An existential wounding
With age and maturity, the white knight becomes the black knight. Now he is the experienced one, the invincible one, the senior. But he is also the one who will experience defeat, injury. For this is the hero's final test, his trial by fire. It leads the hero once again into an existential predicament in which everything he has fought for all his life is at stake.
In the traditions
For example, in the lore Odysseus is washed up naked on the beach of Ithaca after losing all his men and ships. In the Eisenhans, the hero as a black knight is hunted down, wounded and captured by the king's soldiers. And Jesus as the hero of God is executed.
In "normal life
Even in today's everyday life, the trial by fire goes to the substance, because that is its nature. It usually happens in connection with the crisis of the middle years. The existential wounding can take different forms, for example:
- A failure (dismissal, bankruptcy, divorce),
- Loss of reputation or integrity,
- Loss of assets or bankruptcy,
- Loss of sexual potency,
- Death of a loved one (wife or daughter),
- Illness or burn-out, etc.
It boils down to the fact that every painful experience is a mortification for the ego. But by confronting his physical-material limitations, the hero's willingness to open up to the infinite dimension of the spirit grows.
[S. The Sacred Wound.]