Princess and the Pea is a fairy tale we all heard as children. It also went by the title, The Real Princess. Here is yet another story everyone tries to give meaning to. Hans Christian Andersen was the writer of several esoteric fairy tales. All his stories he said he heard as a child. Andersen fairytales were about the mind and the inner journey. The Princess and the Pea is no different. Calling this a story about spoiled brat aristocrats, sensitivity, marrying the right person, or any other nonsense is simply false.
I came across and ancient Egyptian text with an old fairytale. It was called The Message Delivered: “Expel the Hippopotami”. It was about a Pharoah who could not sleep because he heard the sounds of the Hippopotami all day and night. Even though the Hippopotami were several hundred miles away. This was a Hyksos tale, so they use a male Pharoah instead of a female like Andersen uses. What are these stories trying to tell us? I showed that Andersen’s Ugly Duckling was about Enlightenment. This story is about doing inner work.
We start with a prince looking for a true princess. He traveled around the world and always found something wrong with the girls he met. This is the masculine mind looking for the sacred feminine. We humans, all of us, are in the masculine mind. We search for the sacred feminine. We find the feminine, but very few find the sacred feminine. There is always something wrong with the feminine we find. Whether it be , spirituality, a girl or woman, Nature herself, weather, etc. The wrongs we find are illusions. Being in the masculine mind we could have Isis herself right in front of us and still find all sorts of flaws in her. We always want to look for flaws instead of seeing how perfect things really are. The prince can’t find her so he just comes home. This is being stuck in your head.
One night a terrible storm hits. The story says it was a fearful night. This is chaos coming into your life. Most need chaos to change. Can’t use a wolf in every story or these fairy tales would be just plain boring. In the middle of the night a girl saying she was a princess knocked at the gate or door. The old King himself answered the door to see the princess outside in a terrible state.
“She was in a terrible state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at the heel, but she said that she was a real princess.”
This is a perfect description of how the sacred feminine would look today. She is in a terrible state from the way humans have treated her. It was no different when he wrote this story. The old King getting the door is your old ways. Our old ways can not see the sacred feminine right in front of us. We need proof because we don’t know what who the Goddess really is.
“Well we shall soon see if that is true,” thought the old Queen, but she said nothing. She went into the bedroom, took all the bedclothes off, and laid a pea on the bedstead. Then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on the top of the pea, and then twenty feather beds on the top of the mattresses.
Here we have the meaty part of the story. The pea represents repression in our subconscious. It has become so small we have forgotten about it. We suppress things about ourselves. Things we don’t like about ourselves or things that have happen to us that we didn’t like. We cover them up with layer after layer of materialism. It is well known that Andersen did not like the industrial revolution. He knew it was taking us further into materialism. What about the twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds? This is a perfect description of materialism for the day by why twenty and twenty? What is twenty plus twenty? Forty! Those that know my work, here we have forty yet again. Forty is code for being in on the secrets of ancient Egypt. This was to let the people with eyes to see and ears to hear that this was not about spoiled brat aristocrats. The story has deeper meaning with wisdom from ancient Egypt. Andersen was an aristocrat himself, so why would he make fun of them?
In the morning they ask her how she slept. She replies, “Oh terribly badly!” said the princess. “I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in the bed. I seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!”
Perfect description of dealing with what is hidden below the surface. When you are down there it will take all night and you will get battered. Your body will feel like it just went through a battle. Only having the sacred feminine in your life can this happen. Once through you will have balance and the sacred feminine will marry the sacred masculine. The difference being the masculine or ego will be an agent for the sacred feminine. Putting the pea in a Museum was a play on the word for Muse. Museum means Temple of the Muses. Having a Muse gets you closer to the uncovering things. Uncovering the pea will let you go back and revisit what ever it is you uncovered whenever you want to.
It ends with “This is a true story.” It is a true story for anyone who has done inner work.