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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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Magickal Connections

By Lisa McSherry (Ma’at)
New Page Books, Copyright 2007 $14.99
US ISBN 1-56414-932-3
ISBN13 987-1-56414-932-9

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Lisa has sent me her latest work on groups and group structure. Like her other works, this is an outstanding book on dynamic and magickal connections.

While she is an excellent writer, this book repeats a lot of material covered in her previous works on the basic structures of groups, what they do, the evolutionary cycle of a group, especially a coven, and what to do when the group relationship sours. (I should explain this a bit; I have a couple unpublished or small circulation works by Lisa in my collection.  I have also attended a workshop by her on this topic. That is why I say much of this material is repeated. However, Lisa assures me that this is the first book that has wide circulation in which this material appears and that the previous books I have from her were actually the basis of this book.)

In this book, she explores how to make a healthy group work even better. She talks in depth about maintaining magickal consciousness, how to keep conflict to a minimum and how to resolve conflict when it starts to infiltrate your group.

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Beltane

by Raven Grimassi
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
ISBN 1-56718-283-6

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Raven is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. His writing style is clear and fluid, never condescending to the reader, nor written on the level of the lowest common denominator.

This is the thinnest book in the Sabbat series from Llewellyn, and that had me concerned for a little while. Raven may have skimped on the information a bit, but the information that is there is well worth the price. There is information in here concerning the hobbyhorse, Mummery and flower meanings. In addition, there are myths from almost every European culture, a first for this series.

There is an entire chapter devoted to the plants of this holiday, from flowers and flower speech to the plants fairies find attractive. Herbs play a prominent role in this, as well as the trees and plants associated with the Goddess.

The de rigueur spells and recipes are here. This time all the recipes are in one place, unlike the Ostara book reviewed elsewhere. In the same section you will find some quick folk remedies for some common complaints such as infertility and heavy moon-flow, for example. I feel this is to the good since this season is all about fertility.

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Standard Fluffy Statements pt 2

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Statement: “Come on guys, stop fighting. We need to stick together. We don’t want to be like the Christians.”

Rebuttal: <brain melt> Too many presumptions.

The first presumption is that we must all get along with each other all the time. That, in fact, we must agree on every detail. Sorry, but I don’t like vegetables, I love meat, I think that it’s a woman’s choice, that guns are needed and should be protected, that the color blue is the best, that my daughter walks above the water, and that my wife floats above the clouds, that I am less than nothing and I still don’t understand why they stay with me. You may not agree with any part of that statement. That’s fine. Stop presuming that my opinions and spirituality are the same as yours, or that it must be, simply because I’m pagan and you are pagan. Just because we are in the same religion or other blanket group together does not make us friends or even acquaintances, it makes us co-religionists, that’s all. It gives us only one point of commonality. It could be that there are more, but that’s for another time when we know each other better. I work on computers, but that won’t make me best friends with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or Steve Wozniak.

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Long Distance Healing

(By Mary a.k.a. Theresa)

You will need a fairly large work surface that can remain undisturbed for several days.

If possible, it should be done as moonful begins to wane so that the disease is waning also.

Clean the work surface thoroughly. Preferably wood-but REMEMBER- it is will- the trappings to focus your intentions. This ceremony is fairly elaborate because I needed a lot of aid to concentration. It was first done for my father.

Take a shower. Seriously. While cleaning yourself, let the water symbolically clean you as well. Let the mundane world flow from you so that you approach the ceremony focused and clear as water.

(Digression #2. If this were a thousand years ago, you would be fasting and meditating during the filling of the moon, when you ate, it would be small portions and vegetarian only. Heigh-ho for the modern life.)

Spread a clean, pure white tablecloth, or sheet, or scrap cloth (you get the idea) on your work surface.

YOU WILL NEED:

Salt, oil, some type of grain, 2 goblets, 6 candleholders, incense, 3 red candles, 3 white candles and 1 orange candle. (*I used a combination of Cedar, Sandalwood, and healing blend)

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Wicca: A concise history

by Isaac Bonewits
eBook available for download for $7.95 from Amazon.com
PocketPCpress; ISBN: B00005LKRY

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Isaac Bonewits is one of my favorite authors. Till now, most of the material I have seen by him has been on his website (www.neopagan.net) and it has all been good. He has written things like “The Real Origins of Halloween” and “Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame” that so many of us know.

What many aren’t familiar with is that Isaac is also a published author. In this ebook, he goes back to that which he does best.

His writing style is an interesting one. He presents all the material that he is writing about in a logical order, pared down to it’s basics that the layman needs to be able to follow the train of thought within the concepts he presents. He writes with good humor, and a straight forward, no holds barred style that leaves the reader wishing there was more to read.

Comparatively speaking, this ebook is a small one. The actual information presented is covered in about 100 pages, and each page is about the size of a Reader’s Digest or TV Guide page. Because of that, this book is a fast read. I read it over the course of a busy day at my office.

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Moon Manners: Etiquette for Group Rituals

(Note from Daven:  To my chagrin, I discovered that I did not have a copy of this excellent document on my website, despite having it in my Book of Shadows.  So, here it is.  Enjoy it all.)

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ALCOHOL, DRUGS: As we all know, there are many different views about these substances. As a general rule, don’t use them either before or during the ritual. In any case never bring anything illegal with you; this is to protect you and the community as well. If you are sponsoring the ritual please remember to have a non-alcoholic alternative for non-drinkers. It is not cute to secretly spike the punch – do not do it.

BAREFOOT: Not necessarily always required in circle, but definitely polite. In some traditions one goes unshod in respect of sacred space; and besides being respectful of others’ beliefs, you’re less likely to hurt someone by stepping on their toes if you’re not wearing shoes either. (This only applies to indoor rituals.)

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A Useful Framework


A Useful Framework to Help Understand Terminology Usage and Identity:


The following will go from the broadest to the most specific. Please read the whole article before you respond angrily or happily. In fact, please not only read the whole article, but also do some thinking about the points I raise. It is not as long of an article as I could have made it simply because I wanted to put the basic ideas out there now. (As opposed to waiting until I finally get around to writing that book about Neo-Paganism and such, if I ever do so.)

Some of you may object to my use of the parallel between Pagan and Abrahamic religions, but it is the most common way to elucidate the framework, since most people are familiar with Abrahamic faiths. Some of you may object because Neo-Pagans as a whole are still a minority whereas Abrahamic religions have billions of members and are dominant in societies across the world. Keep in mind that member numbers have nothing to do with this framework. It is about ideas and approach, not population statistics. (And who knows? Maybe in one-hundred or so years, Neo-Pagan religions may become dominant or at least on a par with the Abrahamic faiths in terms of numbers of members. It could happen, since the Neo-Pagan community seems to be doubling in size about every five or so years.)

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Eris, the Goddess of Confusion, Chaos, and Laughter

(Note from Daven: Please note, this is NOT my article, but it is THE best article I have ever seen dealing with who Eris is and why we should care.  Do not make the mistake of dismissing this goddess just because she seems scary like other trickster/chaotic deities (like Loki, Coyote and Discordia) have been in the past.  They are CRITICAL to our world.  I made a comment when I read this article, and the author said it was one of the best summations of how a Discordian sees Chaos:  “Creative Chaos. Without chaos, no inventions can happen, no progress can be made, for it is the spark of the Chaotic that prompts inspiration. Total Order is stagnation. ” So, keep that in mind.)

Eris, the Goddess of Confusion, Chaos, and Laughter

by “Irreverend Hugh (otherwise known as Triskell), KSC, of the Discordians for Softer Sandpaper Society”

“Eris doesn’t want your soul. She only wants to talk to you.”

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Previous Front Page Rants 2

Go back to the previous page of rants…


> I was just wondering has anyone gone to their local churches or
> communities and educated people about the Wiccan religion and the danger
> of doing spells with no knowledge of how and why to do it? Like a goddess
> or god invocation, and what it means to do an invocation. Or the
> unforeseen consequences that doing spells can cause? The law of
> returns, ending a spell and closing a circle correctly. There are alot of
> young people drawn to doing witchcraft that don’t properly research or
> have the knowledge of what they are setting into motion. I am thinking
> about doing it because there are people who are interested, but want
> privacy, and not getting proper guidance from the massive contradictory
> internet about where they should start. So they jump right in and end up
> doing something unknowingly, like inviting then trapping a spirit in the
> house, without proper knowledge of what they did and how to fix it. And
> how to keep it from happening again.

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Lesson 3: Pagan History, in brief

Message: Lesson 3: History part 1
Author: Teacher – Daven Iceni

Date: Apr 11, 2000 23:41

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