- Before starting on Minerva I just want to thank Alison
for her last post on symbolism. Many thanks Alison,
and please tell us all you know about this fascinating
Also further to Crabbe & Goyle, I found my earlier
reference to the serpent-fire. It was in Harry (3)
(Post 270). I said there: 'All of us own a "tree". The
spinal column with the spinal cord and the two strings
of the sympathetic nerve is called the tree of life.
The force that runs along these 3 channels,
esotericists call the "serpent fire".' I was afraid
some of you might think I was making things up as I go
along. When I wrote post 270 I had no idea yet what
Malfoy and his two cronies symbolised. Now I could
kick myself for not seeing the obvious. Draco =
serpent = serpent-fire!
There was another thought that struck me about the
Malfoy - Crabbe - Goyle combination. If Malfoy
symbolises the serpent-FIRE isn't it curious that
Crabbe and (gar)Goyle are both connected with water? I
don't know if it has any significance though. Just a
OK, Minerva McGonagall.
I only started thinking about her this morning and the
first thing that hit me is that she is like the Virgin
in "The Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross." In
the latter she conducts the weighing of the candidates
to determine their virtuousness. In Harry Potter
McGonagall gives the first years the sorting hat to
see what house they go into.
In the "Alchemical Wedding" the Virgin is called
Alchimia. By the way, the book doesn't tell you that
explicitly. You have to work out a puzzle that is very
similar to the type Jo loves, for example in book 1.
It is obvious from reading "The Alchemical Wedding"
that Alchimia symbolises the force that transfigures
the apprentice alchemist. Now we know why McGonagall
is Transfiguration teacher! It all fits, doesn't it?
If you haven't read "The Alchemical Wedding" could I
suggest you do so now, as the parallels between that
and Harry Potter are absolutely striking! It's on the
group's files in its entirety. You can read the whole
thing in under an hour. I have also started putting
illustrations of "The Alchemical Wedding" on the
There's not much to add about dear Minerva. I guess
you all know Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom.
Just as Alchimia works as a sort of chief assistant to
the old chap on the tower, so Minerva is Deputy
Headmistress to Dumbledore, the old chap in the tower.
I think that at the end of the series she'll help
Harry somehow with his final trials, just as Alchimia
does to Christian Rosycross. In fact she is the one
who chooses him as one of the select to bring back to
life the new king and queen on the eighth floor of the
Tower of Olympus. As I've stated before, the eighth
floor is a secret floor which symbolises the Gate of
Just as Minerva helped Harry against the evil
intentions of Umbridge ('I will assist you to become
an Auror if it is the last thing I do! If I have to
coach you nightly, I will make sure you achieve the
required results!') so perhaps she'll make sure he can
pass through the archway with the veil.
You tell 'em, Minerva!!
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