Merry's Blog

Re-enchanting the World: Introducing Enchanted Moondays


Let’s face it. We’re all getting pretty tired and frustrated with the state of the world right now. Some of us are furloughed, some of us have lost our jobs, some of us are out there risking ourselves on the front line every day. Some of us are bored; some of us are depressed; some of us are desperately lonely. Most of us are stuck at home, and pretty much all of us are isolated from many of the people we love the most. I don’t know about you but I’d give anything to hug my friends right now. Worst of all, some of us have lost our kindred and we’ll never get to hug them again.

I don’t think any of us ever thought we’d live through such a thing.

Merry Moonhawk in her art studio - also known as 'The Witch's Cottage'!
Most of my last year of life has been spent in my studio (fondly known as 'The Witch's Cottage' to my family & friends!)

I heard on the news the other day that it’s been a whole year since England went into its first lockdown. Time has done some very peculiar things to my perception over these last twelve months, and whilst it seems like we’re finally emerging out of the other side of this upheaval, I’m not sure if the fact that it’s been a year is actually just totally horrifying… But I try not to think about that.

Almost everyone I’ve spoken to over the last few weeks has expressed to me some variety of disenchantment with the world we’re living in (and I use this term deliberately; bear with me and I'll explain why). At best, they’re bored; at worst, they’ve totally fallen out of love with life. But the one thing they have in common is a desire for connection, and a longing for a sense of meaning.

I feel like I’ve been very lucky. Sure, I’ve had some rough days - rough weeks, even - but most of the time I’ve managed to keep pretty focused and upbeat.

And the secret remedy as I see it? Re-enchantment.