Dear Brothers and Sisters in Zen Boozeism,
What could Thanksgiving, a holiday dedicated eating too much and genocide, possibly have to do with have to do with the practice of Alchemy, as it applies to the Way of the Path of the Booze Wizard?
I’ve been thinking about that myself all month and can’t say I’ve much to show for my pondering. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any Alchemical underpinnings to Thanksgiving, just that they are rather obscured- occulted even.
As we know, Alchemy is the practice of turning something into a better version of itself. As Booze Wizards, we use the gift of drunkenness to access our unconscious minds and weed out our spiritual and emotional bullshit. Theoretically becoming better versions of ourselves in the process.
As we also, most assuredly know, Thanksgiving is a holiday. One where celebrants gather together (usually in family units) and eat turkey, often while drinking too much. Then come the pies. Those delicious pies. Pies aside, this holiday, like most of them, serves as a culturally sanctioned excuse to drink a bit more than one should. Not that a Booze Wizard needs a culturally sanctioned, or any other kind of, excuse to drink.
As we may have mentioned, Thanksgiving is a time for family, that is to say, a time where you’ll be in a room filled with the people who made you, the people who made them, and maybe the people who made them, depending. There’s also usually brothers and sisters, aunts with and without uncles, and cousins. Any Booze Wizard worth their salt can see the value of getting to study the roots and variations of the genetic material what spawned them close up. To do so through the socially sanctified lens of Thanksgiving, drinking can lead to some pretty useful insights if one is able to pay attention and can avoid the siren’s song of the inexperienced drinker. Every family has at last one person that shouldn’t drink in public. Sadly, family doesn’t count as public.