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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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Perfect Love and Perfect Trust

Note from Daven: This is another article from Sunfell.  When I asked for permission to reprint her other article, she graciously gave me permission to reprint this one as well.  It first appeared on The Witches Voice back in 2000.  I hope you like it.)

Perfect Love and Perfect Trust

Author: Sunfell http://www.sunfell.com/

When I was a wide-eyed newbie Pagan, all those incredible years ago, one of the first tenets of the Wiccan path I learned about was the one about “Perfect Love and Perfect Trust”. This, it was explained to me, was a way that was superior to those guilt-ridden old Christians, who professed to love, but did not, and could not be trusted to even correctly interpret Scripture. PLPT was a ‘superior’ and advanced way of interacting, and I needed to get used to it. This explanation was usually given to me by an older guy, and accompanied by a gradual insinuation of hands and eyes. I was supposed to melt right into this, and be introduced to the Mysteries of the Gods.

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THE DEATH OF LLEW

A Seasonal Interpretation

By Mike Nichols

Not of father, nor of mother
Was my blood, was my body.
I was spellbound by Gwydion,
Prime enchanter of the Britons,
When he formed me from nine blossoms.
–‘Hanes Blodeuwedd’ R. Graves, trans.

In most Pagan cultures, the sun god is seen as split between two rival personalities: the god of light and his twin, his ‘weird’, his ‘other self’, the god of darkness. They are Gawain and the Green Knight, Gwyn and Gwythyr, Llew and Goronwy, Lugh and Balor, Balan and Balin, the Holly King and the Oak King, etc. Often they are depicted as fighting seasonal battles for the favor of their goddess/lover, such as Creiddylad or Blodeuwedd, who represents Nature.

The god of light is always born at the winter solstice, and his strength waxes with the lengthening days, until the moment of his greatest power, the summer solstice, the longest day. And, like a look in a mirror, his ‘shadow self’, the lord of darkness, is born at the summer solstice, and his strength waxes with the lengthening nights until the moment of his greatest power, the winter solstice, the longest night.

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Write Your Own Magic

by Richard Webster
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
ISBN 0-7387-0001-0

A Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

I requested this book from Llewellyn to see if this would be appropriate for a text in a magick class that I have been asked to give in the near future. Sadly, it is not appropriate for my uses at all.

However, this does not mean that it is not useful for anyone. I found it informative and interesting. However, the title is somewhat misleading.

At first I thought it would be a book talking about the structure of spells, the use of ritual in those spells, what components go into spells and so on, and as such it would have been perfect for what I needed it for. However, it is a book on the magick of the written word.

Mr. Webster takes the book and starts giving suggestions for using writing as a critical component of spellcasting, and he suggests that one write down goals and so on and empower those words on the paper with the magickal energy that one wishes to use in the spell. He teaches how to use script and letters to empower spells that we need to cast.

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The Mysteries of the Ogham

(Note from Daven:  This is an excellent article on one of the basics of Celtic Life.  The Ogham.  It is the basis of most of their poetry, literature, and their knowledge.  Look it over and look over that which we have on the Druids, and I think you will start to agree with me.)

The Mysteries of the Ogham-Part One

By Kenneth R. White

The script known as Ogham (oh-m) may have been a product of the Celtic peoples coming into contact with cultures who had already developed a written language; however, it is more than likely that the script developed independently. We know that the Druids used the Greek alphabet for private matters, committing none of their lore to writing. Most of our present day knowledge of Ogham comes to us from the Book of Ballimote, which was written in about the fourteenth century. Like the other texts used to teach medieval students, its sources are far older and lost to us. Ogham is to a long and cumbersome a system to use for writing large texts. The practical use of ogham seems to have been limited to ceremonial or short inscriptions. The physical evidence suggests that Ogham was used for short inscriptions and in fact there are many such examples carved along the edges of stones. Most of these Ogham stones are found in Ireland and Wales though there are a few of them located in Scotland and England. Since Ogham is not practical for writing by hand there must have been some other use. This is where we begin our journey into Ogham as a spiritual or magical system. The Ogham letters themselves were said to have been created by the God Ogma, after whom they are named, From a seventh century Irish text, Auraicept na n’Eces, we are told:

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Extreme Claims

Every once in a while, when dealing with magicians, you will hear extraordinary claims.  While I’m not going to tell you that they are all real, I am going to suggest that you resist the urge to dismiss them completely and immediately. I’m also going to make some claims of my own here, and then I’m going to give you the story behind those claims. It is up to you whether to believe them or not.

I am DragonKin, related to the Dragon of Mount Fuji.  I am a Jedi Master, twice over.

These sound absolutely nuts when you take them out of context like this, but when you actually hear why I claim these things, you may understand how the extraordinary might be the absolute truth. I’m not making these claims to try to be special; these are just examples from my life to make the point of this article.

First thing:  I am DragonKin, related to the Dragon of Mount Fuji.

For some time, I have known about the dragons on the astral plane. I have been astral projecting for 15 years and have taught several courses in projecting to others.  During that time, I have run across many species of “fantasy creatures” that exist on the astral plane, and only on the astral plane.  One of those species is the dragon.

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A few items of note

Edited to add: I really would like to hear your opinions on this movie.

Well, it’s been a while since there was some original news here, so I’m going to try to rectify that with this post.

First off, “no new news”. Some have noticed that the Journal here has been recycling old posts. That’s on purpose. I’ve had little new to say here, so I’ve found a WordPress plugin called Old Post Promoter which finds old posts and makes them new again. This is deliberate so that those who just found this site can see what is out there. Plus, there’s nearly 500 posts here, and I could recycle an old post a day for almost two years. I have it set so that every three days an old post is pulled up. I’m pretty sure that those who are regulars here haven’t read everything either. So it’s a boon for everyone.

I do promise as the Muse or the Gods strike me, I will put up a new post or an article. So absolutely new content will not be a stranger, but I do want you all to be entertained here and not bored by seeing weeks/months of no posts. I figure old posts are better than no posts.

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A Military Witch

(Note from Daven:  I place this here because, as a former member of the Army myself, I feel for those who are trying to perform their rituals in that too regimented atmosphere.  I would argue one point in this, however.  I too was at Fort Benjamin Harrison, but back in 1987-88 and I performed several pagan ceremonies there, just not openly with the blessings of the Officers.  Keep this triumph in mind when you are in the Military, and remember those soldiers down in Fort Hood, TX and all the problems they went through to get their Coven launched.  Use your head.)

A Military Witch

by Morgan Beard

Being a professional soldier in the U.S. Army is not a profession one tends to associate with the religion of Wicca. I was surprised when I first heard of Wiccans in the armed forces, and even more surprised a short time later to find myself in the Army—Reserves, that is. However, once the shock wore off, one of my immediate concerns was: How could I practice my religion while training?

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Meditation

(I did not write this meditation, I don’t know who did.  This is one of those AOL documents that had no credit give for it, and was posted on AOL unattributed.  I’m sorry for the confusion.  If you wrote this and can prove it, please email me so you can be credited properly.)

Meditation

Ground and center

Close your eyes, breathe deep, in through the nose, hold it, count to three, exhale.

As the air leaves your body, allow the stress you accumulated to leave with it.

Inhale, count to three, exhale.

As the air leaves your body, allow the anger you have accumulated to leave with it.

As the anger leaves, allow your body to relax.

Inhale, count to three, exhale.

As the air leaves your body, allow the guilt you have accumulated to leave with it.

As the guilt leaves, allow your mind to relax.

Inhale, count to three, exhale.

As the air leaves your body, allow the sorrow you have accumulated to leave with it.

As the sorrow leaves, allow your spirit to relax.

Breathe deep, feel the empty places now within. Tonight we will fill those places with love and light.

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The Battle For Your Mind

Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today

Dick Sutphen


Summary Of Contents

  • The Birth of Conversion/Brainwashing in Christian Revivalism in 1735.
  • The Pavlovian explanation of the three brain phases.
  • Born-again preachers: Step-by-Step, how they conduct a revival and the expected physiological results.
  • The “voice roll” technique used by preachers, lawyers and hypnotists.
  • The 6 steps to conversion.
  • The decognition process.
  • Thought-stopping techniques.
  • The “sell it by zealot” technique.
  • True believers and mass movements.
  • Persuasion techniques: “Yes set,” “Imbedded Commands,” “Shock and Confusion,” and the “Interspersal Technique.”
  • Subliminals.
  • Vibrato and ELF waves.
  • Inducing trance with vibrational sound.
  • Even professional observers will be “possessed” at charismatic gatherings.
  • The “only hope” technique to attend and not be converted.
  • Non-detectable Neurophone programming through the skin.
  • The medium for mass take-over.

I’m Dick Sutphen and this tape is a studio-recorded, expanded version of a talk I delivered at the World Congress of Professional Hypnotists Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although the tape carries a copyright to protect it from unlawful duplication for sale by other companies, in this case, I invite individuals to make copies and give them to friends or anyone in a position to communicate this information.

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Paganism

Joyce & River Higginbotham
Llewellyn, 2002 $14.95 US
ISBN 0-7387-0222-6

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★½ 

When I saw this title in the catalog I got somewhat concerned. The blurb said that it was 250 pages long, and promised to explain paganism to those not familiar with the concept. My concern stemmed from the belief that 250 pages is just too small a space to explain a subject as complex as paganism.

Believe it or not, the authors actually manage to do it.

This book is clear and concise in the descriptions of what Paganism is and is not, without ever once making blanket statements like “Pagans all believe….” or “Belief in ______ is shared by all pagans…” and so on. They also never make the mistake of stating that Wicca is the only thing in paganism. They distinguish clearly between Wicca, Asatru, Shamanism, Voodoo and so on, which in my experience is a novel change.

In fact in the ethics section, the authors not only contrast but also compare Wiccan, Asatru, etcetera.

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