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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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Sex Magick

Erin

This is a very potent type of magick in which the act of making love is used to fuel the spell.

The first thing that needs to be done is for both partners to have it clear in their minds just what the goal of the spell should be. This is necessary so that both people can have an idea of what needs to be done. The man may not be able to keep his mind on it, and the woman may find it hard to do so as well, but they both need to subconsciously keep their minds on where the energy is going and what it is supposed to do.

After the goal is clear in each person’s mind, stimulation should begin. Start slowly and build higher and faster. Normally this process should take at least a half an hour. Penetration and orgasm should be avoided at this time. The male should be over-stimulated, while the man is also arousing the female. Ideally, the man should be almost mindless with pleasure.

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Wicca: A New Religion of the Old Gods

Irreverend Hugh

Breaking Craft Stereotypes:
“Just because my religion gives me a cyclical view of life, doesn’t mean I’ll let you run me around in circles.”

The Wiccan “cosmology,” if you will, describing a twin axis between a double-aspected God and triple-aspected Goddess, and a deep yet seldom explored (at least by hordes of new and increasingly vocal Wiccans) four element schema cross-referenced by a yearly cyclical calendar based off of a creative interpretation of observable natural events is all a modern collective vision. Many of the things that make up this cosmology can be said to stretch back towards humanity’s self-consciously accepted “pre-history.” But this is nothing new in the history of religions. New religions often take up strands of older practices or viewpoints and synthesize them into new practices and meanings relevant for those doing task of weaving them together. Many of Wicca’s practices and certainly most of its belief structure can be correctly said to be modern developments. This is, in and of itself, the way things have always been with human spirituality and religion.

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The Complete Story of Mark Ventimiglia

Erin

Well, it appears that this story will not die.  It has cropped up on another board.  It also appears that my pages here are confusing to follow chronologically and for that I am sorry.  So, I’m going to post this page and link everything I have that’s relevant in order so that this story unfolds logically.  Sorry about the confusion.

I’m going to lay this out chronologically and link the relevant pieces of information in as they happen, I hope this will make things less confusing to the reader.  There are links in here to evidence as needed.


  1. Seax-Wica has been getting fewer and fewer adherents for a while now. No one is to blame for this, but The Tree is out of print and with the One Book and I’m A Witch set, it’s getting harder for our tradition to be seen in the flood of books on the market these days.

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Green Witchcraft III

Erin

The Manual

by Ann Moura (Aoumiel)
Llewellyn Publications, copyright 2000
ISBN 1-56718-688-2

By Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

As with the others of this series I received them all in one package from the publisher, and it’s a good thing too. Ms. Moura has done one thing I find irritating above all; she constantly cross-references her own work in this book. Most times that is not a bad thing, but in this book it is taken to an extreme where one MUST have the preceding books in order to follow along with the lessons she presents.

In fact, she states plainly in the introduction to this work that one must have her first volume (Green Witchcraft: Folk Magick, Fairy Lore and Herb Craft also from Llewellyn Publications) in order to understand her manual.

Normally this is not much of a problem, but in this book, it quickly gets away from the author. In every section of every chapter she has some reference to her preceding book, and in some cases even references information from her second book.

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Ritual of Warding

Erin

This is the full ritual, with all the bangles and bells.

Items needed:

  • 5 white candles
  • 5 sticks or cones of incense
  • 5 stones of differing types
  • Salt or rice
  • Water
  • A lamp
  • Incense of a different type from the other
  • The 4 aces from a deck of tarot cards
  • Magician and High Priestess from the Deck

This is a ritual of wading for a place or house, not a person. Done on a waxing or full Moon.

  1. Place one candle at each corner or compass point. Put the last on altar in the center.
  2. Place incense and stone (whichever feels right) with each candle
  3. Put the Ace of Swords and the other incense in the North
  4. Place the ace of cups and water in the east
  5. Put ace of pentacles and Salt or rice in the south
  6. Place Ace of Wands and lamp in the West.
  7. Put the Magician and the High Priestess on the Altar. Also put one stone, the water and salt on Altar.
  8. Light the Altar candle. Invoke the God and Goddess as you do so by asking them to attend these proceedings.

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The Thin Line

Erin

I’ve been putting off doing this article for some time. This is due (in part) to life.

Life, when it smacks you, really smacks you. There were many things that I expected to happen, several things that didn’t happen that I thought would, and things that I didn’t see coming and had no clue about.

And guess what? That’s the topic of this article.

Mostly this article is going to talk about a trend that I’m seeing in Mainstream Wicca (as opposed to Traditional Wicca) and that’s the “One Book and I’m a Witch” attitude that is being espoused by many authors these days. They state (either outright or implied) that all you need is to read their books, follow their Way and you too will be a 20th level High Priest Warlock in Squirrel Society and authorized to act as the high priestess of any ritual there.

Not on your life. Not on your best day, not on MY best day and absolutely no chance of this happening.

It means you read a book. That’s all.

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CREATING RITUALS: SACRED ACTS IN SACRED SPACE

Other Author

The following lessons first appeared as an online study class on the subject of rituals. This particular section covers, among other things, ritual space, cleansing rites, shielding, centering, tools, gestures, movements, words, the basic steps and what to do when something goes wrong. This section also covers how to create rituals.

LESSON 1: WHAT THE HECK *IS* A RITUAL????

Glad you asked! Bottom line: a ritual is a “routine” that puts you in certain frame of mind.

For example, the preparations you make prior to going to bed are a ritual! Brushing your teeth, removing your clothes, putting things away, adjusting lights, checking the locks or letting out the cats, etc. Some of you may, in fact, be so locked into this ritual that if you miss, forget, or do any of your routine actions wrong, you find yourself unable to go to sleep!

What makes this “ritual” rather than just “routine”? The purpose of a routine is to get a job/chores done. To get the kids off to school, the bills paid, the paperwork done. The purpose of a ritual is, as I’ve said, to put you in a frame of mind; the tasks you do prior to bed get a job done, but they also cue your brain and body for sleep. They ready you for something that most people look forward to–the safety of bed, the delight of sleep, a trip to the dream plane.

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Beltane Sabbat

Erin

April 30

[Pronounced Bell-tan-yah. Erecting the Temple is performed. Priest and Priestess kiss. There should be spring flowers spread around the Circle and on the Altar. Also on the Altar rests the Priestess’s Crown. To one side of the Circle is a cauldron filled with kindling.]

Priestess: With this night do we see
The ending of the Dark Time.
To bring us once more to the light.
And to our Lady Freya.

All: Herne! Our thanks and our Love to Thee!

[Covener lights the kindling in the cauldron.]

Priest: Now do we light the Beltane fires!
To revitalize our Lord
After his long journey.
Welcome Woden!
Welcome Life!

All: Welcome Woden! Welcome Life!

[All now dance around the Circle, jumping over the flaming cauldron if they wish. They dance either singly or in pairs. Priestess remains at the Altar, and says, while the Coven dances;]

Priestess: The year is a mighty wheel
And the Sabbats are its spokes
As the Circle is also a wheel
Made up of we Wiccan folks.
Ahead lies now the Sun-
Lord Woden still shining down-
Whilst our Lady has begun
To spread her springtime gown.
With bud and twig and leaf and tree,
We welcome Freya so merrily.

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A Field Guide to Otherkin

Erin

By Lupa
Megalithica Books, 2007, $21.99
ISBN 978-1-905713-07-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 


Okay, let’s get something out of the way before I get into this review. In the past, I had considered myself Otherkin. It was during a time of exploration and self discovery, and while I still consider myself a Therian, I no longer truly consider myself to be Otherkin. And yes, I am quoted in this book.

Now that that is out of the way, I want to say that I think this book should be on the shelf of almost everyone who is interested in Otherkin, Animals and Shamanism or weird subcultures. Lupa does an outstanding job with this book.

I can’t really say much more than that. You must be willing to suspend your disbelief a lot when you read this book simply because the concept is pretty “out there”. I know that when I first encountered the concept of Otherkin, I was thinking to myself “Wait, there is a group of people who believe they are descended from human-like animals and dragons who really think that they aren’t human?”

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Canar: A New Word

Other Author

Paul Kershaw, ©2002

Problem: The word “pagan,” as well as “Neopagan,” “Wiccan,” and even “witch,” continue to be hotly contended, causing feelings of divisiveness among the community of modern practitioners of alternative religions. These debates, in my opinion, distract from the matter of coming together as a group with the idea of unity and mutual support. Also, the mainstream media continues to dwell on paganism for its shock value, showing marginal interest in treating the community fairly or even-handedly as a viable spiritual choice.

Proposed Solution: Those who wish the debates to cease frequently say things like, “It’s just a word.” That’s correct: It is. The proposed solution is to just create a new word, one with a clear definition and a professed coiner. That way, the word can represent the whole of the community in question — including those feeling alienated by the “pagan” debates — and won’t easily fall victim to the same semantic erosion and disagreement. Furthermore, because it’s not a traditionally shocking word, those who wish to explore the concept will not bring in negative baggage. Media sources won’t be tempted to dwell on inappropriate misconceptions about “pagans.”

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