Monday, September 22, 2014

Lore: Threshold Guardians



Threshold Guardians
Thresholds are
Between places of
Not coming or going.

Crossing Thresholds is
Sacred
For Transformation
Happens.

Not all at Thresholds
Can
Should
Will
Transform.


Some must
Stay
Untouched
Commonplace
Ordinary

But Heroes must
Cross
But Guardians must
Challenge.

Guardians have
Sacred duty
Ritual obligation
To keep in and to keep out.
Doors keep
Worlds apart
Before from after
In between secure

Doors have Gods
Janus of Two Heads guards the Out and the In
Cardea of the Door stands firm
Limentius of the Threshold stands firm
Portunus of the Portal holds the key

Each demands
A reason for opening
A reason for closing
An answer

Heroes must
Cross over
But how?
Forculus of the Passage
Guides through
The Threshold

Thresholds
Many Guard
Few enter
Fewer exit
Only One Transforms.

Works Used.
 Goodin, Melinda, “Archetypes in the Hero’s Journey,” Crossing the Threshold, March 2004, web, http://members.optusnet.com.au/~mgoodin68/archtype.htm.

Peterson, Deb, “The Archetypes of the Hero’s Journey,” About Education, 2014, web, http://adulted.about.com/od/howtos/a/archetypes.htm .

---, “Threshold Guardians,” Television Tropes and Idioms, web, http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ThresholdGuardians.

Vega, Debra, "Writers, Know Your Archetypes: The Threshold Guardian,” Moon in Gemini, web blog, 5 January 2014, http://debravega.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/writers-know-your-archetypes-the-threshold-guardian/.

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