Harry (13) - PoA (3)
- Harry meets Buckbeak at the beginning of his third
year at Hogwarts. Buckbeak is a hippogriff, a creature
that is half horse, half griffin.
In my opinion the griffin gives us the clue to what
Buckbeak symbolises. The griffin is an ancient
mythical creature occurring in the tales of many
nations. It is also mentioned in "The Alchemical
Wedding of Christian Rosycross". The front half is
eagle and the back half lion. The lion symbolises
divine love while the eagle symbolises the spirit. The
mighty wings of the eagle symbolise the heights to
which this mystery creature can rise, while the lion
has its feet on the ground. Here we see a beautiful
symbol of an animal that connects heaven and earth.
When the sons and daughters of the Potter descended
into matter millions of years ago they started a
process of severance from the original spirit which
lived as the king in the microcosm, next to the soul
as queen, with the personality as their precious
child. The original spirit never forsakes his
children, and so right from the beginning there was a
plan to enable the human being to return the way he
It is not possible just simply to open oneself to the
original spirit again. The unimaginably high
vibrations of the spirit would destroy the human being
instantly. There has to be an intermediary between the
fallen human being and the spirit. There has to be a
guardian of God's compassion who can descend to the
earth, even to hell if necessary, to answer the cry of
the seeker when he realises there is no point in life
in the fallen universe and his heart longs for the
return to the spirit. This intermediary we call the
Christ. His rays of hope and comfort can reach right
down to us and give us the strength and hope to turn
around and go the long, long way back to where we once
came from. He will lift us up onto his back and carry
us upwards, ever upwards towards the heights of the
spirit, for the reunion with the Father.
That is the griffin. For some reason not clear to me
Jo has chosen the hippogriff as the symbol. Perhaps
she doesn't want to be too obvious. Or perhaps a
griffin is to come later. It is, of course, the name
of Harry's House: Griffin d'or - Golden Griffin. At
any rate, it is obvious that the hippogriff is nearly
the same symbol.
Beware! The hippogriff has very sharp claws! It is
necessary to approach him with great respect and
caution. The griffin is also the symbol of the
protective power of the body of Christ.
The body of Christ is the Brotherhood of the Masters
of Compassion. In the past millennia many people have
successfully gone the path of liberation. As I have
stated repeatedly, these people do not forsake
humanity but help to send the rays of hope and comfort
down to earth. When Christian Rosycross was freed from
the pit he helped to pull the next load of people up.
Hagrid is the example Jo gives us of a master of
compassion. In past posts I have indicated that it was
he who introduced Harry to the magical world. And so
it is only natural that he works with the body of
Christ. When Hagrid tells Harry to sit on the
hippogriff's back, naturally the new soul enters the
body of Christ and this takes him upwards immediately.
And Harry and Buckbeak become instant friends.
As an aside I must say I love this scene in the film.
It has become my all-time favourite scene. The
symbolism comes out so well!
But then Malfoy approaches Buckbeak. Malfoy represents
the type of person who is on the path of liberation
for the self rather than the new soul that needs to be
born. It is not possible for the earthly self to be
liberated as it is an integral part of this universe.
It's an emergency measure to enable the microcosm to
express itself in this world. Without it the human
being could never be liberated. The spirit has left
the microcosm many thousands of years ago and the soul
has died. The earthly human being has the task of
restoring the microcosm to its former glory, but he
can do so only if he is willing to sacrifice himself
as Ron did in the chess game, and as we will see in
one of the books to come.
It is natural for the human being to seek liberation
for the natural self, or the "Self of matter" as "The
Voice of the Silence" calls it. But that is
impossible. Nevertheless many people do try. Malfoy in
my opinion symbolises such a person. At Hogwarts he
belongs to Slytherin, the House of Lucifer. He
approaches the Body of Christ with irreverence and
disdain. He says, "I bet you're not dangerous at all,
are you? Are you, you great ugly brute?" As we know,
Malfoy gets slashed by the sharp claws. The body of
Christ is a force-field of intensely high spiritual
energy and supremely beneficial only when it is
approached by the immortal soul, but when the seeker
for liberation for the self approaches it, he will be
harmed. The high vibrations of the Christ will cause
damage to the astral body of such a person.
Malfoy goes to hospital and later he and his father
organise the trial and fix the condemnation of
Meanwhile Harry discovers that Sirius, his God-Father,
is innocent and has spent 12 years in prison as a
victim of Peter Pettigrew's treachery. I will explain
exactly what force Sirius personifies as soon as I've
finished this series on Harry. Just for now let's just
say he is the new soul's guardian and guide, a source
of inspiration and spiritual power. He is in the
microcosm, close to the new soul.
By means of a time-turner Harry and Hermione (note:
Ron is absent) go back in time and save Buckbeak from
the executioner. Then they fly up to the cell where
Sirius is imprisoned and help him to escape. Sirius
flies off on Buckbeak. Harry has saved two innocent
Harry Potter is the story of a candidate for
liberation through alchemical transformation. All the
characters are forces, influences or entities the
apprentice alchemist meets along the way. Dementors
are forces which try to rob the new soul of the
candidate of its soul-power. Harry is able to drive
these away through his mighty longing for liberation,
as we saw in Harry (12).
Buckbeak has been condemned to death. The influence of
the Body of Christ, the Brotherhood of Compassion, is
contrary to the purposes of the powers of darkness in
and around the seeker. They want to get rid of this
influence as soon as possible. Christ is dangerous! He
upsets world order. Look at what he's done to poor old
The same with Sirius. He has been taken by Snape and
locked up. Snape is our dark side, our shadow. He
hates Sirius and Harry. I will deal with Snape later.
Suffice to say for now that he is the black king in
"The Alchemical Wedding". Although Snape is to join
the Order of the Phoenix later, as we know, and will
sacrifice himself for Harry in the end, he is bound by
his past to hate the Divine Light. However Harry bows
to the hippogriff, and he and Hermione fly off to save
The new immortal soul defies the powers of this world
and enters the Body of Christ with great respect. He
surrenders himself to it and the Christ-force lifts
him up and enables him to liberate Sirius. Harry has
completed another phase in the Divine Plan of
Redemption. He has become free of the astral world. He
has liberated the Power of Christ within himself and
has brought up into his firmament the new Bright
Morning Star, Sirius.
Jo is not writing fiction, you know.
PS well, maybe flobberworms are fiction.
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