Under Their Spell



Fairy tales are both stories of transformation and symbolic poetry. They are gifts from our ancestors, offering symbols and guidance for our human development. In this show artist, philosopher and teacher Sean Kramer will lead us into the imaginal realm of fairy tales, where we will find healing images and wise teachings for our own journey through this enchanted world.About the HostAfter studying art and the classics of philosophy and science, Sean Kramer lived for two decades as monk and hermit. He studied Russian icon painting and the ancient art techniques of egg-tempera and fresco. He works to bring together the horizontal traditions of human cultural transmission with the vertical illuminations from the angelic world. The Angels speak with and guide humans through images and light--through art and teaching Sean hopes to bring himself and others into more conscious collaboration with the Angelic guides.


  • The Singing Soaring Lark

    The Singing Soaring Lark

    07/07/2017 Duración: 01h14min

    The Alchemy of Relationship: A meditation on the “Singing Soaring Lark”, a fairy tale about what comes after the ‘happily ever after’. This tale gives a description through symbols of the process of a committed relationship. Some fairy tales end with marriage; the “Singing Soaring Lark” begins with the marriage ceremony and describes the long and sometimes difficult journey towards the realization of the true inner marriage of a man and woman.

  • Snow White

    Snow White

    01/06/2017 Duración: 01h08min

    In this fairy tale meditation, we will contemplate the alchemical processes of transformation symbolized in fairy tales, especially in the richly symbolic story of Snow White.

  • Little Red Riding Hood

    Little Red Riding Hood

    26/04/2017 Duración: 01h09min

    Here We Wonder in IllusionsIn the show we will look at the story of little red riding hood, and meditate on the theme of appearance and reality in fairytales. The enchanted world of the fairytale is a strange realm in which things can appear other than they are. The fairytale forest is a dangerous space in which one can be seduced and deceived, where one can wander or become lost. It has the capacity to devour and destroy. Yet it also contains powers for transformation and rebirth.

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are

    18/03/2017 Duración: 01h04min

    Untying the Knots of the Soul through Imaginative Journeys. This contemporary fairy tale describes a boys efforts to resolve inner conflicts arising in family life by taking an imaginative journey. We will use this tale to meditate more on the ‘story’ aspect of fairy tales: the arising and resolving of conflicts, both inner and outer.

  • Cat in the Hat

    Cat in the Hat

    18/02/2017 Duración: 01h11min

    Externalizing Inner Conflicts Through the Imagination The modern children’s story “The Cat in the Hat”, while not strictly a fairy tale, has fairy tale qualities. It also provides a more apparent example of something that can be less obvious in fairy tales: that the imaginative world of the fairy tale, and the dark forest or underworld, is a way to make more sensible to us our own more hidden inner souls and their conflicts.

  • The Devils Three Golden Hairs: Conflicts with Culture

    The Devil's Three Golden Hairs: Conflicts with Culture

    21/01/2017 Duración: 01h02min

    The fairy tale “The Devil’s Three Golden Hairs” symbolizes some fundamental conflicts humans have when coming into this world: conflicts with the established cultures and traditions. This fairy tale also offers beautiful examples of ‘parallelism’ in fairy tales for us to consider.

  • Mother Holle: Healing Archetypal Wounds

    Mother Holle: Healing Archetypal Wounds

    17/12/2016 Duración: 01h07min

    In this fairytale meditation we will explore the fairytale called "Mother Holle". In this tale a young girl with a troubled family life journeys to the realm of Mother Holle for healing and transformation. We will meditate to see what the imagery of this tale suggests to us for our own healing journeys.

  • Fairy Tales and Archetypes

    Fairy Tales and Archetypes

    19/11/2016 Duración: 01h04min

    Using the fairy tales we have meditated on so far, in this episode we will explain what really is an archetype and see how an understanding of archetypes illuminates what is occurring in fairy tales and why they have such power.

  • The Frog Prince: Time and Development in Fairy Tales

    The Frog Prince: Time and Development in Fairy Tales

    22/10/2016 Duración: 01h03min

    Having seen in previous episodes how place and landscape are symbolic in fairy tales, "the Frog Prince" will show us that time also is non-literal and symbolic. More than being hero-quest stories, fairy tales symbolize developmental life transitions.

  • Fitchers Bird - Dissociative Fantasy vs. Symbolic Imagination

    Fitcher's Bird - Dissociative Fantasy vs. Symbolic Imagination

    23/09/2016 Duración: 01h02min

    Fitcher’s Bird: Dissociative Fantasy vs. Symbolic Imagination. The fairy tale “Fitcher’s Bird” provides images about different uses of the imagination. From it we can draw guidance regarding healthy and unhealthy uses of imagination.

  • Hansel and Gretel - Through the Forest

    Hansel and Gretel - Through the Forest

    21/08/2016 Duración: 01h06min

    We will first review the tale of Hansel and Gretel. Then we will meditate on the symbolism of the Cake House, and the less noticed but significant role of the birds in the journey of Hansel and Gretel through the forest.

  • The Goose Girl - Love and the True Self

    The Goose Girl - Love and the True Self

    24/07/2016 Duración: 59min

    The Goose Girl: Love and the True Self. In this show we will meditate on the fairy tale called “The Goose Girl”. We will discover how this fairy tale is a symbolic externalization of one of the main inner conflicts that occurs in the soul of the person seeking love.