Thank you very much for your detailed response regarding the books you have read! Sorry I missed the bibliography!! Just ordered the writers journey, looking forward to getting stuck in :)
I’ll give you a teaser to go.
“The Ruby Slippers are a deep dream symbol, representing both Dorothy’s means of getting around in Oz and her identity, her unassailable integrity. The shoes are a reassuring Mentor’s gift, the knowledge that you are a unique being with a core that cannot be shaken be outside events. They are like Ariadne’s Thread in the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, a connection with a positive, loving anima that gets you through the darkest of labyrinths.” - The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler
Ancient Roman mosaic representing the labyrinth and Theseus slaying the Minotaur. Surrounding figures include Ariadne, a personification of the Labyrinth itself, and an allegorical figure representing Crete.