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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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Great Destinies Make for Great Funerals


One of the core desires for humanity, for all that we are social animals, is that we want to be special. We want to stand out from everyone else; we want to be unique. When we can’t find a unique thing to be proud of and to stand out, we will make them up.

For instance, freckles. A lot of people have freckles. Some even want to have them despite problems with those who do have them, as in the story “Freckle Juice”. Freckles are uncommon, so they are somewhat unique. But I have heard tales of those who DO have freckles comparing the arrangements of those freckles into patterns, making constellations of their freckles to be even more unique. And this is what I’m talking about when I say that even among those who have cause to be distinctive, there will be a trend to want to stand out from that group.

And with that, we come to the reason I’m writing this article. It is the “grand destiny” group that really makes me want to beat my brains out.

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Well, the title says it all. Integrity. That is what this article is about.

Many will ask why I’m writing about something so basic. Well, it’s simple really, while the concept of living up to one’s self is a very basic one, there are not many who can actually do it.

Why? Probably because most people are worried about what others will think about them. For instance, not saying when you break a dish at someone else’s house is an example of this. Most people wouldn’t say anything because they are afraid of how they will be perceived by the person who owns the plate. They may be seen as a klutz or as someone who wantonly destroys other people’s possessions. That is not a true perception, but, to my mind, that is probably what they are afraid of being perceived as.

So they break the dish, hide the pieces and then go on with the night. All to save themselves a little embarrassment.

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We All Come from the Goddess


[To hear the music that goes along with this tune, click]

We all come from the Goddess
And to Her we shall return
Like a drop of rain,
Flowing to the Ocean….

We all come from the Horned One
And to Him we shall return
Like a flash of flame,
Ascending to the Heavens….

Hoof and horn, hoof and horn,
All that dies shall be reborn!

Vine and grain, vine and grain,
All that falls shall rise again!

Repeat faster…

Stars light your path.

Originally posted 2012-09-20 09:35:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Patrick’s Rune

Other Author

(Note from Daven: This is a poem I found in the book mentioned below. When I first read it, I was moved by the power of this poem and I tried to memorize it, without success. I have since copied it here, and I still think it’s very powerful.

The blank in the first line is so that the person chanting it can “customize” it to their situation. Like naming a name of someone you are with, or the place you are in, or what have you.)

Patrick’s Rune

_______________ in this fateful hour
I place all Heaven with its power.
And the Sun with all it’s brightness,
And the Snow with all its whiteness,
And fire with all the strength it hath,
And the lightening with its rapid wrath
And the winds with their swiftness along their path
And the sea with its deepness
And the rocks with their steepness
And the Earth with its starkness
All these I place,
By God’s almighty help and grace,
Between myself and the powers of Darkness.

With thanks to Madeline L’engle

“A Swiftly Tilting Planet”

Originally posted 2015-07-28 18:05:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Daven’s Recommended Reading List


All right: Due to popular demand here is my top ten list.

Rank Beginner

  1. Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
  2. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
  3. Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey
  4. The Tree (aka The Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft) by Raymond Buckland
  5. Illusions by Richard Bach
  6. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  7. Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi
  8. The Practical Pagan by Dana D Eilers
  9. An ABC of Witchcraft by Doreen Valente
  10. When Santa was a Shaman by Tony Van Renterghem (Out of Print)
  11. The Virtual Pagan by Lisa McSherry
  12. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  13. Before You Cast a Spell by Carl McColman
  14. Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses by McColman and Hinds
  15. Wiccan Beliefs and Practices by Gary Cantrell

Intermediate learner:

  1. Dune by Frank Herbert (just the original book)
  2. The White Goddess by Robert Graves
  3. The Four Branches of the Mabinogion by Evangeline Walton
  4. Progressive Witchcraft by Gavin Bone and Janet Farrar
  5. One by Richard Bach
  6. The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach
  7. The King James Version Bible

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People exist on the other side of this monitor. What you are reading right now is not what someone is, it is what someone is presenting to you. All you see is that which is presented, nothing more.

Even if you know them, see them every day, you still only see what they present. You don’t see into their heart, you don’t see the depths of their mind, you don’t know what they are REALLY thinking at any one point.

All you see is one facet of them.

Originally posted 2015-06-22 12:56:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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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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Ethics: We all need them.


Message: Before we go further,
Author: Contemplative – Daven Iceni

Date: Sep 26, 2000 00:41

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Witchcraft and the Web


by M. Macha Nightmare
ECW Press, 2001

ISBN 1-55022-466-2

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Well, I got this book not long after it’s publication, and it’s taken me this long to review it. That’s because of the amount of information available in this book.

I have been online for about 3 years now, and sporadically online since the Witches’ Voice came online in 97, however, in all that time there has not been a more needed reference on the Online Pagan Experience.

This book is a comprehensive look into the Pagans on the Internet, how they interrelate, who they know, some of the groups available for the novice, some netiquette, some advice and some information. There is a mini web directory that has a lot of online favorites of most Online Pagans in it, such as The Witches’ Voice, Drak.net, and The Church of All Worlds. All of these organizations have been cornerstones of the online pagan experience (called hereafter OPE).

Macha looks to have done her homework. She had a mailing list set up expressly to research the OPE and to ask questions on. She solicited the opinions of the online pagan and it did not seem to matter if you had 30 years or 30 minutes experience. She got all kinds of responses from the community as well.

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Definition of Wiccan/Pagan and so on…


Message: At one of the Lurker’s request,
Author: Teacher – Daven Iceni
Date: May 11, 2000 21:40

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