Andrew D. Chumbley - Seven Shades of Solitude
Solitude is a Muse to Those whom it loves. It is a masked wanderer that meets the Mage as the oldest of friends, as the most worthy of enemies, as the most constant yet elusive lover, as the wisest and most cunning teacher, as angelic solace or as hellish torment, as a prayerful eirenicon finally answered, as a battle-field from which there is no escape. Its mask is all that we make it, for Solitude elects its friends by divination of mirrors: it determines the nature of its mortal relations according to its own Mystery’s reflection in each and every soul. The one who dares surrender unto the sky-spacious abyss of the Isolate shall find himself more in his own self losing, for the vast profundities of the soul shall be surrendered unto him. Yet he who fears the merely quiet and dark byways of the soul’s unaccompanied wandering, does he not make himself the evoker of his own demons? If we are too plagued by the ghosts of our own making, how may we seek the good counsel of the spirits and gods which partake, in equal measure to ourselves, in the All-Loneliness of Existence?