I took this photo today in Wells Cathedral of the carved effigy above the tomb of John Drokensford, Bishop of Bath and Wells (1309 – 1359) to show his gaping-mouthed fish headgear which is archetypical of the initiate.
This symbol, representing full spiritual enlightenment, goes back to the times of the ancient Alexandrian astrologers and it means that the wearer has undergone all three fire and water initiations, the last one being at Pisces (as shown in the Pinocchio illustration below). The gaping mouth reminds us of Monstro the Whale tearing across the waves after Pinocchio and his father on their raft.
(You can read more here about Pinocchio the mythological hero).
In this Alexandrian system dating back to the early centuries BCE, the head is considered to be Aries and the feet are Pisces. The head is also the conscious mind in the Upper World, and the feet represent the unconscious or subconscious mind in the Underworld.
As Carl Jung said: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
The ancients imagined the unconscious or subconscious mind as the Underworld in the watery deeps below and in their myths, it was symbolised in the stars above by the Milky Way.
So when the feet (the fish of Pisces) are joined with the head (Aries), metaphorically-speaking, it means that the initiate has gone right round the zodiac full circle, and thus his unconscious has become conscious, allowing him to reincarnate into his own life.
There are several other tomb effigies in Wells Cathedral wearing this same fish-hat, which also, at one stage, morphed into the Phrygian cap so typical of mythic heroes like Perseus, Attis, Aeneas and Ganymede.
All this and much more is explained in my new book, Stories in the Stars, in which you will learn how journey along the zodiac and traverse the fishy, watery deeps, to then reincarnate into your own life and regain your Sovereignty.
Read more here about Stories in the Stars.
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