IndigoGhost: Great interpretation of the two main figures. I agree that, though I was not myself the child king within the dream, he more than likely represented me. And you saying that it specifically represented my 'child mind' really puts his role into perspective. I've spent the past few months getting rid of things and habits that I no longer wish to be a part of me or my life: physical objects, mindsets, goals, some of these things even having been carried over from as early as childhood, for I've seen my unhealthy reliance on them to protect me from the outside (as well as the inner) world, much as a sick child depends on the nurture of any nurse available. Thus he was struck down in life by my actions as much as he was in the dream.
Greg: Geez criminy. You've really given me some food for thought. "Maybe the truest king is no king", eh? That's an interesting albeit somewhat terrifying idea in regards to ego consciousness, as you've stated. And the fact that the wizard was separated into four pieces, thus creating a quaternity, the sacred symbol of the individuated self, reinforces that idea even more, saying that only through their mutual destruction can wholeness be achieved.
I believe that the old man was not just my passion for the, shall we say, 'occult', or even an emblem of truth, both things he very much had within him, but he represented what lies at the very root of those things: The unconscious mind in all its power and mystery. My 'guards' allowed him passage, for I respect and understand the role the subconscious plays within my being, but once he struck down childish, sickly and over-empowered ego, his purpose of being; the wizardly guise in which this autonomous process clothed itself; was fulfilled, and thus had to be destroyed so, as you've indicated Greg, none, not even him, should take the place of ruler. Thus, neither conscious nor subconscious alone would hold authority within my being.
As I mentioned to you earlier, my goal last weekend was to meet death within my dreams in order to affect some sort of change within myself. Thus, as mentioned, 'sacrifice' was the great theme to be found here, and I think this dream was a slightly delayed answer to that pursuit. And to answer your last question, I think this dream may have been more than a message of what needs to be done, I think it may have been the needed thing itself, for I felt ecstatic and content all that day, as though I'd reached a new level of understanding about my life without quite knowing what it was I understood, and as though a load had been removed from my shoulders.
Yet in contrast to this seemingly good news, all of this morning I have felt empty and shaken to my very core. I think that while there should be no solitary ruler in the throne room of self, a ruler is still needed, else I am empty and am about as human as a pile of dirt. Thus the quaternity -- the four which were separated -- must again become one and take their rightful place at the center of being. So not to clear up any vagueness by this I mean the four aspects of self postulated by Carl Jung: sensing, thinking, feeling and intuiting. From these also come the archetypes of the anima/animus, the wise old man, the shadow, and even the ego itself (in the 'thinking' role), among others.
Thanks for the analyses guys. It's helped elucidate my path enough to give me some confidence about where I'm headed.