In the last posting the Youth-Prince was discussed as being impatient and unmindful of what he was being told. While walking with the Old Woman he went through several ‘ups and downs’ of mood. He was not very mature in the eyes of the Old Woman. Once they had met Lily, the Youth-Prince again demonstrated his impatience. After being told several times that this was not the time or the place for him to establish a relationship with the Beautiful Lily, he rushed forward to claim Lily for himself. That didn’t work out well for him. He collapsed, dead, at Lily’s feet.
What was the purpose of this scene within the fairy tale. While the Old Man had declared that the time was at hand, time was not at hand for the Youth-Prince. It was time for the process of bringing the Temple of Spirit into the light of conscious awareness. It was time for the Snake to prepare for her part in the unfolding story. It was time for Lily to leave her spiritual waiting place and move over to physical reality. It was not time for the Youth-Prince to claim his spiritual treasure; Lily.
Seizing upon a spiritual truth before one understands what one must understand leads to any of a range of consequences. The Youth-Prince was not part of Lily’s temporary place in the spirit world. Trying to claim what he wished from that place was devastating to him. To save his life, he had to be returned to his physical world before a healing process could be applied. Back to square one with a hard lesson learned. The fairy tale will fill in the rest of his story.