- First of all welcome to a few members who have joined
in the last week or so. I believe we have another
Pagan now. I hope one day this group will become a
forum for a wider range of opinions. Meanwhile you'll
just have to put up with my humble contributions.
Before you new members start reading about Snape I
would warn you that it won't make much sense until
you've read the other posts in this series, starting
with post No. 250.
One of the most intriguing and thought provoking
characters, judging by the heated discussion he
provokes on HPFGU.
I think Severus Snape and Remus John Lupin belong
together. In my opinion they represent respectively
the black king and the grey king in "The Alchemical
Wedding of Christian Rosycross".
As I said in my last post, these two characters
personify two voices that speak forcefully in the
candidate for alchemical transformation. They
represent a harvest of experiences that has built up
in the microcosm for hundreds of incarnations. These
experiences have all been caused by the interplay of
two opposite forces in our lives: good and evil -
black and grey. How apt! How superbly and cunningly
appropriate! Not black and white, but black and grey!
For there is no Good; there is no pure white goodness
in this fallen universe! There are only shades of grey
and black. Good is where the Spirit is, Good is in the
original divine universe we've left behind. One of the
greatest examples of a person who had reached
liberation, Jesus, said: "Why do you call me good? No
one is good but God alone." (Mark 10:18)
We'll discuss Lupin in the next post.
Snape, as you know, always wears black. He is the
black king and therefore the voice of our shadow side,
our black side, our sinful aspect. He also symbolises
the accumulated bad experiences we've had. He is the
cup of bitterness we've had to drink throughout
hundreds of incarnations. How many times have we
committed intensely evil actions, how many times have
we given in to the evil around us, how often have we
made grave errors of judgement that have caused great
suffering to others? All these things have caused
extremely painful karmic consequences for each of us.
We all have our black side!
We human beings are unable to learn without making
errors. The word "error" literally means "to wander".
What we do in life is to wander around in the dark.
Originally this was not so. Before the Fall we were
always guided by the Light of the Spirit and there was
no wandering, no errors, and so no sin. But we chose
to turn away from the Light and go our own way. The
more we turned away the more we wandered, and the more
we wandered the more we fell into error and blackness.
Snape therefore is not just our evil side, he is that
aspect in us which caused us to turn away from the
Light. And whenever we turn away from the Light we
seek the darkness. The darkness is any place where the
Spirit is not present, and that's this whole universe,
which Jacob Boehme calls "the nature of death".
Whenever we seek life fulfilment in any aspect of this
fallen universe, Snape is talking to us.
One of the most dangerous aspects of our personal
Snape is a tendency to engage in occult activities.
The human being has a conscious or unconscious desire
to rule over his life (the black "KING"), to make his
temporary state permanent, to conquer death. We know
that Severus Snape studied the black arts in his
youth. He was a death eater and was marked by
Voldemort with the dark mark.
What is the essence of Occultism? It is in fact very
close to alchemy. It's Harry Potter without Harry.
What I mean by that is that the occultist goes the
same path as Harry does, but without a new soul born
to Lily and James. As I said in my post about the
Chamber of Secrets (Harry 10 - post 316) the occultist
goes to the serpent of the kundalini in the plexus
sacralis and drives this upwards through all the
chakras, endowing him with great occult powers. You
can read about these in "The Chakras" by C.W.
Leadbeater (Theosophical Publishing House).
No wonder Snape has such skill at legilimens and
occlumency! Those are occult powers. Jo shows us in
the most powerful way possible that Harry can't do
that, and in any case he doesn't need it! His love is
what drives Voldemort out, not occult power.
The liberating message of Harry Potter is so clear, so
bright, so pure, so obvious I'm amazed so few people
can see it!
In the Alchemical Wedding the black king voluntarily
submits to decapitation. When a person decides to go
the Path of Liberation through alchemical
transformation, he surrenders his whole being to the
New Soul, personified by Harry. This is why Snape
leaves Voldemort and later joins the Order of the
Phoenix. He tries to save Harry's life during the
quidditch match in Book 1.
The apprentice alchemist knows that both his good side
and his bad side have to be sacrificed so that the
original divine human being can resurge in an
alchemical process of death and rebirth. He tries to
restrict and restrain his black side as much as
possible, but it is still very painful to the new
soul. This is why Harry suffers whenever he is in
contact with Snape. Snape's very essence is abhorrent
to Harry, as our shadow side is abhorrent to the new
Now you know why Dumbledore would never want Snape
teaching Defence against the Dark Arts. That subject
symbolises the lessons the new soul needs to grow and
become mature. It would be too big a temptation to
Severus. I quote Jo from the Albert Hall interview:
"when Professor Dumbledore took Professor Snape onto
the staff and Professor Snape said he'd like to teach
Defence Against the Dark Arts please and Professor
Dumbledore felt that it might bring out the worst in
Professor Snape." It all makes sense now, doesn't it?
It is obvious that Snape hates Sirius, James and
Sirius: the archetype of liberation.
James: the longing for liberation.
Remus: the striving for goodness. These three aspects
of the candidate on the Path of Liberation are
intensely abhorrent to the shadow side. This is why he
tries to get Sirius "kissed" by the dementors. Sirius
is the very opposite to everything Snape stands for!
This is why he opposes Remus' appointment to Hogwarts.
This is why he loathes James with the utmost
But I'm sure that although he hurts Harry deeply and
makes his life miserable, he will ultimately sacrifice
himself for Harry. I guess he will hate him to the
end; nevertheless he will see that the only way to
defeat Voldemort is to die for Harry.
In the Alchemical Wedding the black king has a very
old and frail wife. As I said in my last post, the
wives of the black king and the grey king symbolise
their passive aspects. The wife of the black king is
very old and near death. This symbolises the fact that
when the alchemist is approaching liberation, the evil
in him is weak, and close to its end.
The grey king's wife is quite young and vivacious,
symbolising the fact that the good side of the
alchemist is approaching the rebirth of Absolute Good.
She rejoices in her self-surrender to the new born
Jo once said that some of the teachers indeed do have
wives, and so I wonder if Snape has an old frail wife
and Lupin a young vigorous one. If they do she's
nailing her flag to the mast, as Alison put it the
other day. Then she's admitting what I've been saying
for the last two years: Harry Potter is a new version
of the ancient alchemical Path of total human
Liberation from suffering, sorrow and death. Jo is
bringing this message to the world in the form of a
story that is so rapturously beautiful I can't find
words for it. The words "Harry Potter" are enough to
bring tears to the eyes!
Good on ya, Jo, yer blood's worth bottlin!
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