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Reply To: Reimagining Boundaries and the Gods Who Inhabit Them,” with Craig Deininger”


Hello Sunbug,

Great stuff, as always. And my apologies for the delayed response, as I have been, and remain in, an intensely heavy crunch which ends a few days before the solstice–to give me time to prepare for a “thinned” veil encounter, as you point out. And so glad you do, as anything “veil”  is a top-shelf metaphor for frontiers, dimensions, perception, epiphanies [literally epi-phanastai], etc.

So whenever that word comes up, I hone in on it.

I’d love to hear some more from you on those thinning times, or on one particular time, in the Gaelic traditions, I’m thinking of the Samhain as one, but am much more interested in hearing new perspectives, since a good many of my perspectives are beginning to feel old hat to me, which is, ironically, refreshing–this new emerging pattern, perhaps indicating I am no longer a know-it-all teen. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. 🙂

I love also the analogy via Jilly in that novel where the characters are debating the boundary–where the  characters are, rather, “fencing”  [ha, could not resist :)] and not debating. And Jilly says: “The funny thing about that line between what is real and imaginary is that it’s an imaginary line.”

What a brilliant move, giving ownership of boundaries to the imaginal. Though I am obligated to approach, simultaneously, that line’s rational contexts–not so much to be “open-minded” but more  to leverage, deepen, contextualize, hone my understanding of imaginal through that action–[cf., Jung on exercising the inferior function.]

But I do not want to bend the conversation into stuff like the four functions and would much rather hear more on the magic, if I may use the word, of the Gaelic tradition’s interaction with, and wisdom of the thinning.