Following their return from Lily’s spiritual realm, the group has made its way into the temple to initiate the prophecy of “the time has come.” The temple is to emerge into the visible realm. First, the temple has to move from its underground placement in the physical world and emerge in a visible and accessible portion of the spiritual world. There is much to consider in this portion of the fairy tale.
After meeting the Kings and the Old Man with the Lamp’s statement that “the time has come,” the group finds the temple floor rumbling as if it were moving. The Old Man knows exactly what is going on; the temple will emerge on the ‘spiritual’ side of the river in full view of the physical world across the water. The temple, in fact, emerges under the Ferryman’s hut. In the illustration we can see upper portion of the temple now open to the pre-dawn sky, the dirt, trees and remains of the Ferryman’s hut has fallen to the temple floor as the group watches. The Old Lady stands close to her husband, the Wisp watches, and the still-in-a-daze Youth-Prince stands next to Lily. On the physical side of the river, they can now contact each other safely, unlike in the spiritual world where he was able only to observe and converse.
The tale, up to this point, has presented several crises events for various individuals. This event, a continuation of the rescue of the Youth-Prince who died upon touching Lily, is the first ‘group crises’ of the tale. This is only fitting as in real life who among us has ever witnessed an individual’s crises which did not touch and involve others. We are at the center of relationship-circles, not islands of isolation. We can create a crises alone, but we share a crises with others generally.
The emergence of the temple above ground is the beginning of the end of this fairy tale. All of the experiences of each group member come into play as the many situations are all addressed and various forms of resolvement are accomplished. But, that is for the next part of the fairy tale.