It’s fitting to be launching this blog on New Year’s Eve, because it is, arguably, the most liminal night of them all, when we transition from the old year to the new. When I studied Folklore and Mythology in college, we learned that most superstitions and rituals develop around “liminal stages”, the rites of passage–birth,…
The Liminal Stage
Navigating a modern world with the help of time-tested traditions
What is a Liminal Stage?
Liminal stages are psychological thresholds, times of transition when we stand “betwixt and between” one state and another. The biggies are birth, marriage, death-cultures develop splashy rituals around these transitions to ease the anxiety they provoke. For the smaller, but significant, crossroads we traverse every day, I offer the celebrations, superstitions, and coping mechanisms found in this blog.