The staff represents guidance; it will become a guide as an inner law when someone came into the inner ring of fire and remains suspended in the soul fire.
In humility we stay on hanging in the fire, until we are burned up.
That’s how the transformation of the ego into spiritual, immortal man goes.
There are many mythological images of this: Isis holds the little son of the king of Phoenicia over the fire at night to make him immortal.
But once the mother happens on this, she cries out loud; Isis quickly has to draw the child out of the fire, and immortality is lost. ~Carl Jung, Children’s Dreams Seminar, Page 102.