🌳 What are THRESHOLDS? 🌳
Thresholds are border areas where one force, power, or element encounters another. These
meeting areas are potentially the most highly magically charged of all. Thresholds exist everywhere:
the seashore, that transitional area where ocean meets land; the foot of mountains, where land begins
to rise; and caves, the subterranean thresholds between Earth’s outer and inner powers.
There are architectural thresholds: doors and windows. There are thresholds in time: twilight
and dawn, where an incoming power approaches before the out-going power has completely
dispersed. Life cycles are thresholds: the birth of a new baby, particularly a first child whose birth
transforms someone into a parent. Death is a threshold between one existence and the next. Someone
who lingers in a halflife is described as having a foot in both worlds, straddling the threshold. Any
transformative ritual is defined as a threshold, by virtue of its very capacity to transform. There are
thresholds on the body: the mouth is the threshold between thought and speech.
Thresholds are simultaneously the areas of greatest magical potential and also of extreme
vulnerability. A vast percentage of protective amulets, rituals, and spells are designed to guard
thresholds and the transformative process. In fact, every magic spell can be perceived as a
transformative threshold, from a past that has left something to be desired toward the future that the
spell hopefully produces.
Most thresholds consist of a simple boundary: with one foot you stand inside the house, with
another you stand outside. If your feet are small enough and your balance is good, you can stand
poised, neither inside, nor outside.
With one foot you stand in the river or ocean, with the other, you stand on the land. The ancient
Egyptians called their country “the land of the red and the black,” because there was a distinct
division, a visible dividing line between the black fertile land of Nile silt and the stark red land of the
desert. You could literally stand with one foot in each color. Each color also typified a different kind
of magic and a different spiritual ruler. The black belonged to Osiris, with his arts of orderly
civilization; red belonged to his brother Seth, anarchic, chaotic Lord of Magic.
These are simple boundaries: you can hop from one to the other. There are also expanded,
exponentially super-magically charged thresholds.