Disney has just released the first teaser trailer for their live-action version of Beauty and the Beast to be released in March of 2017. Many, over the decades, have been entertained by this Disney classic. But there’s more to this story than meets the eye. There is an esoteric story to be told from which this Disney tale finds its origin.
In Genesis 3, we see the account of the original sin in the Garden of Eden. The serpent tempts Eve into eating the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; Adam eats as well. This sin results in the expulsion of man from the garden, the separation of heaven and earth, humankind being stripped of immortality, and the cursing of the serpent – the devil, the Nachash. But the Nachash would tell the story much differently, as he is the father of lies and a grand narcissist.
The Nachash asserts that he freed Eve from the clutches of the evil god, Yahweh, who had enslaved mankind in the Garden and barred them from illumination and true freedom. In this skewed story, Eve became a new, beautiful creature – the first of her kind – upon eating the fruit. The story transforms into somewhat of a love story between the Nachash and Eve – the Nachash being the hero, Eve being the damsel in distress. This twisted account of the Garden story has been echoed throughout time in the mythologies of antiquity and, as you will see, it has even inspired current-century stories. Let’s consider the mythological story of Theseus and the Minotaur.
The Minotaur was a half-man-half-bull monster born as a result of Queen Pasiphae sleeping with a bull sent by Zeus. King Minos, the husband of Queen Pasiphae, embarrassed at his wife’s infidelity, hid the Minotaur away in the Labyrinth, an elaborate maze designed by Daedalus in the Minoan Palace of Knossos. The Labyrinth was so intricately constructed that those who entered could not find their way out. King Minos began making human sacrifices to the Minotaur by sending them into the maze.
Theseus, motivated to stop the sacrificial killings, announced to King Minos that he intended to kill the Minotaur. Princess Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos, upon meeting Theseus, fell madly in love with him and determined to help him in his cause. She gave him a thread and told him to unravel it as he went deeper into the Labyrinth. He entered the Labyrinth, killed the Minotaur, and found his way back out using the thread. He then returned to Princess Ariadne and fled with her to Athens.
In this story, the Minotaur represents the maligned identity of the Nachash – the version of him according to the Bible. Princess Ariadne is a representation of Eve. And Theseus represents the personification of the Nachash through his own eyes, making himself out to be the hero instead of the villain.
The story of Theseus and the Minotaur is an allegorical tale displaying the devil’s desire to recreate himself and to rise above the false assertion that he is a monster. He must transform into the hero and put to death his monstrous form. He seeks to establish himself as God.
How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star [Lucifer], son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
This story is one of many in mythology that paints the Nachash as the hero and conqueror of a monster. In the image of the Rebis, we see this story played out in picture form, with the divine hermaphrodite, a reconciliation of spirit and matter, overcoming the dragon in the process of the alchemical magnum opus, or great work.
Finally, let’s take a look at “the tale as old as time.”
At surface level, the tale of Beauty and the Beast is a love story between Belle and Adam (the Beast’s real name). Adam must overcome the curse of his beastly form by learning to love and by being loved in return before all the Enchanted Rose’s pedals wilt; otherwise, he will remain a beast for all time.
Belle is a girl of exceptional beauty – her name itself meaning beauty. Gaston is aggressively seeking to woo and marry her. After her father stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken captive, Belle finds him there and convinces the Beast to take her in exchange for her father. She eventually falls in love with the Beast by seeing through his gruff appearance.
The story concludes with Gaston storming the castle and killing the Beast, in the process, being killed himself. Belle confesses her love for the Beast, and the curse is broken, transforming the Beast into the handsome Prince Adam and bringing him back to life.
You are, likely, beginning to see the esoteric fable behind this Disney classic. The Beast represents the old form of the Nachash and the pillar of strength, and his counterpart, Adam, represents the hero who conquers the monster, as well as the pillar of wisdom. Belle represents Eve – the unique and beautiful mistress of the Nachash – and the pillar of beauty. She also represents the illuminated, who can see through the Beast’s appearance to his benevolent qualities. And the arrogant Gaston represents the controlling and selfish Yahweh. Furthermore, the rose is a symbol of esoteric knowledge. Beauty and the Beast truly is a tale as old as time, spanning back to the beginning in the Garden of Eden.
In 2002, the Library of Congress selected Beauty and the Beast for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Why do you suppose they did that?
Tale as old as time / Song as old as rhyme / Beauty and the beast
There are but two parent ideologies that exist in this world. The false gods and false religions are merely myths that expound on an ancient, twisted story that wrongly sets up the Nachash as king. The Nachash and his evil horde fight to distort the true story and destroy the souls of men. The devil, being creative yet not as creative as the Almighty, mimics the truth, bends it, and uses it to enslave the world. He tells them, “Do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law,” and leads them to chasing after shadows of freedom instead of the real thing. He fills their bellies with spoiled meat and their hearts with filthy abominations.
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Yahweh is the rightful God and His incarnate, Jesus, the rightful Savior. I pray that you will let go of every chain that binds you to adulterated thinking and living. I pray that you will discover the Truth, and be freed to wonder at the breadth and width and height that is the infinite love of the Almighty God. And I pray that you will fully experience freedom in the joy of knowing and savoring the person and passion of Jesus Christ.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.