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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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Spellcrafting for Teens

Erin

by Gwinevere Rain
Llewellyn Publications, 2002, $12.95 US
ISBN 0-7387-0225-0

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

I must say this up front: This is a cute book. The lime green cover and the pink dress on the female figure on the cover is cute. The interior decorations on every page is cute too, stars, diamonds, circles, pretty hearts and so on make this book cute.

Gwinevere does succeed where Silver RavenWolf didn’t in her book “Teen Witch”, this is MUCH better in describing what a Wiccan is and how we worship. This book is not just spells, spells, and more spells. There is actually practical advice, suggestions, thoughts and lessons.

I think Llewellyn is capitalizing on Gwinevere’s age to sell this book. Most of the content can be found in any other Wicca 101 book out there, and “Teen Witch” gives such information as is not covered in this book. It is my supposition that Llewellyn is trusting in the novelty of “a book on Teen Witchcraft, written by a teen” to sell this one. That and how cute this book is.

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Thoughts on the “Broom Closet”

Erin

This is not so much an essay as simply a collection of thoughts that come from the term “broom closet”. I have tried to make this as coherent as possible. There is no central theme, no logical structure to these thoughts, no arguments or counterpoints. It is simply me taking the term “broom closet” and writing down what comes to mind when I think of it. Therefore, it skips and jumps around, like all thought does. Please forgive me if I don’t make much sense here, it’s not trying to confuse you truly.

“In the closet” is a term taken from the Homosexual community, to denote someone who is hiding or disguising their true nature, for fear of reprisal or hatred/derision due to their normal everyday nature. Because most pagans have to be witchy, “broom” was added to the front to make it Witch specific.

Understanding that most good ideas came from other places I can pass up my thoughts on how it’s terrible that we had to take a term from another oppressed/repressed group. It happens, and I’m sure that no one really minds.

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The Witches’ Sabbats

Erin

By Mike Nichols 
Acorn Guild Press, 1985 and 2005, $14.00 US
ISBN 0-9710050-2-8

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

My first encounter with this work was when I was asked to write a cover blurb for it. I got details from the publisher, wrote a couple paragraphs saying how much I valued Mike’s work and the Sabbat series in specific, and I thought that was it. I did ask for a copy when it came out.

A few days ago I got an email from the publisher saying that Mike had an autographed copy for me. I sent the publisher my address and received the book yesterday.

Had I known it would be this good, I would have praised it even higher.

Anyone who has done any research on the Sabbats or taken some sort of Wicca 101 course has heard of Mike Nichols and more than likely read his works, whether they know it or not. These essays are the benchmark that many other essays on the Sabbats are compared to. I have referenced them myself in my classes on Wicca and Paganism and have the reprinted on Daven’s Journal, with permission of course.

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Lammas; Celebrating the Fruits of the First Harvest

Erin

Anna Franklin and Paul Mason
Llewellyn Publications, June 2001
ISBN 0-7387-0094-0 $17.95 US

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Well, this is the first of the holiday books I have received from Llewellyn, and as I read it, I realized that this is not a book you get just to look up a couple facts and shelve it. This is a comprehensive reference work on JUST this holiday.

Included in the text are descriptions of not only the Wiccan Holiday, but the Druidic holiday, the Christian Holiday, the Roman Pagan holiday, and many others. It looks at multiple different cultural celebrations, from the British Isles to the depths of Africa. This is not just a few facts and figures as we see most often in the Wicca 101 books.

Added into this is an in depth look at Lugh, the god of this celebration. In this look, the authors take us on an exploration of the traditional Lugh, the Welsh Llew whom he is confused with all the time. Barring a study of ONLY this god, this is the most in depth look at this deity I have seen. It breaks the myths down and what the stories have in common, how this deity relates to this time of the year, and what we can learn from these myths as well.

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Neo-Pagan Witchcraft / Wicca 101 Glossary Part 1

Irreverend Hugh

Foreword


Neo-Pagan Witchcraft, and Pagan religions in general have undergone some startling changes and growth in the past few years. I used to laugh about the idea that Neo-Pagan expressions of
spirituality would become the dominant set of religious practices in any society. Now, due to the rapid growth in the number of people involved in Neo-Pagan religions, led by the popularity of Wicca, I still laugh but only
because such an impossible idea is being realized before my very eyes. Due to the rapid influx of newly identified Pagans, usually of Wiccan or (Neo-Pagan) Witchcraft traditions, many of us who can write have started doing so with an aim to share our spirituality with others who may need an introduction of sorts.
The following is such a work. There is a key difference however. In this work
I am attempting to clear up a lot of preconceptions and oft repeated stereotypes that even people in “the Craft” have. I also
wish to demolish some of the stereotypes and unfounded assertions that many so-called occult writers have about Neo-Pagan Witchcraft; Wicca in particular.
To start with I will list a glossary of sorts dealing with the most common terms. It is important that such common terms be defined
as clearly as possible. Remember that not all will agree with everything I have to say, but I will present explanations that are generally
agreed upon with the caveat that sometimes there is an exception or two.

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Nine Sacred Woods

Erin

A conversation that happened years ago, that I thought was funny as hell, and still think is great:

Parts of the conversation sorted by color….

 

By the way, do you even know what the Nine sacred woods are? No fair peeking.

Oh, wait, I know this one…

  1. Morning wood
  2. Afternoon wood
  3. Evening wood
  4. Midnight wood
  5. “I gotta pee, dammit” wood
  6. Embarassing first-date wood
  7. New Britney Spears video wood
  8. Yeah, I guess Orlando Bloom really is hot wood
  9. Kids are coming up the stairs let’s finish this *quick* wood

I guess the “10. No reason just random wood” wood isn’t in th ere, but what about the “11. Embarrasing called to the blackboard wood” wood? Where does it go?

Not all woods are sacred woods.

 

Originally posted 2011-12-27 21:16:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Witchcraft, Rebirth of the Old Religion

Erin

By Raymond Buckland
Llewellyn DVD, copyright 2005 $24.95
ISBN 0-7387-0622-1

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

I have to admit that I was looking forward to this DVD quite a lot when I found out that it had been released. See, I consider Raymond to be my mentor in many ways and I hold him in high regard for many of the things he brought to the Craft as a whole. So I was looking forward to seeing this piece of work that I knew of, but couldn’t find on VHS.

So Llewellyn re-releasing it on DVD was a Goddess-send to me. I ordered it immediately.

I’ve watched it as I could. See, many things have happened in my life lately and I haven’t always had the time to do what I have wanted to do, but I got 45 minutes into a one hour DVD before I had to give up due to emergencies going on around me. So keep this in mind. Also keep in mind that I haven’t ever seen the original VHS of this so I have nothing to compare it to.

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Credits

Erin

(or, “Who to Blame”)

There are times when we all want to find out who is responsible for this (Fill in this blank with your deleted expletive) and know where to find that cool (whatever).  Well, this is the page to find out who is responsible for what, and how to contact them.

Originally posted 2015-08-30 22:43:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Coven Initiation

Erin

(Note from Daven: This is the ceremony that a initiate should go through when being initiated into a coven. Not all initiates do go through this however.

This is somewhat changed from the ceremony in Buckland’s The Tree. I added a “respect of others” clause due to some problems that may occur when in a coven situation. It does not detract from the ceremony, and adds to it, in my opinion. Plus, there is no oath of secrecy in here. That is good, as it does not scare the new practitioner.)

This ceremony is being written as though the initiate is female. If the reverse is true, the props and person speaking some parts should be changed. It is believed that a male (meaning Priest) should initiate a female and the Priestess initiate a male. Make the appropriate substitutions to this ceremony.

[Erecting the Temple is performed in the normal manner. The Horned Helm rests beside the Altar.

Innate stands outside the Circle awaiting the summons. The innate is nude and wears no jewelry. (Note from Daven: if the Coven normally works robed, or if the innate is uncomfortable with ritual nudity, this should be dispensed with.)]

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Pagan Clerics

Erin

I was asked to write this article by a visitor to my site. It is my pleasure to do so. This is one of those topics that I feel should be discussed. Many people don’t think about it unless confronted with it. It’s important to think about these things before you go shopping for a Priest/ess to learn from or a coven to join.

It’s important to sit down and come up with a list of qualities you want in you clergyperson and in your rituals. Some common sense should be part of this process. It’s important to build the ideal cleric, but it’s just as important to understand that the “benchmark” you set in your individual quest for a cleric is only a goal and that all clerics are, of necessity, human.

I asked a list I’m a member of what qualities should be sought for in a cleric of the reader’s tradition, and I got a wave of answers. It’s a laundry list of desired characteristics. I’ll discuss those particulars with you in a bit.

With the rise of the Internet as a teaching tool, it is possible for anyone to have a national presence and be considered an authority on any subject they care to claim.

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