So Many Rituals, So Little Time
by Wendy Thurston
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
— Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
As a solitary practitioner I spent lots of time planning and implementing rituals. Not only did I recognize the eight major holidays, as well as full moons and new moons; I also observed the quarter phases of the moon. I would spend a couple of hours setting up and planning a ritual, an hour or two in ritual, then it would take another half hour to clean up and put all my paraphernalia away.
The more I got involved in planning and presenting learning circles for a local Pagan group and organizing public rituals, the more my personal practice fell by the wayside. First the quarter moon rituals, then the new moon. The full moon and sun rituals soon followed, until all my attention seemed to be focused on making magic happen for others.