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Published on Jun 19, 2008
In the tale of Beauty and the Beast, it seems somehow right, familiar, and fitting that the Beast, for all his ugliness, his sternness, and his capacity to inspire fear, should at the end turn into the Handsome Prince and marry the heroine. This feeling of rightness is characteristic of the response that fairytales evoke because the stuff from which myth and fairytale are composed is a symbolic portrayal of the values of the collective unconscious psyche of man. They are apparently innocent, yet have a curiously compelling and familiar manner. Beneath many cultural differences which provide the superficial detail of these stories, there lies a bare simplicity of plot and character, for these are portrayals of man's inner psychic experiences, the bare bones of of his subjective life. There is always the same hero, the same beautiful princess, the same stupid giant, the same treasure buried underground. The Beast is always the dark face of the Handsome Prince. This kind of paradox seems to be an obvious facet of life, and it is acceptable when found in myth or fairytale and also acceptable in other kinds of symbolism, such as many religious themes; however, this quality of duality does not seem to have permeated our modern astrological viewpoint to any degree. Most maligned of all astrological symbols is Saturn, whose face as the Beast is well recognized but whose alternative face as the Handsome Prince is not often considered; however, without both of these, the symbol cannot communicate it's meaning, and the interpretation has only a flat and two-dimensional value for the individual. Saturn symbolizes a psychic process as well as a quality or kind of experience. He is not merely a representative of pain, restriction, and discipline; he is also a symbol of the psychic process, natural to all human beings, by which an individual may utilize the experiences of pain, restriction, and discipline as a means for greater consciousness and fulfillment. - Liz Greene