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The Orphan and the Emperor

1 Long ago, an orphan lived with his aunt and uncle on a farm in the middle of a vast desert. They had to work very hard to keep their crops growing in that desolate place. His aunt and uncle told him that a warrior who served the emperor had murdered his parents. This emperor had conquered every kingdom in the …

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Wassilissa the beautiful (& Baba Yaga)

In a faraway kingdom there once lived a merchant and his wife. They had only one daughter, and she was called Wassilissa the Beautiful, because she was. When the girl was eight years old her mother called Wassillisa to her and told the child that she (her mother) was dying, but that she would leave Wassilisa her maternal blessing and …

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Old Rinkrank (with symbol notes)

There was once on a time a King who had a daughter, and he caused a glass mountain to be made, and said that whosoever could cross to the other side of it without falling should have his daughter to wife. Then there was one who loved the King’s daughter, and he asked the King …

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The North Wind and The Sun

One day the North Wind was feeling especially full of bluster, so he said to the sun, “You think you’re so hot, but I’m much more powerful than you. I can blow down a three hundred year old oak – all you can do is make it curl up its leaves.” The Sun smiled, “Alright my …

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The Goose Girl at the Spring

One morning a handsome young man was walking through the forest. The sun shone brightly. The birds sang. A cool breeze caressed the leaves, and he was full of joy. He had yet to come across anyone when he spotted an old woman kneeling on the ground, cutting grass with a sickle. She had already …

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The Golden Bird

ONCE there lived a young prince who everyone agreed was a royal meatball. His two older brothers were intelligent young men, but the youngest was a dreamer. He liked to go out wandering in the woods for days at a time, and often didn’t even bring along his bow. And when he was at home …

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Parsifal & the Fisher King

LONG AGO, a young knight named Parsifal was traveling through a great forest when he fell into a daydream; and so his horse was left to go wherever it cared to take them. As the sun was setting, Parsifal found himself looking down upon a beautiful lake surrounded on all sides by snow-capped mountains. A …

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The Golden Bird, Symbol List

Fool/Simpleton (The youngest son) In Tarot often depicted walking off the edge of a cliff, stepping out into space. Childlike ability to tune into the inner workings of the world.  Not limited by reason, open to intuition, synchronicity and ordinary magic. His number is zero, which encapsulates the great potential of an open, “beginner’s mind.” His …

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