There is a journey we all make, many times over. It is a journey from this life to the next. A journey to the Otherworld. It has many names, Mag Mell, Tir-na-mBeo, Tir-na-nog, the Land beyond the Ninth Wave. Many other cultures have different names. It is the place where the spirits of our ancestors dwelt. In the mounds and under the menhirs and dolmens. They were heroes who were led by the Gods, in a boat of glass, in chariots, and as Niamh riding upon a White Horse. There are many stories, myths and legends of the Otherworld. Some can be found in the Mabinogion, others found in various other tomes and places. But there are many similarities in these. The Otherworld is a place of rest, beauty, no suffering, a place of preparation for the next journey, the next life. It is the place where 100 years is as a day. It is a place of honor for men, women, and children of the tribes and clans. Today in this world we see so much pain and hurt, war and destruction. But for those of us who know of the presence and comfort in knowing that we will return, as the Sun rises, as the Moon shines silver upon the seas, we have comfort. The Otherworld is a place, a beginning of knowledge, new knowledge, as we move from existence to existence. Within the Otherworld, we are as a beam of light, growing in radiance and power, throughout the millennia. There are those who fear this transition, when we lose someone we care about, feelings of despair may come, but know this: our loved ones see us, our ancestors hear our crying; they hear our voice as we call out in the night. And by the very thought of ones who have gone before us, they prepare us all for the journeys we take. We become like the Fey, living in the sidhe mounds. Rejoice, Pagan children, for life moves ever onward. For my friends I have lost in these years of my life, I honor you; I let your love and strength add to my own virtue. And to those who struggle with their loss. Do not cry tears of sadness, but weep for joy because they are safe, they are watching over you. And they shall return…!!