I struggled for a bit thinking of what I was going to write for this challenge, but I just had an epiphany this morning and now I have thoughts.
I have always been fascinated by liminal spaces. I have gone down rabbit holes of liminal space stories on YouTube and the rest of the internet. I have had a few of my own liminal space experiences, but nothing too intense. But what creates a liminal space?
Liminal spaces are hard to describe, but they are essentially an “in-between”. I hear that and I think back to the episode of Charmed (the original) where there were demons in the home and they had to avoid the “In-Betweens” like thresholds. I can’t find a good clip of the episode, but I believe it’s season three, episode three called Once Upon A Time. Anyway, a liminal space…here’s a quick definition I found on the internet.
The temporal dimension of liminality can relate to moments (sudden events), periods (weeks, months, or possibly years), and epochs (decades, generations, maybe even centuries). Twilight serves as a liminal time, between day and night—where one is “in the twilight zone, in a liminal nether region of the night”. Source
Of course, if you search for liminal spaces on the internet, one of the first things that come up is architecture. While that’s all good and well, that is definitely not what I’m talking about when I say liminal space. In the occult or spiritual communities, liminal spaces are those places that are between worlds; places that exist at one point in time and then seemingly disappear in the next.
I don’t have a specific source for this, but I have read enough liminal space stories to know that it’s a common theme. One of the most common stories of liminal spaces happens along long stretches of lonely highway at night. Someone is driving along this road and happens along a building. Usually it’s a gas station or a convenience store. At the time, the person driving needs to either go to the bathroom, get gas, or grab some snacks. So, they park, hop out of their car, and go into the building. But nothing seems right. They can’t place it, but something is off about the building or the people (or both!). The person usually quickly does what they need to do and then leaves. When they come back the same direction on the return of their trip, the building doesn’t exist. When looking on maps, they can’t find it. And when they tell people of their experience and ask where the store is, no one knows what they’re talking about.
This would be considered a liminal space. No one knows what happens or why, but those buildings from another time, another place, or another whatever merge with ours for a seemingly random moment in time only to disappear later.
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But what does this have to do with the dual wielding challenge? I’m finally getting to that part! Let’s talk about my epiphany real quick.
At the foundation of liminal spaces is the merging of two things. This is either time, space, objects, or concepts. The epiphany I had this morning was around fog because it’s been very foggy in the mornings where I live. Fog has always given me liminal space vibes because of it’s ability to obscure and dampen sound. But what causes fog? In our area, I have noticed that when it is warm during the day but cold at night, we have fog in the morning. So the coming together of hot and cold, the middle place of that combination, creates the liminal space that allows for the formation of fog.
Fog is also the combination of water and fire. Fire is what gives us our heat here on Earth and water is what creates the fog. Working with both together to create fog (or even steam!) gives us a liminal space. I have always loved working in liminal spaces, too. Right in the morning, just as the sun goes down, in the darkness only lit by candles, meditating right when I wake up or right before I go to sleep. Again, liminal spaces are fascinating to me! Here are a few other liminal spaces I thought about this morning that could prove powerful in someone’s craft.
Masculine - Feminine → Creating the spectrum of gender with agender/nonbinary folx in the middle.
Light - Dark → The power of Twilight or Dawn is just as obscuring as fog is. Our eyes may play tricks on us, or are we just seeing through another in-between space?
Inhale - Exhale → When our breath hangs extended in the air, whether on inhale or exhale, our bodies center and focus if we pay attention.
Inside - Outside → When I cleanse a space, I always have a door or window open. Pushing things through the threshold, the liminal space, into the outside world is an act of magic on its own.
Sun - Moon → We’ve recently had two eclipses! This echoes back to light and dark but on a more intense level. In the middle of an eclipse, things go dark. Life can appear to be suspended in time as you’re watching the transition through liminality.
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I am sure there are hundreds more liminal spaces and ways you can combine two different concepts, objects, or ideas to create liminality. As a witch or magical person, we often work in those liminal spaces. If you cast a circle to create a sacred space, you are creating a liminal space between this world and the next. If you astral travel, that is a liminal space between the physical and the spirit. There is so much more potential for further exploration on this subject! I know I didn’t go the usual route with this challenge, but liminal spaces have always been fascinating, and creating something with two opposing forces has a tendency to become magical.
Continuing the discussion from Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Dual Wielding