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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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Practical Color Magick

Erin

by Raymond Buckland
Llewellyn Publications, 1994
ISBN 0-87542-047-8

Re-released by Llewellyn Publications, 2002
ISBN 0-7387-0204-8

by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

It’s not an easy task to review this book because the author’s concepts are not hard to understand, nor is the writing on a level that the average reader won’t be able to comprehend. I do not object because of anything that one can point to and say that it is not right. It’s simply that the concepts laid out in this book are not new.

Let me be clear, I will not sugarcoat this review in any way, nor will I call him the greatest author to ever walk the face of the Earth. Buckland is a good author in that he takes a complex concept, such as Wicca, and breaks it down so that just about anyone can understand the concepts presented. But, as I said, the concept of using color in Magick is not a new one.

He references, several times, other authors who have discovered this process, and used it to great success. Granted, in most cases, they are not writing for the metaphysical audience. They have discovered the psychological uses of color in various means in the workplace, school, in personal life, and so on. No, what Buckland does that is novel is to bring all this information together, and put it with magickal practices.

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The Origins of Modern Witchcraft

Erin

by Ann Moura
Llewellyn Books   $14.95 US
ISBN 1-56718-648-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ½☆☆☆☆ 

I had hoped when I started this book that it would explain many things that have long puzzled me. I thought “here is a person who has a Bachelor’s degree along with a Master’s degree in History. Finally, we can get to the heart of the matter and stop a lot of pointless debate.”

How wrong I was.

The first three chapters are interesting. There is little evidence to back what she claims up, however. There are no footnotes in this book to reference claims she makes, or even to guide the reader to finding the answers for themselves. While these are not necessary in most cases, they are critical to having a work taken seriously by the scholastic community.

Of some distraction (and unique to this work) there are rituals interspersed with the text, to encourage you to do the rituals with an open mind. Well, I had an open mind and I closed it quickly. The rituals, while nice and of use in another setting, are useless in this book. They only serve to distract you from the claims made by the author.

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Neo-Pagan Witchcraft / Wicca 101 Glossary Part 3

Irreverend Hugh

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Shamanism
It is unfortunate that some people have mixed Neo-Pagan Witchcraft and Shamanism, because as much as shamanism can elucidate what Wicca was aiming for, it can deceive.
Shamanism, contrary to the market values of the New Age, is culturally specific and in order for one to receive shamanic training one must become adopted into a cultural group
which has shamanic roles. I know that “shamanism” is also the latest buzzword for those instinctual magical/spiritual practices that are in evidence around the world, but using the word in this way is very deceptive.
The word refers to practices of certain people in mostly hunter-gatherer cultures who went through ritual/psychic dismemberment and rebirth. This experience gave such people the ability to leave their bodies and travel to
other worlds and planes, commune with spirits and ancestors, and heal those who were sick, or find lost souls and bring them home. Some East Asian societies still have surviving forms of this sort of spiritual specialist, but the word shaman should not be used
as the blanket term for all sorts of these specialists.

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Advanced Ritual Course Final Assignment

Erin

(Note from Erin: One tiny bit of information… I was taking an advanced ritual class, and this is the essay I did to complete the course.  I chose to do it on the Mormons because the instructor was also an ex-Mormon.  I am pretty proud of this piece and i believe that it stands up in the time.)

For this assignment, and with the permission of Kenn, I chose the Baptism ritual from the Mormon Church.  It’s one of the few rituals in the Mormon Church that I participated in that follows an outline similar to previous rituals discussed in this class.  I never participated in any of the “secret” rituals.  I did not choose the more common “Sacrament Ritual” also know as, bread and wine, transubstantiation, or communion, since it is so frequently done that the ritual looses all meaning in practice.

Originally posted 2018-08-29 03:45:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Gardner’s Book of Shadows

Erin

(Note from Daven:  This is a copy of Gerald Gardner’s Book of shadows.  The public section at any rate.  I think this Aidan Kelly is responsible for transcribing it, and that is good.  But I doubt that everything is in here.  Perhaps some Gardnerinian would like to come forward and verify that this is the BOS for Gardnerism?  Will, perhaps not.  At any rate, enjoy this.)

The Public Contents of the Book of Shadows

Originally posted 2013-03-14 10:14:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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God vs. Satan

Erin

In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.

And the Earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

And Satan said, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit,” and God saw that it was good.

And Satan said, “There goes the neighborhood.”

And God said, “Let us make Man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and over all the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth.”

And so God created Man in his own image; male and female created he them.

And God looked upon Man and Woman and saw that they were lean and fit.

And Satan said, “I know how I can get back in this game.”

And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

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Italian Witchcraft

Erin

by Raven Grimassi
Llewellyn 2000, $14.95 US
ISBN 1-56718-259-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I initially got this book so I could study another form of witchcraft, one that is different from the typical British version of Witchcraft. Well, this book definitely fulfilled that niche for me.

Having read other works by Mr. Grimassi, when I started this I was a bit concerned. There are times when the reputation of “fluffy” is appended to his name. But in this book, he is actually teaching what he knows and lives, therefore I don’t think that term is accurate to class this book.

“Light” would be better. There are times when in this book, it is written deliberately to appeal to the young and inexperienced, but as far as factual information I could find very little to criticize. Don’t mistake this to mean there is nothing to criticize, however.

First, the good things. Raven does a good job of recondensing this book (for this is the second edition and revised edition of this particular work) and presenting the material. He corrects minor mistakes with the first edition, and he also answers some criticisms that were generated by the previous version of this book. Having never read the first edition of this, I can not state what has been and has not been revised in the content.

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Orphalese Tarot

Erin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This is the first time I’ve reviewed a program, much less one about Tarot. When I joined the American Tarot Association, I decided to really try to get my tarot certification and to start an online and phone based reading business. For that I needed something that would be really easy to use, easy to interpret and easy to install.

I think I got all that in this program.

Don’t fool yourself; it will take some time to get used to the interface and the controls. So plan on spending at least two days (like I did) learning how to do everything before using it for clients. But once you are past that initial learning stage, the program is really easy.

Before I begin, I want to state this: I encourage you all to buy the registered version. You can download and install the program, but until it is registered, you will get a nag screen when the program is opened, and some things have limited functionality (like only being able to use three decks). I found that there were a few more options available to me once it was registered, but if I hadn’t the money I would have been satisfied with the free version.

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Ritual of the Mists

Other Author

This ritual is intended to be done when there is lots of fog in your area.

This Ritual and prayer is to bring you closer to Manannan Mac Lyr, Keeper of the Mist, Ruler of Tir Na Og, and keeper of the Well of Wisdom. Personally when I have done it I have felt strangely drawn into the mists as if the Ancestors were calling me into them to join them. Someday I might go ahead and go but as of yet, I haven’t. If at all possible, try to do this ritual in a place with trees and open land. I have done it outside my home but my home is too connected to this world. I have done it in a park, and the effects are much much cleaner and crisper there.

Items needed:

  • Staff
  • Robe
  • Object w/ Double spiral
  • Object w/ Triskele
  • Bread as a sacrifice to the land spirits

First thing to do is to feel the mists around you, Alert your senses to it. Remember that the Mists are an Inbetween area, not sky, not water. Get your bearings, realize that you are in an inbetween state. At this time you should be wearing your robe.

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Druidism and Wicca; a comparison

Erin

Version 2.05 (Last updated 7-31-03)
By Daven (Member, Ord Draiochta na Uisnech)

(Spanish Translation here)

On first meeting a Druid, many Wiccans feel a bond – a commonality must exist. Normally the Wiccan will start talking about The Goddess, their Circle and so on and be somewhat lost when the Druid starts talking about the Triune Thought, the Triskel and Honor or other relevant terms who’s meaning may not be immediately clear.

I feel that the confusion stems from misunderstandings and misconceptions. This article will attempt to explain some of these concepts that may confuse the Wiccan.

The Rede/The Law of Returns

Of all the differences that a Wiccan has with Druidism this is probably the most prevalent. In Druidism, there is no “rede”. In fact, the only people that the Rede pertains to are those who ascribe to it, it is unique to Wiccans and some kinds of Witchcraft.

Originally posted 2012-05-22 16:15:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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