How To Get To The Elysian Fields
The above picture of the Map of the Underworld provides an overview of your path to the realm of the dead, and the location of Elysium, the Elysian Fields and the River Leithe.
The Journey into Elysium
The journey of the heroic and virtuous souls into Elysium was not an easy one. You need to firstly get to the River Styx. The best way is to travel to the Island of the Blessed at the western edge of the world by following Oceanus, the great river through the Atlantic Ocean.
Once at the river, you are required to pay Charon the Ferryman. All souls, whether good or bad are required to make this part of the journey.
There are many images of Charon, this is the most popular;
Upon arrival in the Underworld, good and bad souls faced the Judges of the Dead, Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Aeacus, who judged whether the life of a mortal had been good or evil.
The judgement process includes a confession. The souls made confessions about their life on earth and their ‘Ker’, or life force, was then weighed by the Keres (the Death Spirits) and virtuous souls were identified.
Folowing the confession, the Judges of the Dead announced that paradise awaited the good souls in Elysium, and damnation was for the bad souls in Tartarus. The Three Fates (Moirai) entered a complete record of their mortal lives in the Archives of the Fates, on indestructible tablets of brass and iron
The souls were sent to the Crossroads of Hecate and the virtuous were directed to Elysium and the Elysian Fields, and the damned to Tartarus.
The worthy souls proceeded to Elysium and were greeted at the golden palace where Hades and Persephone held their royal court, then journeyed to the Elysian Fields to live an everlasting life of happiness and contentment
The souls had to drink from the River Lethe in the Elysian Fields ensuring they would forget all they had done and suffered when they were on earth
After the souls have inhabited Elysium for 1000 years they were destined to live in other bodies on earth. Before leaving Elysium and the Elysian Fields they again drank from the river Lethe, in order that they might enter upon their new lives without any remembrance of the past.