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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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The Truth about Enochian Magick

Erin

by Gerald and Betty Schueler
Llewellyn Publications, 1996 (48 pages, $2.99 US)
ISBN 0-87542-716-2

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

I acquired this item hoping I would not only understand the “mysteries” of Enochian Magic I also hoped to use it as a reference for my High Magick class. I must give you my first impressions on this book when I opened the package and found it.

I thought, “Someone has been to the grocery store and put this in instead of the real book, it can’t have any information in it at all.” The book measures about 7 inches by 4 inches. Barely big enough to qualify as a pamphlet much less a “book. I saw how thin it was, 48 pages, and I didn’t think it could hold any information at all.

Reading it took almost no time. I took two days to polish it off, but that was simply because I kept getting distracted by other things. I was not able to sit down and read it from front to back in a couple hours as I normally do.

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On Hobby Lobby and Christian Businesses

Erin

This has been kicking around in my head for a little while, and I’m going to share it multiple places, but I want to get this more moderate view out to people right now.

I really don’t have a problem with religious businesses discriminating or exempting themselves from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) here in the United States.

Now, before you get the pitchforks, torches and ropes, let me explain.

There’s a key word there, and that is “religious”. This means that the business in question is created to serve members of a specific faith, and their entire business rotates around selling products or services to those of that faith.

Examples?

  • A Christian Bookstore dedicated to making, printing, publishing, and selling Bibles and other sundry texts to those of the Christian Faith.
  • A Jewish Supply company, making and manufacturing manorahs, the skullcaps and matza balls (for example).
  • A Pagan bookstore selling tarot cards, pagan themed books, holistic healing services.
  • An Islamic clothing store, selling chador, hajib, the men’s clothing and so on.
  • The Seventh Day Adventist grocery stores
  • The Liahona (this is the name of the stores that sell holy underwear and books to Mormons)

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Teen Wicca Excerpt

Erin

As promised, here is an excerpt from this upcoming book. This is one chapter, not all of it. This is also copyrighted material, so you CANNOT republish this AT ALL without my permission, and I can say that I won’t be giving it since this is for publication, and until it is published it cannot be shared.

Also, keep in mind that this is a draft copy. All this may be changed in the final version. It’s not been edited, nor has it even been spellchecked. I thought I would let you all get an advance look into what I plan on saying. ;-)

With those thoughts firmly in mind, please click here.

Originally posted 2005-05-07 19:04:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Druids’ Alphabet

Erin

by Robert Lee (Skip) Ellison
Earth Religions Press, 2002 $17.95 US
ISBN 1-59405503-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

One would think that a book on the Ogham by the current Arch Druid of the Ar nDraiocht Fein would be a book a cut above many others, and that thinking would be correct in this work.

I got this book to continue my studies in the Ogham and I was expecting something very different from what I got. I was expecting a work on the divination of the Ogham, but instead I got almost a masterwork on the Ogham Alphabet itself. Contained in this work are examples of the 120 different Ogham sets that the Druids used, with graphic examples taken from the various museums that still have them in their collection, and much other lore on the Ogham. There is information on the Bird Ogham, the River Pool Ogham, and all of it points to the Ogham associations that we have now being a way to remember the letters, much like today’s alphabet of A is for Apple, B is for.

The section on the different types of Ogham script and the different associations that the letters have makes this work invaluable in and of itself. But there is some more.

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Teachers of the Craft (Part #6)

Wren

(Note from Daven:  This is copyright Wren Walker and The Witches’ Voice.  It is reprinted here by permission.  Don’t take it or you will have Karma kick you in the butt.)
Teachers of the Craft (Part #6)

Lecturing Do’s and Don’ts
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…

You’ve Been Asked To Present A Lecture Or Talk On Paganism:

Yes, You CAN Do It!

The key is to be prepared. You can use the teacher’s lesson plan outline to help you to organize your thoughts and materials. Do this at least one week before the event. Make all revisions and additions in the next few days and spend the remaining time practicing your talk.

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Goddess Faces

Erin

My wife Mary got a question on this topic on Care2 and she wrote this response. She claims that she has no clue where 99% of it came from.

Ah, my apologies. In my faith women go through four phases in life. Maiden, Mother, Crone and occasionally bridging all three Warrior.

Maiden is the springtime of life, learning and growing, glowing with all the possibilities possible for anyone, yet a girl for potential is not fulfillment.

Mother is more responsible, and having children of her own or not, is a nurturing influence on those around her. She is a woman, secure in her knowledge and place. She is not subservient to men, far from it. She is an equal partner with them. They must have each other to bring new life into the world. The tribe always needs new life.

Crone cannot bear children anymore but hers is the wisdom of age, hard won in many cases. Not only does she have life experience, she has knowledge from the books and teachers of this world and the other. It is her duty to pass on her wisdom to the tribe.

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Song to Awake Rhiannon

(Note from Daven: This is a poem my wife “channeled” one year a LONG time ago when we were correcting a set of documents we had in our possession. It was moving up on Ostara, which in our practice is when Rhiannon awakens from her sleep in the Winter, and prepares to take up her duties on Beltane. Herne has been without Her for three months, and misses His Lady terribly. This is His plea to Her to awaken and be with Him before He has to sleep at Litha.)

Song to Awake Rhiannon

By Mary

Herne came to me and said:

Awaken sweet wife, for I am lonely and need You.
Feel the power of my love for You, the heat of my Sun shining on You.

Hear the Birds, Your children calling to You to arise for they are alone and need You.
Springtime is here My love AWAKE! I beg You. AWAKE for I need You.

Without You there is no life and We are They who are the givers of life.
Without You there is no love and We are They who are the givers of love.
Without You I am lost and alone and We are They who are One.

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Affecting people on the Internet

Erin

Magickal disciplines have been around for centuries, all except this one. Why? The Internet in its current form has only been in existence for about 15 years or so, making this a still budding discipline.

Yes, it is possible to cast a spell on someone whom you know only as a screen name and/or IM buddy. It’s not that much different from affecting someone who is standing next to you in real life.

You need no tools, no props, no special ceremonies or special words of power. All you need is your trained will. As always, this is the key to successful magick.

And now, allow me to give you some theoretical background. When you cast a spell, what do you do? You raise the power, you chant the chants, you channel that into your desire, you add any emotions you may be feeling, you state your purpose and you send that energy off. But where does that energy go? Is it a physical thing? Does it actually drain out of you?

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The Greatest Neo-Pagan Conceit

Irreverend Hugh

One thing that bothers me is the fact that Neo-Pagans, and those who call themselves Wiccan in particular, are virulently anti-Christian. Even the supposedly more moderate Neo-Pagan elders (who should know better) have made statements to the effect that Neo-Paganism is going to replace Christianity. (Not a very diplomatic expression. Not even an expression that shows any of Neo-Paganism’s supposed open-mindedness.) I must confess that such an event, if not coerced, would be fine by me. But frankly, despite the wishful thinking of many people who have probably themselves escaped or left the Christianity of their parents, I find no evidence that Christianity is going to be replaced by anything closely resembling Neo-Paganism. Christianity is not even disappearing, though its influence on several Western European nations has waned considerably in the last hundred years. Within American society, Christianity is stronger now than it has ever been since the founding of the nation.

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Tired of Christian Apologetics

Originally posted by Elf on her blog at Dreamwidth.

There’s no shortage of blog posts and comments by Christians, saying, “please don’t consider me to be one of those nasty icky bigoted unthinking fundamentalists.”

* “Christianity is much broader, deeper and richer than fundamentalism.”[1]
* “I wish people wouldn’t lump all Christians in the same group”[2]
* “There is a vile strain of Christianity, indeed, but there are caring, thoughtful moderate and progressive Christians out there – millions of them.” [3]
* “I want it to be clear to you and your family that we do not all hate. We are not all bigots.”[4]

I could quote more. (The roundup for this post turned up half a dozen more easily; I’m sure I could find more than that with a bit of work. Just plug “not all christians are” or “all christians aren’t” into Google.)

Originally posted 2010-08-22 22:41:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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