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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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Ok, I haven’t been advertising this here, but I have a podcast that you should probably listen to.


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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Wanna see what I look like?


This is an update to [link id=’1164′], as my appearance has changed radically over the last few months.  Normally I don’t have a beard, but I tried to grow one anyhow.  This is the result.

Original picture that I had up for the last several years.  This is back in 2001 or so.
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5-03-04 at work 5-23-04 at home 5-24-04 after shave
DavenODURobes.jpg (29011 bytes)Me in my ODU robes at the Real Witches Ball in Columbus Ohio
October 30, 2004

Pictures of me in my dress are here: [link id=’1254′]

Originally posted 2012-10-26 13:28:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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A Useful Framework

Irreverend Hugh
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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So You Want to be a Hero


A few thoughts to provoke your cognitive faculties.

At one time or another in everyone’s life, they have fantasies of becoming a hero.

Visions of Cu Chulainn, Sir Galahad, King Arthur, Beowulf, Perseus, Ramses, Hercules, Sigfried or Paarsifal dance through the minds of most boys. Little girls may dream of Boudicca, Cleopatra, Sacajawea, Sally Ride, Pocahontas, Molly Pitcher, or Florence Nightingale. We wish to change the face of the world, to live forever in song and story.

We want to leave a legacy for wonder and triumph behind us for future generations. To be able to say, “See that? I did that!” We want to leave a permanent legacy in a very transient world.

Others may be more pragmatic. They want to protect people from the bad guys. They want to help those in need, to “fight the good fight”. They need to feel the sense of accomplishment at winning against overwhelming odds.

There are a few people in each generation who are picked to be classical heroes in the largest sense by circumstance or accident. It is my belief that EVERYONE is “picked” to be a minor hero.

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The Druids’ Alphabet


by Robert Lee (Skip) Ellison
Earth Religions Press, 2002 $17.95 US
ISBN 1-59405503-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

One would think that a book on the Ogham by the current Arch Druid of the Ar nDraiocht Fein would be a book a cut above many others, and that thinking would be correct in this work.

I got this book to continue my studies in the Ogham and I was expecting something very different from what I got. I was expecting a work on the divination of the Ogham, but instead I got almost a masterwork on the Ogham Alphabet itself. Contained in this work are examples of the 120 different Ogham sets that the Druids used, with graphic examples taken from the various museums that still have them in their collection, and much other lore on the Ogham. There is information on the Bird Ogham, the River Pool Ogham, and all of it points to the Ogham associations that we have now being a way to remember the letters, much like today’s alphabet of A is for Apple, B is for.

The section on the different types of Ogham script and the different associations that the letters have makes this work invaluable in and of itself. But there is some more.

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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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An Open Letter to the President of the United States


This is a letter I wrote to the President of the United States, the day after his January 20th State of the Union Address to Congress.  I was so ticked off and upset by the general tone of the State of the Union that I felt I couldn’t hold this in.  I copied my Senators and my Representative of the area I live in.  I’m hoping ONE of them could help, that ONE of them would pay attention.
I have deleted some personal information that, frankly, is no one’s business but mine.  Other than that little amount of information, this is unchanged.  Please note, this is written out of anger and fear, frustration and sadness.  I AM sending this to everyone I know, and I’m also sending it to a few political groups and organizations.  Maybe someone will listen if I shout down enough wells.

If you want to talk to me about this, please feel free to email me.  If you wish to share this with others, please do so with my blessing.  The link to this page is http://erinsjournal.com/?p=1267

If you would like to see my response to various emails I have received on this page, please go to Feedback.

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“Tish! You Typed French!”

Other Author

(Daven’s Note:  I am  unsure as to the copyright status of this particular document, but I have contacted the author several times to request permission to reprint it here, but I have never gotten a response.  I hope that the author will contact me if they have a problem with it being reprinted here.)

Everything I Know About Romance I Learned From the Addams Family

Morticia: “Oh darling, do you remember the emotional roller coaster, the raging hormones, the constant heartache of our first love?”
Gomez: “Yes. Too bad we can’t relive that agony.”

Looking back, I realize that I have learned a great deal from television, much more than I ever did from parents, educators, scoutmasters, the church or even Willie the greasy transient behind the grocery store. Whenever I needed to know how to navigate through life’s stormy waters, television was there.

When I needed to know how to read, count and consider sock puppets as intellectual equals, there was Sesame Street, The Electric Company and ZOOM. Jeopardy, Family Feud and the $100,000 Pyramid helped fill in those gaps in my knowledge that grade school inexplicably skipped. The Price is Right taught me rudimentary economics and comparative shopping, while Emergency! helped me learn the vital importance of having a cool head and thousands of gallons of water under pressure.

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Breaking Craft Stereotypes

Irreverend Hugh

An Army of Solitaries

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An Annotated Bibliography for Witchcraft

Other Author

The Magic of Ancient Celtic Beliefs in a Contemporary Society

(Note from Daven: I have personally read most of these texts and references.  I find them to be some of the best sources of information.  I highly recommend all these books, and I will append a list of my own personal favorites to the end of this article. Or at least, put the rest of the “recommended reading lists” there.)

The purpose of this listing is to help the novice sort out the reliable from the sensational in the wealth of material that is now available on Witchcraft. I have left out old historical treatises (records of the Inquisition and such) which are of little value to the modern student, and have concentrated instead on contemporary sources. This also yields a much more objective perspective. ~~ Mike Nichols [c.1989]


‘Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today’ – 2nd ed. – by Margot Adler. Beacon Press trade paperback.

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The Seeker’s Bill of Rights

Other Author

(Note from Daven:  I was a member of the Texas Pagan Community when this document began circulating around that community.  I know (from rumors mostly) some of what went on to prompt this document, but not enough to make any sweeping statements as to what happened.  I have had one person step up and claim credit for being the author of this document, and I humbly thank him for writing this.)

The Seeker’s Bill of Rights

High Priest Charles Mars

Seekers of the Pagan path are in an extremely vulnerable position. In their quest for teaching and fellowship, thy risk encountering those who use our faith to prey on others. Since paganism is still struggling for public acceptance, there is little sympathy from authorities. Neither can the elders of our community effectively address this issue. The most they can do is denounce these predators, and are usually accused of starting a “Witch War” when they do.

The answer to this dilemma is to empower those most vulnerable, the seekers. To this end, a Seeker’s Bill of Rights has been drafted. This tool will help to alert Seekers of a problem if a group or teacher violates any of the ten rights described. It will also serve to remind Seekers that while they do not have “degrees”, they are still human beings with rights and dignity.

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