The Esoteric Interpretation of “Pan’s Labyrinth”

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“Pan’s Labyrinth” is a profound movie telling the story of a young girl’s quest to escape the cruelties of Spanish Fascism. The movie also contains a great amount of occult and archetypal symbols telling another story: one of esoteric illumination through a test of character and ritual initiation. We will look at the occult and archetypal symbolism found throughout the movie and their relation to Ofelia’s quest.

Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish title: El laberinto del fauno) is a Spanish language fantasy film written and directed by Guillermo del Torro, director of The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy and Blade II. The movie’s compelling storyline, rich mythological background, and strange fantasy world caused many movie critics to consider it as the best movie of 2006.

Like many fairy tales, Pan’s Labyrinth is an allegorical story that can be interpreted in numerous ways and on many simultaneous levels. While researching this movie, I came across psychological, sociological and political interpretations of Pan’s Labyrinth, but almost none relating to the occult symbolism permeating the work and I’ve found almost nothing regarding its underlying esoteric story of initiation. This came as surprise as Del Torro himself described the movie as a “parable” and the numerous references to occult mysteries certainly point this way. We will, therefore, look at the mystical and archetypal symbolism found in the movie and see how they fit into this rich story of esoteric initiation.

One of the reasons why the movie deeply moves its viewers is probably the presence of archetypal myths and symbols that deeply resonate in the collective and personal unconscious:

“Indeed, once upon a time is a good place to start with a film like Pan’s Labyrinth. It is a fairytale above all, an especially dark one too that contains all of those classic mythical archetypes of Jung’s collective unconscious. We think of, for instance, the evil king, the heroine in distress, parallel universes, chimerical creatures, and the marching battle between good and evil as portrayed in the story. These are all universal themes, patterns and character types we see in classical fairytales over and over again; the type that led Jungian analyst Donald Kalsched to assert that “When human resources are unavailable, archetypal resources will present themselves.” The same can be said of our lead princess, Ofelia. A girl stripped of humanity, crushed by grim realities and forced to draw upon the archetypal myths of the collective human imagination.”
– Psycho-Critical Analysis of “Pan’s Labyrinth”: Myth, Psychology, Perceptual Realism, Eyes & Traumatic Despondency

Movie Overview

The faun protecting Ofelia from the world’s cruelty

The movie takes place in the mountains of fascist Spain at a military camp fighting against the rebels. Ofelia, a young girl with a wild imagination, obsessed with books and fairy tales, travels with her weak, pregnant mother to meet her new stepfather, a merciless captain of the Spanish army. Upon her arrival, she discovers a labyrinth and meets a faun that tells her that she is a princess from the “Underworld”. He promises her that she can go there and be reunited with her father as long as she completes three tasks for him. In her attempts to complete these tasks, Ofelia is forced to deal with the reality of mortality, the absurdity of war and the meaning of self-sacrifice.

The tale revolves around the juxtaposition of the harsh and oppressive nature of the real world with the magical and sometimes disturbing fairy tale world of the little girl. The faun (named Pan in the English translation) is a horned beast that guides Ofelia through her initiation process and shows her the way to depart from the absurdity of the material world to re-enter the glory of the spiritual plane, where illuminated beings live: the Underworld.

Having “Eyes to See”

Placing back the faun’s missing eye

At the beginning of the movie, Ofelia is almost instinctively lead to a mysterious monument depicting the faun with a missing eye. She finds the missing eye and places it back into its socket. A magical insect/fairy suddenly appears: Ofelia’s magical quest can begin. There is a great importance placed on eyes and sight in the movie and this scene tells the viewers, right from the start, that Ofelia’s quest is occult in nature as not many have the “eyes to see” the invisible world she is about to experience.

“Having mentioned sight, the film has much to say about it. Guillermo Del Toro almost seems to presuppose that the viewer needs a third “Zen” eye to capture the quintessential truths buried deep within the film’s archetypal margins.  As Derrida posited, the most important meanings are not in the text itself, but “in the margins,” or subtext. In other words, scientists and secularists need to leave the theater.  When Ofelia returns the eye of the statue to its rightful place, her fantastical journey immediately begins. Her eyes allow her to see things both visible and invisible, real and unreal, which starkly contrasts with the fascist villain, Captain Vidal, one who punctures the eyes of others and believes not in what cannot be physically seen.”
– Ibid

The importance of the Eye is of the utmost importance in occult symbolism and can be dated back to ancient Egypt with the myth of Horus’ eye being restored by Toth. While the right eye is associated with the perception of concrete and factual information (male side of the brain), the left eye of Horus perceives the mystical, the spiritual and the intuition (the female side of the brain). By placing back the eye in its place, Ofelia restores the all-important balance needed to embark on her alchemical transformation.

Ofelia soon realizes however that the adults surrounding her certainly do not believe in what cannot be physically seen, making her quest quite a lonely one.

The Oppressive Father-Dictator and the Cronus Complex

Captain Vidal cursing at Ofelia

Once she has arrived at the war camp, Ofelia meets with her new step-father, the cruel and sadistic Captain Vidal. The character is a representation of Spanish Fascism and, on a philosophical level, of the oppressive material world, most people abide in without questioning which prohibits the full emancipation of the being. This phenomenon is known as the “Cronus Complex”, Cronus being the Greek mythological figure representing time, death and harvesting.

Cronus devouring his child by Goya

“The Cronus Complex is not a murderous tendency per say, since Cronus did not just got rid of his offspring, but a destructive ingestive process which hinders the child’s capacity to exist separately and autonomously from the parent. In consuming his child, Cronus does not only aim to annihilate him but does so by making him part of himself. According to Bolen, since ancient times, the Cronus Complex is a tendency through which male oriented cultures have maintained power. That is evident is systems such as Fascism, one of the most radical mutations of patriarchy.
– John W. Crandall, The Cronus Complex

Cronus is also known as “father time”. Captain Vidal is often shown looking at and maintaining his watch, time being the most damning limitation of the material world. Ofelia—and everyone around her—is terrified by Captain Vidal but, in order to complete her initiation, Ofelia will need to emancipate herself from this oppressive father figure and, most importantly, get in touch with her oppressed feminine and magical side. Restoring the equilibrium of duality is a necessary step in alchemical transformation.

The Faun and his Labyrinth

Disgusted by her new life, Ofelia is led by a fairy to an overgrown labyrinth where the Faun steps out of the shadows. When she asks him “Who are you?”, he replies “I’ve been called so many names that only the wind and the trees can pronounce. I am the mountain, the forest, the earth. I am … a faun.” He then continues: “It was the moon that bore you. And your real father waits for your return, but first, we must be sure that you have not become mortal”.

In ancient mythology, fauns, satyrs, and the Greek god Pan were somewhat similar as they all bear the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat. Pan is a prototype of natural energy and is undoubtedly a phallic deity, representing the impregnating power of the sun. The faun becomes a sort of spiritual guide to Ofelia, helping her through the actual and figurative labyrinth she must go through. Despite the faun’s monstrous appearance—which leads viewers to think at first that he is the “bad guy”—he is actually the only being in Ofelia’s life that understands her desire to “become more” and to reach her full potential. The actual “bad guy” in the movie is not the hideous creature, but the cruel step-father.

The Labyrinth

“Labyrinths and mazes were favoured places of initiation among many ancient cults. Remains of these mystic mazes have been found among the American Indians, Hindus, Persians, Egyptians, and Greeks.” – Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages

Found in the initiation rites of many ancient civilizations, mazes were symbolic of the involvements and illusions of the lower world through which wanders the soul of man in its search for truth. Pan’s Labyrinth is mostly a figurative one as Ofelia must avoid the pitfalls and the dead-ends of the material world in order to be reunited with her true father.

The First Task: Finding the Sacred Feminine

The first task given by the Faun to Ofelia is to retrieve a key from a giant toad who is sucking the life out of an ancient fig tree. There starts the quest for “returning to the womb” and the rekindling the oppressed feminine. The interior of the tree is damp and moist, symbolizing once again the womb-giver of life. The tree itself looks like a uterus.

Ofelia wearing a black version of the dress of Alice in Wonderland. Also, a picture of a uterus, in case you forgot what one looks like.

Ofelia’s trauma/fascination with the feminine principle is expressed many times in the movie, mainly through her weak and pregnant mother who ultimately has to give her life to give birth. In one disturbing scene, Ofelia sees in her Book of the Crossroads the outline of a uterus that becomes red, predicting her mother’s complications.

The Second Task: The Pale Man

Having successfully completed the first task, Ofelia receives a second mission from the faun which is the retrieval of a dagger from the Pale Man. There is, however, e important condition: She cannot eat anything there.

The immobile Pale Man with his eyeballs on a plate in front on him

The Pale Man is a big flabby creature sitting in front of a great feast. Looking around, Ofelia sees stacks of  shoes and depictions of the Pale Man eating children, which is, once again reminiscent of Goya’s depiction of Cronus. The Pale Man is  a gruesome representation of the oppressive powers of Ofelia’s world – Captain Vidal, Spanish Fascism and the Catholic Church. To further this comparison, a scene of Vidal having dinner with his guests, including a Catholic priest, is shown in parallel, in which nobody dares to question the Captain’s cruel motives.

Ofelia manages to retrieve the dagger, but on her way out, cannot resist the temptation of eating a big juicy grape, symbolizing the wealth accumulated by the Cronus figures. This awakes the Pale Man, who immediately places his eyeballs in his hands and starts chasing Ofelia.

The pale Man has is eyes in his hands, representing the fact that he can only sees what is palpable. It can possible represent the stigmata.

Ofelia manages to escape the Pale Man, but at what cost?

The Third Task: The Ultimate Sacrifice

The Faun was furious at Ofelia for giving in to the temptations of the material world and questioned her worthiness to become a true immortal. He therefore leaves her in coldness of the real world, where Ofelia has to witness war, torment and sadness. Shortly after Ofelia’s mother’s death, however, the faun reappears, to the great joy of the girl. He allows her to complete her initiation, but he demands her complete obedience. For her final task, the Faun asks Ofelia to bring her new born baby brother to the labyrinth at night during the full moon, the prime time to complete a spiritual transformation in occultism.

Ofelia must therefore steal the baby from Captain Vidal by drugging him and runs to the labyrinth, where the faun awaits her.

The faun awaiting Ofelia holding the dagger

The faun asks Ofelia to give him the baby so he can prick him with the dagger and obtain a drop of blood from him. Ofelia refuses. The faun loses his patience and reminds her that he requires her full obedience, but she still refuses. At this point, Captain Vidal finds Ofelia, whom, in his point of view, is talking to herself (as he cannot see the faun). He takes the baby from her and shoots her.

Ofelia laying bloody on the ground after being shot by Captain Vidal

Drops of Ofelia’s own blood falls into the labyrinth, thus accomplishing the final task required for her initiation: self sacrifice.

The Initiation

While we see Ofelia laying bloody on the ground, she is also shown in another realm, the Underworld, reuniting with her true parents.

Ofelia reuniting with her parents, symbolizing her successful initiation

The entire palace bears the shape of a vesica piscis, an ancient occult symbol representing the vulva, the entrance to the womb and the gateway to another world. Standing on three pillars, the father, the mother and the soon to be princess will complete trinity of the Underworld.  The faun greats Ofelia, telling her she did well by going against his orders and sacrificing her life to protect her innocent brother. Indeed, a strong will, sacrifice and rebirth are necessary for the completion of an initiation into occult mysteries.

Ofelia is then shown again laying on the floor bloody, making the viewers ask themselves: did this actually happen or is it all in the girl’s imagination?

In Conclusion

Pan’s Labyrinth describes the quest of a young girl unable to cope with the harshness of the physical world, where dehumanization and repression crush her innocent and playful spirit. It has been shown that children often psychologically respond to an unbearable reality by dissociating into a fantasy world, where magic, adventure and wonder are to be found. Ofelia is often reminded by her mother that “magic does not exist her and no one else”. The magical world however seems to exist beyond Ofelia’s imagination. One example is the mystical plant given by the faun, the mandrake, which was healing Ofelia’s mother from her ills, until she found it under her bed and, disgusted by it, burned it.

Ofelia with the mandrake, the “plant that wanted to be a man”. Its presence in the movie is a reminder that all magic is not fairy tales and that occult knowledge can have actual applications in real life.

The mandrake is an important plant in occult lore mainly due to the fact that  its roots are often shaped like a human body, complete with arms and feet.

The mandrake in ancient documents

“The occult properties of the mandrake, while little understood, have been responsible for the adoption of the plant as a talisman capable of increasing the value or quantity of anything with which it was associated. As a phallic charm, the mandrake was considered to be an infallible cure for sterility. It was one of the Priapic symbols which the Knights Templars were accused of worshipping. The root of the plant closely resembles a human body and often bore the outlines of the human head, arms, or legs. This striking similarity between the body of man and the mandragora is one of the puzzles of natural science and is the real basis for the veneration in which this plant was held. In Isis Unveiled, Madam Blavatsky notes that the mandragora seems to occupy upon earth the point where the vegetable and animal kingdoms meet, as the zoophites and polypi doin die sea. This thought opens a vast field of speculation concerning the nature of this animal-plant.”
– Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

This movie is one of opposites and reversals: reality versus fiction, good versus evil, innocence versus adulthood, feminine versus masculine, overworld versus underworld, etc. Even the very ending can be interpreted in two opposite ways: either Ofelia created a fairy-tale world in her head to escape real life and ultimately committed a form of suicide or she’s simply an awakened being who saw what the masses bound to the material world cannot see and ultimately completed her process of illumination to become a true immortal. The story is also an inversion of the usual paradigm for self-actualization: Ofelia’s transformation happens in the shadows and in the dark while enlightenment, as it name says, is associated with light; Ofelia’s illumination happens in the Underworld while spiritual transformation is usually associated with “the heavens”; the initiator himself, Pan, is a deity known for getting drunk in the woods and frolicking nymphs (and the odd goat) while illumination is based on the mastery of one’s lower impulses; the completion of Ofelia’s initiation requires her to crawl in the mud, be chased by a Pale Man and finally spill her blood while the usual path to illumination is based on the master of self and uncorrupted virtue. So what is the true fate of Ofelia? As the last line of the movie states: the clues to the answer can be found by those who have the eyes to see.

 



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Also this movie could be a message for people to see that their physical life is only one lifetime in which pain, fear, love and joy can be experienced here, but in actuality it is never our last lives, as infinite energy. As she is seen dying, we see her alternative reality as her life as a princess who is loved and cared for. We are the sum total of all of our experiences. This movie has a positive message for all of us humans helping us realize that the pain and suffering we experience on this physical plane is only temporary and is purely for the experience. …we can never truly die as energy. Just as one older soul incarnated here to help move us toward evolution of the mind and spirit had said "Energy is neither created, nor destroyed".

This has really helped me to understand the movie more 🙂

she escapes from her room which is locked so magic did happen?

Thanks for this site! Now I understand the story. 🙂 And, I became now a fan of it!

What a fascinating and beautifully written "review" of Pan's Labyrinth from an occult perspective. That is the best article I have read on this site. Thanks!

I live in a Madrid´s town near San Rafael and El Espinar in whose forest the movie was filmed and usually practice trekking through the mountains and the woods of the valley, I also passed several nights sleeping in an old civil war bunker in Cueva Valiente, where bloody battles took place filling the landscape of old trenchs, and believe me is a magical and mysterious place to pass a summer night.

Onatienko and smooth chic, this is definitely NOT meant for kids. Just because it has a child protagonist and imaginary creatures that doesn't mean it's in any way unsophisticated. It's very much an adult film – just look at the rating and please don't subject children to its violence.

one thing i might add, with my zen eye ,,, is that ofelia is lucifer reborn,the test's she goes through start at the 'root' of the first chakra, in order to illuminate the 3rd eye the root chakra where the uterus is must be cleared in order to clear the way to the 2nd chakra according to many beliefs. my favorite part is the story of the rose on top of the mountain that noone in the village dared to touch since they would die, it is a metaphor for choosing death over life…the girl died for the boy the son of the man who as vigilant citizen said, is always seen carrying and fixing his watch, the step father is god and lucifer was born of god but did not serve the tyrant , always detesting him , just life ofelia, the twist is thhat lucifer dies for the… Read more »

Lucifer would be the baby. And the feminine aspect dies so that lucifer can live.

Ofelia is not the daughter of Captain vidal.

@ behind teh veil

what else is represented as the chakras in movie?

Finally someone sees it. Another well done analytical review. So the movie closes with, "the clues to the answer can be found by those who have the eyes to see." eh. How fitting. I found the movie to be one of the most disturbing I have ever seen. The gnostic – neo-pagan – occultism is just overbearing and extremely dark. The making the step father the boogie man was the next big clue — the communists, communist sympathizers, and their useful idiots on the left have, for going on a century now, been promoting their lies about Spain and the Communists' war against the Spanish Catholics and Carlists that they love to call "fascists." The book "Last Crusade: Spain 1936" by Warren Carroll provides solid, fact based, debunking of the leftist propaganda, fed to us as "historical fact," used to cover up the truth about the extraordinarily vicious Spanish Communists… Read more »

This article was written beautifully. I liked it a lot. I enjoyed watching this movie, it shows the dark version of children's fairytales, which in my point of view, is how they should be portrayed.

Great movie and ghreat analysis. Thank you.

Heard of this movie.. I believe I saw the commercial for this not to long ago. 1st off .. what a depressing movie! lol geez.. However I understand the symbolism behind this movie. The reality vs. fiction. Perception vs. reality. People in today society actually go through initiation process ( through any occult) just to seek a better life. Seeking that better life ends up in despair, emptiness, and it pretty much doesn't get you anywhere.

While I like the article, I disagree with it partially. My interpretation of the movie is: By setting the eye to the monument, Ofelia opens a path between the spiritual/occult and 'real' realms, probably in her consciousness, but subjective is related to collective, consciousness is related to reality. The right eye, which is associated with the perception of concrete and factual information, was missing. Without it, the fawn was left with only the left eye and thus confined to the occult realm. By putting it in place she let the fawn regain the ability to perceive her world and become connected with it. This occurred as she was in distress. Maybe distressed people can open such pathways through their consciousness due to the torment they experience, this is particularly true for more vulnerable people like adolescent girls or those without any support from society etc. Because for them the suffering… Read more »

Horrible interpretation. It’s too personal. You need a better vantage point of the bigger picture. Outside of the earth all is dark. WE ILLUMINATE THE DARK.

Sorry for all the grammatical errors, I cannot edit the comment now.

have you ever notice that there is a faun in Narnia that named Mr. Tumnus? Gross, after reading and doing research here and there, for some sort of time, i came to a conclusion that this movie isn't just movie. it's full dark meaning and hints some sort of occultism, like when i saw Mr. Tumnus appear in half goat human shape, it was like my mind being hit, like who is also dressed up in half human-half goat? If you got the same thing in mind, then i guess you got it right. More over look at how they open the movie with Mr. Tumnus approaching some kind a girl like it can't be any more obvious, the girl named Lucy, in which remind who else in the esoteric thing has the same name? Lucifer. so i get now Disney, and also i saw a bull-like man that would… Read more »

Narnia is actually a Christian series.

Man your mind is warped. The faun is the good guy. The bad guy is her step father. I think you’re on the wrong side of this. The unseen is pure. The world is not.

Great article! I never would have gotten half of the stuff in the movie. Very interesting.

& until now he is trying to wrong everyone, to show Allah that Adam & his children are worst than him, it's like he is telling Allah : " You see! this the creature that you ordered me to prostrate for! watch how can I turn them to be worst than animals. " see anything similar with Rhianna song umbrella?! the conclusion is, Satan is not only one creature, it's an adjective; Iblis is satan, some jinns are satans, some humans are satans, lady gaga is satan & sorry I cannot see any difference between her & Iblis, I used to love her but seeing how moral-less she is I cannot defend her anymore like I used to be, in every song she performed, she is representing one of the biggest sins in all religions & showing how nice it is, "drinking & losing conscious, Gambling, lust, greed, even killing!… Read more »

Very interesting. I've been awake to the atrocities committed by governments and banks around the world and I've just started studying the occult.

This was one of my all time favorite movies, now I see it in a whole new lite.

Thank you.

It is truly enlightening to enter websites such as this.For all those who wish to know,what was, forbidden truths..here is some food for thought.What if you was born withen light mans world which has a natural insecurity with the most high due to the fact that they cannot take the suns rays upon the skin.So fire is damned as evil because it scorns and torments them. Light cannot protect against the light.But those of darkness,when touched by the sun,are unharmed and only grow darker as when the flame has its eye on physical,the light that is casted transforms the physical to what it always was…..Darkness.The illusion is not darkness.It is light.For when all lights are out all become one with darkness.The sunlight is the masculine/feminine form of darkness while darkness is its feminine/masculine form. There is nothing but balance over balance.Too be illuminated means to remember your true self.That you… Read more »
Please cease this raciest bulls**t. You have been fooled by Satan into de-humanising your white brothers. Physics has proved that Darkness is a negative quality, it is the absence of Light, and how can we come from something that is not there? The white man is not insecure about God because we can burn, I’ve never heard such nonsense. I put it to you that the black man is insecure around the white man as the white man has oppressed them so much, this is why you have been so easily led into separating and elevating yourself above the white man. It is a backlash from the days of slavery, in the same way that the feminist movement was a backlash from the days when women were oppressed. Find balance in the scale and know that we are equal, anything else is a lie based on pride, insecurity and resentment.… Read more »
wow well first I never said darkness wasn't negative.Negative is feminine.Darkness attracts energy.All kinds of energy but the most prevelent would be pain.Just as a female body already posses the eggs this is the same as darkness.Darkness just needs the charge.This is why dark things gather heat.It needs energy.Pain gives enormous amounts of energy. This is not the view of a raciest.I would consider myself spiritualy mature.Look at what I say without prejedice. I,ve commented much on the guidestones and have said everything that you said on equality.You accuse me of the same thing your doing but on a broader scale.Darkness and light is ONE.There is no one without the other. I've read some of your posts and I see that your devoted to christ which is fine.But do not twist what I say to meet your view of life.What you have read of darkness is not what I speak.… Read more »
By negative I mean there is nothing there, it is a lack of something, and I’m not talking about the emotional idea of negative but the mathematical. I fail to see how this relates in any way to the feminine who is not a lack of existence like darkness is. Like I said, darkness is the absence of light, the colour black doesn't exist, it is basically the default setting of our eyes when there is no light to interpret as colour or brightness. So if a woman has an egg she is not in the negative because an egg is not a lack of something, it is something. Darkness does not posses anything but emptiness. Darkness does not gather heat because it "needs the charge" it is a consequence of photons getting absorbed by matter, as a consequence no photons hit the eye, no light is interpreted and so… Read more »
A little late but I understand what your saying.I use the term Darkness universally. I agree when you mention it mathematically.I dont agree about the negative =nothingness though.My view would be 0 being the closest number to represent nothingness but I would use it hesitantly. Remember that integers are the same numbers there just going opposite directions.Just as there is matter there is also antimatter.This may be what you mean of nothingness.Either way to treat a negative integer as if all of them equalled to nothing would be mathematically incorrect. Also maybe I didnt properly display my msg(Im sure I have)but what your saying sounds like what I have said just worded differently. What I meant about one needing the other is polarity. A good example would be electricity.To create productive energy you would need 2 basic things.Amps (charge)andOhms(resistance).Without either there could be no progress.What is so interesting is that… Read more »

Well said.

People get smarter.There making movies about little girls befriended a satanic being who is god of p********a,homosexuality and sexual deviance,And giving it to your childrens cartoon network.Wake the hell up.

I loved this movie, it's such a beautiful, sad story.

Great article!

The film is actually about the journey of the adept. The journey to the war torn area is her entry into the cruel material plane of existence, Pan is her Holy Guardian Angel, the pale man was meant to represent Choronzon who rules over the material pleasures, which if one indulges in, one falls under his power, her journey into the tree Tifareth, then her death the entry into the palace of the king's daughter, as the Ipsissimus has no physical body.

You should just join and get the real symbolism. The above article is quite wild.

I'm not religious, and neither was Jesus, by the look of things:
http://www.essene.com/GospelOfPeace/
Still, he told the (physiological) truth.

This is the best piece of truth and information about healthy eating and living I have yet found on google!

Whenever I hear something 'I am spiritual and or/Christian but not religious' thats just sad, means you've been already successfully brainwashed by masonic ideology. They can do anything they want with u now.. when the Antichrist comes and does his magiK (or the demons for now) you'll be the first ones to hail him…because you do not have a religious practice…you can't distinguish demons easily…and will be the first ones to submit…all you 'spiritual' people take your spirit seriously…all the best tho..

I know. I find it sad too. But saddest of all is, for me, that I've been alone all my life, looking at everything. Seeing the freemasons for the knight templars they truly are, I've eaten psylocybin mushrooms and "found God" (which I didn't know he was lost in the first place..), I've used my gut instincts and intuition and found the Truth. If you don't klick the link I provided, then nothing's gonna help. Keep chatting about TV for all I care. Spirituality (atoms and electrons and the LOVE/dependence between them to make us seem "physical") is NOT religion. I'm not a Christian, and neihter was Jesus. He said F**k governments and f**k religions because they are gonna make me into this fairy tale magician. What the freemasons have truly succeeded at is blinding us all so much that when the Truth finally does resurface like this: http://www.essene.com/GospelOfPeace/ no-one… Read more »
To those calling this film evil and bad are being silly. OH NO a fairytail thats dark, well let me tell you if there was acurate film versions of most fairytails they would all be dark!!! ''Little red riding hood'' hmmm wolf like's to eat people, ''Hansel and Gretal'' a child eating witch, ''Jack and the bean stalk'' a human eating giant, the list goes on. nearly all fairytails are very dark in reality. In truth this fil m is a master piece of story telling and stunning filming. yes it holds alot of occult idea's within it but this does not make it evil. if people understood the occult properly they would realise the evil side of it is down to certain people and groups, NOT ALL OCCULT WORK IS EVIL. Most occult work is based around symbol's and idea's from the bible old and new testament both are… Read more »

Lucifer/Satan/Devil is very deceitful. Be careful in what you believe and share with others, especially the Lord's people.

im from mexico, sorry if i cant express to well You are very ignorant. sorry but satan doesnt exist, hell he does but not in the way you northamerican chrstians think. occultism is not "bad" agains"holy" what you dont understand is that "god" or "tao" or YHVH or brahma or ala whatever you can call it, the absolute, is beyond your pathetic human dualitys of good and evil, and occultism is not dark, is about knowledge of the absolute, the life , love, and infinite beauty, is abot light, and knowing yourself becouse the SELF is the perfect image of ALL thats what thew bible meant by we are the image of god, and what occultism means with the macrocosm and microcosm. GOD=ALL=SELF What you ignorant short minded U.S. christians ignore is that the Qabala and other parts of occultism like alchemy and theurgy are indeed the nucleus and true… Read more »
you are very ignorant. sorry but satan doesnt exist, hell he does but not in the way you northamerican chrstians think. occultism is not "bad" agains"holy" what you dont understand is that "god" or "tao" or YHVH or brahma or ala whatever you can call it, the absolute, is beyond your pathetic human dualitys of good and evil, and occultism is not dark, is about knowledge of the absolute, the life , love, and infinite beauty, is abot light, and knowing yourself becouse the SELF is the perfect image of ALL thats what thew bible meant by we are the image of god, and what occultism means with the macrocosm and microcosm. GOD=ALL=SELF What you ignorant short minded U.S. christians ignore is that the Qabala and other parts of occultism like alchemy and theurgy are indeed the nucleus and true base of the real christianism, nothing to do with satan… Read more »

Everyone Will Bow- Christ Jesus says:

October 4, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Lucifer/Satan/Devil is very deceitful. Be careful in what you believe and share with others, especially the Lord’s people.

what exactly do you mean by the Lords people? people that call themself christian? the jews? muslims? catholics? WHO!! becuase if your exluding people just becuase they dont go to church or abide by a certain religion or have much more open beliefe systems in there life than just the bible. then i say to you '' you are the one decieved by the devil into believing a destructive doctrine of anti-community.''

strongly agreed. 'lord's people' should mean every living creature in this world

Great article VC, and I would also like to make one more observation; the scene where she refuses to sacrifice her brother can also be interpreted as an inversion of the biblical story of Abraham's sacrifice of his son Isaac (or Ishmail in Islam). While Abraham acquiesed to God's demand to sacrifice his blood relative and thereby gain spiritual illumination, this particular scene required that Ofelia refuse to give the offering, and sacrifice herself instead. In a sense, the perception of the self is the paradigmatic difference in these two stories; while the Abrahamic faiths require their adherents to place their faith in the wisdom of the creator rather than their own erroneous inclinations (Abraham didn't want to sacrifice his son), the esoteric schools follow the opposing view, that trusting in the intuitive self is of utmost importance. This aligns perfectly with the self-deification that informs much of occultism. The… Read more »

Everything that satanists try to do is to take religious, pure and holy imagery/songs/traditions/texts/etc and make their own corrupted version.

Did you know that the pentagram once was used to represent the 5 wounds of Jesus Christ?

Pentagrams are THOUSANDS of years older than Christianity…sorry.

Ever since man learned to draw people have depicted stars, so yes, any type of start drawing is as old as man kind, however, as a symbol, it was used before and during the medieval ages to represent the 5 wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Centuries later freemasons and talmudians and satanists made it depict magick and satanism, but then again. To each group it has a different meaning. And in the end a symbol by itself is nothing without a meaning behind it.

So in a way you are both right and wrong, right because you were talking about the fact that a drawing may have several meanings and origins, yet however wrong because you didn't even pay attention to what I said, which is as well a very valid documented fact.

I was thinking along these same lines, but you really spelled it out well. The Self as god.

Superb Jungian analysis, thank you Vigilant! Pan's Labyrinth is a great, provocative film.

What do you think of the use and presence of the number “3” in the movie?

Great artical another thing that oftelia first get key then knife, both things used be mercedes in real life too

f**k me in tha sss s s ss s s poo ;)SKFN

I will enlighten you with my sharp pencil.

hi you fkn dumb dogs this is MMMMYYYYYYYY LAnd

i have that movie at home.(I’m at school )

Speaking of Esoteric interpretations of the film, don't just look for the Western Esoteric roots, there are also Eastern Esoteric undertones, such as the Pale Man's feast where Ofelia retrieved the blade resembles "The Feasts of Chöd" in the Tibetan tantric tradition: "The practice of chöd, or “cutting through,” is a Tibetan Buddhist meditative practice in which a person’s hopes and fears—as well as the three poisons of desire, anger, and ignorance—can be cut off at the root and abandoned. " "Chöd, like all tantric systems, has outer, inner and secret aspects. They are described in an evocation sung to Nyama Paldabum by Milarepa: External chod is to wander in fearful places where there are deities and demons. Internal chod is to offer one's own body as food to the deities and demons. Ultimate chod is to realize the true nature of the mind and cut through the fine strand… Read more »

This is just nasty especially. the. pale man

This review happened along time ago but it really bothers me that you called Cronus the father of time, you are con fusing him with Chronos the god of time. Cronus was a titan, Chronos was a god.

Shittin ell scary

There's more to it than that. A lot more. Think globally when viewing this film. Ophelia represents all women, her mother represents the earth giving birth to a new age. Her mother struggles mightily. Her father represents an evil facet of the patriarchy. Also her father's symbol shown on his car is the Rothschild's symbol. Look deeper VC, but a good start anyway.

Also, the trials she goes through represent the trauma based mind control /satanic ritual abuse illuminati children are put through. Look through the eyes of a child dissociating and you will see that she is made to go through: blood drinking, blood letting, ritual abortion ( the little mandrake root represents a real baby, that's why it moved) the frog represents her doing some sick slimy perverse sexual ritual, she eats human flesh with the pale man etc.

All the illuminati traumas seen through the eyes of a dissociated child who must fantasize to get through it all. Horrifying.

In actuality the faun is her abusive father/programmer, who is himself in an altered, dissociated state.

Thankfully, I haven't watched this. I was planning to, but now my intentions have dissolved. Good God, i didn't expect the movie to be THAT evil. Could you do an article on the movie Coraline? It's about a young girl who's bored with reality and hates her new home. She finds a small door in the living room and crawls inside, she's taken to 'wonderland', if that's what you'd like to call it, where everything is fun and everyone has buttons for eyes. Could it be dissociation? Probably. But when she returns home, she longs to go back. When she does go back, she finds that she's trapped in her wonderland and cannot escape, the wonderland version of her mother locks her in the attic and intends to eat her or something along those lines. She then find s the souls of three kids who've been eaten by the wicked… Read more »
Yes, Coraline is also about ritual satanic abuse. You are right on about the buttons for eyes equaling dissociation, but it also represents how the people who engage in satanic activities actually get demonically posessed when they do their rituals. Take a look at the opening scenes of the film. Who is making that doll? Those aren't human hands… Also take a look at Coralines mother's hand gesture when she invites Coraline to stay in the (dissociative world). This is another movie where a child undergoes sick ritual abuse and must fantazise to get through it. The whoel thing is pretty sick and scary when you realize it. Also take a look at her friend Why-Be (as in "Why was I born") pretty messed up name, but perfect if you realize that he's abused too. He's bent double and looks beaten down. He's afraid of all the adults, especially his… Read more »

(Oops hit post too soon) who made this film. Obviously an insider. There are real satanists out there, and many of them actually have enough MPD to not even realize it but these things affect them or are created by them on a subconscious level.

I don't know if anyone has noticed this too. I just remembered… another Film by same Guiermo del Toro: HELL BOY…. same LABRYNTH shown! Blood is also dropped into the Labrynth and it in turns summons another phallic associated character… RasPUTIN! The Labrynth is according to that movie opens the gate to the Ancient Ones [seen at the end of Cabin in the Woods and other H.P. Lovecraft inspired films and stories… detailed in SumARYAN myth and the Necronomicon]. Del Toro also directed CHRONOS I think… So it's obvious what you said about CHRONOS. PAN in turn is qabalistically associated with SATURN or Saatan [as pronounced in Japanese]. Roman God associated with Greek Chronos.

The same Faun/Satyr that appears in El Laberinto del Fauno appears in The Chronicles of Narnia. They both seduce an underage girl [Faun/Satyrism, creatures known to love getting drunk and chasing after Nymphs] PanDEMONium… Uncle SaTAN… Substituting Initation into Christ with False Light… the Father of Lies who appears as an angel of Light. I didn't much care for the film since it just twists Archetypical Truths into Anti-Christic/Witchery. I only liked Ofelia in the film… but I'd like her better without the Lies witchcraft teaches through their "Horned God"… Satan.

There isn’t one carnivore in the wild with horns. You’d be a wise man to put down the booKS and think for yourself. Stop letting others program your mind and go see for yourself how the world naturally works. The horned one is not your enemy.

What about the number 3? For example:

the captain and two of his assistants

the 3 little creatures that fly

the boxes to open in the pale man's room

Mercedes and her two assistants

three sits when Ofelia returns with her parents

more 3s? watch it again..

Wasn't the mandrake root also in Harry Potter?

hey just a suggestion for an article or some stuff i was curious on

basicly

the percy jackson series and the twighlight saga both seem to have a lot of stuuf from this site that has been mentioned

i wonder if you could point them out for me and let the people know about innocent books being evil.

The article is interesting, but I'd correct a mistake. It was not her mother who casually one day found the mandrake, it was the father who found Ophelia under her mother's bed and this was how it got burned. After quarrels and fights.

"Drops of Ofelia’s own blood falls into the labyrinth, thus accomplishing the final task required for her initiation: self sacrifice. The Initiation While we see Ofelia laying bloody on the ground, she is also shown in another realm, the Underworld, reuniting with her true parents. Ofelia reuniting with her parents, symbolizing her successful initiation The entire palace bears the shape of a vesica piscis, an ancient occult symbol representing the vulva, the entrance to the womb and the gateway to another world. Standing on three pillars, the father, the mother and the soon to be princess will complete trinity of the Underworld. The faun greats Ofelia, telling her she did well by going against his orders and sacrificing her life to protect her innocent brother. Indeed, a strong will, sacrifice and rebirth are necessary for the completion of an initiation into occult mysteries." =========================================================== entrance into the mystery schools of… Read more »

Good lord, to all the people arguing about the batty bible stuff- knock it off and argue sensibly. You do not have to be a bible-quoting religiously dogmatic person to be deeply spiritual. No need to argue scripture. Here we need only do the basic things that are right and good, and nothing more. I would never live my life by a flawed book written by contradictory men. I am a good person, full of love for people and the world, and I was like that before and without the bible, thank you. God lives in ALL OF us.

Namaste.

I'm a Muslim & I will tell you what is "Satan" in our religion if you want to read you are welcome: "Satan" in Arabic means "Shaitan" too close to the English word, but it doesn't represent the Satan as a name. this is the difnitive meaning: Shaitan is derived from "Shatan" and its meaning "the far one", Shiatan means anyone far from goodness, and who long stays in evil, and called on who rebel on Allah, whether of the jinn, humans or animals. The real name of the "Satan" you know then is not Satan, as we already said its an adjective, his real name is "Iblis". I will refer to god by Allah & Satan as Iblis, In Quran Iblis is one of the jinn, which are creatures made of fire not an angel which from light. He was serving in the heaven because of his good will… Read more »

That’s such a bullshit interpretation. Satan is saturn. Just a character in a whole cast not the enemy.

Ofelia did not burn the mandrake plant – Vidal did!!!

wow. perfect info here. Thanks. i'm sad that this was one of my favorite movies. but glad that i am not blinded by the junk anymore. 🙂

What's wrong with a movie having symbolism? When understood it can heighten your perception of things and make you see the real message behind it. Why would you be sad that one of your favourite movies is rich in symbolism? Is it because you percieve this symbolism as evil? If you have any prejudice against occultism I suggest you look at it with a sense of humor. It was never about the devil stealing your soul, that's bullshit invented by the church. Don't approach the occult with prejudice.

Good grief, you Bible lovers have no clue. Considering this is a conspiracy website we're on, isn't a given you guys should be a tad more skeptical about the big book? Firstly, it wasn't written by Jesus, it was written by people just as flawed as any other, with their own personal perks and biases. Secondly, it was written in another time, in another language, then translated, retranslated, copied over and over and over and over BY HAND, by different people at different times and places. And top of all that, it was scrutinized by governments and institutions who hand picked what THEY thought should stay or go to back their interests. How much of Jesus do you really think remained?

How on earth could the the Bible/New Testament be false or edited when he have 5,700 originial language manuscripts and over one million quotations of the New Testament from the patristic fathers

Exactly, and those are all fragments. Written mostly by anonymous authors heard from a myriad of sources, then translated then compiled. Cross checking these documents reveals many discrepancies. You can take the same passage from a greek and hebrew manuscripts and they can mean something absolutely different. That is what should be kept in mind. Why do you think there is so much contradiction in it? Not scholars nor theologists agree on what is undoubtedly canonical. Not to mention apocrypha, deuterocanonical and the variations of acknowledged canon books within different faiths. The Christian Bible as it is known nowdays is what has been consciously chosen at different opportunities to be there, so the least one can do is take it with a grain of salt. And even if both entire Testaments were certain to be canonical, there's just no way they could be applied literally. It was another time. We… Read more »

-BlueMoon

If you think the Bible was edited several times, doesn't mean you have to criticize the 'Bible lovers'. We all understand where you are coming from and you maybe true, but the way you worded you're words made it sound more like you were insulting Christians that don't really read the Bible everyday. All Christians are not necessarily Bible lovers, but we do believe in God, and it sounded as if you were offending us.

Just making sure you know.

Could never have put it better than this. Brilliant Bluemoon. I hope they all listen!

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VIGILANT, WHERE ARE YOU?? I come on the site every week to check your analogies but there haven't been any! I've seen rihanna's rockstar and only girl in the world song, and from all that I've read on this site, they seem extremely dodgy..