A lot of people have traditions where one time or another is perceived as being particularly otherworldly, whether time of year or time of day. (I came across something recently – wish I could remember more details – where apparenty some people thought I’m pretty sure it was Thursdays were particularly liminal. I just… Thursdays? I never could get the hang of Thursdays.)
And of course there’s the different sorts of liminality one can get. The Mysteries of Wesir (Osiris) having a very different sort of edginess than the Days Upon the Year in the Egyptian calendar. (Oh, among the liminal times in the Egyptian calendar: Noon. Because the sun stands still for a little, visually, and they found that kind of creepy. A translation of the famous Dream Stela has a line that reads in part ‘Sleep seized him, a sleep at the time when the sun was at the zenith, and he found the Majesty of this noble god speaking with his own mouth, like the words of a father for his son…’)
My personal favorite is found in the European folkloric survivals around the Ember Days and related stuff – you get things like the Wild Hunt’s appearances, the active nights for the benandanti, and so on on these dates, all indicating some sense of numinous vulnerability from/to the other side.
I could probably natter on tediously about some of this stuff but instead: what’re some other ones people work with? Your favorites?
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