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The theme that runs through this deck is associated with the myths and legends of the Otherworld. The images in
The Hidden Path deck contain the essence of mystical concepts that are both ancient and modern. In this way the deck connects you with a living tradition that spans past,
present, and future.
The essential theme begins with the idea of the Silver
Bough and the Golden Bough. These sacred branches appear in ancient myth and legend where they grant safe passage to and from the Otherworld or Underworld. Those who carried the sacred bough entered the realm beyond in order to retrieve information, oracle power, or a magical vessel.
The mystical journey within the deck begins with the opening of the secret door, which is hidden from normal view. The setting for the majority of the cards in this deck takes place in the Otherworld where we find the Faery or
Elven race. Here the reader is guided through an initiation experience that includes experiencing the eight festivals, or
Sabbats, of the Wheel of the Year. In effect, the experience of this deck is within the Otherworld, which connects you directly with the astral impressions that empower each of the seasonal rites.
The eight festival cards depicted in this deck present a mated goddess and god pair. Together they journey through the Wheel of the Year in a shared mythical tale that brings a cohesive understanding to the divine presence within the seasons of Nature. Here the goddess and god have titles instead of names, which allow the user of the deck to relate to the images regardless of personal cultural preference. The storyline provided in the companion book to The Hidden
Path deck, encourages the reader to experience herself or himself as the hero on a sacred quest in the Otherworld.
In the traditional tales of the hero who journeys to the
Otherworld or Underworld, the figure must return to the world of mortal kind. It is the return of the hero that renews and revitalizes the people who await the reunion. In
The Hidden Path deck, this important element is included in the theme of the cards. The last portion of the deck presents the portal of return from the Otherworld through the image of a cave tunnel leading back to the material world.
As you work with this deck you will find that the cards serve as alignments to Otherworld beings (the Elven or
Faery), as well as bridges to the inner realms themselves.
“Journey Through the Hidden Path” in this book (163-180)
contains a guided image journey through each of the cards.
This will aid in connecting you to the mystical themes reflected in the images.
In The Well Worn Path deck we presented the mystical figure known as the Crone of the Cottage. The images in that deck depicted her cottage, the surrounding grounds,
and the mystical areas associated with ritual and magic. The journey included in that deck’s companion book guided the reader through an encounter with the Crone of the Cottage,
and then led the reader through the teachings associated with her realm.
The Hidden Path presents the gateway from the Crone’s cottage into the Otherworld. In the Otherworld realm the reader is linked to transformational energies, which offer elevation and enlightenment. It is here that the collective consciousness and collective unconscious is preserved,
blending the knowledge and experience of our ancestors with the evolved insights of their descendants. When you work with The Hidden Path deck, you are embracing the spiritual heritage passed to you from all the kindred souls who have trod the sacred path.
The theme of The Hidden Path deck brings the reader back into the Crone’s cottage to experience the final connections that join his or her personal path to the work ahead that unites the tribe or community. It was mythologist
Joseph Campbell who once pointed out that the inward journey leads us not to being alone, but instead opens for us the entire world.