Question 6: “The Ruined Dancing Shoes.”
I’m aware that beginners are following the seminar, so I've tried to avoid technical terms, but there is one point that does need to be explained for “Ruined Shoes.”
There are two different methods of calculations, one for Sun Signs and another for the Houses. The Sun Signs are based on the calendar year, which, as we know, derives from the length of time it takes the Earth to revolve around the Sun. The Earth’s motion along its orbit also gives us the astrological year, beginning and ending with the Vernal Equinox in March, and including four seasonal changes which occur every year in the Cardinal Signs.
In astrology, when we say the Sun rules Leo, we're usually referring to the summer Sign, inclusive of people born from late July through late August.
For the purpose of this Rising Sign seminar, however, we’re using the other method of calculation, the one for House cusps. This method is based on the diurnal motion of the Earth on its axis, also known as the “wobble.” The wobble causes our 24 hour cycle of day and night. The Houses, including the Rising Sign, or First House cusp, change every two hours. (12 Signs x 2 hours per Rising Sign=one 24 hour day.)
In this system, when we say that the Sun rules Leo, we’re not speaking of people born in summer, winter, or any other season. We’re speaking of someone born within a narrow two hour time interval, which could occur on any day of the year. We’re speaking about the Leo persona, the First House cusp, the Sign that’s rising at a person’s birth time.
The best way to grasp this is to imagine the sky as a type of clock, though we’re able to see only part of the clock's face. For instance, we might glance up at the Sun and think, “no wonder I’m hungry, it must be 2:00 p.m. already!”
Or, if we're in the garden without a watch or electronic gadget, we might check the position of the Sun and think, “better hurry up and finish planting these flowers, it’ll be dark in under an hour!” The Solar clock won’t tell us when to plant winter wheat or harvest fall corn, but it does tell us about time passing today. For larger questions, we’d need a different source, like an almanac.
Hints for the tale:
1) At first glance, this may appear to be just another story with a familiar structure: the Old King is decrepit, ill or dying, the Kingdom is in danger from drought or its enemies. Next, a young prince appears, passes a test, marries the princess and inherits the Kingdom. The land becomes fertile again and rival kingdoms are again afraid to attack it. But is that all there is to this one? Can a case be made that it’s an allegory about spiritual growth?
2) Why do you think the princess took so long to wake up and use her will power? What was the Troll so fascinating to her? (Many young princes tried to save her before the hero succeeded.)
3) Do the “frozen trees” have symbolic meaning?
4) Can you think of other stories in which the maiden must actively participate in her own rescue? Or does this one seem unique?
5) What sort of father was the king?
6) While younger readers might identify with the prince or princess, older readers may sympathize with her father’s plight, his hope of seeing see his daughter happily settled, passing on his responsibilities to the next generation, and a peaceful retirement.