Liminality & Liminal Spaces | 30-06-17

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:

  1. Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
  2. Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

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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:

  • Graveyards/Cemeteries
  • Beds regularly slept in
  • Caves
  • Tunnels
  • Waiting rooms
  • Hospitals/museums/petrol stations at night (especially after midnight)
  • Stairwells
  • 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.

  1. Divination
  2. Spirit work
  3. Astral Travel/Projection/work
  4. A Sigil to invoke the magick of Liminal Spaces
  5. A Sigil of the Crossroads
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