Common basic statements in the traditions
Man's heroic journey and kingship
If one interprets the symbols and images in the fairy tales and myths, the same patterns emerge again and again. They also all contain some very central statements for the well-being of human beings. They are always about heroes and kings and thus want to point to the hero's path to wholeness and to the goal of kingship in one's own life.
These aspects include:
Noble, divine lineage of the main character
It begins with the king's son or daughter. This noble origin should lead the human being to become aware that he is a "king's child", namely of divine descent. This, in turn, is an image of the fact that man has a consciousness and thus - like God - can reflect and instruct himself (cf. The human consciousness).
Resolute departure against the greatest enemy, the ego and the urges
However, in order for man to achieve "divine", i.e. self-effective kingship in his own life, he must first set out to overcome the instincts. For these are initially reflexive and much quicker on the spot than his thinking and determine his reactions (see The snake in the head - the reptilian brain).
Overcoming the urges in lack and deprivation as a test
Love is tested - far away from high ideals - on earth by material reality (symbolised by hardship and privations, the "desert"). The hero/heroine has to "go through the bottom".
Humility in success
If he/she has passed this test, the hero and heroine are led to success. In this, too, it is important to prove oneself through humility and willingness to serve.
The acid test
Finally, the confrontation with the shadows and death awaits. This is the acid test. The good unconscious (the good king/queen, the drive from love) has been displaced by the evil unconscious (the evil ruler/witch). This evil drive is ultimately the ego, the drive out of negativity and fear of falling short. It expresses itself through power and greed, vanity, pride or anger and is overcome on the way through the underworld.
Saving love and resurrection
Love that has died or been poisoned rises again through the encounter with true, unconditional (Father) love. The redeeming son of the king is a Christ figure, a symbol of the positive drive from love in the body and in matter. The virgin on the other side represents the hero's reward: A kingdom and eternal life (see The Saga of George the Dragonslayer or also The Ironman).
This structure can be found in all fairy tales and traditions and corresponds to the heroic path of man.
Already in the oldest traditions
Content like this is already addressed in the oldest human traditions, in the Sumerian mythology of Inanna and in the Babylonian Gilgamesh epic. They are continued in the writings of all cultures, be they religious or simple stories. They all follow the same pattern and have the same core message for human beings. This essence remains the same because man is what he is.