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A Princess walks along the edge of the waters in a vast cavern, which is a form of cave. The cave is something hollow or without substance. It may indicate the primitive part of the self or the subconscious. It's the place of union of the self and the ego and the meeting place of the divine and the human. It's a place of both death (the darkness) and birth (the womb). Initiation ceremonies often took place in caves to symbolize the death that occurred before the rebirth and illumination brought about by the initiation. As a place of initiation, the cave was usually a secret place whose entrance was hidden from the profane by a labyrinth or dangerous passage. Passing through the cave represents a change of state. Egyptians believed that the life-giving waters of the Nile originated in a cave.

She holds a chalice in one hand and a white lotus in the other. The chalice represents the unconscious while the white lotus represents illumination. The Princess is the path from the unconscious to enlightenment.

A dolphin leaps from the waters behind her. The dolphin is an attribute of Isis. It can be associated with great spiritual wisdom or insight. It can also correspond to the unconscious mind.

Seashells lie amongst the pebbles at her feet. They represent the inner self or inner thoughts. They can also represent the environment one crawls into for personal protection or safety. They suggest potential ideas or truths. They also represent the outer covering or personality that one shows to the world.

A white swan stands before the Princess. The swan symbolizes peace, tranquility or serenity. It can be associated with any personal transformation or realization of selfhood. It can also symbolize the soul. The swan is solar and can signify solitude or retreat. Its whiteness symbolizes sincerity.

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