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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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Privilege, Not Persecution

Note from Daven:I was directed toward this essay on Livejournal by a friend. I read it and thought it was one of the best of its type on the Internet. I didn’t want the essay to be lost because it was on an obscure blog, so I asked for permission to repost it here. Please read this and comment on the original article if you chose too.

By [personal profile] ebonypearl

On a friend’s FB, she commented about how she was tired of Christians whining about being persecuted in the US. She’s a sweet heart of a woman, charming, funny, warm-hearted, everything you’d want in a friend. She’s always a very devout Christian. I don’t think we’ve ever really discussed religion – there’s not a whole lot of need to talk if one walks the walk; there are so many other things to talk about when we get together. But over the years, we’ve come to learn things about one another and the fact that we have different religious beliefs only deepens our friendship.

Her wall post attracted a Christian who very plainly felt she was personally put upon and persecuted by American society for being Christian. When this woman (I’m calling her CP for “Christian Person”) commented that she viewed verbal comments from people expressing different points of view (mind you, not comments that attacked her religion, just expressed a different viewpoint) to be persecution, I’m sorry, but I rolled my eyes. When someone asked her for examples, CP wrapped herself in her privilege and accused the querant of attacking her and not caring; that :::sob::: nobody cared! so she just would go away and not talk to such mean people!

Shades of the old Fascist Meanie Pooh Pooh Head days!

Originally posted 2010-09-14 10:54:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Dermal Regenerator, or a Skin Gun

Erin

This is a link to a story about a “skin gun” which fires dermal skin cells into burn victims’ burned areas, and SAVES THEIR LIVES. It regrows the skin in a day or two, and it prevents the infection and will change the fucking world. Reblog this, spread it around, give the url out, EVERYONE needs to know about this. Especially the government.

My uncle died from burns. He was working in his gas station, the truck came in and did a fuel dump into the above ground tank, and it overflowed, then pooled in the office. Someone opened the door, the coil heater came on, and blew up the whole office. He had 3rd degree burns on 80% of his body and died in a week. This would have saved his life.

The article is linked below, and the movie is something you HAVE to see.

Healing burns in a matter of days with the stem-cell gun

Originally posted 2011-02-10 01:46:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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They Came for Me

“They came for the communists, and I did not speak up because I wasn’t a communist;

They came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a socialist;

They came for the union leaders, and I did not speak up because I wasn’t a union leader;

They came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up for me.”

Martin Niemoller, 1892-1984

Originally posted 2009-11-10 02:34:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Imbolic Sabbat

Erin

January 31

[Pronounced Im-ball-ick. Erecting the Temple is performed. Priest and Priestess kiss. On the Altar are the two candles from Yule. They are not lit. Each witch has an unlit candle tucked into his/her belt.]

Priestess: Now has the Lord reached the zenith of His journey
It is good that we rejoice for Him.
From now till Beltane is the path ahead less dark,
For He can see the Lady at its end.

Priest: I urge ye, Wiccans all,
To give now your hearts to our Lord Woden.
Let us make this a Feast of Torches
To carry Him forward, in light,
To the arms of Freya.

[Priest and Priestess take up the extra candles off the Altar. Witches take the candles from their belts.]

Priest and Priestess: Light now your flames from the Sacred Altar.

[Females light their candles from the Priest’s; males from the Priestess’s. When all are lit they hold them high in their left hand, Seaxes high in their right.]

All: To Woden. The Mighty one,
Do we give our love and our strength.
So be it!

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Why not 20 years?

Erin

Any modern student of Druidry will eventually hear that the ancients spent 20 years learning to become a full-fledged Druid.

It can be a daunting thought. All that studying and learning, just so one can talk to the Gods. Most of the time this number is simply accepted and then ignored. If one thinks about it at all, one may spend some time blessing a deity of choice that modern Druidism is not like that. With any diligence at all a student can expect to receive the title of Druid in just a couple years.

It occurred to me recently that some may question why no longer takes 20 years of study to achieve the honor, right and responsibility inherent in the title, Druid.

In order to closely examine why current Druidic schools (such as the ODU and OBOD) don’t require that amount of time, it would be helpful to understand what the Druids of old studied, and for how long, to comprehend why it took 20 years to achieve the degree of Druid.

Documents indicate the ancient Druidic candidate spent their time in the study of many different disciplines. They started at a young age, usually about 8, and until they were 28, they studied every aspect of druidism their teacher thought was important.

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An Annotated Bibliography for Witchcraft

The Magic of Ancient Celtic Beliefs in a Contemporary Society

(Note from Daven: I have personally read most of these texts and references.  I find them to be some of the best sources of information.  I highly recommend all these books, and I will append a list of my own personal favorites to the end of this article. Or at least, put the rest of the “recommended reading lists” there.)

The purpose of this listing is to help the novice sort out the reliable from the sensational in the wealth of material that is now available on Witchcraft. I have left out old historical treatises (records of the Inquisition and such) which are of little value to the modern student, and have concentrated instead on contemporary sources. This also yields a much more objective perspective. ~~ Mike Nichols [c.1989]

THE TEXTS

‘Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today’ – 2nd ed. – by Margot Adler. Beacon Press trade paperback.

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Q&A

Erin

This is a list of questions I got in an email. Apparently the person had sent this several times trying to get them answered. I don’t know if they got it in response, but here are the questions and my answers.

Originally posted 2011-06-18 12:27:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Magician’s Workbook

Erin

by Donald Tyson
Llewellyn, 2001 $17.50 US
ISBN 0-7387-0000-2

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

The Magician’s Workbook is definitely a workbook. This is laid out as a series of lessons, one per chapter. These are not the standard “learn these facts and this information and then answer these questions”. They are practical exercises, concentrating on being able to demonstrate the skill before moving on to the next lesson. Each chapter is meant to illustrate one idea. It is critical to learn the exercise before moving on since the next lesson will be built on the previous lesson you just mastered.

Mr. Tyson does a good job of condensing the practices The Golden Dawn uses in a series of lessons for the average person. They are well laid out. Each lesson and exercise builds on the previous one, exploring concepts in depth throughout the work.

Warning to those who think this book will be easy. Do not expect to learn everything about The Golden Dawn from it. That is not the purpose of the book, nor is all the information made available here. It is necessary for the reader/practitioner to do the work to derive the most this book has to offer. It will require a commitment of nearly a year to complete the exercises and it will mean a lot of practice and meditation as well.

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Witchcraft 101: So Ya Wanna be a Witch? (part #1)

Wren

(Note from Daven:  I asked Fritz and Wren of The Witches’ Voice if I could reprint these here, and they told me okay.  So, read this if you want, and think about it regardless.)

Witchcraft 101: So Ya Wanna be a Witch? (part #1)
by Wren Walker

Since its inception, the Witches’ Voice, has been barraged with email asking the simple question… “How do I become a Witch”? Although, it has never been the mission of the Witches’ Voice to actually teach Witchcraft we find ourselves constantly shocked at the aweful responses the Teenage Witch or new seeker receives from many that “claim” themselves “elders” of the craft. For this we apologize. We will never preach or claim to “have the answer”. There are indeed many paths and many ways, it is our goal to give you the tools to get started and what to look out for.

Part 1…

I Want To Be In A Coven. How Do I find One?

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My Rebuttal of “Witchcraft, The Facts”

Erin

In my time on the Internet and dealing with various email groups, I have found that there is a ton of information being disseminated. Looked at objectively, some of it is good, some is bad, but a lot of it seems to be coming from a paltry 20 total sources. Cunningham, Silver Ravenwolf, Buckland, The Witches’ Voice, and Mike Nichols seem to be the most prominent sources, although some information can be traced all the way back to AOL’s Pagan files and Athos’ Pagan Files, the latter which is now sadly gone from the web.

One of the top sources currently appears to be “Witchcraft, The Facts“. The Rev. Norm Vogel seems to feel that his work should be the primary source for what Witchcraft is and that his interpretation is the only interpretation. This despite the fact that this alleged seminal document is a scant one page that he wrote almost 5 years ago, judging by the copyright. Apparently there are many visitors who go to his site and praise him for his work, giving him ego strokes that he apparently must have. It only feeds his incorrect belief that he is correct and speaks for everyone.

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