Threshold © by Nguyen Dinh Dang
Men who know themselves are no longer fools.
They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)
Our European ancestors saw the time between Samhain and Yule as non-existing on the earthly plane. It was referred to as “Time Which Is No Time.” It might be considered the Earth’s “Void of Course” time, and was considered to be very magickal.
But, like the mixed and sometimes chaotic results you can get if you perform spellwork in the Moon’s Void of Course time, this period can also be a hazardous one. Not only are the walls thin between various realities, expediting visits from our beloved dead — other, not so savory energies are also free to visit the world of the living. This may include hungry ghosts, a term that is used frequently in Asian cultures, who also traditionally mark this as a particularly sacred time.
It seems no coincidence that this, too, is the period of the “lame duck” government in the U.S. The new administration is getting up to speed, but is not yet empowered to take the reins. The old group has been shown the door, yet, they remain in power, pushing hard to finalize their agenda (and every thoughtful citizen needs to be very aware of what they’re up to).
So this is a threshold time, when everything is up in the air. No wonder so many cultures have considered it a particularly perilous time. The European ancestors scrupulously avoided traveling alone at night between Samhain Eve and the last day of November, as it was well known that this was the dangerous time of the Wild Hunt.
Simply seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague, or, at best, the death of the one who witnessed it. Mortals who dared to follow, or stray into the path of the Hunt could be kidnapped and thus would be brought to the land of the dead.
More about this tomorrow.