Where there be Dragons

In the Oriental cultures the dragons and the Nagas are symbolic of the thriving and celebration of life. The Chinese dragons come out of the swamps to celebrate the harvest and the Nagas are ancient spirit beings of the Indus Valley culture.

But in the West, the symbol of the dragon comes from Welsh and Celtic and Anglo-Norman roots. He guards the treasure and the maiden – essentially he represents the blocks to the very real awakening of potential in man.

He cannot marry the maiden and he cannot harness scientific inquiry and data and technology nor land and resources nor emotional intelligence in the way that man can. He cannot access the gold of our greatly privileged minds. The dragon represents our insecurity and like the creature itself, ultimately, it is an illusion.

In the worthwhile story of the “how” we disentangle from that illusion there is the archetype of the knight.

As a symbol, the knight in the West, he is the masculine pinciple at its best. His task is to slay the Western dragon. Symbolically, on every scale of that dragon is written words, but the first two words are always:

“Thou shalt”

Einstein broke the laws of Newton in his investigation of the orbit of Pluto and his meditations on the speed of light and objects relative to it – determined by their velocity and momentum.

Einstein struck a mortal blow to the limits of Newton’s understanding. He killed that “thou shalt.” That supposed law of nature. In much of the cosmos Newton’s laws apply. But it was Einstein on the backs of Planck and Niels Bohr and their ilk that planted an expanded view. Wisely, but inarticulately Nikola Tesla, questioned it. They were both right. Tesla was more right than Einstein though. The work of David Bohm and research into gryoscopic forces helps to clarify the deeper truths.

These are central and important themes in the mythos of our global culture.

© Copyright 2021 Nathan Curry

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