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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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On Black Magic

Irreverend Hugh

Much of the Neopagan community is woefully ignorant about magic and its terminology. I should point out the many in the occult or magical community also fall under this ignorance, but I haven’t run into many occultists who necessarily have problems with “black magic” unless they are pulling legs, or pretending to be infamous. This would normally not present any problem, since Neopagan religions are not necessarily magical systems, though they may use magical elements in ritual much as the majority of world religions do. The problem is that Wicca, and other Pagan religious variants under the Witchcraft rubric, consciously uses magical elements and practices and names them as such. This has led to the curious situation today where many Wiccans, self-professed Witches, and Wicca-influenced people will claim they do not practice “black magic.” Many older or more experienced people will often respond with the seemingly intelligent phrase “magic has no color.” But such a statement really says nothing new.

We know that magic has no color anymore than poetry or music has any color. So what? Many people, in using the terms “black” or “white” in reference to types of magic, are making a conscious value statement in clear lack of understanding where the terms come from and to what they really refer.

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Holland’s Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences

Erin

By Eileen Holland
New Page Books, 2005 $18.99
ISBN 1-56414-831-9

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Well, New Page likes me. They Really Really like me. They keep sending me books to read. Not just books, but good books.

This one is interesting. It’s not a book I would normally have picked up, and it’s not one that I’ll use too often, but it’s a good reference for those who will need it.

It is an encyclopedia of correspondences. That’s it. No spells, no rituals, no list of gods and their attributes, just a book of correspondences for you to use should you need to in a ritual. And they tend to be good.

The book is laid out according to intent, meaning that if you are doing a spell for artistic ability, instead of looking up malachite and seeing if it has a correspondence to artistic ability, you look up “Ability, Artistic” and look under that entry.

Under that entry you will find things like the God, the Goddess, direction, element, moon phase, plant, stone, potion, tool and many more to use for artistic ability. You can choose any or all of these to make a spell or a ritual that speaks to you and which will have meaning to you in this area.

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Secession

Erin

First published on “The Juggler”

I read on various forums that there is a separatist group of people who don’t like how secular the country has gotten lately. They want to withdraw from the United States completely and create their own country in (of all places) South Carolina.

Referring article

Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but didn’t we fight a whole war about this? Didn’t the country divide itself over this very issue?

Don’t be fooled into thinking it was slavery that caused the Civil War, oh no. It was the secession of South Carolina that touched off the whole powder keg.

See, from what I remember of history, the United States was legislating against slavery and it had been a trend for some time to do so. It made things very hard on the slave owners to get their property back when it escaped, and there was no way the slave owners could prosecute the Abolitionists for theft when they liberated the slaves. But nothing would have happened had South Carolina declared that it was done with the United States and it was its own country.

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Advancing the Witches Craft

Erin

By Lord Foxglove
New Page Books, 2005 $19.99
ISBN 1-56414-811-4

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


When I received this book from New Page, I had a couple things strike me. First to hit me was that it looked to be one of those books that propose to do a lot and teach a lot and miserably fail at the job. The second was that this book, unlike any other metaphysical/NewAge/spiritual book I’m aware of, had a CD in it.

No, not a Certificate of Deposit, but a real audio CD to play in the CD player in your car or the one with the headphones from your kid’s room. I saw that and was stopped for a minute or two.

The only other books I have ever seen with a CD in them were “how to” books for computers. How to use Microsoft Office, how to write in HTML, how to program in Visual C++, how to use Outlook 98 and so on. This was the first I had ever heard of that was in a metaphysical book. So I thought it was for listening to in the car.

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Online Magick Course and Syllabus

Erin

This will be a comprehensive course in Magick, from so-called Low Magick to Ceremonial Magick (also referred to as High Magick). The course will cover Willpower, Visualization, the Basics of the Kaballah, Basics of Ceremonial Magick, other magickal systems to include “Night Magick” and Shamanistic and Druidic.

Mostly this course will focus on such things as Ceremony in magick, tools and “props”, cultivating a Magickal attitude, Wiccan Magick and Witchcraft, Candle Magick, off the cuff spells for emergencies, Magick and the Otherworlds. This will NOT be a course in spells, but spellcrafting (writing of spells) will be part of some of the discussions.

The major thrust of this course will be willpower. That is the key, and we will show you those keys and how to have them for yourself. Added to that will be some theoretical discussions on Otherworlds, allies, astral beings, how to will something into your life, and Magick in everyday settings. The goal of this course will be to enable you to live a magickal existence, no props required.

General outline for the course will be (subject to change without notice):

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Glossary of Pagan and Wiccan Terms pt 1

Other Author

(Note from Daven:  This is probably the most complete glossary of terms I have ever come accross.  I have no idea where DenElder got all these from, but it is exceedingly complete and not a lot is left out.  I highly recommend that you not only get a copy of this, but that you READ it.)

Glossary of Pagan and Wiccan Terms

Introduction…DenElder

Although I’ve been into magickal practices all my life, I continually find words I don’t understand or whose meanings have changed. I started writing down these words & meanings; the 33 note glossary is the product of this. Since I had so much trouble, I figured others may be having the same problem, especially beginners & nonPagans who read here.

To these people, I share this glossary. REMEMBER! I’ve kept things VERY simple! Some subjects like Akasha could, & have been explained in volumes. But my goal is to GIVE AN IDEA of meaning(s) or controversy; YOU will have to ask further or do further research. There are MANY PEOPLE who need thanked for helping me with this.

Some comes from the backs of books but most is from the Priests/esses from here on P*. Some without knowing as I lurked through the subjects.

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My thoughts on the PantheaCon idocy

Erin

PantheaCon has no personal effect but I feel the need to contribute to the discussion of the issues that have been made public.

The comment on the Wildhunt by Z Budapest that follow prompts my response.

“This struggle has been going since the Women’s Mysteries first appeared. These individuals selfishly never think about the following: if women allow men to be incorporated into Dianic Mysteries,What will women own on their own? Nothing! Again! Transies who attack us only care about themselves. We women need our own culture, our own resourcing, our own traditions. You can tell these are men, They don’t care if women loose the Only tradition reclaimed after much research and practice ,the Dianic Tradition. Men simply want in. its their will. How dare us women not let them in and give away the ONLY spiritual home we have! Men want to worship the Goddess? Why not put in the WORK and create your own trads. The order of ATTIS for example, (dormant since the 4rth century) used to be for trans gendered people, also the castrata, men who castrated themselves to be more like the Goddess. Why are we the ONLY tradition they want? Go Gardnerian! Go Druid! Go Ecclectic! Filled with women, and men. They would fit fine. But if you claim to be one of us, you have to have sometimes in your life a womb, and overies and MOON bleed and not die. Women are born not made by men on operating tables.”

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Seax-Wica

Erin

The Symbol of Seax-WicaThe History of Seax-Wica is a short and interesting one. There are no long myths of the origins of the tradition, no claims to antiquity, and very few conflicting versions of how the tradition came to be.

Mostly Seax-Wica came from the vision of one man, Raymond Buckland. While he was in America teaching the tradition he learned from Gardner to us willing Americans, he found his own ideas developing along lines that differed in important ways from Gardner’s. So, he kept true to his oaths of silence and split with Gardner. He spent many years researching Pagan traditions, and he sat down and wrote, from start to finish, Seax-Wica.

Seax-Wica has a basis of Saxon belief. From what Buckland has said and what I have read, there is a mish-mash of traditions and celebrations intermixed into this tradition, mainly because the Saxon culture itself was made up of many different traditions as well. Many scholars have tried to separate out “pure” Saxon from the rest, and it can’t be done.

Because of this, you have a Norse influence in the Gods’ names. Instead of something completely different, the God is Woden and the Goddess is Freya. If you didn’t know that the Saxons were heavily influenced by the Norse, you could get more than a bit confused by this seeming deity displacement.

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Addenda to last

Erin

As an addition to the last post I made here, someone else saw this too:

George Bush, Worst President Ever?

I’ll be adding to this list as I find things. I find it interesting that others are seeing it now. Too bad this isn’t three years ago.

One thing I want to add: When Clinton slept around, at least we knew our President had balls.

Originally posted 2005-05-20 10:26:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Witchcraft Heresies

Irreverend Hugh

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