To receive favors from a king, she will rise to exalted positions and be congenially wedded.
In the broadest and most abstract sense, the king symbolizes universal and archetypal Man. As such, according to animistic and astrobiological ways of thought widespread from India to Ireland, he possesses magic and supernatural powers. He also expresses the ruling or governing principle, supreme consciousness, and the virtues of sound judgement and self-control. At the same time, a coronation is equivalent to achievement, victory and consummation. Hence any man may properly be called a king when he achieves the culminating point in the unfolding of his individual life. Deriving from, and equated with the king-symbolism are the symbols for gold, the sun and Jupiter. These symbols imply in essence the idea that the king is Man transposed to the solar plane, to the ideal or ‘golden’ situation—that is, ‘saved’ and made eternal. The idea of immortality was passed from god to monarch, and only later was it vouchsafed to the hero and later still to ordinary mortals in so far as they merited the ‘crown’ of success, having overcome certain obstacles (usually of a moral order).
The king and queen together comprise the perfect image of the hieros gamos, of the union of heaven and earth, sun and moon, gold and silver, sulphur and mercury; and— according to Jung—they also signify the spiritual ‘conjunction’ that takes place when the process of individuation is complete, with the harmonious union of the unconscious and consciousness.
As for the ‘sea-king’, he is symbolic of the ocean (another version of Neptune) and therefore personifies the deeps of the unconscious in their regressive and evil form as opposed to the waters of the ‘Upper Ocean’ (the clouds, rain or fresh water) which are fecund.
The king often exhibits, in concentrated form, the characteristics of the father and the hero, and there is a touch of the Messianic about him; by inversion of the temporal order of things, what is past becomes ‘what is to pass’ and the dead king is supposed by his subjects to be living a strange existence as a ghost, later to return to his country when it is in great danger.