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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.


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Important Lessons Life Teaches You…

(Note from Daven: This document, and the one after it has been circulating the ‘Net for a while.  I have yet to find the author of these, or at least the person who compiled it into one document.  That, however, does not diminish the important words contained herein.  Both of these make you think before you act, and show you that the least little thing sometimes has a greater effect than you intend.  Read these and think about them for a while.)

Important Lessons Life Teaches You…

Most Important Lesson

During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello.’ “I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

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Introduction to “Letters from the Editor”

Okay, first post. I hate blogs, but I finally knuckled under and gave in.

I signed up about a week ago, sitting on pins and needles for Dark Owl to get back in touch with me and let me know what was going on, wheter or not I was accepted into their ranks and what I would have to do.

Well, the outcome was, as expected, favorable to me. I was thrilled. So, I went to the site, got all the documentation that they had, downloaded the various formats of books and required reading materials and started studying.

What I wound up with was a 3 inch binder full of information, and that was just for the FIRST stage. See, it works out so that there are 3 stages of each grade. There are 4 grades to become what one could consider, in the context of a Druid of old, a “Druid”. A “priest” who is certified by the other druids of knowing what there is to know and teach, capable of ministering to others and helping them out with their problems, and worthy of respect for their knowledge and gifts.

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Online Magick Course and Syllabus

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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Before You Cast A Spell

by Carl McColman
New Page Books, 2004 $13.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-716-9

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

What can I say about a book on magic that has no spells in it, no rituals, no guided meditations and no instructions on how to cast magic on the cheerleader so she has warts?

I can say “Well done”. I can say “Bravo!” I can say a heck of a lot.

Carl takes the position of “teach a man to fish” rather than taking the safe course of “give a man a fish” that most current spell books take. It is not the recipe of the spell that you need to know, but all the discipline and knowledge behind the spells.

Many magical-training courses seem to take the fish giving stance; the Masons, the Rosicrucian and Wiccan covens for some examples. This book is what every book of spells in current publication attempts to do, but can’t given their space limitations. Instead, the current crop of spellbooks take the attitude of giving the reader what will sell and become, in effect, fishmongers. This book, by cutting out all the “recipes”, is able to deliver instruction that every student of the occult must have.

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The Doctrine of Feline Sedentation

How would Christians deal with “The cat sat on the mat” if it appeared in the Bible?

The Liberal theologians would point out that such a passage did not of course mean that the cat literally sat on the mat. Also cat and mat had different meanings in those days from today, and anyway, the text should he interpreted according to the customs and practices of the period.

This would lead to an immediate backlash from the Evangelicals. They would make an essential condition of faith that a real, physical, living cat, being a domestic pet of the Felix Domesticus species, and having a whiskered head and furry body, four legs and a tail, did physically place its whole body on a floor covering, designed for that purpose, and which is on the floor, but not of the floor. The expression on the floor, but not of the floor would be explained in a leaflet.

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Love, Lifebonds and Lust

All of us want to find that enduring and unending love of our life. Every relationship we enter into has the possibility of being that “one true love.” So how do we know the difference between one type of affection and the other?

Before we go very far in this explanation we need to look at some definitions and also some ground rules to remember.

Love: The state in which another’s happiness is integral to your own happiness. (Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein)

Lifebond (The Heralds of Valdemar series, Mercedes Lackey): A love that is so transcendent as to make any lesser emotion seem insignificant. The two people in this state effectively become one person on a spiritual level, incapable of disagreement and complementing each other’s strengths and compensating for the other’s weaknesses. Many call this “Soul mates”.

Lust: The state in which the physical act of having sex is the most important thing. Many teens go through this state and stay there into their adulthood.

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The Pocket Spell Creator

By Kerri Connor
New Page Books, 2003, US $9.99
ISBN 1-56414-715-0

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This is a small book. When I got it, I didn’t think there could be much material in the book, but I was wrong. What is NOT in here is a lot of filler or commentary. What IS here is content and a lot of it. This is not a book that one can read from front to back like a “Magic(k) in 5 easy steps” book. This is a reference.

Because this is a reference, there are LOTS of chapters. Each chapter focuses on a different set of correspondences. For instance, there is a chapter detailing the correspondences for the days of the week. There are also chapters covering the magickal properties of gems, herbs, colors and so on. Each chapter is indexed. This makes information easy to find with a quick check of the table of contents, where the items are laid out in alphabetical order.

The index is brief, and does not list the contents of the book again, and the bibliography is interesting. There are about 10 books cited. I feel that books listed are good, some bad and some so-so. All of the information is well laid out and researched.

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From time to time the topic of Pagans and Sacrifice comes up in various forums online. Unfortunately, the majority of people (including pagans) who talk about Sacrifice don’t seem to understand about sacrifice. Most think of sacrifice (in the connotation of Pagan religions) as dealing with human sacrifice or animal sacrifice. While those are ancient practices and valid forms of sacrifice, they are not all that is.

First we need to understand the definition of sacrifice. Sacrifice means simply “to make sacred”. It is from the Latin root and in modern times it is defined as giving up something of value to gain something you wish.

Pretty cut and dried, but when it is translated into Pagan Religion, all anyone can see is things like the Wicker Men of legend, bog drownings, burning bodies and cattle dropping dead.

Because of this persistent vision of what sacrifice is, the act of sacrificing something to the Gods has a VERY bad reputation.

But let’s think about this for a few moments. Sacrifice does not have to be bad, since it’s done all the time by most Pagans.

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An Open Letter to Young Seekers

An Open Letter to Young Seekers

Merry Meet!

If you are under 18, you will probably already have noticed that young folks generally elicit different reactions from adults in the Pagan community than what you’d like. You’ve probably had a great deal of difficulty finding someone to answer your questions honestly, or a respected teacher who is willing or able to teach you what you really want to know.

Following is part of the general information we make available for young seekers. If you have any questions, we will do our best to answer what we can, but please understand if sometimes the answer is “you really need to ask your parents.” (If your parents support your interest and would like more information about Wicca, please have them contact us. Or bring them to a Laughing Cat meeting, where they can ask questions and meet members of the local Pagan community.)

We hope you can understand that without knowing your parents, and hearing directly from them that they support your interest in Wicca, an ethical teacher or mentor cannot work with you. Most groups and private teachers don’t accept seekers under 16 or 18. (Some even require you to be 21 — or even older!)

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Random Name Generator

By Theresa (Mary)

Inspired by and dedicated to Lady Pixie Moondrip, with humility and gratitude to her for her most sage council regarding the most important task of choosing a craft name.

This generator is exactly 99 names long, do no seek to tamper with the numerology so carefully wrought, for 99 is 3 3’s twice and when added together 9 + 9 = 1 8 and when added together 1 + 8 = 9 also. It took at least 5 minutes to dream that up and I don’t want my hard work spoiled!

You must use the generator 3 times only for again it is the fulfillment of your spirit guide/totem/guardian/teacher/deity’s wishes for your craft name.

NOTE: There are 6 columns and 17 lines this means that there are 3 blank boxes. If you have randomly chosen a blank box, this indicates that ______ (insert name of deity that you worship here) wishes you to only have 2 craft names and not three. When you are ready and have worked really hard the 3rd or even 4th name will be made know to you by _____ (insert name of deity that you worship here)

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