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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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I can’t really say it better

Erin

This is a video that Ellen made up in response to the recent rash of gay/bullying suicides.

Not to detract from the whole story she just told, but I was victim of it too. I suffer from PTSD in regards to one incident where my sexuality and bullying was combined. I nearly killed myself that time. I was the butt of “jokes” from others who thought it would be funny to make a date with me and then stand me up.

This is not acceptable on any level.

Those of you who think it is, need to go to the psychologist worse than the victims of your “jokes” do.  This scars for life.  There is NO fixing it.

To my shame, I passed on the abuse to others.  I can’t make up for it, but when I found out that I had done so, I tried to make it right.  There is no fixing it, but the cycle can be stopped.

Originally posted 2014-09-18 08:53:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Daven’s Meditation

Erin

This is the meditation I most often use to get into a state of trance.  There are elements here common to most meditations and guided meditations.  I explored this concept in part in a class I teach on Astral Projection.  Here are the common themes that most meditations and guided meditations have in them:

  1. Suggestions to relax
  2. The feeling of a safe environment around you
  3. Lack of distractions from the world
  4. A sense of comfort and love
  5. Pictures and visualizations of a scene that is pleasant for you
  6. A descent of some kind.

You may see these themes as you read through the meditation.

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Sit or lay down and become comfortable.  Relax your body completely and start thinking about these scenes.

Find yourself in a wooded area.  The sun is warm on your back and head, and the breeze is cool on your face.  There is just enough of a breeze to disturb your hair, but not enough to make you uncomfortable.

There is a path under your feet.  It leads to a distant place, and you know that at the end of this path, you will find many wondrous things to do and to experience.

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Pagans and the Law

Erin

Dana D. Eilers
New Page Books Copyright 2003, $15.99
ISBN 1-56404-671-5

Reviewed by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

If I had to choose one word to sum this entire book up, it would be “excellent”. This is a book that not only makes a good addition to any Pagan’s library of reference material, but it would also not be out of place in a Law Library. It would have been so easy to overdo a work of this type, to pad it with extraneous explanations and go on about nothing. Dana does not do this anywhere in this book.

The first chapter is a background of the law in general. She goes into how the law works, the process to “petition for redress of grievances”, what the Circuit Courts are and how they affect the process and the state processes for the same thing. She tackles how to approach a lawyer, what the process in retaining one is going to be, what YOU need to do in the process and how you can help yourself, and why they charge such outrageous sums of money.

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Various notes on Sabbat and Esbat Rites

Erin

The ceremonies and rites set out here are not meant to be inflexible. There is nothing stopping you from changing some of all of the ceremonies as you see fit.

You may even dispense with the rites altogether if you wish. For several years Mary and I celebrated the Sabbats by simply being with friends or relatives and enjoying ourselves.

The props and items used and the words recited do not cause anything to happen. They simply focus the Will on the desired outcome. That is all Magick is.

Alister Crowley said, “Magick is the Art and Science of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” This means that it is affecting this reality with your mind’s willpower. The rituals are only used to keep your concentration on the job at hand.

Thus, all you need is your thoughts when doing Magick.

The celebrations are exactly that. As long as you enjoy what you are doing on the days of the Sabbats and Esbats, then you are honoring the Lord and Lady.

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Every year, it’s the War on Wicca

Other Author

(Daven’s Note: This is a reprint from The Daily Press and is used here by permission. I saw this article and knew that I had to link it here, and in the interest of keeping it available for future reference, I’m reposting it here. I hope that you all will respect their copyright and not reprint it without their permission.)


Tamara DietrichTamara Dietrich
Originally posted on 7:59 PM EST, December 26, 2009

So it’s happened again, just as it does every year around this time: A concerted effort to subvert the real meaning of the holiday and twist it into something far removed from its origins.

To take an ancient and revered celebration and rebrand it.

That’s right – it’s the annual War on Wicca.

No, no. Just kidding. What I’m really talking about is the annual War on Paganism, of which Wicca is a small subset.

That’s right: Every year, pagan symbols and festivities stretching back thousands of years are co-opted in the name of Christmas. Without thanks or barest acknowledgment.

Christmas trees everywhere, but no mention of the pagans and their reverence for evergreens or lighting the yule log to chase away midwinter gloom, and whose “Yule” is now synonymous with Christmas.

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The Elements of Erin

Erin

This is my personal arrangement of the elements.  I use this arrangement in all my workings.

Daven’s Arrangement of the Elements

These graphics are part of the public domain.  You may use them as you see fit.

Originally posted 2013-04-13 14:54:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Lughnassdad Sabbat

Erin

July 31

[Pronounced Loose-nah-dah. Erecting the Temple is performed. Priest and Priestess kiss.]

Priest: Summer is the season for celebration and for caring.
Flowers come forth; later to give way to fruit.
Now is the time for us to review all things-
That which is to remain, and that which must
Be pruned away, for the goodness of growth.
Growth in all things; in plants and in ourselves.

[Priestess raises her arms.]

Priestess: Almighty Mother of us all,
Bringer of Life and of Love,
We thank thee for all the goodness
We have raised from the soil;
The promises of fruits to come.
Help us in our decisions and in our judgments.
Let us have the wisdom of the Mighty Ones
As we handle our problems
Both great and small.

All: So Be it!

[She lowers her arms.]

Priest: My Lady of the Silver Crescent-
And the Golden Orb, your Consort,
We praise you and love you.
Look down upon us and guide us
In our rites and in our lives.

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Advancing the Witches Craft

Erin

By Lord Foxglove
New Page Books, 2005 $19.99
ISBN 1-56414-811-4

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


When I received this book from New Page, I had a couple things strike me. First to hit me was that it looked to be one of those books that propose to do a lot and teach a lot and miserably fail at the job. The second was that this book, unlike any other metaphysical/NewAge/spiritual book I’m aware of, had a CD in it.

No, not a Certificate of Deposit, but a real audio CD to play in the CD player in your car or the one with the headphones from your kid’s room. I saw that and was stopped for a minute or two.

The only other books I have ever seen with a CD in them were “how to” books for computers. How to use Microsoft Office, how to write in HTML, how to program in Visual C++, how to use Outlook 98 and so on. This was the first I had ever heard of that was in a metaphysical book. So I thought it was for listening to in the car.

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A Field Guide to Otherkin

Erin

By Lupa
Megalithica Books, 2007, $21.99
ISBN 978-1-905713-07-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 


Okay, let’s get something out of the way before I get into this review. In the past, I had considered myself Otherkin. It was during a time of exploration and self discovery, and while I still consider myself a Therian, I no longer truly consider myself to be Otherkin. And yes, I am quoted in this book.

Now that that is out of the way, I want to say that I think this book should be on the shelf of almost everyone who is interested in Otherkin, Animals and Shamanism or weird subcultures. Lupa does an outstanding job with this book.

I can’t really say much more than that. You must be willing to suspend your disbelief a lot when you read this book simply because the concept is pretty “out there”. I know that when I first encountered the concept of Otherkin, I was thinking to myself “Wait, there is a group of people who believe they are descended from human-like animals and dragons who really think that they aren’t human?”

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Hubris

Erin

What’s wrong with being new?

I see this mentioned many times on other blogs and articles, and I keep coming back to the central point of “what is wrong with being a new person in a religion?”

I know I’m pretty harsh with fluffies in this site. I don’t equate new people with fluffies however. Fluffies are those who are deliberately and willfully ignorant and revel in being that way. They go out of their way to promote and argue the ignorant and busted myths from decades ago (Wicca is ancient, 9 million, all gods are one god, etc) and they decry and flame those who have the temerity to say differently.

But being new is not the same thing. One can be fluffy and new, that’s easy. But one can also be new and be non-fluffy, in that one is willing to listen and learn. And that is listen and learn to multiple sources, not just one.

But I see people on some of the forums I’m on who go out of their way to present that they are not new. Why? I think Juliaki’s essy (referenced a few posts back) about this same problem hits a very key point, many new people are treated as fluffies.

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