Could you live as a hermit?

Considering that this is a debate I have with myself  almost daily - the answer is yes.

I often dream about moving into a little cottage in the middle of nowhere, I would get my groceries delivered and left on the doorstep so that I would not even have to speak with the delivery man. My life would be dedicated to books and music and art and witchcraft and sleeping and most of all - not talking.

There are nights leading into days that I get so tired of speaking that I just want to say no more and curl into a ball with no way to communicate with the outside world.

And while I do dream of that little cottage in the middle of the woods, I think I would like to maintain internet connections because that would be the easiest way to shop and read and find new music and if needed, communicate to the outside world.

The best thing about me

is my positivity and willingness to overlook the hurt of the past for the potential future. I know that my light shines out of my cracks and illuminates the world for every one to see.

How often would you want to see your family every year?

Today's answer would be never. Tomorrow's answer may be the same, or it may be every Sunday night for a chicken dinner, or it might just be daily.

It really does depend on how I am feeling mentally on any given day.

List the top five things you spend the most time doing, in order.


  1. Sleeping - it is truly one of my most favoritist activities - it's like being dead without the commitment.
  2. Working - while not sexy or hot, work pays the bills and in a timely fashion too.
  3. Surfing - well the net anyway - I am addicted to the power of the written word and often spend hours just perusing it online.
  4. Cooking/Eating - this is a combo package cause well you can't really do one without the other
  5. Day dreaming - self explanatory ya know

Solitary Mabon Ritual

Supplies:
  • Item to represent Water (seashell)
  • Item to represent Air (feather)
  • Item to represent Earth (rock)
  • Item to represent Fire (candle)
  • Basket of offerings 
  • Black Stone
  • White Stone
  • Cup of Apple Juice
  • Cake (I'm using bread this time)
Set Up:
You don’t have to have an altar; a small blanket is fine, or even directly on the ground if you like.
Set up your altar or blanket at the western edge of the circle (right behind the Water symbol). 
Place your Elemental representations at the quarters.
Lay your basket in the center of the altar or blanket. 
Place the black stone on the left and the white stone on the right. 
Place the cup of juice or wine and the plate with the muffin before it on the altar.

Before Ritual
Take a relaxing bath or shower and really clean yourself (both physically & spiritually).
Spend some time relaxing and really admire the day, think about how this day is perfectly balanced. Finally, consider how we are entering the dark half of the year and what that means to you.

Ritual Opening
When you’re ready, stand in the center of your ritual space and turn to each direction, saying:

I greet the East, direction of Air:
Gentle breezes and strong winds,
Realm of the beauty of clouds and birds,
Bearer of the weather that touches us all,
The breath of life I inhale and exhale.
I am a part of all around me as I celebrate Second Harvest.

I greet the South, direction of Fire:
Candle flame, bonfire, starlight, and sunlight,
The energy that warms me and gives life to the world I inhabit,
The energy that pulses along my nerves.
I am a part of all around me as I celebrate Second Harvest.

I greet the West, direction of Water:
Rain, snow, rivers, and lakes,
The great encircling ocean from which all life first came,
The blood which flows through my veins still bearing the saltiness
of that original home.
I am a part of all around me as I celebrate Second Harvest.

I greet the North, direction of Earth:
Metal and stone, hill, and valley,
Mother who bears and nourishes all life--root and leaf,
Fur and feather and scale and skin,
Muscle and bone and brain cell.
I am a part of all around me as I celebrate Second Harvest.
Turn to face the altar, facing west and call;

Goddess of Water, tide puller; God of Water; cycle mover;
Goddess of Air, breath of life; God of Air, of wisdom rife;
Goddess of Earth, Grain Grower; God of Earth, Seed Sower
Goddess of Fire, hearth keeping One; God of Fire, of the blazing Sun
You who are All; Lady and Lord, Dark and Light, Deed and Word,
Day and Night, Sun and Moon, Blessings bright, Harvest boon;
May You be here, in this hour; As I honor You both and Your Power.

Body of the Ritual:
Take a moment to feel the presence of your deities. When you’re ready, pick up the black and white stones, with one in each hand. Say:

Day and night hang in the balance; Today, in equal measure, they meet.
Tomorrow, the dark takes over the year, and the hours of light retreat.
The darkness ushers in the chill, with leaves that whirl and winds that howl,
The snows may fall, the rains may cease, with empty fields and barren bough.
Dearest God, in Your waning strength, You move towards Your deathly sleep,
Yet memories of Summer shall warm my soul, and the promise of Spring I keep.
Lovely Goddess, in Your womb is the secret of what lies in store;
Rebirth of our God, rebirth of our Light, and rebirth of our land evermore.
For the mystery that you’ve taught me of the cycles of season are not in vain:
The darkness does pass, the light does return, and that which falls rises again.

Place the stones in the offering basket. 
Sit and meditate for a while.

Sit and enjoy the season.
Reflect on your life, on the fruits of your labor.
What have you reaped in your life?
Think about the things you need to let go of, the things that have held you back.
Know that this is the season in which you can put them to rest if you’re ready.

Simple Feast
Pick up the juice, hold to the sky; say:

Bless this juice, infused with your love that is poured onto and into the Earth;
As you’ve freely given, I freely give in return;
Accept my thanks and love at this Harvest season for Your bounty

Pour a libation (a small amount) into the basket of offerings.
Take a sip of the drink and place the cup down back on your altar.

Pick up the muffin or bread. Hold it up and say:

Bless this grain, infused with your love that springs forth from the Earth.
As you’ve freely given, I freely give in return;
Accept my thanks and love at this Harvest season for Your bounty

Break off a piece and put it into the offering basket.

Take a bite of the remaining bread.
Sit and enjoy your simple feast as you enjoy the scenery.

Ritual Closing
When you feel ready to close the ritual, stand in the center of your ritual space and turn to each direction, saying:

I thank the North, direction of Earth:
For metal and stone, hill, and valley,
I am a part of all around me.
I thank you, North, for joining me today.
Go if you must, stay if you will, Blessed Be.

I thank the West, direction of Water:
For rain, snow, rivers, and lakes,
I am a part of all around me.
I thank you, West, for joining me today.
Go if you must, stay if you will, Blessed Be.

I thank the South, direction of Fire:
For candle flame, bonfire, starlight, and sunlight,
I am a part of all around me.
I thank you, South, for joining me today.
Go if you must, stay if you will, Blessed Be.

I thank the East, direction of Air:
For gentle breezes and strong winds,
I am a part of all around me.
I thank you, East, for joining me today.
Go if you must, stay if you will, Blessed Be.
I thank you Lady and Lord, Dark and Light, Deed and Word,
Day and Night, Sun and Moon, Blessings bright, Harvest boon;
I am a part of all around me.
I thank you, Lady and Lord, for joining me today.
Go if you must, stay if you will, Blessed Be.

Do you love easily?

I give my heart away almost daily, much to my chagrin.

I fall in love each and every single day - it might by my Bunny today, tomorrow my MoonBeam, next week the swashbuckling Killian Jones from Once Upon a Time, last month it was with myself.

I give my whole heart to the ones I care about, leaving me vulnerable, but I don't know how to live any other way.

So yes, in the platonic sense I love very easily, I flirt unconsciously too and I’m not against friends with benefits either (though I have none).

Would you rather be in Middle Earth, Narnia, Hogwarts, or somewhere else?

If I could bring book magic to reality, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else! I adore all the wondermous bits and pieces of our Mother Earth and really wouldn't want to be any where else, unless I was offered magic.

(However, if I were to pick a vacation spot among the "other" lands - the first choice is the most logical one - I would go fight the pirates with Peter Pan & Tinkerbell in Never Never Land.)