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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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A Familiar Tail

Erin

(Note from Daven: Just by way of information, Kittidiot is gone. When I wrote this piece, he was living with Mary and myself in an apartment in Texas. Because of a lot of problems there, and the actions of members of our community, he ran off and we could not move with him to our new home in Tennessee. I have no idea what became of him, but I’m assuming he died. He was a feral cat when I met him and I don’t think he would have any problems going back to that life. I wish him all the best.)

A Familiar Tail

(Note all views expressed in this article are the personal opinions of THE CAT and we claim no responsibility for the content of this article -Daven and Theresa)

My name is Kittidiot. Of course, that is not my real name, but it is what my pets call me. I am what most people would call a familiar, although they are what I call a pretty strange bunch. My pets believe I chose to join with a human to enhance his abilities of magick through no will of my own. How pretentious. Imagine thinking that I would do anything I did not want to do.

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Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard

Erin

by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
New Page Books, 2004 $18.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-711-8

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

(Update at Oberon’s Insistence:

Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 

)

Let me say this right up front; this is not a simple review. In this book, like the subject matter it covers, nothing is simple.

That said, I will do my humble best to give my opinions of this work. Hopefully they will reflect the scope of this book, and somewhere in the average of my thoughts, you can find something for you.

Heavy is my one word summation. It is a weighty tome and it is also filled with a lot of mind altering information, thus making the subject matter heavy as well. This is not going to be a book you can read in one sitting, unless you are not going to practice the lessons contained within.

I must admit, when I first got this book, several things concerned me. First was the worry that any book written by committee is generally doomed to be bad. I guess it’s the “too many cooks…” syndrome always concerns me having read too many good ideas gone bad. I was also worried about the apparent reaching for the teen dollar. This book seems to be written almost exclusively for the tweeny and young teen market. (A “tween” is any person between the ages of about 9 and 12.) Later conversation with Oberon confirmed that he was writing specifically for the male between 9 and 12 with this book.

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The Witches’ Sabbats

Erin

By Mike Nichols 
Acorn Guild Press, 1985 and 2005, $14.00 US
ISBN 0-9710050-2-8

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

My first encounter with this work was when I was asked to write a cover blurb for it. I got details from the publisher, wrote a couple paragraphs saying how much I valued Mike’s work and the Sabbat series in specific, and I thought that was it. I did ask for a copy when it came out.

A few days ago I got an email from the publisher saying that Mike had an autographed copy for me. I sent the publisher my address and received the book yesterday.

Had I known it would be this good, I would have praised it even higher.

Anyone who has done any research on the Sabbats or taken some sort of Wicca 101 course has heard of Mike Nichols and more than likely read his works, whether they know it or not. These essays are the benchmark that many other essays on the Sabbats are compared to. I have referenced them myself in my classes on Wicca and Paganism and have the reprinted on Daven’s Journal, with permission of course.

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This will deal with Druidic Powers

Erin

The old Druid looked out on the assembled people that he was sworn to take care of. He knew that this was his moment. He would be shining in the eyes of all the people.

He picked up his staff. Waving it over his head, he chanted in nonsense that he learned at the school “Boon kwoert franden… Sumanet frewknot potemn!” while he looked for the sure sign that the storm was about to start. To them, he knew it looked as though he were summoning the rain. But it was just mummery. He was actually doing nothing.


Many of you have read at one time or another about the supposed powers of the Druids. If you notice, in the RP threads, I limit myself to something less than what the old Druids were rumored to be able to do. This has many reasons. The primary among these is because I want my character Daven to be somewhat believable. The other reasons don’t matter now, only this one.

I do this in an attempt to portray the Druids as real people, not personages out of the Mabinogion or the Irish myth cycles. Gwidion may have been a wonder as a magician, but I believe that his powers, while not fake, were probably significantly less than what we are led to believe.

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Shoutout and thank you

Erin

 Dear Erin,I used to visit Daven’s Journal a lot up until a couple of years ago. I became a little disheartened by all things Pagan and let everything lapse in that context.Your journal, along with Witchvox, was my main port of call when I wanted to read the views of someone who seemed to have integrity and honesty about their beliefs. It was a welcome change from seeing the hundreds of sites created by people who were less interested in the spirituality and who hadn’t actually done any research into what they supposedly believed.This morning I did a Google search for Daven’s Journal for the first time in an age and was predictably confused when I followed the link and saw Erin’s Journal as the banner on the front page. After some reading around your site to find out what happened, my confusion has gone.I won’t insult you by saying I understand what you’ve gone through with the incredible changes in your life. I’m male and feel comfortable with who and what I am inside and out. So, I can’t possibly begin to grasp the amount of soul searching you must have gone through to make the decisions you have. You have a huge amount of courage to do what you’ve done, and I’m not just talking about changing your site and being open about why. I mean everything. I wish you all the best and huge respect to you for continuing to be so honest and open.I’ll keep visiting Erin’s Journal now that I’ve found it again. :)Blessings,

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Guided Meditation for Brigid

©A L Folberth 1996     HalfWolfie@AOL.com

Permission granted for personal use only.

This is a guided meditation I wrote and led for Imbolc. It is designed for a group. A single candle is placed in front of the reader so it may be read in the dark.


This is a guided meditation. It is also called path working. It is a spiritual journey created by imagination. In a relaxed state, we can touch a side of ourselves that we may ignore in ordinary life.

We begin the meditation with relaxing. Stretch and move around until you are comfortable. This meditation will last no more than 15 minutes, Don’t worry about shifting position once we start. It’s your body’s way of telling you that the circulation is slowing down. If you are uncomfortable, you can’t concentrate. At the end of this meditation, I will ring a bell to let you know that it is over.

(Speak slowly and pause often)

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Why Wicca Is Not Celtic v.3.0

(Daven’s Comments: Please note this carefully; this is NOT my essay. It is one of the classics of NeoPagan Literature, and as such deserves to be out there in the community. Every time, however, I find a copy of it, it somehow disappears off the Internet completely. To prevent this from being lost, I am putting it up here. So I don’t have to be anxious about whether or not it will vanish the next time I need to reference it. If you wish to see a more up to date version, please go to THIS SITE and read. I honestly don’t know the difference between these two, but that one is a higher version number. Sad to say the original site Clannada na Gadelica seems to have disappeared off the Internet completely. I leave this link here out of respect.)

by Iain MacAnTsaoir and Dawn O’Laoghaire


The following is by no means an indictment of the religion called Wicca. Wicca is indeed a valid and powerful path for those who truthfully walk it and understand it. However, there is a body of people who believe that Wicca is the descendant of the religious ways of the Gaelic or other Celtic peoples (or ‘Celts’ as a general nomenclature). This simply is not the case.

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Perfect Love

Erin

by DJ Conway
Llewellyn, 1998 $12.95 US
ISBN 1-56718-181-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

I got this book through a mistake on the publisher’s part. I had asked for the “Practical Guide to Astral Projection” (which I eventually got), but instead, I was sent this book. Even though I was told that I should just skip it and not worry, I still decided to write this review.

At first, my thoughts on this book were “A book on finding your soul mate on the Astral Plane? How ‘out there’ can one get?” In short, I was really skeptical and was expecting to hate this book and to write a bad review. It was a pleasant surprise therefore to find that this book was not nearly as horrible as I feared it was.

Contained in these pages are some explorations of aspects of astral projection, although these aspects are not the focus of this work. The focus is the concept of soul mates, finding them and making sure they are right for you. How do you know that this soul you met is the love of your life? Questions like this are answered in this book.

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One of my favorite episodes of Foamy

Erin

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Buckland’s Book of Gypsy Magic

Erin

By Raymond Buckland
Weiser Books, 2010  $16.95 US
ISBN 978-157863-467-5

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I like most of Raymond Buckland’s works.  Some of his work that cause concern and I have questioned the authenticity of those works.  I have spoken to the author many times about my issues. Each time, I’ve been reassured by Mr. Buckland.

This book, Gypsy Magic, gave me few reservations about the contents.

Understand; there are passages I do have to question. Most concern the history of the Romani. It’s discussed very briefly in this work.

They are a people who are persecuted to this day. I find it horrific that any feeling/thinking human being is involved on either side.

There is no reason for a person to look down upon, or mentally, emotionally, spiritually abuse another person, not for any reason.  So to find out that it still happens now, is distressing to me personally.  (And let’s leave out the whole discussion about how America is still doing this same thing to their indigenous population, that’s another rant…)

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