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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.

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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Neo-Pagan Witchcraft / Wicca 101 Glossary Part 1

Irreverend Hugh

Foreword



Neo-Pagan Witchcraft, and Pagan religions in general have undergone some startling changes and growth in the past few years. I used to laugh about the idea that Neo-Pagan expressions of
spirituality would become the dominant set of religious practices in any society. Now, due to the rapid growth in the number of people involved in Neo-Pagan religions, led by the popularity of Wicca, I still laugh but only
because such an impossible idea is being realized before my very eyes. Due to the rapid influx of newly identified Pagans, usually of Wiccan or (Neo-Pagan) Witchcraft traditions, many of us who can write have started doing so with an aim to share our spirituality with others who may need an introduction of sorts.
The following is such a work. There is a key difference however. In this work
I am attempting to clear up a lot of preconceptions and oft repeated stereotypes that even people in “the Craft” have. I also
wish to demolish some of the stereotypes and unfounded assertions that many so-called occult writers have about Neo-Pagan Witchcraft; Wicca in particular.
To start with I will list a glossary of sorts dealing with the most common terms. It is important that such common terms be defined
as clearly as possible. Remember that not all will agree with everything I have to say, but I will present explanations that are generally
agreed upon with the caveat that sometimes there is an exception or two.



In the history of Neo-Pagan Witchcraft (that is, Wicca and other Pagan Witchcraft traditions), three texts have been published which are absolutely essential reading for anyone who wants to form the most balanced
outlook. The first was Margot Adler’s Drawing Down the Moon (original ed. 1979; 4th ed. 2006) which contains a wealth of information regarding Gardner’s ‘revival’ (most likely his creation) of Wicca, which is
definitely the first version of Neo-Pagan Witchcraft. The work also contains information on other forms of Neo-Paganism which contributed to the broader community at large.
The second work is Ronald Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon (1999) which is the most scholarly and detailed account of this phenomenon. Hutton’s work proves beyond any reasonable doubt that
Neo-Pagan Witchcraft is an absolutely modern creation and a lot of cherished assumptions held by both Wicca’s supporters and detractors are laid to rest.
The third work is Bonewits’s Essential Guide to Witchcraft and Wicca (Citadel Press, 2006). Isaac Bonewits has been working on this book for decades and he was one of the first American Neo-Pagans to challenge some
of the assumptions and myths about Wicca that were being told and retold as fact by many who should have known better. He effectively demolished the “Old Religion” and “Burning Times” myths and was not well liked because of it
way back in the halcyon days of the 1970’s. His work is important in that it contains a concrete account of the creation of Wicca, the various strands of Witchcraft, definitions of Witchcraft terms, and
common ritual structures. If you are stressed for money and can only afford one of these books, Isaac’s is the one to buy and read. (Go to his site at Neopagan.net for it.)

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The Native American Ten Commandments

(Note from Daven:  I found this on another newsgroup, and it sparked a deep interest in me.  I could wish more people lived this way.  It would make for a better world.)

The Native American Ten Commandments

The Indian Ten Commandments (“Indian” meaning the indigenous people of the continent known now as North America. Commandments meaning traditional guidelines for harmonious social interchange.)

  1. Treat the earth and all that dwells thereon with respect.
  2. Remain close to the Great Spirit.
  3. Show great respect for your fellow beings.
  4. Work together for the benefit of all mankind.
  5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
  6. Do what you know to be right.
  7. Look after well being of mind and body.
  8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
  9. Be truthful and honest at all times.
  10. Take full responsibility for all your actions

Originally posted 2009-11-14 22:25:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Craft and The Craft Companion

Erin

by Dorothy Morrison
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
The Craft ISBN 1-56718-446-4
The Craft Companion ISBN 0-7387-0093-2

Reviews by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

I’m going to depart from standard practice here for a bit as these two books are going to be reviewed together. I think that is only fair as they are supposed to be a set.

The Craft

I got this and was somewhat excited as I looked at it in the catalog. I thought here is a Book of Shadows from Dorothy which should be an above average example of what it SHOULD look like.

I was disappointed with this book from the start. When I opened it up, it quickly became obvious that this was another Wicca 101 book that was really light on the theory and spirituality behind everything and only focused on the “how to” aspects.

There are exercises in here for each of the tools, and many of the tools some practitioners of the Craft don’t even use. I know of few practitioners who actually use a wand (the athame being substituted for every case without problems) but she devotes an entire chapter to the Wand. How to harvest it, how to consecrate it, how to charge it, meditations on it, why one should use it and so on. I’m sorry, I think that a tool consecration is the same for every tool, regardless of the tool. One should not need individual rituals to consecrate the wand, athame, broom and so on.

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The (Outdated) Laws

(Note from Daven:  Okay, I include this document here because I have seen those who try to obey these “laws” and who have wound up more confused than peaceful.  Wicca is about removing restrictions, not imposing more.  At one point on one of the newsgroups that I was a member of, the discussion was raging on this document.  I read it, and responded point-by-point to that which I disagreed with.  My comments to this are indented and in red. I hope you all read this carefully and think on the points raised.)

The Laws from Lady Sheba

Your High Priestess In the Magic Circle, the words, commands, and every wish of the High Priestess are law.

She is the earthly, living representative of our Gracious Goddess. She must be obeyed and respected in all things. She is Our Lady and above all others, a queen in the highest sense of the word.

All female coveners must curtsy whenever they come before her and say, “Blessed Be.” All male coveners must bend the knee and give her a kiss on the right cheek and say, “Blessed Be.”

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For Goddess’ Sake

Erin

By Hailey D.D. Klein
Conari Press, 2004 $14.95 US
ISBN 1-57324-914-9

By Daven

Blue and deep pink is what struck me first with this book. When you see the cover, you will understand that statement. One could almost say it’s garish.

Bad cover design aside; I opened the book and began reading. It quickly became apparent that this was a book that men were not invited to. Within the first few pages, I saw several references to men who were repressive and oppressive people to the detriment of women everywhere.

I tried to ignore the feminist leanings, as I try to be a feminist myself. But in this case, I felt that I was intruding on a slumber party. Every page I read talked about how women were powerful, wonderful, good, and above reproach. It implied that the only reason that the world was not right was because of the screw-ups of men.

Now, I am exaggerating somewhat, but not a lot. It is very biased toward the feminine. Understandable and laudable in this case, but I think that this point could have been somewhat less obviously made.

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Pythagorean System Of Numerology

(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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Lessons

Erin

Go read this fable. It’s wonderful. It’s up there with the other lessons and fables we teach with.

A Woodland Lesson

Originally posted 2005-05-26 13:18:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Lesson 3: Pagan History, in brief

Erin

Message: Lesson 3: History part 1
Author: Teacher – Daven Iceni

Date: Apr 11, 2000 23:41

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Bard: A new definition

Erin

(Originally published in “The Druid’s Arch”, the Official Newsletter of the Ord Draíochta Na Uisnech in the Mean Samraidh/Lughnasdh 2003 issue, Volume 1, Issue 2.)

What do we usually think of when we hear the word “Bard”? We may normally think of Taliesin, Amergin or some other famous Bard who recited poetry and created scathing satire. A studious young man who was equally adept on a harp and in song, writing reams of verse at the drop of someone’s shoe. We might think of a person who could recite thousands of lines of history or the entire Mabinogion in one sitting.

The reason for these images is simple. Our popular culture has taught us that this is what a Bard was, a songster, a musician on lute or harp, a maker of poems and scholar of history. I think that it’s time for this stereotype to die.

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Teachers of the Craft (Part #1)

Wren

(Note from Daven:  Once again, I got this from The Witches’ Voice.  This is a wonderful resource and I encourage you all to read all these articles, and to visit the Witches’ Voice and read the resources there.  This is a specific series on Teachers and the Craft.)

Teachers of the Craft (Part #1)

Neo-Pagans and Self Actualization – Part I
by Wren Walker

Many people are investigating the religions of Witchcraft, Wicca and other Neo-Pagan Paths today. There are many books and reference materials available, yet after some self study, there are some folks who would like to meet and perhaps work with a physical teacher. This can be a rewarding learning experience – or it could turn out to be your worst nightmare…

The Many Ways to Pass along the Knowledge…

There are all kinds of people out there today who may call themselves “teachers” or “experts” in Witchcraft and Wicca. Some advertise in New Age shops and publications or over the Internet. Some are well known local personalities who offer regular lectures, workshops or Wicca 101 classes. You may hear of a teacher through networking with other Pagans in your area. How can you know that these people are who they say they are? Or more importantly to you perhaps, how can you know that a teacher will be the right one for you?

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