Of Rooks, Guardians of the Threshold and Boundaries…

Ladya by CoverShots.

The chess piece or character known as The Rook, which is also called The Castle or as I like to say, The Tower, can move as many spaces along a row or column on the chessboard.

The Rooks (each player has 2) combined with The Queen, form the major chess pieces. In this way they operate like Guardians of the Threshold preventing the opposing player’s pieces from gaining or capturing a player’s King.

Guardians of the Threshold in a novel hold the boundaries between the protagonist and her or his goal.

While it may seem these Guardians work to prevent the major character from attaining her or his desire, they actually ensure the protagonist has or does integrate the skills provided by the Mentor, and necessary for achieving the ends to which she or he seeks.

In this way Guardians of the Threshold operate similarly to our personal unconscious, where we encounter Shadow. Read the rest of this entry…

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~ by Anjuelle Floyd on May 2, 2010.

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