Oct 15, 2010

Give Me Back My Ruby Slippers

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s first official “act” in Oz was a murder - the death of the Wicked Witch of the East. Apparently, this witch “dies” when you enter the subconscious, or dreaming mind.

Dorothy’s next crime is to steal the witch’s ruby slippers. These slippers are the “bone of contention” throughout the film, with the Wicked Witch of the West always persuing Dorothy, desiring their magical power:
Give me back my slippers.
I’m the only one that knows how to use them,
They’re of no use to you!
Give them back to me, Give them back!
Note it’s “give them BACK to me”, implying that she and her sister could be the same old girl. The Witch of the West is the subconscious version of the Witch of the East, exactly like Scarecrow is the subconscious version of Hunk, and the Wizard is the subconscious version of Professor Marvel.

Which means the Witch is the subconscious version of one Miss Elvira Gulch.

The Gulch’s own “half the county” and are deathly afraid of little dogs, which are themselves powerful subconscious resonators. Toto is Dorothy’s subconscious, and Miss Gulch wants to have it “destroyed”. Elvira has the force of the law and propriety on her side, and to me she represents the “Powers That Be” - the self-righteous yet corrupt persons and institutions that we dare not go against because of their mighty power of the law, and the threat of violence.

We can’t go against the law, Dorothy. --Aunty Em
If Miss Gulch represents the Powers That Be, then the Witch of the West represents my subconscious “belief” in them. They are one and the SAME THING. The only difference is that “one is even worse than the other one”. My subconscious, being very much like Toto, is easily trained, mostly through repetitive presentation of symbols and ideas:

 “Capitalism gives us all an equal chance to get rich, Communism wants to enslave us; Christianity and Judaism are good, Islam is scary; Killing for American political interests is heroic, resisting those political interests is terrorism; Sex is mostly vile, gay sex immeasurably more so.”

We all know the general memes and we see how artfully they are placed into our nearly defenseless subconscious by a thousand different methods beginning almost immediately after birth. I have an extremely well trained subconscious, I woefully admit.

So I know who the Witch is, but what are the ruby slippers, and why are they so important to her?
Keep tight inside of them. They’re magic must be very powerful, or she wouldn’t want them so badly. --Glinda
Dorothy doesn’t actually know she wears ruby slippers until she enters Oz. Which means the conscious mind cannot even know they are there. Only the subconscious can see them, much less use them.
“I’m the only one that knows how to use them, They’re of no use to you!”
Considering that the slippers grant Dorothy's every wish, I’ll muse that perhaps the ruby slippers represent my personal power of reality creation. My “God-like production”, if you will. This is the creative power that Jung called the Id, and this power is accessed only through the subconscious, dreaming mind. Hmmm. No wonder the Witch wants them so badly!

I’ve been lead to believe that my personal power of creation is a team effort - that I “co-create” my reality, though "co-destroy" would be more accurate. But what if that’s not exactly true? What if the consensus reality is an illusion? What if we, each and every one of us, wear a pair of ruby slippers?

What if you could control everyone else’s slippers, make them dance to your tune? Even convince them that have no slippers. Why, you could control the world.

The Witch of the East (conscious, military power) and the Witch of the West (subconscious, religious power).

Dorothy eventually overcomes both witches. She recruits her friends from the top of the Chakra on down: the Scarecrow, or brain; the Tin Man, or heart; and the Lion, or will. It’s a team effort, after all.

“Well, my pretty, I can cause accidents, too!”
October 13, 2010, was a big day for the witch. Our latest mediated “accident” are the 33 Chilean miners, all rescued safely, thanks to the prayers of the current wearer of the ruby slippers. Given the heavy handed resurrection symbolism surrounding the event, it makes me wonder. The Catholic church slippers are looking a bit tarnished these days, and this event has certainly helped polish them up a bit.

 Jesus was supposedly 33 when he was crucified, and the miner's mountain began to resemble the Great Pyramid with those slanting shafts burrowing into the "king's chamber".  The Phoenix was a popular symbol of both Egyptian and early Christian resurrection, and the "Phoenix car" reminds me of the Ka of the Pharaohs, escaping the underworld. Add in that October 13 is a Masonic holy day, being the day of dissolution of the Knights Templar, and well... let’s just say my spider sense is tingling.
Defying grim predictions about how they would fare after two months trapped underground, many of the Chilean miners came bounding out of their rescue capsule on Wednesday as pictures of energy and health, able not only to walk, but, in one case, to leap around, hug everyone in sight and lead cheers. -NYT
Uh, yea. And notice they all took a vow of secrecy about their underground ordeal. Now we have the Secret Society of Chilean Miners?

Well, true story or not, the Chilean miners win the Pope some ruby slipper points with his base. But for me... not so fast, Witchy Poo. I may have just become conscious of my own ruby slippers, and I’m not giving them up so easily. I’m not giving them back.


Christopher Darrin Horn said...

LOL! Good post, still reading, but maybe, like Cinderella, if she loses one of her slippers the prince will go looking and find her, LOL!

Eleleth said...

My interpretation: the Ruby Slippers (which were silver in the book, but let's forget about that) represent Sexual Passion. The Wicked Witch represents Lust, who was the original owner of the slippers before Dorothy discovered Ecstasy Through Tantra.

Toto is Sirius, of course!

Alchemically speaking, Dorothy gains esoteric knowledge (the Scarecrow) during the nigredo phase, then learns that Love is the Law (the Tin Man) during albedo, before finally becoming the Red Lion during rubedo.

Dorothy follows the Middle Pillar into the Emerald Heart-City of Tiphareth, there to meet with the Secret Self (the Wizard). I can also mention that the man who guards the entrance to the Wizard's room looks uncannily like the Hierophant in Crowley's Thoth Tarot (completed several years after Oz).

The spiritual path, in a very real sense, is reconciling God and one's Cock. Just as the ruby slippers grant every wish, in Bulwer-Lytton's The Coming Race, the supermen accomplished everything through their VRIL WANDS...

Michael said...

Thanks for the comments.

Eleleth, I like your interpretation better than mine! That's the nice thing about myths, they can be endlessly interpreted. I suppose it's pretty apparent where my head is at lately. I'll have to check out that Bulwer-Lytton book. Weren't the Vril the aliens that those German witch ladies were trying to get to by giving the Nazis channeled flying saucer knowledge?

Eleleth said...

Well, what I was thinking about was that the ruby slippers originally belonged to the Wicked Witch, which means that they represent a force that is perceived as "evil" or "Luciferian" by exoteric religious thought. But as the Good Witch says, "their magic must be very powerful, or she (the devil) wouldn't want them so badly!"

That story about the Vril aliens is apocryphal and comes from crypto-Nazi Jan van Helsing, as far as I know. Willy Ley simply says that

The next group was literally founded upon a novel. That group which I think called itself Wahrheitsgesellschaft — Society for Truth — and which was more or less localized in Berlin, devoted its spare time looking for Vril. Yes, their convictions were founded upon Bulwer-Lytton's "The Corning Race." They knew that the book was fiction, Bulwer-Lytton had used that device in order to be able to tell the truth about this "power." The subterranean humanity was nonsense, Vril was not...

Bulwer-Lytton's whole book is kind of a joke, really--the "vril" force, to state the obvious, is the "virile" force. As Bulwer-Lytton puts it:

the fire lodged in the hollow of a rod directed by the hand of a child could cleave the strongest fortress...

And as Crowley says about the Hierophant card, "He seems to be enjoying a very secret joke at somebody’s expense." Was not HAN(D) SOLO the ruffian who helped Luke Skywalker become a Djed-Eye? Did not Moses and Aaron accomplish everything through their Holy Wood?

Michael said...

That's great! Yes, the rod of Aaron and the staff of Moses. And Jesus' "rod of iron", etc. Vril=virile, duh! I did a post about Hollow Earth theory called Tanihwa that touched on the idea that "hollow earth" was a a metaphor for our "hollow skulls", or our subconscious. It commented on Agartha, Jules Verne and even Arthur C. Clarke's version called Rendezvous with Rama. I may have read Bulwer-Lytton's book online about 5 years ago but forgot about it, so thanks for reminding me.

I have long suspected that the religious establishment's prohibition of sex, and especially sex between boys, was because yes indeed, the "magic" is very powerful.

I've also wondered if the "red balloon" of the wizard wasn't a metaphor for an engorged phallus - a "red zeppelin", so to speak.

Thanks for the comments, much appreciated!!

Ishmael said...

lovely Michael.
happy to see that the doctor has deemed you fit again.
there's darkness out there. tis the season of the witch.
be well friend.


Eleleth said...

I am shocked--shocked!--that you don't agree that the Secret Sun at the Center of the Earth represents the Secret Self at the Center of the Heart. (That link seems to be broken?)

And thinking about it again, the Wicked Witch must represent all of those restrictive forces within the soul that inhibit attainment of our goal. She would correspond to the High Priestess of the Tarot in her role as dark mother, who holds the unbending Karmic Law. ("Sin is Restriction," as Crowley sayeth.) She is not the light, but the veil of the light.

She is gruesome in appearance, because she presents to us everything in our subconscious that we'd rather ignore. She would be analogous to Kundry in Parsifal...and Ramona A. Stone.

The Wizard riding off at the end must correspond to the event at the end of Parsifal when the old Grail King dies and Parsifal (Dorothy) becomes the new king. Dorothy has fully identified herself with God, and thus has no need for external God-images such as the Wizard provided. Or something like that.

Michael said...

Hi, Ishmael, thanks for the comment. I'm allowing myself a little time to blog, but not nearly as much as before, hopefully quality will go up as quantity goes down! ;-)

Lord of the Flies?

Eleleth - sloppy copy and pasting on my part, sorry. Here it is: http://gosporn.blogspot.com/2009/09/tanihwa.html

But I DO agree with you. The sun at the center of the earth represents the Self.

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