Neamh (pronounced “nyav”) is the place of the Divine. The Sky (also called Upper World, Overworld or Magh Mór) contains gods-creators of spiritual and informational levels of reality, spiritual teachers of mankind. Arching above our common land and sea is the blue dome of the sky, the realm of cloud and storm and calm breezes. It is the airy realm that is both all around us and far beyond our reach. In its floating Realms of clouds we see the playgrounds of the gods, the seats from which they watch the world. From the sky’s high distances descend the birds, so often the messengers of the gods. The Sky is represented by the Sun. It is here that Danu stirs the Cauldron of Life, departing Existence to all things. This is the place of the Gods, and it is from Neamh that they issue their instructions and give their inspirations to humanity. If a person leads a just and upright life, then after death his/her soul is taken to Neamh, where it is free to rejoice in the splendors of perfection. While in this realm of paradise, the soul meets with the Gods and the Ancestors, who in turn advise and help the soul in its development. While some souls stay in Neamh performing God-like functions (a theme that shall be explored later in this series), most, in due course, return to Talamh. After all, being perfect, becomes eventually rather boring.
From there the whole universe, Realms of other planets, other levels of the cosmos are seen; the ways leading to them are also here. The power of the Overworld is the pattern of the world order. The heavenly Realms are the places of the brightest gods and goddesses, the Shining Ones, and those mortal heroes who have been welcomed into their palaces. From the revolving castle of the sun, moon and stars, comes the pattern of existence, the wisdom of perspective and the objective eye, and clarity of thought and will. The heavens are associated with the sky, and with the sacred fire that brings the heavens’ light into the grove. This light is the catalyzing quickener that calls individual forms and beings out of the chaos of potential. When it shines in the soul it brings the pearls of idea from the sea of mind, and so it is called the Cauldron of Wisdom.
The Sky is the future; the realm of the spiritual. Here exists the realization of our goals and dreams. The Realm of the sky is all that we aspire to become. Within the shifting landscape of clouds and shimmering stars dwell the Gods and Goddesses who are responsible for the weather, the Sun, the Moon and the Winds. This realm is known as the “Great Plain” and within this realm there are countless smaller plains, each responsible for a different aspect of spiritual being. The ancients looked to this realm to help them reckon the proper times to plant and harvest; they watched the heavenly bodies and celebrated as the sun and moon grew in strength and prayed for the return of the light and warmth when the sun seemed to be weakening. The realm of the sky is responsible for granting what are termed “spiritual wonders” for the inspiration and creativity are transferred to man by the sacred flame.
The Realm of Sky contains several minor kingdoms known as “plains” which are:
- Magh Airthech (The Plain of Bounty) Grants all riches
- Magh Argetnel (The Plain of Clouds) Contains the powers of the weather and reveals mysteries
- Magh Findargat (The Plain of Silver) Grants light and hope
- Magh Ildathach (The Plain of Many Colors) Grants sights and senses
- Magh Imchiunn (The Plain of Kindness) Grants kindness and tenderness
- Magh Ionganaidh (The Plain of Miracles) Grants miracles
- Magh Mell (The Plain of Joy, Delight, Triumph) Grants creativity and inspiration
- Magh Sen (The Plain of Ages) Grants beginnings and wisdom
- Magh Slécht (The Plain of Prostrations)