THREE GREAT REALMS
“The reality of other dimensions that are not evident to one who sees only the surface or what is apparent or in plain view. This card reveals that there is more depth and a greater connection than what seems apparent in the situation. It is time for expansiveness, all encompassing, and elaboration.”
“There are three realms that comprise the Universe. These are known as the Overworld, Middleworld, and Underworld. The Overworld contains the stars and the heavenly worlds. The Middleworld is the realm of mortal kind. The Underworld is the realm of the dead, and also contains Otherworld of myth and legend. In one of the earliest writings to mention the Three Realms (Hesiod’s Theogony), we find that the goddess Hecate reigns over the three known realms of the ancient world. Hecate, in her earliest reference, is depicted as a great goddess who grants fertility, victory, and good fortune. In late times we find the introduction of elements that associate her with the dead and the crossroads, and portray her as a crone figure.”
“In the mystical tradition of the broom, we find it made of an ash handle, a birch brush, and willow straps that bind it all together. In old lore associated with the broom, it is used for magical flight, and is therefore connected to the Three Great Realms as a vehicle for traversing the worlds. The card depicts a Book of Shadows opened to a page portraying a broom-like tree that represents the three worlds. Its branches reach into the sky where birds, the messengers of the gods, come to nest. Its roots twist and move downward like serpents into the dark secrets that reside in the shadowy Underworld. In many old legends we find tales of the World Tree symbolizing the structure and supporting system of the Universe. In some myths we find the tree as a symbol of enlightenment, such as in the tale of Odin, who hangs suspended from a tree until he gains enlightenment. The tree is, in essence, a bridge that unites the Three Great Realms. In the Middleworld of mortal kind, the tree is often shown with a hollow in the center, which is known as a faery door. Through the gateway located Middleworld, one can enter and exist in the other dimensions beyond. However, the way is open only to those who have the courage and fortitude to explore the mysteries within and without.”
THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Three Great Realms card speaks to the three levels through which we connect to other realities. In a spiritual sense it also reflects the three parts of the soul: the higher self, middle-self, and the lower self. This spiritual design establishes a transitory state that allows the soul to explore and integrate all levels of its consciousness and its experiences along the path of evolution. The message of this card is to not be bound to any sense of weakness, but to honor personal achievements as well as failures with an eye towards what is ideal and beneficial for the future.”
Today’s message is from The Seeker’s Guide To The Hidden Path” by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.