The Magic Horse

Once upon a time there was a king who had a beautiful daughter. When she grew up, the king devised a trick to test his suitors. He fed a flea until it was the size of a camel. Then he killed her and took off her skin, announcing that the man who guessed what that skin was about would have his daughter.

One day, his slave, who had gone to get water from the pond, exclaimed to himself: "Oh, they are fools for not guessing that it is flea skin!"

His words were heard by the Div, the evil spirit that lived on the lake. The Div turned into a beggar, went to court and said to the king: "I know what that skin is - it's a flea."

The king was very unhappy, but he had to keep his promise and give his daughter to the beggar. He didn't want to do that, but the Div throws his hat up and a black fog covers the sky as if it were night. The king is frightened and decides to hand over his daughter. Then, the Div throws the hat on the ground, and the light returns to the region.

The daughter, of course, is very sad and bitter. And she goes to the king's stable, alone, to cry. There, a small horse in the stable says: "Take me with you, and also carry a carnation, a comb, a mirror and a little salt".

The princess takes these things and begins the journey with the Div, taking with her the magic horse and a large retinue of slaves and animals. But, along the way, the Div begins to eat the slaves first and finally the animals, until they are all devoured.

The princess is terrified when they approach a cave. The little horse recommends that you tell the Div to come in first, and that they will follow you later. When he and the little horse enter the cave after the Div, she sees that the place is full of skeletons. The horse tells her that the Div will devour her too; therefore, she needs to hit him and ride the horse. She does this and the two run away.

The Div is furious when he sees that they are gone, and causes a snowstorm so strong that the two are unable to continue the journey. The magic horse then tells the princess to throw the carnation behind her. When she does this, the entire plain between her and the Div immediately turns into thick thorns.

The Div calls it: “Oh, dear bride, you are so far away. How did you get through these thorns? ”

She replies: "I took off all my clothes until I was naked like the day I was born, and crossed over".

The Div takes off his clothes, and obviously has an even greater difficulty. While trying to pass, the princess and the little horse continue to escape.

But in the end, the Div crosses over and soon approaches them again. Now the magic horse tells the woman to throw salt behind her. The area immediately turns into a sandy desert and a salty sea between the Div and the two fugitives.

Again, Div asks the princess: "Oh, dear, how did you cross the sand and the sea?"

She replies again: "I took off my clothes until I was naked like the day I was born."

Once again, the Div takes off his clothes, making it even more difficult for him to travel through this dark wasteland, giving the princess and the magic horse more time to escape.

But of course the enchantment is short-lived, because the Div ends up overcoming the distance and approaches the two for the third time. The magic horse then orders the princess to throw the comb behind her.

This time a giant mountain appears between the two and the Div. When the Div asks his fiance how he got there, she tells him that he pulled out two teeth and tried to make a hole in the mountain. Following this procedure, the Div is delayed once again, and the horse and princess are distant.

However, as in other times, the Div finally overcomes the obstacle, now very angry, because for the fourth time it reaches them. Encouraged by the horse, the young woman throws the mirror behind her, and the land turns into a wide and agitated river.

Div asks: "Oh, dear bride, how did you cross the river"?

She answered: "I tied a rock around my neck and jumped into the water."

The Div does this and disappears from history for a while.

The girl and the horse finally arrive at a hut where an old man and an old woman live, who invite them to stay. The next morning, the young woman falls asleep near the hut. The king of the region, who was hunting, gets lost. His servants find the king's hawk resting on the princess's head. The king asks who she is. The young woman had asked the old couple to say, if anyone asked, that she was their daughter. The two do this. Although the king believes in them, it makes no difference that she is from such a humble family, and he asks her to marry him. They get married and are very happy.

One day, the king decides to go hunting again and intends to stay away from home for eight or nine months. The young woman does not like the idea very much and is even more worried when he wants to take his magic horse. But the horse tells him that he need not be afraid; she must take some hair from her mane and burn it when she is in danger, and he will soon be with her.

Meanwhile, the Div flees the river and prepares for revenge. He takes on the form and clothes of a humble worker and waits for his opportunity.

While the king is absent, the queen gives birth to two boys, and a messenger is sent to the king, with a letter telling him about the twins. It is the chance that the Div waited for. He sends a terrible storm to stop the messenger, and, in the confusion, the Div changes the card, leaving a message that the queen has given birth to a dog and a cat.

When the king receives the letter, he is frightened and sad, but sends a message with orders so that the queen is not harassed. This message is also intercepted by the Div, who causes the court to receive an order to send the queen away in an ass, with her two children, to blacken her face and expel her from the city, to fall from grace.

When the young woman is leaving the city, the Div approaches and laughs. He says that he will devour it, but first he will twist it, eating the twins first, before his mother's eyes. The queen thinks quickly and says that he should at least make a decent meal and build a fire to cook them. The Div makes the campfire decent and with that she has the opportunity to trim the hair on the mane of the magic horse.

The magic horse appears immediately. Tell her that the situation is very serious and that this time he will have to fight the Div. If blood or red foam appeared in the river, she would know that the horse had been killed by the Div; but if white foam appeared, it would be an indication that everything was fine and that the Div had been destroyed.

Then the fight between the magic horse and the Div takes place, while the young queen watches, nervous. A red foam appears, and she passes out. But when he wakes up, he sees white foam, and the horse is alive. He tells her that now she is saved from the Div forever, but it is also time for her to kill the horse. She must throw his head away, place each of his legs at a cardinal point, throw the entrails and then sit with his children on the ribs.

The girl protests; she doesn't want to kill the horse, but he convinces her that it must be done. She follows his instructions and finally sits with the babies on the horse's ribs. All the dismembered parts of the animal are now transformed into a paradise: the legs become emerald trees; from the bowels beautiful villages are formed; the ribs turn into a golden castle; and from the head flows a beautiful crystalline river.

Meanwhile, the king returns from the hunt and realizes that his queen has disappeared. He gets very angry when he finds out what happened. In his fury and pain, he kills everyone in the city and almost goes crazy. After the massacre, he becomes a Dare and sets off in search of his wife. He ends up finding the beautiful paradise that had sprung from the sacrifice of the magic horse, and marvels at the landscape and the castle.

He asks a maid who is drawing water from the river who lives in the golden castle. She tells him that the castle is home to a widow and her two children. The king suspects that his search is over - that it is his wife who lives in that paradise. While the maid is not looking, he puts his ring in the bucket of water.

The queen recognizes the ring and runs, with her children, to meet with him. The family is reunited, happy, and everyone starts living together in the beautiful city.

* The original story, “Das Zauberross”, is in Symbolik des Märchen, vol. 1, p. 738 onwards, by Hedwig von Beit.

In this story, elements of the inner male figure in women and the inner female figure in men are worked on. When I told this story to a woman with problems in her marriage for more than a year, the following week, they managed to get it right and harmonize.

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