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The companion is organized in alphabetical sections for convenience. In each section, the entries are organized like a dictionary along with original artwork and excerpts from the Trailokya Friday blog posts. In the coming weeks and months the blog will feature specific entries, to give you a taste of what is available in the companion.
Three Doors, The. (n.) Each of the books boasts a cover depicting one of the three doors. Each door is decorated with symbols that provide clues as to what is beyond them. The numbers, the window scenes, their colors have meaning. The scenery in which they are depicted is equally telling. They stand inside of the astral plane, and Maiel interacts with them as a part of exercises the Astral Master runs her through to train her in the way of gates and astral paths, so that she can better fight the enemy from Jahannam.
The Trailokya Trilogy contains a lot of Easter Eggs. The reader needs to keep on their toes to uncover them all. From names to the covers, there are symbols and meaning to be found everywhere. The Three Doors have special meaning beyond the books, beyond what is stated above.
It has been previously stated that a good portion of the narrative derives from my dreams (sometimes nightmares). These ongoing fantasies created a story when examined as a whole. The pieces had to be rearranged a bit, but hindsight made that easy. When I was a child, these doors came about when escaping bad dreams. They were a way out, away from the monsters. I’d say, they started the journey. Of course they took prominence in the book series.
The first door I had interaction with in the dreams was the blue door numbered three. It has a moon and stars depicted on the window. I trusted this door, while I feared the flames of the red one and knew I was not prepared for the idyllic scene of the second door. How a five year old knew what was what, I don’t ask. I just knew these things.
What was behind the door? A child’s bedroom, with white furniture. There was a bed, dressers, a desk at the foot of the bed, and a single window. I couldn’t get out the window, even though the monsters were hot on my tail and it would have taken little to open the sash. I just didn’t have the time to try it and what I somehow knew was the means of escape: read the poem on the desk and wake up. The poem was twinkle-twinkle little star.
Since those childhood nightmares, I have gone through the middle door. This one changed colors, between a spring green and yellow. The number remained two, while the picture remained the carefully tilled hillsides of a rolling farm. In the first, dream, I distinctly remember the tree. The hills seemed tall. I once dreamt just about this design. The door, however, remained locked. At least, that was what I had convinced myself. Door one and two were locked.
When I lucidly took control of one of these dreams much later, I found the door was not locked. Beyond it was a windowless kitchen. The back wall was open between the floor and it about a half foot or so. I was able to crawl beneath to escape. My junior high school was beyond it, and a sense of disappointment and going backward. Until had gone back to school for my graduate degree, I hadn’t understood the advice I was giving myself: go back to school to move forward. Since I have, I have moved forward in a few aspects.
The red door, as you can see on the cover of The Shadow Soul, depicts flames. It is bold, carnival-like, sinister. It always repelled me. I couldn’t tell you to this day what is beyond that door. I haven’t been back in sometime. The sense I get is that door harbors things I cannot yet accept, for some reason, into my life. The things are powerful and likely emotional, hence the fire. Red was my favorite color growing up, so it was unlikely to actually mean something negative to me. Someday, I expect I will cross it’s path and find out.
In the third installment of the Trilogy, you’ll find out where the doors lead to for Maiel. So be sure to catch up on the series before that hits shelves! Until then, unpack those symbols and all those Easter Eggs. The promotional art contains a lot of them, too.