From the time I was born, no one would allow me to touch the ground lest I fell into the power of something very wicked. I myself developed a great fear of the earth.

One day, while out hunting, my saddle broke and I crashed to the earth. Moreover, I went through the earth, right to the heart of the wickedness that my mother feared so much.

I do not regret that I fell into the earth, for that is where I learned to swim, to stand, to walk, and to run.

The Ungrounded Prince in The Glass Axe, Yellow Fairy Book. Illustration of “Hanged Man” from Rider-Waite Tarot pack.

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