Don't you think ghost stories are another herald of the darker months? Not the stories of gore designed to frighten and elicit screams, but stories with more than a hint of truth, the stories of loss and tragedy ..... These are the kind of stories to be told with friends in candle light over a glass of good brandy or rum.
Perhaps what is really so frightening though is that loss of control. We struggle to understand that which our eyes cannot see, and so our minds revert to the years of conditioning we all have had. It is but another way at disconnecting us from our true selves, from our true nature.
It's no surprise that even though chattel slavery was formally abolished throughout the Americas over 100 years ago, enslaver culture is still very much alive. (From Mirna Wabi-Sabi)
They don't believe in their true powers, or the power of this world; they cannot see a world in a grain of sand, nor heaven in a wild flower. Such things are becoming more and more alien to us.
Do not allow others to tame your craft. Do not tame it yourself out of fear that others will look down on you or reject you. Embrace your wildness. Sometimes it may alienate you from those others who dare not lose themselves in the wild.
In my mind, the land, the earth cannot really be owned by anyone.
The collapse of the Myth of Progress allows us to reconsider many old certainties
From Gersande: An essay about the working of land magic, resistance, cursing, and grief at a Witches Sabbat.