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An Interpretation on King Arthur

from Daniel Watson

Arthur became king because he was a swordsmith.

If we think of objects of power, two of the strongest in our culture are Excalibur and the Holy Grail. Arthur became King because he was able to able to draw the sword from the stone. I take that to mean that he was able to crush the stone, take the iron out of it and make the sword. Then he went to the lady of the lake and was able to get her blessing, he was able to quench the sword in the water to harden it.

Swordsmithing was a great mystery. How did he learn it? Perhaps he was taught by Merlin. He became king because he was able to solve the mystery.

What was basis of Arthur’s kingdom? The Knights of the Round Table who carried his swords.

From there, what was his quest and why did his kingdom fail? His quest was for the grail. Why did his kingdom fail? Through the feminine aspect, the failure of the feminine side. The search for the Holy Grail was to find the Divine Feminine.

Lady of the Lake was a nature spirit. How would they explain as a mythos, to quench to sword in water and yet hold the mystery? To harden the steel it must be quenched in water. But these are secret techniques, and the water is supposed to give magical abilities. You take soft steel and at red hot you quenched it in the lake and it would cut through other swords. Ah the mystery, this sword will cut through other swords and it was given to me by the Lady of the Lake.

Lady of the Lake: Imagine King Arthur’s position. Something happened to the first sword… Where did it go? At some point he is given the special sword by the Lady, what made this sword supreme. Could it be that most of the steel swords were only work hardened but that one he heated and quenched in the lake. That would make it sing. It was special because it was hardened.

Back to the hammer. Arthur did not take the sword out the wood or the bog. He took it out of the stone, and he had to use a hammer. He had the creator power.

What the cup? It was made of dirt, earth. Earth energies – feminine energies. Mother Earth, the earth goddess. In many ways it also refers to aspects of the human, the body being the cup the fire of the spirit being the sword. The body as a vessel, the sword as the spirit. The masculine and the feminine.

In the Bible there is a quote about the “the sword of the spirit” somewhere.

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