Sleeping Beauty is one of the most beloved and revered stories of the West. The Briar Rose is a tale of preserving innocence and beauty despite the traditional toll time takes. It is nothing short of a miracle!
Every interpretation of the tale includes a prophesy from the High Priestess and/or Hierophant at the time of the babe’s birth. (This is most certainly a sign of Intuitive Astrology.) They knew there would be a Curse of Consciousness put upon the babe at some point and the child needed as much protection as possible. The symbolism of a Briar Rose evokes a modern image that is exemplified in the song “Spanish Harlem”:
There is a rose in Spanish Harlem.
A red rose up in Spanish Harlem.
It is a special one. It’s never seen the sun.
It only comes out when the moon is on the run,
And all the stars are gleaming.
It’s growing in the street right up through the concrete,
But soft and sweet and dreaming.
The song points out her lack of experience in the Sun–assertive consciousness–and how she is kept pure by the moon, or intuitive being. As the song continues, it references that she requires a garden-or careful maintenance and respect–to grow. This obviously relates to The Lovers card reiterating the important of Divine Union with pure intention. It, also, hints to the importance of partnership in creating a well-rounded persona.
The kiss of true love is the only way to wake Beauty from her slumber and the kingdom experiences a period of grace and abundance because of it. The Maiden emerges matured, yet uncannily unpolluted by time. The Empress rises, but only in when all the elements are in symphony.
The Four/Nine of Swords relates to the story. It is hysterical blindness, the damsel-in-distress cliche/victim consciousness. Although this is most often viewed as negative, there is always a silver lining. The Sleepwalking is a cocoon. Is the slumber for preservation or hysterical blindness?