Liminal spaces

Is there anyone else out there who checks their horoscope daily? I am going to admit that as a scientist, I consider this topic a personal conundrum. I am obsessive about reading my daily and monthly horoscope but admit there is no rational reason for me to do so. I have settled on a couple of sources because I like the language they use, but admit that one is really as accurate as another. I actually even go back and read the horoscopes from the previous days in the week just to confirm that it was all nonsense anyway. But I keep right on reading them each day.

Today, instead of thinking about all the stupid and awful, news (or fake news) headlines, I checked my horoscope and learned a new word. And it got me thinking.

Yahoo’s Lifestyle horoscope for Aires (for tomorrow, July 11th) includes this advice: “The liminal area is where all breakthroughs occur. For maximum results, stay on the razors edge.” I had to look it up because I’m looking for breakthroughs as I start my new business.

“In anthropology, liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of a rite of passage, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the rite is complete.” This is the definition that Google pulled up for me from Wikipedia. And as you know if you are a teacher, you NEVER stop at Wikipedia for your research. But when I went further, I found affirmations of this basic definition, as well as a few interesting resources.

I found a blog called Cognitive Edge, and the writer, Dave Snowden, says that “one of the things that makes is human is the ability to remember the past and imagine the future so it is all part of the rich tapestry of life.” I feel better about obsessing about yesterday’s and tomorrow’s horoscopes after reading this.

Liminality is defined in may spheres: medicine, sociology, relationships, etc. I also found a couple of perspectives on more global and social movements and the idea that liminality is a defining feature of where we are as Americans as we struggle to define our common values. All the social movements, shifting paradigms, generational comparisons, and political upheavals seem to affirm that we are living in liminal space. Astrologically speaking, we are at the dawn of the age of Aquarius, which really is a liminal space, too!

All of this is very interesting, and I had to stop myself from going down the rabbit hole and reading all afternoon about each of the facets of this incredible new term so I could actually make my goal of writing words today.

I’ve just joined on as a Rodan + Fields consultant and am absorbing training videos and working with my sponsor every spare moment to transition and explore the business. I definitely feel like I am in the midst of a rite of passage as I work through being a “newbie”. I’ve been so impressed with the trainings and the way Rodan and Fields embraces this liminal space when on-boarding new consultants. So, should you also be thinking about how Rodan + Fields might support your goals of entrepreneurship, be assured that there is a special place for us “newbies”.

Built into the business is an expectation that we need not be experts right away, a tangible sense that we are responsible for helping others travel through this liminal space, and that this journey is transformative. It’s a good space to occupy.

My last connection for today happens to be to the tarot card I pulled today (favorite website is Llewellyn.com) was the Wheel. Now the card doesn’t need much explanation – what goes around comes around. It applies to a lot of things in life. But it’s great to remember that the spin of the wheel is easier to handle the closer you stand to the center. So as I ride this new wheel I’m trying to stay close to the hub, and that’s a good R+F lesson, too. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel, just ride along, but try to stay centered.

jennytarbox.myrandf.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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