If your belief system doesn’t include an Otherworld, I respect that. But kindly make your case for your preferred better version of this world and leave the sacred land of my Gods and ancestors alone. I couldn’t escape the Otherworld if I wanted to, and I don’t want to.
For me Mabon is a darker more spiritual celebration of the earth, while Thanksgiving is more general in comparison. But that doesn’t mean by any means that it cannot be magickal, for we have all the magickal ingredients we need.
I wish you a holiday season full of joy, but in case things aren’t so cheery, be prepared to put yourself first. If you're one of the many people who dread being with a less-than-understanding family during the holidays, here's my survival guide.
I've always looked at Autumn as a time of reflection. The leaves fall, the animals stock up for the cold months ahead and the cool breeze whispers, "Winter is coming", there's something mysterious and magical about it. I find myself looking back on the year, choices I've made, opportunities I've missed, feeling a wee bit older, but I seem to always come back to a same place in my heart where I'm thankful, thankful for the blessings and thankful for the struggles because I realize one thing is for sure, I am growing on the inside and that Grace is everything. ~JB ...