Following the brief, but repeated, words at the alter, the Youth-Prince was led by the Old Man with the Lamp over to the Kings. Animated now that the Lamp was nearby, they each addressed the young man before them and presented a gift. From the Bronze King a sword was passed to him with solemn instructions to wear it on the left.
Human culture has always favored the “right” side, the right hand in terms of taking action. Placing the sword at the left means that war-like or angry action is not one’s primary choice. Yet, a sword at the left side is more easily grasped by the right hand if need be.
The Prince became more alive and alert as he participated in the ceremony with the Kings. Upon being taken to the Silver King he was presented with a silver scepter, the symbol of power Again, he was instructed to carry it in his left hand. Perhaps the message that was implied by the left hand holding this symbol of power is that it is not one’s office that is most powerful but the humanity of the person who wields that power. This is deep food for thought.
Upon arriving at the Gold King, the Prince was awarded an oak-leaf crown or circlet. This was a symbol of strength, endurance and stability. A leader must always be seen as dependable and strong.
The ceremony and celebration at the temple was to continue. Important lessons were yet to be learned and many things had to now be recognized. The time was at hand for many transformations to take place.