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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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Podcast

Erin

Ok, I haven’t been advertising this here, but I have a podcast that you should probably listen to.

http://magicalmusings.net

Brian of Cosmic-Rebirth.tumblr.com is my co-host and we have lots of fun there.  Go take a listen. I have a 16 episode series of Tarot Talk as well.

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My Rebuttal of “Witchcraft, The Facts”

Erin

In my time on the Internet and dealing with various email groups, I have found that there is a ton of information being disseminated. Looked at objectively, some of it is good, some is bad, but a lot of it seems to be coming from a paltry 20 total sources. Cunningham, Silver Ravenwolf, Buckland, The Witches’ Voice, and Mike Nichols seem to be the most prominent sources, although some information can be traced all the way back to AOL’s Pagan files and Athos’ Pagan Files, the latter which is now sadly gone from the web.

One of the top sources currently appears to be “Witchcraft, The Facts“. The Rev. Norm Vogel seems to feel that his work should be the primary source for what Witchcraft is and that his interpretation is the only interpretation. This despite the fact that this alleged seminal document is a scant one page that he wrote almost 5 years ago, judging by the copyright. Apparently there are many visitors who go to his site and praise him for his work, giving him ego strokes that he apparently must have. It only feeds his incorrect belief that he is correct and speaks for everyone.

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Scatha Gunn’s Full Moon Binding Ritual

Other Author

Performed with Non-Sectarian Group on 02/95

I The presider should gather the participants outside of the circle prior to starting the ritual outside of what will be the circle area.

You have come here on this eve of your own free will. I ask you to walk around and breath in the night air. Think about the life around you. Draw it into you. Think about the Life which is around you and which fills you. Walk around and talk and converse with those who are around you and will join you in this circle. When I call you to the circle, bring only your soul and not your physical body.

The presider should then cast the circle. You will need the usual ritual materials but also you will need the same number of scarves as their are participants. It could be scarves or just pieces of cloth. Make sure that you have the same number or even a few extra for safe measure.

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Clearing the Temple

Erin

This ritual takes place at the end of every meeting.

[Priestess raises the Sword high and all raise their Seaxes.]

Priestess: We thank the Gods for Their attendance. As we came together in Love of Them, and Love of each other, so do we now go our separate ways.

All: Love is the Law and Love is the Bond.

Priest or Thegn: So be it! The Temple is now cleared.

[All kiss the blades and sheath them. They then kiss each other farewell.]

© Raymond Buckland, 1970, The Tree.  Used by Permission.

Originally posted 2009-11-03 17:33:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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We Were All Teens Once

Erin

I keep hearing about the “Teen Issue” in Craft circles, not only on the Internet, but also in real life face-to-face meetings. I have heard any and all arguments on this topic, and the purpose of this article is to see if I can boil the common arguments down and shed new light on them.

I will try to be as neutral as possible in this. I support teaching teens with parental permission, but not much else. So, that said, let me tear into the most common statements I have heard.

1) We can’t teach Teens because their parents will sue us. (Various causes for the lawsuit are given at this point, usually “parental interference”).

I can understand this position, and I have taken this position myself in the past. Basically the root fear is that we, as teachers, will be arrested and hauled away to jail for “daring to teach our satanic way to the malleable minds of the young” and from that start the problems mount. Projected out in a logical fashion, teaching one child under the age of consent with Fundie parents who won’t listen to reason could conceivably do great damage to the entire NeoPagan/Wiccan movement. Look at the documented cases of Wiccans/Pagans having their children taken away due to simply having a weird religion. Most of these types of arguments boil down to one thing, fear.

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Druidism today

Erin

(Originally published in “The Druid’s Arch”, the Official Newsletter of the Ord Draíochta Na Uisnech in the Beltane 2003 issue, Volume 1, Issue 1.)

Well, here it is, Beltane again. Once more we stand on the threshold of the transition between Winter and Summer. “The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul” as one author put it, is now at an end, and we are moving back into the light. All around us, the Earth has been waking and changing. The plants have been pushing up through the soil, renewing their life, the birds have mated and even now, the chicks are starting to grow. The wild things are leaving the protection of their parents and starting to move around on their own, renewing the LIFE that is this planet.

How are we, as Druids, responding to this? We may feel it in our bones, we may feel the quickening pulse of the Land, we may feel compelled to sing at odd times. Many of us may be forced by something deep inside ourselves to clean the house and air it out, letting the newness that is Spring and Summer come in. Soon we will be hearing the lazy buzz of the bees and the Katydids and remembering the lethargy that comes when the heat climbs into the triple digits. We may remember to take shorter showers, conserve water and to try to make sure that others have the same resources that we have.

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Thinking Things Through

Erin

First Published on “The Juggler”

Well, it’s been nearly a month since I posted here, so let me make up for this now.

I want to talk a bit about thinking things through.

I, like many people in the United States and probably a significant portion of the world, have been following the mess with Huricane Katrina fairly closely. This is due to two things, first, my family and myself were in the path of that huricane, and my roommate is a storm chaser. She’s directed by the NOAA to go out and watch the weather and report what is happening in her area. She’s almost a storm chaser, but she only has a HAM radio, not any fancy gear.

So Huricane Katrina has been of interest to my household. I haven’t been paying the attention I should to things like the aftermath, but that’s because most of the news programs covering it are on while I’m at work.

But I still hear.

I mourn for New Orleans. A city of historic proportions leveled by floodwaters. It would be like losing Charleston or New York. And I watch as people go through and loot stores. And this is where my sense of right/wrong gets insulted.

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Specific Ritual Comments

Erin

Birth Rite: This is equivalent to a non-pagan baptism. The only difference is that this is only asking the Lord and Lady to guard the child until they can choose their own path. At that point, the Wiccaning (as it is sometimes called) is neutralized, although the child will always be welcome in the Circle and at rituals.

Beltane: In ancient times, this Sabbat was done to renew the fertility of the Earth. Sex was a big part of this ritual. The rite itself could take several forms, but the main theme was the Father-Stag takes the Mother-Doe. This could be done by either having the chosen Father-representative making love to the Mother-representative in front of the village, or by having all the young men in the village seek out the Mother-representative and making love to her where she hides. Regardless of which was used, the Father-representative would be the chosen Priest for the entire year until the next Beltane. Choosing the Priest at this time allows the Priest to ease into his duties. Also for the fertility of the domestic heard animals.

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The Fallacy of Pagan Unity

Erin

Well, up until now I have not been one to comment on the various efforts to Unify Pagans into one big group, mainly because I had supported it.

Yeah, Daven, professional cynic, pagan, Druid and all manner of other things, supported unifying Pagans into a group to do many good works.

Please note what I did NOT say, I didn’t say that I supported the homogenization of Pagandom into something that is acceptable to the Fundamental Christians out there. I did not say that in the process of this unity that I expected to give up my core beliefs to join this group. I did not say that I support one overriding “statement of ethics” like has been proposed various times.

I think that a group of pagans getting together to support a political candidate and contribute to his campaign is a GOOD thing. I think that issuing a press release to the media stating why this group is supporting him could really help at various times, especially if the more moderate Pagans started speaking up. I think that using that influence to set up a Pagan run Mission who does work for the homeless is an exceedingly good idea.

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BLOOD SACRIFICE

Other Author

(Note from Daven:  This piece I cam across in AOL once again (can you tell I used to be addicted to AOheLl too?  LOL) and I thought it was a really moving piece.  I pulled it down, and now I share it with you.)

by Althea Whitebirch

We have all moved through periods of crisis in our lives; things ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the death of someone close to us to final exams. Events which are extremely stressful–which threaten our lives, home, future or security–would seem to call for strong measures of assistance. There have been many times that I have felt that the course of events required swift and strong intervention of a deity. Blood sacrifice is, to my mind, one of the more powerful magicks one could perform, and so seemed particularly suitable for this. But it’s rather ethically sticky.

I may feel that the kind of energy contained in the outpouring of blood would be most efficacious in a serious situation, but I’m dead-set against the use of an unwilling victim for the purpose. So, in the past I’ve spilled my own blood with an athame, at the same time offering up prayers; it just didn’t seem to work as well as I thought it would. Perhaps, I thought, one needs lots of blood to generate any appreciable amount of energy.

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The Craft and The Craft Companion

Erin

by Dorothy Morrison
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
The Craft ISBN 1-56718-446-4
The Craft Companion ISBN 0-7387-0093-2

Reviews by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

I’m going to depart from standard practice here for a bit as these two books are going to be reviewed together. I think that is only fair as they are supposed to be a set.

The Craft

I got this and was somewhat excited as I looked at it in the catalog. I thought here is a Book of Shadows from Dorothy which should be an above average example of what it SHOULD look like.

I was disappointed with this book from the start. When I opened it up, it quickly became obvious that this was another Wicca 101 book that was really light on the theory and spirituality behind everything and only focused on the “how to” aspects.

There are exercises in here for each of the tools, and many of the tools some practitioners of the Craft don’t even use. I know of few practitioners who actually use a wand (the athame being substituted for every case without problems) but she devotes an entire chapter to the Wand. How to harvest it, how to consecrate it, how to charge it, meditations on it, why one should use it and so on. I’m sorry, I think that a tool consecration is the same for every tool, regardless of the tool. One should not need individual rituals to consecrate the wand, athame, broom and so on.

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