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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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The 21 Lessons of Merlyn

Erin

(Note from Daven: Yes, I grabbed this totally from DruidBooks, and I’m not sorry about that.  I feel that the 21 Lessons of Merlyn is one of the most devastating books ever foisted onto the public in the name of “scholarship”.  I have read excerpts from it, and none of it is true.  As a student of Druidry, I find myself compelled to speak out against this book on a regular basis.

Let me tell you a story:

Update 7-19-03: I have taken some criticism for this following passage, being that it’s not really the way things are, and that it’s not accurate. All I can say in defense of this is that this story was told to me by my wife, who was married to a Welshman, who also speaks fluent Northern Welsh. He is the one who said all this, and I think he’s in a possition to know. Regardless of that, repeated questioning and re-questioning of my wife, she stands by the story. If he lied to her about this, that’s not my fault. I’m only repeating what I was told, and the sources for that story. Now on to the story….

My wife was married once before, to a Welshman, native to Wales, and he grew up speaking Welsh.  When I found out that Monroe had stolen the “Charm of Making” from the movie, Excalibur, she laughed her head off.  It turns out that that famous scene, where Merlin is speaking to Morgan leFey’s dreams, making her recite this invocation over and over, creating a thick fog out of her mouth made her then-husband laugh his head off when he first saw the movie.  Turns out that all she was saying at that point was “Mary had a little lamb” over and over in Welsh.

It should make you stop and think about those who would plagiarize a movie for their source material, and then not even check it to see what the heck they are actually speaking.

Most times, you will find me defending Llewellyn Books as a source of Pagan Literature.  However, in this case, Llewellyn really screwed the pooch.  It’s books like this that wind up messing up a publication house’s reputation completely.  They have a few marginal works in their catalog, but this one should be thrown out completely, and Mr. Monroe should be made to reimburse them for their expenses.

What is so terrible is that more and more newbies come to Druidism having read ONLY this book, and they need months of intensive work to correct everything that they were “taught” by this man.)

From http://www.druid.org/druidbooks/monroe.htm

Originally posted 2014-06-10 22:11:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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THE WICCAN REDE

Other Author

(Note from Daven:  Okay, everyone else seems to have a version of the Wiccan Rede on their site, so I figure I need to have one too.  Here it is, and a better one I challenge anyone to find.  LOL  Take special care to look at the last line.  That is the true Rede, the one everyone speaks of when talking about the Rede.  Keep it in mind, and you probably won’t go too far wrong.)

THE WICCAN REDE

Lady Gwen Thompson

From the Samhain 1995 Issue of Witch’s Brew

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Hand-Parting

Erin

Before the ceremony the couple should sit down with the Priest and Priestess and work out a fair division of property and make arrangements for the care of any children. The Scribe would make note of this, then the record would be signed by all.

[Erecting the Temple is performed. Priest and Priestess kiss.]

Thegn: (Husband’s name) and (Wife’s Name) stand forth!

[Husband and Wife stand before the Altar, facing the Priest and Priestess, Wife before the Priest and vice-versa.]

Priestess: Why are you here?

Husband: I wish a handparting from (name).

Priest: Why are you here?

Wife: I wish a handparting from (name).

Priestess: Do you both desire this of your own free will?

Husband and Wife: We do.

Priest: Has a settlement been reached between you regarding the division of property and (if appropriate) care for the child(ren)?

Husband and Wife: It has.

Priest: Has this been duly recorded, signed, and witnessed?

Scribe: It has.

Priest: Then let us proceed, remembering that we stand ever before the Gods.

[Husband and Wife join hands.]

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The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals

Mary K. Greer
ISBN 1-56718-285-2
Series: Special Topics in Tarot

Reviewed by: Lady Theresa

Rating: ★★★★★ 

I applaud Llewellyn Publications for bringing out a book devoted to the more esoteric aspects of Tarot. They have promised that this is the first of a series of book and I will look forward to the second volume.

I anxiously awaited the arrival of this book and am pleased to report that the wait was not in vain. Mary K. Greer, noted author, lecturer, and Grandmaster of the American Tarot Association has written a compelling, readable book.

I found the work to be logical in lay out, as well as being well footnoted and researched. There has long been a need for more advanced books within many different and over lapping areas of study, “201” courses if you will. This admirably suits that need by not only offering the author’s preferences for the understanding of reversed cards but other’s choices as well.

For those planning to use this as a reference work, the index and bibliography are clear and easy follow and use. Since more and more people research information online, I very much appreciated the fact that not just books and magazines were referenced.

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Teens and the Victim Attitude

Other Author

(Note from Daven: Please note, once again, this is not my article.  I include it because it is one of the best articles of this type I have ever seen or read, and it is important for it to stay on the Internet.  So, don’t credit me with this, even though it is on my site.)

by Astraea Crowe 
also printed at http://www.geocities.com/astraeaaradia/home.html

If you are a teenager (or any age, for that matter), chances are, you are worried about opening up to your parents about your interests in paganism or magick. How the heck do you even begin to explain to them why you are interested? There is a good chance that you will be leery about telling your friends as well. I was worried about my friends suddenly changing their minds about me being cool and “normal.” A lot of people deal with that situation.

I decided to begin with my “rant” about pagan oppression, so if you want a little advice on how to speak to your parents about your spirituality, you’ll have to either read through or scroll down.

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The Candle Theory

Erin

Well, all the chronic pain and chronic energy sufferers like those with Lupus and Fibromyalgia have the Spoon Theory, and it’s a wonderful resource for explaining things to those who don’t know what is entailed in a chronic debilitating disease.

I’ve thought about it, and I realized that Introverts have something similar, and it’s important too.

The Introvert’s Candle Theory

Think about a candle. You put it out and light the wick, it burns away and then you have no more candle. That’s the way socializing works for an introvert.

You have only a finite amount of time for the social aspects to be lit, and once it’s gone, that’s it. The introvert will get nervous and anxious and antsy until they have another candle to burn. And it depends entirely on the type of candle the Introvert has that determines just how long that candle will burn. A tea light is only a couple hours, a birthday candle can only be a few minutes, while an emergency candle may last up to 72 hours. You can put the candle out and leave it extinguished for a time, light it back and have the rest of the time to socialize.

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Wiccan Magick

Erin

by Raven Grimassi
Llewellyn 2001 $12.95 US

ISBN 1-56718-255-0

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

This is one more book in the series I requested to use in my Magick Class. Good thing I got around to reviewing it AFTER my class officially ended.

I want to be clear, I know Raven from other writings and I like him a lot. This book has some good information in it. It also has a lot of old stereotypes in it that are better left behind. I really don’t understand how it can still be said with any modicum of seriousness that modern Witchcraft is centuries old.

I had to read through the book in stages. It is a weighty book, and shouldn’t be finished in one sitting. There is a lot of information here. Please note, I did not say that there was a lot of NEW information here. It is the same information that can be found in many other places, explained more concisely, with more detail, and with a different spin on it. But the same set of correspondences, the same herbal information, the same use of the pentagram and so on. It’s Magick 101 for dummies.

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To Whom It May Concern:

Other Author

am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult, in order to accept the responsibilities of a 6-year-old. The tax base is lower.

want to be six again.

want to go to McDonald’s and think it’s the best place in the world to eat.

want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make waves with rocks.

want to think M&Ms are better than money, because you can eat them.

want to play kickball during recess and stay up on Christmas Eve waiting to hear Santa and Rudolph on the roof.

long for the days when life was simple. When all you knew were your colors, the addition tables, and simple nursery rhymes, but it didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know, and you didn’t care.

want to go to school and have snack time, recess, gym and field trips.

want to be happy, because I don’t know what should make me upset.

want to think the world is fair and everyone in it is honest and good.

want to believe that anything is possible.

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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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Simplified Spellcasting

Erin

If you are reading this article, you obviously have a desire to cast spells. Fantastic. This article won’t teach you spells. It will, however, teach you about spells so you can create and cast your own.

At its most basic, a spell is a wish, a HARD wish, sent with energy into the universe. It is desire, with energy tacked on to it. That package is then “fired” off into the universe to set up a vibration like a homing beacon. This vibration attracts energy with similar vibrations to it, making that vibration greater and greater, pulling more and more of that similar energy to it. This has the effect on you of making your wish more and more likely to occur.

Congratulations, that’s the most simplified version of a spell. At its base form, this is what ALL spell-casting and prayer is, a vibration that attracts like to like and makes situations more likely.

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