- Dobby personifies the etheric body of the apprentice
Just to give you some background information: The
personality of the human being consists of seven
bodies or vehicles.
1. The physical body
2. The etheric or vital body
3. The astral or desire body
4. The mental body
5. The mental-I
6. The emotional-I
7. The consciousness-I.
Each body operates on a corresponding plane. The
candidate for liberation has to cut the chains that
ties him to each of the planes. In book 2 Harry
symbolically cuts the second chain.
In normal circumstances the etheric body is fettered
to the physical body in six places: one in the head,
one in the heart, two in the palms and two in the
feet. In the New Testament these are symbolised by the
crown of thorns on the head of Jesus, the spear wound
in his side, and the nails through his hands and feet.
In the Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross,
etheric liberation takes place on the second floor
(the one above the ground floor). This is how it is
described: "This room was the whole breadth of the
Tower itself, having six very stately vestries raised
a little above the room, and were entered by an ascent
of three steps. In these vestries we were placed,
there to pray for the life of the King and Queen."
In Harry Potter the etheric body is symbolised by a
house elf called Dobby. House elves are bound to their
master by magic, and the spell can be broken only by
the owner giving the elf clothes. Harry gives Dobby's
owner Lucius Malfoy a book wrapped up in a sock.
Without thinking, Malfoy gives the sock to Dobby,
thereby breaking the spell of enslavement.
In actual fact the etheric body is a kind of slave of
the physical body, because it has to follow it
everywhere and serve it day and night. This is because
the etheric body is what gives life to the physical
body. Without it, the physical body would die. However
when the alchemist has reached the stage symbolised by
the second floor of the Tower of Olympus, his etheric
body is filled with the forces of Liberation, four
ethers from the Sixth Cosmic Plane. These are called
"the Four Holy Foods". This means he becomes fully
aware within his etheric body and can consciously
control and direct it. It is no longer a slave of the
It begins to radiate a glorious golden light and forms
part of what is traditionally called, "The Golden
Wedding Vesture". It becomes extremely helpful to the
alchemist in the further alchemical processes. As we
know, Dobby is very helpful to Harry. In book 4 he
helps Harry with the second task, and in book 5 he
shows Harry how to find the Room of Requirement.
I'm sure he will be very helpful also in the next two
books, and I suspect that Dobby will accompany Harry
on his last journey in book 7. I have the strongest
suspicion that an alchemical wedding will take place
in book 7, involving Harry, Hermione, Ron, Snape and
Lupin, and that Dobby will play some sort of role in
Good old Dobby!
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