Contemplating Frosty The Snowman

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Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,
He was made of snow but the children
Know how he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that
Old silk hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around.
O, Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh
And play just the same as you and me.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.

Frosty the snowman knew
The sun was hot that day,
So he said, "Let's run and
We'll have some fun
Now before I melt away."
Down to the village,
With a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there all
Around the square saying,
Catch me if you can.
He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop.
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler "Stop!"
For Frosty the snow man
Had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye saying,
"Don't you cry,
I'll be back again some day."
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,

Over the hills of snow.

LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!!! ... The story and ensuing song about Frosty the Snowman is a holiday staple. Children have been making snowmen ever since time began it seems. As snowmen are images of real people they embody a spirit even though frozen of the image of who they could be or who we want them to be. When we build a snowman we are visualizing more than three balls of snow placed on top of one another with assorted doo-dads for facial features and some old wardrobe accessories for clothes. We are actually invoking the mind of Winter ... something even more abstract.

To most people Frosty stands for joy -  a joy of living and laughter and above all spontaneity.The story of Frosty is a wonderful metaphor.  If we put on our esoteric thinking caps and give this a decent ponder, Frosty the Snowman represents reincarnation. He comes to life miraculously courtesy of magical silk top hat, dances around, makes some mischief,  then melts away telling the children, "Don't you cry, I'll be back again someday." Frosty never worried about the future, lived through his heart and well, the old  pile of snow had faith!

Let's take a look at Frosty's anatomy and visage:

He was made of three snowballs or spheres of snow. The Pythagoreans considered the number three the first true number and also the Triad representing the first equilibrium of unities wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Three is also the embodiment of the link between heaven and Earth.  The sphere as a shape is an ancient and universal symbol that represents unity, completeness, joy, infinity - the whole universe and the Soul. Frosty is described as a "jolly happy soul." Snow itself is frozen water and water in meta-world represents knowledge. All water flows as Divine Wisdom flows. When rain freezes, to different degrees it produces snow, hail or sleet. Rain is a transmission that is of the Divine and snow is a contemplation of reception of the Divine as the flow is somewhat halted.This can be likened to a teacher instructing a student. The teacher cannot allow the student to be bombarded with information (Divine) all at once - the teacher must allow the student to absorb a little at a time (contemplation) and then move forward (reception). Snow is pure and it is gentle. It does not pour like rain. It allows for contemplation until it is melted by the Sun and absorbed.  It is the intermediary between the Heavens and the Earth or water meeting earth and the Divine and Mankind. Frosty gently led the children on a merry jaunt saying, "Let's run and we'll have some fun now before I melt away." Once he melted back into water and lost his form he would once again be part of the infinite and not be able to teach his lessons of life and  "fun" to the children until the next season of Winter if they decided to re-create him. If he had done his job well, the students would have surpassed the teacher and there would be no need. The knowledge would have been contemplated, received and absorbed.

He had two eyes made of coal. In crystal work, coal is thought to help an individual avoid detection. This earthy substance is receptive by nature and in some belief systems considered lucky. Frosty was a creation of the children and meant only for the children. He also managed to slip by the "traffic cop." Carrying a piece of coal is also thought to give an individual an uplifted feeling ... "he could laugh and play just the same as you and me!"

He had a button nose and a corncob pipe. In folklore and if we consider that all of the household components of Frosty's visage were gifts from the children as they created him, the button indicates friendship and the pipe according to Native American legend represents peace and the capacity for vision. Frosty the snowman knew, "The sun was hot that day, so he said let's run and we'll have some fun Now before I melt away."

He carried a broomstick. Brooms of course have a variety of uses. In some circles brooms are used to spiritually sweep an area clean of unwelcome energies. This was a sacred task in the ancient temples where great emphasis was placed on the broomstick handler (yes there was such a person) who in order to be able to clean the temple properly must be "himself both clean and pure." Being made of snow, Frosty was pure and thus the perfect broomstick handler. Broomsticks or besoms are also popularly known as symbols of aerodynamics and Frosty "ran down to the village with a broomstick in his hand, running here and there all around the square saying, 'catch me if you can!'"

He wore an "old silk hat they found." A magical hat that once they placed it on his head, "he began to dance around." A top hat is symbolic of a desire for wealth and in metaphysics a desire for the wealth of living. It also represents direction, responsibility and the role one plays in life. But this was no ordinary hat it was a hat that once belonged to a magician - a magical hat that energized Frosty and brought him to life. This hat must be viewed as an extension of power and influence of the crown chakra. (What!??? Listen if Frosty was alive he had a chakra system! - I rest my case!)

Wishing you all fun and joy!