The first phase of the rites of passage often includes a detachment or "cutting away" from the former self, which is signified in symbolic actions and rituals.
Where the transcendent breaks into time.
[...] suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and he went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal. -Friedrich Nietzsche
Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until / Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill / Shall come against him!
"Now the reason of all this queerness was simple: the oldest of all the sand-sorcerers lived in that cove, Psamathists as the sea-people call them in their splashing language. Psamathos Psamathides was this one's name, or so he said, and a great fuss he made about the proper pronunciation. But he was a wise old thing, and all sorts of strange folk came to see him." -JRR Tolkien, Roverandom
As above, so below.
Apophenia is the human tendency to see patterns that do not actually exist.
“His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” *Abellio is a solar deity who used to be worshiped in various locations of the Pyrenees mountains.
"Thirty and more monstrous giants are standing over there! I shall ride towards them and do battle with them unto the death!" -Cervantes
The tyrant is a child of Pride Who drinks from his sickening cup Recklessness and vanity, Until from his high crest headlong He plummets to the dust of hope. -Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
“The latest incarnation of Oedipus, the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stand this afternoon on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change.” ― Joseph Campbell