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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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Podcast

Erin

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

http://magicalmusings.net

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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Green Witchcraft

Erin

by Ann Moura (Aoumiel)
Llewellyn Publications, 2000
ISBN 1-56718-690-4

Rating: ★★★★½ 

When I first received this trilogy (I also received Green Witchcraft II and Green Witchcraft III in the same package) I was excited. Here was a beginner’s volume that promised to be as good as Buckland’s or Cunningham’s books. In many respects, I was correct.

However, the title and the introduction state that this series and this particular book is a “Beginner’s Guide” which I would have to take some exception to. I will explain this further in my review.

Upon first getting the book, I must say that the artwork is excellent. The simple line drawings that decorate the chapters evoke a quiet sense of beauty, reminiscent of the minimalist styles of artwork of Asia. I wish the artist were credited on their drawings. (The interior artist, I later found out is Nyease Sommerset.)

Within the first five pages, I started getting confused. The author is extremely familiar with Wicca, the Craft, Religions and many other areas of study relating to this arena, and the writing was clear, but I was expecting the book to start with something like “Welcome to Wicca, I will be your guide” or another form of hand-holding that many of the authors of beginning Wicca books do. Ann does none of these.

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BRIGIT OF THE CELTS

Other Author

(Note from Daven:  I found this document when I was researching for Imbolic ceremonies for a Historical group I am involved with (Ancient Sites, if you must know) and I liked this so much, I copied it to my local computer.  Glad I did now.)

BRIGIT OF THE CELTS

Brigit was one of the great Triple Goddesses of the Celtic people. She appeared as Brigit to the Irish, Brigantia in Northern England, Bride in Scotland, and Brigandu in Brittany.

Many legends are told about Brigit. Some say that there are three Brigits : one sister in charge of poetry and inspiration who invented the Ogham alphabet, one in charge of healing and midwifery, and the third in charge of the hearth fire, smithies and other crafts. This catually indicates the separate aspects of her Threefold nature and is a neat division of labor for a hard-working goddess.

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A Year of Ritual

Erin

by Sandra Kynes
Llewellyn, 2004 $14.95 US
ISBN 0-7387-0583-7

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Every once in a while you come across a book that stands out as a shining example of what all good books are and could be.

This is not that book.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not on the level of, say, 21 Lessons of Merlyn, but it’s not stellar either. It’s average. That’s the best I can say about it.

I can’t even say that it’s good to use as a Wicca 101 text, since it has many factual errors in it in addition to totally de-emphasizing the God in favor of Vaginamancy. Examples of factual errors include the “myth” of Persephone and Demeter. According to this author, Persephone willingly went into Hades to comfort the souls there. This was news to me since the way *I* learned the myth was that Hades kidnapped and raped Persephone and Demeter basically shut down the world until she returned. The author even states that this is the original myth and says, “Happily, this gentler version is gaining popularity.” (p 29)

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Moon Manners: Etiquette for Group Rituals

Other Author

(Note from Daven:  To my chagrin, I discovered that I did not have a copy of this excellent document on my website, despite having it in my Book of Shadows.  So, here it is.  Enjoy it all.)

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ALCOHOL, DRUGS: As we all know, there are many different views about these substances. As a general rule, don’t use them either before or during the ritual. In any case never bring anything illegal with you; this is to protect you and the community as well. If you are sponsoring the ritual please remember to have a non-alcoholic alternative for non-drinkers. It is not cute to secretly spike the punch – do not do it.

BAREFOOT: Not necessarily always required in circle, but definitely polite. In some traditions one goes unshod in respect of sacred space; and besides being respectful of others’ beliefs, you’re less likely to hurt someone by stepping on their toes if you’re not wearing shoes either. (This only applies to indoor rituals.)

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Pythagorean System Of Numerology

Other Author

(Note from Daven:  This is a work on standard Numerology, as opposed to the Celtic Numerology that Mike Nichols wrote about.  I place it here because this system of numerology is one of the most widely used in the world.  You may need it one day.  I know I did.)

Pythagorean System Of Numerology

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Now simply total the numbers which represent the letters of your name.

JOHN PHILIP BROW’N would total: JOHN (1 + 6 + 8 + 5) = 20 = (2 + 0) = 2 PHILIP (7 + 8 + 9 + 3 + 9 + 7) = 43 = (4 + 3) = 7 BROWN (2 + 9 + 6 + 5 + 5) = 27 = (2 + 7) = 9

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Midsummer Magickal Celebrations of the Summer Solstice

Erin

by Anna Franklin
Llewellyn Publications, 2002
ISBN 0-7387-0052-5

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Anna Franklin should be an old hand at this, since she worked on Lammas with Paul Mason previously. This is her opportunity to shine, and shine she does with this book.

As with the other books in this series, there is a lot of information that the reader will have to assimilate. It is a reference work, not designed to be a book that is read once and sold to the used bookstore.

To that end, it has quite a bit of good information in it, from the origins of Midsummer and resultant celebrations, to Craft how-tos.

Those pagans who do not follow a European/Wiccan path will find this book of use also, since there are references to Chinese and African midsummer celebrations, as well as the standard European rites.

Ms. Franklin also includes footnotes for those of us who crave more information on a fact she cites. They are usually referencing works from the time she is researching, such as citing a passage in The Golden Bough for a declaration she made about the Roman Midsummer Celebrations. I find this in and of it self, extremely helpful.

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Neo-Pagans and Self Actualization – Part II

Wren

(Note from Daven:  This article should be self explanatory, it’s something that we all need to look at.  When I first read it, I got chills.  This is part 2 of this excellent series, and I think it’s something every Pagan and Wiccan should read at least once.  This is used by permission of the author.  You can find their site at http://www.witchvox.com)

Neo-Pagans and Self Actualization – Part II
by Wren Walker (1/10/2000)


The Road To Self Actualization Is Not A Free Ride!

A.H. Maslow began his work entitled, “Religions, Values and Peak Experiences,” with-of all things-his thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling that eliminated mandatory prayers in the public schools. His was not a treatise on the Constitution nor specifically on the idea of the separation of church and state. Maslow, as a psychologist, was more interested in the reactions of people and how they viewed this particular event. Vocal opponents of the school prayer decision decried the ‘removal’ of God from the classrooms and what they saw as the beginning of the second fall of Mankind into some sort of ‘anything goes’ immorality or ‘valueless’ society.

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Hola Drama

Erin

Oh my goddess….

Norm is back. It’s one of those situations that is just too stupid for words.

As many may know, I’m a regular (and one of the admins) at Obsidian’s Mirror Forum. In the past we have had problems with Norm Vogel (and if you want to find his site, do a Google Search, I’m not giving him free publicity). Mainly because he’s got chronic and terminal Fluffyitis. I have done an expose’ on his site a while back (which is available here) and he had a fit. I have no clue why, probably because I tended to say that his site was spreading disinformation.

Sad thing is that most of the current crop of Wiccans and witches would agree that his site stinks. Now mind you, I did not say that his entire site stinks, just one page. It’s an important distinction that apprently “Mr.” Norm does not see.

Well, he has a cronie, by the name of “Dragon Goddess”. (Once again, do a Google Search) She is one of those brainless people who don’t critically evaluate information they read, she simply regurgitates whatever she’s fed, without thinking it through. It’s sad really.

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For Mary

Erin

A poem

Each laugh line
around her beautiful eyes
is more precious to me than emeralds.
Each is a time she smiled
that smile that stole my heart
Each one means I did something
that made her enjoy life.

Each tear she shed
broke my heart.
They are symbols that I failed
to ease her sorrow.
They represent times
when the stress of living
made her hate life.

Each grey hair
that crowns her intelligent head
I cherrish as the silver they are colored.
They are war-wounds
badges of honor.
They are the the hair pulling episodes
that tempered her life.

Each stretch mark
surrounding her stomache
is a map of the life she helped bear.
She has given me the
supreme gift of my daughter,
the girl who I get to raise
and teach to live her life.

Watching her live
with me and in my life
makes my life a thing of beauty.
There are scars on her soul
that none will ever see
but which I know are there
and which completes her life.

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The Four Powers

Erin

By Nicholas Graham
Megalithica Books, 2007 $21.99 US
ISBN 1-905713-04-5

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

About four years ago, I was looking around for books to recommend to the teens that came to me for training in Wicca. At the time the only book on the market was “Teen Witch” I didn’t think it was very good. I thought I should try to write my own.

With this book, Nicholas beat me to it.

The premise of this book is to make magick accessible for beginners, to teach them basic magickal theory allowing them to make changes in their own lives. With that as his goal he does an exceedingly good job. One point that I missed is that this is geared toward beginners, not specifically teens, but since most beginners are, in fact, teens, this book is absolutely appropriate for them.

While on the surface this may look similar to Deborah Lipp’s “The Way of Four”, instead of using an elemental model to describe basic magickal theory, Nicholas goes for the “the Four Powers” model of “To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Remain Silent”. All of the theory he demonstrates fits into one of those four classifications.

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