleeding into our present one. Are there lessons to be learned that apply to us today? How far would this prophecy go?

Just something to think about.

Sources:

  • The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets by Barbara G. Walker
  • Jung & von Franz
  • G.M. Graves
  • Tuchman

 

 

 

 

Ancient Calendar: June 14th, 2010

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NOW, let’s look at what the Ancients were doing way back in the day.

And it would have been a busy one indeed…tons going on (like in my life). First, we start off with the Norse, who are seriously catching my interest here as of late. The day, according to their traditions, was sacred to Vidar, who happened to be one of Odin’s sons. Now, no god is boring in the Norse pantheon, and Vidar is no different. He stands for two very important things to any tough Viking Warrior–the ability to move about without being detected and getting even! Yep, it was all about revenge, and you know our Vikings dig that. According to Norse beliefs, when Ragnarok falls over the face of the world, the world Fenris will escape its leash and will eat Odin. Don’t fear because prophecy says that it will be Vidar whom slays the terrible wolf and will then rule the world in place of his father. Now how cool is that? Like father…like son.

 

It was said that today the nine Muses were born. And that tradition wouls have been celebrated by our Ancient Ancesters. In case you didn;t know, the muses were the daughters of Zeus…

Calliope, Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, and Urania. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADIES!!!

 

And last but not least, mark your calendars because the Runic Half month of Dag begins on this day. Dag, being the runic symbol of light, good health, prosperity, and the wind up of the year.

Ancient Calendar: June 7, 2010

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Rome’s temple of Vesta would have been opened on this day in History. Vesta, famous for being a Goddess of fire and the hearth—the very thing that warmed the homes and hearts of Rome–happened to be one of their oldest Goddesses.(Same as the Greek’s Hestia.)

Vesta had her own Vestal Virgins too, who kept an eternal fire lit inside her temple located in Lavinium. It was prophesied that if the fire was ever allowed to go out, great catastrophic horrors would befall Rome.

Interestingly enough, at one point Vestal Virgins became as strict as Catholic nuns. Unlike the virgin priestess before their time, they ended up being actual brides to the spirit of Rome, vowing never to marry. In fact, towards the end of their importance (before Christianity came) they partook in many of the same ceremonies that nuns would later adopt. They even had their hair shaved off to ‘limit’ their magical womanly powers.

This was not always so…with Vestal Virgins and other Virgin priestesses of earlier times and cultures. In fact, the only thing Virgin meant was that the woman was unwed—not untouched. Their vows were at one time consummated in the temple, to the deity of Palladium, under sacred rituals which were heavily secretive. These Vestal Virgins were praised for their magical and mystical powers….not asked to conceal them.

The ritual sealing their vows was overseen by a Priest called Pontifex Maximus, which stood for creating a bridge between the God of Heaven and the Mother of Earth (Vesta). A sacred joining between the Vestal Virgins and Palladium would then occur.

And the Vesta Virgins were also encouraged to use their magical connections with the goddess and of their genders. How things changed, though, as time went on.

Sometime after the Vestals became changed and restricted, came an even greater threat. For once Christianity came and Rome converted, they were greatly persecuted. During the 4th and 5th centuries, they were robbed of their temples, and even forced  to allow their sacred fires to go out. Their treatment was horrific and some would say more terrible and sad than the converting and or destroying of their great temples. Vestal Virgins lost their places, their purpose, their homes, their endowments, their freedom from taxation, and all other privileges and respect.

Quote: Their Christian enemies feared them as mysterious and magical; they did not  understand them and did not want to do so; they wanted only to see them destroyed.–J.H. Smith D.C.P. 149–Barbara G. Walkers The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets–page 1046-1047.

Remember above when I said the Priest was called Pontifex Maximus? Well the word Pontifex was actually taken and used by the Christians after they took over. They shortened the word and made it Pontiff, which became a synonym for their title POPE.

Also, today  marked as the Nones of June in Rome.

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