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Welcome to Erin's Journal! A journal is something that grows with time, not something that you write a few thoughts in and forget about. I hope to keep this growing the same way. I also consider this website to be my "Book of Mirrors" which is a personal journal kept by any Gesith in addition to their Book of Shadows.

Those of you who have been coming here for a long time have probably noticed that there's been a major name change and a lot of changes around here. If you haven't visited in some time it's like the world was destroyed, but actually this has been happening over time for a while now. To find the full story, check out these links:

Let me explain this page for a bit. Most of the pages in this Journal are static, meaning that once I put something up, it tends to stay up. This page, however, is fluid. It changes almost daily. This is the feed for my blog. I have a WordPress blog on this site, mostly to facilitate expressing my thoughts to everyone. This is the dynamic section where you can read my current thoughts on matters, my health, my complaints and just quick opinions. It's not meant to be the same page as it always is.

If you are new to Erin's Journal then I suggest you start with this post New to the Journal and then go and read the topic called "Erin's Journal" over on the left. That should give you a lot to get started with, and many more things to think about. My personal favorites are My Biography, The Site Dedication and The Site Purpose.

A friend of mine likened this page to the introduction of a magazine, and in some ways she's right. This is a page that tells you what this Journal is about. So read on. In brief, this is one Druid's thoughts on life, spirituality, Wicca, Druidism, religion and all those things that affect humanity. Even some snarkiness. I teach through here and use this as a medium to preserve my beliefs for my daughter and her children.

Make sure you understand my Copyright Statement and that you follow it. As it says in the footer, you may copy and put articles from this site in your personal Book of Shadows and use it for yourself and your family, but you have to have it credited to me. Please make sure you follow this, it is the one unbreakable rule here.

Now, ON WITH THE SHOW!

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Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch

Erin

by Lora O’Brien
New Page Books, 2005, $14.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-759-2

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

I got this book because I had received the promotional materials from the publisher and this one looked to be interesting. So I asked for it and got it the day I was to leave for an event planned over Samhain weekend. So I stuck it in my bag, vowing to review it as I got the opportunity.

Well, it’s been long and hard, but I finally finished the book. Not because it’s bad, not because it’s highbrow, but because of the ideas explored in this book are weighty.

As a Celt (Scottish descent) and as a Druid who is trying to follow an Irish path, I appreciate that this book starts out with the idea that one cannot study Irish magick and Irish Witchcraft without studying Ireland itself. So much of the “Celtic” magickal groups out there think that if they say a few words in Gaelic and chant the Gods’ names that they are Celtic and this makes me very sad for the future of Pagan religion.

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DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST EXPLOITERS OF LAKOTA SPIRITUALITY

Other Author

At the Lakota Summit V, an international gathering of the US and Canadian Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota nations, about five hundred representatives from forty different tribes and bands of the Lakota unanimously passed a “Declaration of War against Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality”. The following declaration was unanimously passed on June 10, 1993.

  • Whereas we are conveners of an ongoing series of comprehensive forms on the abuse and exploitation of Lakota spirituality; and
  • Whereas we represent the recognized Lakota leaders, traditional elders, and grassroots advocates of the Lakota people; and
  • Whereas for too long we have suffered the unspeakable indignity of having our most precious Lakota ceremonies and spiritual practices desecrated, mocked, and abused by non-Indian “wannabes’, hucksters, cultists, commercial profiteers, and self-styled ‘New Age shamans’ and their followers; and
  • Whereas with horror and outrage we see this disgraceful expropriation of our sacred Lakota traditions has reached epidemic proportions in urban areas throughout the country; and
  • Whereas our Sacred Pipe is being desecrated through the sale of pipestone pipes at flea markets, powwows, and ‘New Age’ retail stores; and
  • Whereas pseudo-religious corporations have been formed to charge people money for admission into phony ‘sweatlodges and vision quest’ programs; and

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Hatred and Debate

Erin

Several things have combined lately to prompt me to write this article. I want to see this article distributed wide and far. Heck, I’ll let anyone repost it for any reason if they want to.

The focus of this article is going to be Debating others and Hatred. You may have figured that out from the title, but I think it’s going to come as a surprise to you where I go as I explore this topic.

I am not going to talk about how we should tolerate everyone’s point of view. Far from it, some of the greatest improvements to life and to society have occurred when one person disagreed with another’s position on something, like Rosa Parks’ disagreement of where she should sit on the bus. (To explain this for those of you in other countries, our Civil Rights revolution started when Rosa Parks, then a young lady, was told that she had to sit in the back of the bus because she was black. The back of the bus was crowded with many people and there was no one sitting in the front of the bus, so she moved to the vacant areas. She was arrested and that started a chain of events leading to the Civil Rights Fight, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and many other pivotal events of the mid 20th Century.)

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Website Thoughts

Erin

So, you want to create a website to tell the world about your new found spirituality and how happy you are about it? Fantastic.

Let me offer some pointers for you to think about before you start coding the HTML.

First off, think about what you want your website to be about. I mean this. It may seem obvious, but there are facets of your spirituality that are reflected in your website, and all of them are going to affect how your website looks.

Things to consider:

  1. Is it going to sell products you make and dedicate to the Gods? Some possibilities are candles, oils, incenses, food, tools and many other things.
  2. Is it going to talk about things you learned?
  3. Is it going to educate those who find your website?
  4. Is it going to deal with problems you have and how you over came them?
  5. Is it going to be filled with all the things you find cool and neato about your spirituality?

Each of those questions are going to mandate a different style of website, and in some cases it may require you to buy some software to help you make the site.

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Elders

Erin

< song >

Where have all the Elders gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the Elders gone?
Long time ago.
Where have all the Elders gone?
Ignored them every one.
Oh when will they ever learn?
Oh when will they ever learn?

< /song >

(with apologies to Pete Segar)

Another question that is asked a lot on forums and online, and even in various communities is “Where have the Elders gone to? Why aren’t they around to teach us?”

It’s a combination of things, some of it you, some of it knee-jerk reactions due to others who approached those Elders and burned them.

The “good elders” are right here, and always have been. But we learned to shut up when we see posts asking for teachers on forums, because invariably someone posts something asking for advice, and answer, a serious question. Then we spend several minutes to an hour or two writing a post detailing exactly what needs to be done, and then as sure as I breathe, someone else comes along and posts something that is completely counter to what we just put up, and we get ignored. Why? Because what we put down is hard. The other person’s post is easy and it validates the first poster and enables them to be lazy.

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Holidays

Erin

(Note, this is not of Buckland’s Authorship)

Here I will show the Holidays, and give you a link to the ceremonies performed on each.

As you can see, they go in a cycle.  Starting with Samhain and going to Mabon.  Samhain is the start of the new year, and that year ends with the end of October.

Clicking on the links above in the picture will get you to an article on the holiday, and from there, you can go see the ritual itself in the Seax-Wican faith.

Stars light your path.

Originally posted 2009-11-03 17:51:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Battle For Your Mind

Other Author

Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today

Dick Sutphen


Summary Of Contents

  • The Birth of Conversion/Brainwashing in Christian Revivalism in 1735.
  • The Pavlovian explanation of the three brain phases.
  • Born-again preachers: Step-by-Step, how they conduct a revival and the expected physiological results.
  • The “voice roll” technique used by preachers, lawyers and hypnotists.
  • The 6 steps to conversion.
  • The decognition process.
  • Thought-stopping techniques.
  • The “sell it by zealot” technique.
  • True believers and mass movements.
  • Persuasion techniques: “Yes set,” “Imbedded Commands,” “Shock and Confusion,” and the “Interspersal Technique.”
  • Subliminals.
  • Vibrato and ELF waves.
  • Inducing trance with vibrational sound.
  • Even professional observers will be “possessed” at charismatic gatherings.
  • The “only hope” technique to attend and not be converted.
  • Non-detectable Neurophone programming through the skin.
  • The medium for mass take-over.

I’m Dick Sutphen and this tape is a studio-recorded, expanded version of a talk I delivered at the World Congress of Professional Hypnotists Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although the tape carries a copyright to protect it from unlawful duplication for sale by other companies, in this case, I invite individuals to make copies and give them to friends or anyone in a position to communicate this information.

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Celebrations, A Pagan Date Book 2005

Erin

by Christine Cover
Self Published, 2004 $17.00 CN
Available at http://www.geocities.com/celebrations2005

by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Well, I gave up reviewing calendars because it’s very hard to find 20 or 30 different ways to say “it’s beautiful”. The main problem is that it’s a calendar. There are only so many ways to format a calendar and still have it be of use to you. This one, obviously from the name, is a date book.

But not any datebook. It is a truly pan-Pagan datebook. It has celebrations for just about every “pagan” culture listed. While going through this, I found celebrations for the Celts, Neopagans, Buddhists, Shintos, Romans, Helenic celebrations, Norse, Slavic cultures, Egyptians and some Native American celebrations. There are the moon phases with the quarter moons as well as full and new moons.

Each page during the week to week view has a section of valuable information, not only on some of the more confusing celebrations on the displayed pages, but there is poetry, correspondences, and some of the sacred beings of the months. Each month has a month-view, about 4 pages of information on the month and the moons of the month, a week by week veiw with notations and information, and areas for notation.

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Tired of Christian Apologetics

Originally posted by Elf on her blog at Dreamwidth.

There’s no shortage of blog posts and comments by Christians, saying, “please don’t consider me to be one of those nasty icky bigoted unthinking fundamentalists.”

* “Christianity is much broader, deeper and richer than fundamentalism.”[1]
* “I wish people wouldn’t lump all Christians in the same group”[2]
* “There is a vile strain of Christianity, indeed, but there are caring, thoughtful moderate and progressive Christians out there – millions of them.” [3]
* “I want it to be clear to you and your family that we do not all hate. We are not all bigots.”[4]

I could quote more. (The roundup for this post turned up half a dozen more easily; I’m sure I could find more than that with a bit of work. Just plug “not all christians are” or “all christians aren’t” into Google.)

Originally posted 2014-03-30 14:55:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Rune Interpretation Cheat Sheet

Erin

While this sheet is of my authorship, I can’t claim responsibility for developing the information on this sheet. I cribbed from “The Practical Guide to the Runes” by Lisa Perchel to assemble this. However, the names have been changed to reflect a consistent language, not the polyglot that was in that book.

Letter Rune Name Interpretation meaning Magickal Meaning
F Fehu (fay-hoo) Fehu
(fay-hoo)
Material gain – Fulfillment – Uncontrolled (primal) fire Increase Money – Protection of Valuables – Sending – Hasten Affairs
U,V Uruz (or-rooz) Uruz
(or-rooz)
Wild Ox – Vitality – Male – True Will – Changes – Good Health New Situations – New Circumstances – Healing
TH Thurisaz (thoor-ee-saz) Thurisaz
(thoor-ee-saz)
Protection – Luck New Beginnings – Luck – Protection – Push Love – Get rid of opposition
A Ansuz (ahn-sooz) Ansuz
(ahn-sooz)
Mouth – Spoken Word – Taking Advice – Gaining of Wisdom – Examinations Gain Wisdom – Confidence – Increase in Magick – “Silver Tongue”
R Raidho (rye-ee-doe) Raidho
(rye-ee-doe)
Travel – Journey of Discovery Gain Justice – Safe Travel
C,K,Q,X Kenaz (can-aaz) Kenaz
(can-aaz)
Fire (controlled) – Positive Attitude – Opening up – Creativity Strengthen Runes – Healing – Love – Stability – Fresh Start – Protect Valuables

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