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The “magic” of becoming a goddess is described admirably by the Duke of Windsor (Alex Jennings) in the 5th Episode of The Crown, the brilliant television series created and written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures for Netflix.  There is nothing occult about this.  It is a transformation of the psyche, which takes place in the unconscious for most of us, but which convinces us that the transformation to the higher plane has taken place.  In Great Britain, this transformation is accomplished by a Coronation, but in the United States we call it an Inauguration.  

All of us know a Queen.  She is our Mother, and later our wife, and her roles in the family are essential, for many of the same reasons that the Queen, King, Ruler or President performs an important role for their country.  

At the family level, the roles of delegating collective effort, providing a sense of community and kinship, creating a family bond through meaningful shared activity, and linking the family to the spirit of their culture and history are relatively straight forward.  No one thinks of it.  Our parents just do the necessary as their families have always done since anyone can remember.

It’s not so easy when you are a National Sovereign, because then what is good for your family is not always good for the Nation, and vice versa.  

In highly diverse nations, like the United Kingdom and the United States, which welcome immigrants from around the world, the task gets even more complicated.  You must rise above the fray of political infighting, and be a “god” or “goddess” to all of the People, not just the family sleeping under your roof.  

Then a Symbol is necessary to remind us and the world of the mystery and power of our Nation.  What is that Symbol for which we would all fight to protect, regardless of the ethnic, religious, racial or political views any of us individually?

The “magic” of becoming a goddess is described admirably by the Duke of Windsor (Alex Jennings) in the 5th Episode of The Crown, the brilliant television series created and written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures for Netflix.  There is nothing occult about this.  It is a transformation of the psyche, which takes place in the unconscious for most of us, but which convinces us that the transformation to the higher plane has taken place.  In Great Britain, this transformation is accomplished by a Coronation, but in the United States we call it an Inauguration.  

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Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II admirably expresses the cross currents of responsibility as she balances the needs of her family against the needs of the United Kingdom.  She is taught to “be silent,” but in her silence the 25-year-old Queen shows us how she could flail the awesome personage of Sir Winston Churchill (John Lithgow), on numerous occasions.  

Lithgow brilliantly portrays the septuagenarian Elder Statesman, who enjoys teaching the young Elizabeth II how their roles must be played out, with The Queen being above the fray for both Nation and family.  He revels in how the quick study Queen can express what is needed without saying anything.  

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The family pain of being The Queen and Sovereign, especially as it relates to her husband, Prince Philip (Matt Smith), and her sister, Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) is sufficient to convince most of us that we would never want to be in such a role.  

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For fans of Downton Abbey, The Crown will be a welcome and Emmy winning replacement in the same spirit.  All of us want to know the inner workings of such families and lives, but after having an up close look at how life really is, we can all retreat to our own families with better acceptance of the foibles of the errant brother or the pubescent sister transforming into womanhood.  

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Insights on “The Archetype of the King/Queen/Ruler” come from Tony Crisp.

Image source:  “The Cast of The Crown vs. the Real-Life Royals,” Vogue

 

 

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