Without darkness, there is no light.

Without night, there can be no day.

Despite a basic human need to overlook the dark, there are many positive aspects to embracing the dark side, if it’s just for a short time.

After all, it was Demeter’s love for her daughter Persephone that led her to wander the world, mourning for six months at a time, bringing us the death of the soil each fall.

In some paths, Mabon is the time of year that celebrates the Crone aspect of a triune goddess.

Celebrate a ritual that honors that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge.

Call upon the gods and goddesses of the dark night, and ask for their blessings this time of year.