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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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The Candle Theory

Erin

Well, all the chronic pain and chronic energy sufferers like those with Lupus and Fibromyalgia have the Spoon Theory, and it’s a wonderful resource for explaining things to those who don’t know what is entailed in a chronic debilitating disease.

I’ve thought about it, and I realized that Introverts have something similar, and it’s important too.

The Introvert’s Candle Theory

Think about a candle. You put it out and light the wick, it burns away and then you have no more candle. That’s the way socializing works for an introvert.

You have only a finite amount of time for the social aspects to be lit, and once it’s gone, that’s it. The introvert will get nervous and anxious and antsy until they have another candle to burn. And it depends entirely on the type of candle the Introvert has that determines just how long that candle will burn. A tea light is only a couple hours, a birthday candle can only be a few minutes, while an emergency candle may last up to 72 hours. You can put the candle out and leave it extinguished for a time, light it back and have the rest of the time to socialize.

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Creating Magickal Entities

Erin

By David Michael Cunningham
With Taylor Elwood and Amanda Wagener
Egregore Publishing, 2003, $16.95 US
ISBN 1-932517-44-8

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

I wish I had this book about 10 years ago; I could have avoided a lot of trial and error learning on my part.

It’s not often that a book can make me wish that. This is one. I found the information in this book to be nearly priceless. I’ve been creating and using magickal entities for some time now, I just didn’t call them that. I called them “splinters” or “friends” or “spirits”, from the information I read they fulfilled all the definitions of an entity that you can name.

What more can I say? This book is packed full of a lot of common sense information about creating an entity and about taking care of it once you have it created. The book goes into depth about why you would want to create an entity, how to do so with a minimum of effort, how to keep feeding it so that it continues to work, what to do with it once you decide you don’t need it anymore and a whole lot more.

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Celtic Recommended Reading List

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(Note from Daven:  This is a simple listing of books that may be good for those who are interested in reading about the Celts, their culture, history, religion, and culture.  Despite your studys in Druidry, one should read everything about the Celts, since you can’t separate the religion from the culture.)

Recommended Reading on Celtic History, Culture & Religion

Originally posted 2012-12-31 22:27:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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TEMPLES, COVENS AND GROVES OH MY!

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© 1992, Khaled Quicksilver
c/o P.O. Box 32, Stn “B”
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6C3

[This article may be reprinted without further permission, provided it is printed intact, complete with this notice and my copyright, and a copy of the publication it appears in is sent to the author at the address given above. Any changes in the text, however, must be approved in advance by the author.]

There appears to be a fair amount of ongoing confusion as to what each of these is and what each of them should be doing, so let me stick my oar into it, too. But first, let’s play the definition game.

Circle: Three or more people who gather to work ritual or Craft. Some are ritual only, some worship only, but most do both. The following are all special cases of a Circle:

Grove: Circle usually led by, and under the auspices of, a coven. Frequently eclectic in practice, groves are commonly used as an introduction to the Craft as a whole but not necessarily to any given Tradition. Groves usually don’t initiate. May also be called a Study Group.

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Paint Your Face Blue!

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(Note from Daven:  I saw this recipe, and I just couldn’t resist.  Might be fun to do on one Samhain.  Really scare the socks off the Fundies.  LOL)

Paint Your Face Blue!

by: Kaylinn Iceni

Did you watch Braveheart and wish that you too could paint your face blue and charge around screaming, shouting and scaring English people? Well, now you can (although I wouldn’t recommend the latter unless you enjoy getting arrested, there are groups about who will let you do it officially while participating in mock-battles).

The chemical the ancients used to dye both skin and clothes, is called indigo and it is still used today in large quantities to dye jeans. It can be found in quite large amounts in the plant Indigo, but more famously can also be extracted from Isatis tinctoria-also known as Woad.

Woad grows easily in moderately warm climates such as northern Europe, and where it does grow it does so voraciously- So much so in fact that in some states of the USA it is illegal to grow it at all. This problem can be solved however, by cutting back all but a few plants every two years (it grows biennially) before it has a chance to seed. In places where the plant is illegal to grow you should still be allowed to purchase ready grown samples from suppliers, but please do check.

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NeoPagans and Star Trek

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NeoPagans and Star Trek; A Comparison Study

Gene Rodenberry went to his grave telling stories that, although they supposedly happened light years away, were relevant to our every day lives. From the beginning, he claimed that the characters and races on Star Trek were parallels for people here on Earth. Little did anyone know that the characters were actually taking on traits of Neo-Pagan sects across the country! Was Gene Pagan? Who knows, but sit back and enjoy this little trip, where no Pagan has gone before….

Wiccans – The United Federation of Planets (The Wicca-Bes and most traditionalists)
The Federation means well. They let just about everybody into their little social club, so long as they agree to play nice. They don’t talk about rules much, but keep referring to one Prime Directive that all other laws are based on. That said, they frequently violate that rule when the need suits them. Often heard speaking in various UK accents, even though they’re not from the islands (Et tu, Jean-Luc?)

Asatru – Klingons
Obsessed with honor and combat. Have no qualms with eating meat and eat it with obvious relish. Insist they did everything first (“But Hamlet is so much better in the original Klingon.”) And who wants Klingon opera, when you can have Wagner’s Die Neibelung?

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HALLOWEEN MAGIC

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(Note from Daven:  This is simply a collection of folk traditions practiced in England.  It is put here as entertainment purposes.)

If you wish to see witches at Halloween, there are several things which you may do according to ancient tradition. To ensure this special vision, bind together rue, agrimony, maiden hair, and ground ivy. This will, also if placed by the doorway, “keep any witch who seeks to enter fastened on the threshold.” Legend has it that if you use elder juice on your eyelids (the green juice of the inner bark), and if you are a baptized person, you will be able to see what the witches are about in any part of the world.

According to European folklore, strong smelling herbs such as hyssop, wormwood, mugwort and rosemary hung in the house would drive out infectious spirits. In the Orient, spices like sandalwood, cloves and musk were used for exorcism. Censing was employed to exorcise the evil spirits and to invoke the holy ones. Similar rituals persisted to our day in church ceremonies where incense is used to sanctify and to exorcise.

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The Craft of the Wise

Erin

I was reading a friend’s blog on Dreamwidth and I got inspired to write this article. See, going out and finding friends IS good for something.

Wicca is sometimes called “The Craft of the Wise” because you are supposed to gain wisdom from your chosen path, ie your religion. You aren’t supposed to just accept everything that gets thrown at you like a sponge, you are supposed to question it, you are Supposed to wonder “yes, but…” and you are SUPPOSED to find things that work for you within that framework of faith.

All these things are what you should be doing from the start. You are supposed to find answers for yourself, not eat the digested answers that another has found.

Religion is SUBJECTIVE, meaning that it is a one person only experience. You see and feel and smell and think these things while you are in an ecstatic trance at your local grove. That being said, even if your bestest buddy in the whole world and your twin are having the exact same process as you have, they will NEVER have the same experience as you. There will be things that are different for each, based on their own mental state, their understanding of the world and the things that they learned, and their perception of what was happening.

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Live Like You Were Dying

Erin

Recently, I was picking up my wife, and I heard a song on the radio. It was by Tim McGraw, and perhaps some of you have heard it. I’ll republish the lyrics here:

He said I was in my early forties
with a lot of life before me
when a moment came that stopped me on a dime
and I spent most of the next days
looking at the x-rays
Talking bout the options
and talking bout sweet time
I asked him when it sank in
that this might really be the real end
how’s it hit you when you get that kinda news
man what’d you do

and he said
I went sky diving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu
and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
and I gave forgiveness I’d been denying
and he said someday I hope you get the chance
to live like you were dying.

He said I was finally the husband
that most the time I wasn’t
and I became a friend a friend would like to have
and all the sudden going fishin
wasn’t such an imposition
and I went three times that year I lost my dad
well I finally read the good book
and I took a good long hard look
at what I’d do if I could do it all again

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The Mysteries of Druidry

Erin

By Brendan “Cathbad” Meyers
New Page Books, 2006, $15.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-878-5

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Well, as a Druid myself I have looked at the texts out there on Druidism and been sorely disappointed. At one end of the spectrum are the excellent works by such people as Isaac Bonewits, Philip Carr-Gomm and other such noted Druids. They are packed full of information, dense with it, and as a result of that, they tend to lose the audience since most of they write about is beyond the average reader.

At the other end of the spectrum are the popular books on Druidism which are good for use in paper-mache; works like 21 Lessons of Merlin and other such landfill fodder.

There has not been a book to successfully bridge the two ends, making a good book that has lots of information which has the potential to become popular because of how that information is presented to the reader. That is, until now.

Make no mistake, I have known Cathbad from a list we were on together and I have spent many hours reading his articles on that list and off. He is an extremely knowledgeable man and I consider him one of the contemporary masters of Druidism. In this book, he brings his formidable knowledge to those who wish to know what he knows.

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