Astute readers of my Journal will have already noticed that the name has changed. That’s what should be. But let me tell you why.
As you may have read in earlier entries, I’m transitioning from Male to Female. Well, in recent months I’ve made some major strides forward in that regard, namely I’ve come out to everyone I know that I’m transitioning, and I’ve legally changed my name from my male moniker to a more female name.
With this change came a LOT of soul searching, a lot of meditation and a lot of discussion with the Gods. Finally after a long time, we all determined that I am Their daughter just as much as I was Their son. I am Their Priestess and still Their Priest.
Confusing? You bet you. About as confusing as being female, dressing as female, being called “She” and “Her” and “Miss” and still being called “Dad” by my daughter. But that’s okay, things take time, and I’m only partway through the hormone treatment.
So, with the new name, new gender and the acknowledgment of the world at large, I rededicated myself one morning near Samhain . I abandoned the name Daven and took the name Erin to be my magickal working name.
You may be able to see some of the changes.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
So, the name of the Journal is changing to Erin’s Journal. But the content is not. It will still have the same content as any you have come to expect. The look and feel will be the same. It may have more personal focus and changes based on crossing gender lines and still being a representative of the Gods.
I am going to be taking time over the next months to find and change all references to Daven’s Journal and replace them with Erin’s Journal. I am going to do this gradually since it will take some time for you, the reader, to adjust to this change too. Everyone knows Daven’s Journal, but it will take time to realize that it is the same site as Erin’s Journal. Thus the “new and improved” logo upstairs. Hopefully by keeping something the same, it can become normal, then we gradually phase out the various elements of Daven and replace them with Erin.
But also, like the Shattered Tower, this is a change that has happened and cannot be undone. But also like Death, it’s one that has been a long time in coming.