Bean-Stalker

beaFigure 1 – ‘Broken Crown’

…Crisis
The Milk Cow has finished giving…
Akin to a second weaning… but worse… this is a call to arms.
‘Go forth young man and make your way in the world,’ says Mum.

Jacques is anything but worldly.
He believes in magic.
He believes to such an extent that he is willing to give everything he has in return for five beans… magical.

Mum knows better and now she has her answer…
‘…Five beans… magical? Bah!’
Jacques will never amount to anything so she casts the beans aside without a second thought and banishes him to the attic supper-less and badly beaten…

Jacques’ tears of pain at his worthlessness activate the beans in the night and in the morning a stalk stands proud in the ground outside his window yoking Earth and Heaven…

‘Up the stalk then young Jacques my Lad, and see what you can find.’

‘… As if it were not enough to have yoked the two spheres,’ mutters Jacques but secretly he is thrilled that his ‘faith’ has paid such dividend…

…Heaven turns out to be just like Earth only everything is bigger.
At the top of the stalk is a Big Woman…
‘Mum’ Jacques calls her, cleverly, and then plays helpless, asking for food.

Like all ‘mums’ everywhere she is only too happy to oblige the little fellow, she leads Jacques into the kitchen perhaps thinking he will grow to be as big as her own man… who eats everything… including ‘young men’…
‘Quick, he’s coming’ cries the Big Woman as the Heavenly Ground starts to shake…
‘Into the cooking pot, he’ll never think to look in there.’

‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’ says the Big Fella,
‘I smell the Blood of an earth-bound ‘un,
if he be living or if he be dead
his bones I’ll have to grind my bread…’

He does not think to look in the cooking pot for food though and after consuming what is put before him he falls asleep whilst counting his Gold Pieces and starts to snore…

In a flash Jacques is out the cooking pot and out the door and hurtling back down the stalk with the Gold Pieces…

Mum is pleased but like the milk the Gold Pieces soon run out.
Now what?
Jacques climbs back up the stalk to see what else he can find…

This time the Big Woman is a bit suspicious, ‘do you know anything about missing gold’ she asks, ‘I do actually ‘ says Jacques cleverly as the ground starts to shake again, ‘keep me safe and I’ll tell you where it is’ so the Big Woman puts Jacques in the oven, ‘he’ll never think to look in here.’

‘Fee Fi Fo Fum,’ says the Big Fella,
‘I smell the Soul of an earth-bound ‘un,
if he be free or if he be caught
his flesh I’ll have to nourish my heart.’

He does not think to look in the oven for food though and after consuming what is put before him he falls asleep whilst petting his golden-egg-laying Hen and starts to snore…

In a flash Jacques is out the oven and out the door and hurtling back down the stalk with the golden-egg-laying Hen…

Mum is pleased, the golden eggs never run out but the Hen eventually dies.
Now what?
Jacques climbs back up the stalk to see what else he can find…

This time Jacques waits until the Big Woman goes out then sneaks into the kitchen just as the ground begins to shake. He leaps into the copper and pulls the lid over himself thinking, ‘he’ll never think to look in here.’

‘Fee Fi Fo Fum,’ says the Big Fella,
‘I smell the Spirit of an earth-bound ‘un
if he be moving or if he be still
I’ll take a draught and drink my fill…’

He does not think to look in the copper for sustenance though and after consuming what was left out for him he falls asleep listening to his self-playing Harp, and starts to snore…

In a flash Jacques is out the copper and out the door and hurtling back down the stalk with the self-playing Harp…

…But the Harp calls out to its Master, ‘Wake up, wake up!
The Earth-Bound Lad is stealing away with me.’

So the Big Fella wakes up.

Quick as a flash he comes charging down the stalk after Jacques.

But Jacques is too quick and Jacques is too nimble and he reaches the earth before the Giant and takes an axe to the bean-stalk so that it comes crashing down with the Big Fella still clinging to it… and in the fall… he breaks his crown…

***

‘What?’
‘I don’t know what you mean.’
‘You’re looking at me funny.’
‘It’s a Fairy Tale, Don…’
‘I thought you liked Fairies?’
‘I do but… well it’s hardly School specific is it?’
‘It is too…’
‘How is it School specific?’
‘…the Milk-Cow is the Soul-Call…the outer world no longer sustains.’
‘…Mmmm…’
‘…Mmmm…Metanoia…? Which we know is a turning within.’
‘…Mmmm… I was thinking more movement up?’
‘…movement up in this tale is movement in…’
‘…if movement up is movement in, then movement down is movement out…and the Giant is?’
‘…the Giant is all the centres in turn because psychologically…’
‘…all the centres are Giants… but what about the treasures?’
‘The treasures are abilities of the soul which assure success in life and continuation beyond…they ascend correspondingly with each foray and as each ‘higher’, or ‘deeper’ realm is successfully traversed.’ …

– Excerpt from, ‘Heart of Albion: Tales from the Wondrous Head’.

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Figure 2 – ‘Metanoia II’

10 thoughts on “Bean-Stalker

  1. Wonderful – wish I could have been there to hear that whole conversation! 🙂 Don’t you think so many of the old tales/myths legends have the deeper meaning? Alas, what am I saying, of course you do, given what you do… and right..

    But…can’t resist the temptation – this tale also has earth-bound lessons – –

    The Giant Man will consume whatever is put before him, but if not on the table, or placed in front of him, won’t think to check the stove, fridge, flask – – LOL! (from a mom who lived years in a household of males – – 🙂

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    1. Glad you enjoyed…

      The conversation continues… at some length in the book.

      You are correct in thinking that most if not all myths and folktales hold deeper meanings.
      They store psychological wisdom and truths for later generations.
      Their store is not always obvious at first sight though…

      And yes, that’s not to say they don’t also work on the more ‘mundane’ levels.
      They charm and delight and offer ‘earth-bound’ insights…

      I have to confess I hadn’t realised how accurate an observation the blind Giant was!

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      1. Though I love the ability to explore/read/research to my hearts desire in the time/place I was born, I admit, to me, the encoding of beautiful truths and the passing on of information via oral traditions has such a pure beauty and mystery to it that is sometimes not replicated in modern information works – – 🙂 Put some of the titles from the books listed at Sue’s site on my ‘Christmas’ List – I discovered her blog awhile ago, but just recently made my way over to Silent Eye – – is this book available already or coming soon? If available, need to make sure it’s on my list to Santa… 🙂

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        1. …Beauty and mystery just about sum it up… though wonder too plays its part.
          The excerpt is from one of the books listed on Sue’s site. It’s the second one down from the top I believe and if you click on the cover image it will take you to the amazon purchase page…
          ‘Heart of Albion…’ by title, there are a number of old irish myths retold and thematically examined in its pages…

          Hope you enjoy if you ‘take the plunge’ and a review/feed back would be much appreciated… 🙂

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