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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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THE DEATH OF LLEW

Erin

A Seasonal Interpretation

By Mike Nichols

Not of father, nor of mother
Was my blood, was my body.
I was spellbound by Gwydion,
Prime enchanter of the Britons,
When he formed me from nine blossoms.
–‘Hanes Blodeuwedd’ R. Graves, trans.

In most Pagan cultures, the sun god is seen as split between two rival personalities: the god of light and his twin, his ‘weird’, his ‘other self’, the god of darkness. They are Gawain and the Green Knight, Gwyn and Gwythyr, Llew and Goronwy, Lugh and Balor, Balan and Balin, the Holly King and the Oak King, etc. Often they are depicted as fighting seasonal battles for the favor of their goddess/lover, such as Creiddylad or Blodeuwedd, who represents Nature.

The god of light is always born at the winter solstice, and his strength waxes with the lengthening days, until the moment of his greatest power, the summer solstice, the longest day. And, like a look in a mirror, his ‘shadow self’, the lord of darkness, is born at the summer solstice, and his strength waxes with the lengthening nights until the moment of his greatest power, the winter solstice, the longest night.

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A Field Guide to Otherkin

Erin

By Lupa
Megalithica Books, 2007, $21.99
ISBN 978-1-905713-07-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 


Okay, let’s get something out of the way before I get into this review. In the past, I had considered myself Otherkin. It was during a time of exploration and self discovery, and while I still consider myself a Therian, I no longer truly consider myself to be Otherkin. And yes, I am quoted in this book.

Now that that is out of the way, I want to say that I think this book should be on the shelf of almost everyone who is interested in Otherkin, Animals and Shamanism or weird subcultures. Lupa does an outstanding job with this book.

I can’t really say much more than that. You must be willing to suspend your disbelief a lot when you read this book simply because the concept is pretty “out there”. I know that when I first encountered the concept of Otherkin, I was thinking to myself “Wait, there is a group of people who believe they are descended from human-like animals and dragons who really think that they aren’t human?”

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The Wiccan Rede

Irreverend Hugh

Breaking Craft Stereotypes:

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Druidism today

Erin

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

Well, here it is, Beltane again. Once more we stand on the threshold of the transition between Winter and Summer. “The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul” as one author put it, is now at an end, and we are moving back into the light. All around us, the Earth has been waking and changing. The plants have been pushing up through the soil, renewing their life, the birds have mated and even now, the chicks are starting to grow. The wild things are leaving the protection of their parents and starting to move around on their own, renewing the LIFE that is this planet.

How are we, as Druids, responding to this? We may feel it in our bones, we may feel the quickening pulse of the Land, we may feel compelled to sing at odd times. Many of us may be forced by something deep inside ourselves to clean the house and air it out, letting the newness that is Spring and Summer come in. Soon we will be hearing the lazy buzz of the bees and the Katydids and remembering the lethargy that comes when the heat climbs into the triple digits. We may remember to take shorter showers, conserve water and to try to make sure that others have the same resources that we have.

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The Truth about the Runes

(Note from Daven:  On the site, Ancient Sites, there was a discussion about Germany and some of the culture there, since they are part of the Celts.  If you discuss the Germans of history, you must, of course, talk about the Norse.  In the discussion, the topic of Runes was brought up, the FUThARK runes of so many divination systems.  This is part of that discussion, and what one scholar of the runes and Germans and Norse had to say…)

The Truth about the Runes

Message: Little or no evidence for runic divination

Author: sceptical – Thiudareiks Flavius

Date: Jan 29, 2000 21:31

I agree with Theodoric and would caution anyone interested in the *historical* uses of the runic alphabets against most or even all of the books available on ‘runic divination’. It is *possible* that the symbols Tacitus refers to in his accounts of various types of Germanic divination were runic, but it’s impossible to be certain. According to current theories of the development of the runes, they were only just being developed amongst the northern peoples when Tacitus was writing, so it could be that they were pre-runic symbols or something else entirely.

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No, you are not being psychically attacked

Erin

So, you have bad luck in your life. You have things happen to you that make you think you are being attacked psychically? You think that you are being persecuted by some entity or unknown enemy?

Hate to break this to you, but the chances are that you are NOT being attacked. It’s more likely that you simply have some bad luck.

Everyone in the world has bad things happen to them. They cut themselves shaving, they fall down, they have birds crap on their car. Each thing that happens really does have a cause, but it’s not necessarily because someone has it out for you.

See, things like this are misinterpreted all the time. Normal mundane bad luck and consequences are misidentified all the time. I get sick of it since there is absolutely no reason for someone to think that this string of bad luck that they are experiencing is in any way connected with a psychic attack.

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The Story of Father Yule

Erin

To Rhiannon

From Uncle Bobbie

Many years ago in Europe, Father Yule was a normal man. He worked hard every day to feed his wife and children. They were a happy family. Though they had little money, they gathered each night around the fire and sang and laughed and told funny stories. Then, as the children began to fall asleep, Father Yule would tote each one up to the loft and tuck them into bed. They would sleep soundly and dream of happy things. One winter day the mother took the children to town so they could find gifts for the winter holiday. Suddenly, a terrible snowstorm came along. The snow fell so hard they could not see their way home. They became lost and were never heard form again.

When Father Yule heard the news of his family being lost, he cried and cried. He had made toys and gifts for them and now there was no one to give them to. He searched and searched for his family, but her could not find them. He wandered many miles from his home. He began to see other children like his own but who were poorer than his family was. He was that they had no gifts for the holiday; they barely had enough food to eat. In fact, the children only had one pair of warm stockings. And those must be washed and dried everyday.

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Elders

Erin

< song >

Where have all the Elders gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the Elders gone?
Long time ago.
Where have all the Elders gone?
Ignored them every one.
Oh when will they ever learn?
Oh when will they ever learn?

< /song >

(with apologies to Pete Segar)

Another question that is asked a lot on forums and online, and even in various communities is “Where have the Elders gone to? Why aren’t they around to teach us?”

It’s a combination of things, some of it you, some of it knee-jerk reactions due to others who approached those Elders and burned them.

The “good elders” are right here, and always have been. But we learned to shut up when we see posts asking for teachers on forums, because invariably someone posts something asking for advice, and answer, a serious question. Then we spend several minutes to an hour or two writing a post detailing exactly what needs to be done, and then as sure as I breathe, someone else comes along and posts something that is completely counter to what we just put up, and we get ignored. Why? Because what we put down is hard. The other person’s post is easy and it validates the first poster and enables them to be lazy.

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Teachers of the Craft (Part #5)

Wren

(Note from Daven:  Okay, here we are again.  This is from The Witches’ Voice and is used here by permission.  Don’t think I would steal it.)

Teachers of the Craft (Part #5)

Getting Organized: Develop A Lesson Plan
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…

Remember your favorite teacher? The one whose class was always interesting and the time seemed to fly by? You also probably got a decent grade in this class. Why?

In contrast, if you have ever been subjected to a talk or lecture being presented by a “rambler”. you know to what agonizing tortures the human mind can be subjected to without going completely mad.. I have left many a lecture hall with “jaw cramps.” You know what those are. They result from two opposing forces: the overwhelming need to yawn widely and the cultural desire not to seem rude or bored. Checking your lecture notes after an experience like this will probably reveal more interesting samples of random doodling than anything of substance on the subject presented.

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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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