I am a Solitary
If you have been around Pagans
of any stripe you have heard this word
So just what is a Solitaire
The Readers Digest Version :)
Which is what it means
in My case :)
at least at the time of this pages writing
For others it means a
Pagan who is on the Path
who does not have a teacher or Mentor and is learning alone
For still more, it means
one who does not follow
a traditional Path, although this is more often said as Eclectic Pagan
It can also mean a Pagan
who does not have a local community
of other Pagans with which to associate
And so on and so on...
It means a great many things
In general practice however
you are on your own in practicing your faith
I myself have done both
and find merit in both states
However I have spent 30 years practicing my Faith
The only other Faith
that practices this kind of solitude
to the Degree we do is Buddhism .. I myself practice many
of the tenants of Buddhism, as we are kindred Paths
See my East
Meets West section or the Dharmas
of the Buddha for many correlation's between the Buddhist Way
and My perception of the Path I follow
They are, Samhain,
Yule, Imbolg, Ostara, Beltane,
Mid summer, Lammas and Mabon
There are many many more
, but these are
the most commonly celebrated by most Pagans, regardless of their Path
There are full Moon rites
and Dark of the Moon rites
and rites and ritual for just about any honor or need, you can think of
A Solitaire practices
any or all of these and More
Well you would as the Solitaire obviously :) and that's the whole point
You are practicing
your faith to honor the Gods and improve the self ,
and your fitness to be a tool in their hands for the betterment of all
If you are a practitioner
most of the Magick you
is for the welfare of Others
So a Solitaire, spends
most of their life, quietly doing their best to improve
their little corner of the world and the people in it, with general good will
towards mankind as a whole on a regular basis
Think about that for a second ....
Millions of people, who
start their day
with a praise to the Gods on their lips, whose most fervent wish
is to see the world a better place
This would come as no
surprise to most people,
if I was talking about some other faiths
If I told you a Catholic
Nun, prays for the World everyday,
you would nod your head and go yeah
If I said a Buddhist Priest
Prays the Mandala of the 101 names of God everyday
for the betterment of the World you might nod your head and say.. Really ? and smile
But would it occur to
you to think
that Millions of Pagans start everyday with such prayers on their lips ..
That they do Magick to Heal the hurts of the World .. ?
Not hardly :) We have lots of them !
Selfish, NO .. Not even close..
Would a selfish person drawn a circle and hold ritual investing great personal energy
to drawn down the Power and send it out , to help the Trees grow.. ?
ask the Rain to fall ?
Or some War somewhere to stop ?
Or that our Politicians be reasonable men.. ?
What can I say.. we try to help that one.. hehehe :)
And so on and so on..
any Good purpose you can think of..
Now realize that some Solitary Pagan will be doing ritual for it.. tonight and every night
But up to this moment, maybe you didn't know that
they are behind closed doors,
just them and the Gods, in meditation and Prayer for the Betterment of all
This is the Way of the Solitaire
Be the Great Work
Done by all the Shining drops of rain
That make a Great Ocean of Love
That bathes the World
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