of the Lamb
Let us rejoice and be glad; let us praise his greatness! For the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself for it.
Pride is defined as a positive emotional state derived from one's achievement, but, as it is with all things, pride could have a positive or a negative outgrowth. Pride, in its most positive form, is virtuous, for it demands the individual to take responsibility for the condition of one's being. But in its most negative manifestation, it's the source of all of the deadly sins because it possesses the individual with the drunkenness of self grandeur, whereby the sense of pride is no longer the epiphenomenon of one's achievement but the aim of one's ambition.
What do all men with power want? More power.
The 'bride' is a state one realizes by stripping away the false sense of self disillusioned in pride of the ego, time and time again, as the snake sheds its skin, to unseal the temporal personality to rediscover and to reconnect with the eternal Self. In other words, the 'bride' is a preparatory condition one must attain through the deeds of one's endeavor to be permitted to wear the clean shining linen.
She has been permitted to dress herself with clean shining linen. (The linen is the righteous deeds of God's people.)
The aim of individuation is nothing less than to divest the self of the false wrappings of the persona on the one hand, and of the suggestive power of primordial images on the other.
The Function of the Unconscious
And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared and ready, like a bride dressed to meet her husband.
Height of the Wall
The angel also measured the wall, and it was two hundred and sixteen feet high, according to the standard unit of measure which he was using.
666 multiplied to itself (6x6x6) equals 216, the height of the wall of the city, the barrier the bride has to overcome. Pride in the form of the persona, "the false wrappings of the self," is one of the impediments that inhibit the bride from entering the walled city. Another manifestation of pride appears in the form of the shadow. The unknown parts of our personality that hides in the dark corners of our shadow.
When the spotlight is put on the word 'bride,' the letter 'b' appears as the letter 'p' in the form of the shadow to make up the word 'pride.' The shadow of the bride is the unrecognized potential within ourselves, both creative and destructive force, we must harness in order to reach the center—the Minotaur in the labyrinth of the psyche to be tamed. The work by Pablo Picasso, Minotauromachy, provides an insight into the way of subjugating the beast within.
It is not brute force or strict prohibition that will command power over the primordial impulses that live within us as autonomous agents. It's through coming to terms with these qualities we possess that will bring them under control. To put it metaphorically, you bring it to light.
Minotauromachy, 1935, Pablo Picasso
The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.
The Power of Myth