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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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A Circle of Stones

Erin

by Erynn Rowan Laurie
Megalithica Books, 2012 $19.99
ISBN 978-1-905713-77-6

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★½ 

I love reissuances of books that have become classics because the publisher and the author has a huge chance to make sure that they are correcting anything that is wrong with the original edition, if they decide to take that step. Personally I don’t think this actually needs any revision.  It started out as a good book and continues to be a good book.

Ms. Laurie has done a wonderful job of explaining Irish spirituality in such a way that it is not threatening to the new student.  As I read through it, I found that many of the things contained in these pages were almost directly from what I was taught when I started my Druidic studies, and I wondered at the plagiarism, but then I realized that her book actually predated my studies by nearly a decade.  I guess I have to talk to my teacher about that.

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Dedication of A Sword

Other Author

Materials Needed:

  • Sword (doesn’t matter if sword is just for decor)
  • candles (1 for each element +1 black candle)
  • incense (preferably a dark colored incense any flavor)
  • strip of leather (length of sword)
  • bowl full of water (cauldron works)

Begin by cleansing your materials. Give any opening offerings to the Gods of your choice (preferably war Gods). Plot the land where you will work (mandatory outdoor ritual). Light the black candle and keep it burning throughout the ritual. Cast a circle using the sword by drawing the circle around you. Put sword in center of circle. Light the candle that represents Water and say:

In the element of Water I bless this sword to my name  (your name here) .

Stretch out the leather and lay it across the sword. Let a few drops of the candle wax drop on the leather. Extinguish the candle. Light the candle for Earth and say:

In the name of the God (God’s name here) I bless this sword of the Earth.

Let some wax drip on the leather. Extinguish the candle. Light the candle for Air and the incense and say:

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Esbat Ceremony

Erin

[Erecting the Temple is preformed. Priest and Priestess kiss.]

Priest: Let us join in worship of Woden and Freua. Let us give thanks for all that we have; for the love we enjoy; for the kinship we share.

Priestess: Let us never forget what we owe to the Gods. For however our lives are shaped by Our Lady and Her Lord. Theirs is the watch to keep; they are the ones who lead us on our paths.

Priest: It is right that we thank Them for what we have. Yet also may we ask Them for what we feel we need.

[Next is three or four minutes of silence, while each in his own way gives thanks or requests the help of the Gods.]

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Witchcraft 101: So Ya Wanna be a Witch? (part #1)

Wren

(Note from Daven:  I asked Fritz and Wren of The Witches’ Voice if I could reprint these here, and they told me okay.  So, read this if you want, and think about it regardless.)

Witchcraft 101: So Ya Wanna be a Witch? (part #1)
by Wren Walker

Since its inception, the Witches’ Voice, has been barraged with email asking the simple question… “How do I become a Witch”? Although, it has never been the mission of the Witches’ Voice to actually teach Witchcraft we find ourselves constantly shocked at the aweful responses the Teenage Witch or new seeker receives from many that “claim” themselves “elders” of the craft. For this we apologize. We will never preach or claim to “have the answer”. There are indeed many paths and many ways, it is our goal to give you the tools to get started and what to look out for.

Part 1…

I Want To Be In A Coven. How Do I find One?

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Mormon Cult?

Erin

Or:
How the Mormons measure up on The Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame

I wrote this article mostly to purge many feelings out of my heart.  ALL of this is based on my personal experiences with the Mormons.  Some are based on many stories of things that happened to others in the church, and they are not isolated incidents either.  If I used someone else’s experience as the basis of making my judgment, it was because there were many who had either identical or very similar experiences.  All of these accusations are documentable, but most can be found on Richard Packham’s Home Page or Recovery from Mormonism – The Mormon Church.

I have to explain about this chart.  The scale is from 1 to 10, with 1 being low to little, and 10 being extremely to total.  The number of the question and a short explanation comes first, then the next paragraph is my score and the reason I scored it as I do.  If you have any questions on this, or need further references, I ask you to contact me.

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Reviewing the Mormons (with commentary)

Internal Control: Amount of internal political and social power exercised by leader(s) over members; lack of clearly defined organizational rights for members.

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The Witches Pyramid, To Know

Erin

This corner of the Witches Pyramid1 is not only what it appears to be on the surface. It is not solely “book learning.” It is also knowing that you possess the skills to put what you have learned into a practical application, using the knowledge you have garnered to put your magic into practice, knowing the means to cast spells, and doing inner alchemy.

For example, there is the classic Greek admonition “gnothi seauton“, or know thyself. Carved at the entrance to the temple in Delphi, the Greeks inculcated this belief in their society, believing that each individual must know himself before he could dream of approaching the oracle. Otherwise, what he might learn on the journey of oracular discovery could well be catastrophic to the psyche.

Originally posted 2013-01-06 23:39:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Feedback to “An Open Letter…”

Erin

Dear everyone that wrote me:

Well, I got all your responses and various comments, and I’m glad that my letter of frustration touched so many of you.

Let me share some of what I have gotten.

The responses have fallen into one of two classes:

  • Letters from people agreeing with me and my situation
  • Letters saying “The President isn’t responsible for YOUR life…. grow a spine” etc.

To the first class of people, I’m relieved to hear that I’m not an isolated case.  Judging by your emails, it seems that this country is moving into one of two groups, the haves and the have-nots.  It seems that the top 5% of people are getting richer and fatter, getting more and more things and their slice of the American Dream, and the other 95% are getting poorer and poorer.  As Ron Silver said in “Timecop”, “When I’m president, it will be like the ’80s again.  The top 5% will get richer and everyone else can emigrate to Mexico where they can live a better life.”

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Religion In The Workplace

Erin

If you have spent any time online reading about religion, you have probably come across a few articles on the appropriateness of taking your religion into the workplace. Most of those articles tend to be very conservative, citing discrimination, abuse, bullying by bosses and coworkers and other such problems to discourage you from displaying your faith in an office setting. Other articles make you aware of your right to display your faith and the symbols of your belief in a workplace environment.

I’m not going to recreate what those articles do, but I will address one thing they lack.

How much religion should be taken to the workplace?

I’m not taking the side of the HR departments or the bosses and saying that you can’t be religious in the workplace, but there are lines that have to be watched carefully or it could cause problems. For instance, publicly praying to Mecca twice a day in the office may be seen as interesting, but it would probably be frowned upon if previous arrangments haven’t been made.

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White as Bone, Red as Blood; The Fox Sorceress

Erin

By Cerridwen Fallingstar
Copyright Cauldron Publications $19.95 US
ISBN13 978-0-578-02711-1

Review by Daven

I was contacted through my website to review a new book that was coming out by a pagan author with Shinto and Japanese overtones. I was overjoyed to do so since I have quite a bit of interest in Inari (the Fox Goddess) and thought it would be very different from what I normally review.

When I got it, I became more enthused to review this book since the back said it had a lot to do with magic and action in a pivotal period of Japan.

From the back cover:

In twelfth century Japan, Seiko Fujiwara, a young woman believed to be a sorceress, is caught in a deadly conflict between the Heike and the Genji, two clans battling for control of the throne. The peaceful Heian period is giving way to the rise of the Samurai; Japan trembles on the edge of a time of darkness.

Seiko’s mother, priestess of Inari, the deity of abundance and sorcery, predicts that if Lord Kiyomori’s daughter Tokushi, Seiko’s closest friend, becomes Empress and gives birth to the next Emperor, their world will be saved.

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Modern Magick

Erin

by Donald Michael Kraig
Llewellyn, 2002 $17.95 US
ISBN 0-87542-324-8 (republication)

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Many would find the sheer size of this book to be daunting. I mean it’s 10 inches tall and 6 inches wide and better than two inches thick. It would put anyone off who realized just what those numbers translate into in real dimensions. There are almost 600 pages of information sitting there on the shelf of your bookstore. Waiting for you to pick it up. It’s not surprising that many would shudder and pass it by.

That would be an inexcusable mistake. This is one of those rare books that is a seminal work of magick. I understand that when this book was first published, tens of thousands of people bought it and learned about magick for the first time. With its reissue, I think this phenomenon could easily repeat itself.

Normally when I review a book, I skim it. I may not read every word; I may read a sentence per paragraph to try to get a feel for the content of that paragraph. Then I read bulleted lists, I go back through it and I generally finish a book in a night. This book breaks all the rules. I want to read and absorb every word on the page, and read it two or three more times.

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