It’s been quite a while since my last original post, and I profusely apologise for my absence.
What is liminality?
The word “liminal’ comes from a Latin word “līmen”, meaning “a threshold” and its Oxford Dictionary definition is:
- Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
- Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
That is a brief etymological explanation of liminal/liminality, but,… what
is it? What is it in relation to witches and witchcraft?
Historically, witches have been considered as liminal figures; as creatures who exist on/in the threshold between this world and another.
“Liminality” is a term used primarily by anthropologists to describe a stage during a ritual or process, during which the participant transcends their previous state.
In modern (and possibly older, and traditional) witchcraft, magick itself is considered to be a liminal practise.
In simple terms, liminality is what we know as an inbetween. It is an inbetween space; a transition period.
Known Liminal Spaces:
- Beds regularly slept in
- Waiting rooms
- Hospitals/museums/petrol stations at night (especially after midnight)
- Running water
Oftentimes you will find that when in a liminal space, reality may feel,… altered. Time may feel as though it is passing differently – usually more slowly – and sometimes, people will feel out of sorts. You may feel floaty, or dreamlike.
Magick for Liminal Spaces
It is important to remember that there is a latent energy in liminal spaces that causes the effects mentioned above. As these spaces are thoroughfares and hold a form of astral power because of it; they have power stemming from both sides of the threshold.