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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 Weiser Field Guide to Cryptozoology

Erin

Deena West Budd
Weiser Books, 2010, $14.95US
ISBN13 978-1-57863-450-7

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I have to admit that when I first saw these books being advertised on Twitter, I was skeptical about their value. I was very afraid that they would be another in the long line of books issued recently by various publishing houses that take a mythical creature, sensationalize it and warp and twist the information so it becomes another reason to laugh at those who believe in the mystical and supernatural.

I am glad to report that my fears, in this case, were unfounded.

Originally posted 2010-07-17 15:42:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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For Mary

Erin

A poem

Each laugh line
around her beautiful eyes
is more precious to me than emeralds.
Each is a time she smiled
that smile that stole my heart
Each one means I did something
that made her enjoy life.

Each tear she shed
broke my heart.
They are symbols that I failed
to ease her sorrow.
They represent times
when the stress of living
made her hate life.

Each grey hair
that crowns her intelligent head
I cherrish as the silver they are colored.
They are war-wounds
badges of honor.
They are the the hair pulling episodes
that tempered her life.

Each stretch mark
surrounding her stomache
is a map of the life she helped bear.
She has given me the
supreme gift of my daughter,
the girl who I get to raise
and teach to live her life.

Watching her live
with me and in my life
makes my life a thing of beauty.
There are scars on her soul
that none will ever see
but which I know are there
and which completes her life.

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Facets

Erin

People exist on the other side of this monitor. What you are reading right now is not what someone is, it is what someone is presenting to you. All you see is that which is presented, nothing more.

Even if you know them, see them every day, you still only see what they present. You don’t see into their heart, you don’t see the depths of their mind, you don’t know what they are REALLY thinking at any one point.

All you see is one facet of them.

Originally posted 2010-08-22 01:36:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Definition of Wiccan/Pagan and so on…

Erin

Message: At one of the Lurker’s request,
Author: Teacher – Daven Iceni
Date: May 11, 2000 21:40

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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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The Seeker’s Bill of Rights

(Note from Daven:  I was a member of the Texas Pagan Community when this document began circulating around that community.  I know (from rumors mostly) some of what went on to prompt this document, but not enough to make any sweeping statements as to what happened.  I have had one person step up and claim credit for being the author of this document, and I humbly thank him for writing this.)

The Seeker’s Bill of Rights

High Priest Charles Mars

Seekers of the Pagan path are in an extremely vulnerable position. In their quest for teaching and fellowship, thy risk encountering those who use our faith to prey on others. Since paganism is still struggling for public acceptance, there is little sympathy from authorities. Neither can the elders of our community effectively address this issue. The most they can do is denounce these predators, and are usually accused of starting a “Witch War” when they do.

The answer to this dilemma is to empower those most vulnerable, the seekers. To this end, a Seeker’s Bill of Rights has been drafted. This tool will help to alert Seekers of a problem if a group or teacher violates any of the ten rights described. It will also serve to remind Seekers that while they do not have “degrees”, they are still human beings with rights and dignity.

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How to Get Started in Wicca

Erin

One question that just about everyone has ever asked in the online forums is this one: “Hi! I’m new to Wicca and I just started. What do I do now?”

The slew of answers that the questioner will get will generally boils down to one word: “Read”.

Believe it or not, gaining knowledge is about 60% of what you have to do in this case, beginning on this path. The rest is actually practicing and getting the practical knowledge under your brain and in your fingers. But reading and gaining knowledge is the primary thing you have to be doing.

Why? Most people who start in Wicca or any esoteric path have a basis in their faith that they grew up with; most likely (at least in the United States) that faith is Christianity. Because of this, there is a lot of dogma and information that one must gain during the first little bit of the Path, and that requires study.

So the first thing is to read. Read whatever you can about Wicca and Paganism. Read about New Age mysticism. Read about Hindu beliefs, read the Buddhist philosophy. Read the Koran. Read the Bible. Read.

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First ODU Ritual

Erin

Well, first off, I was not expecting a whole lot to happen, and it’s a good thing because not a lot did. Let me start from the beginning of the ritual.

I had been preparing for this for two weeks or more. It started by buying a set of tiki torches, 5 in all, to use in this ritual. Actually, to be more accurate, I had 4 torches, a bottle of oil and I just needed to get some paint and another torch and I was all set.

So I purchased those, painted them (ruining my only pair of casual Friday jeans in the process) and put them aside to cure. Three were to be for the Realms, one blue one for the Sea, one green one for the Earth, and one white one for the Sky. The other two were for the Lord and Lady, and since I’m most comfortable with Herne and Rhiannon, that’s who I called upon.

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Previous Front Page Rants

Erin

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(Please note that this rant only pertains to a specific segment of the population.


“Life is pain. Anyone who says different is selling something. — Wesley “The Princess Bride”


One phrase I’m absolutely sick of hearing is this one: “Whenever one door closes, another one opens.”

Only if there is a problem with the architecture of the place you are in. Doors are designed to keep out unwanted things, and if you are in a hallway of doors, and one closes, others should not open.

Oh, I know that they are supposed to be for keeping hope up when you are down and opportunity has run away from you on those fast little legs it has. I know it’s supposed to be a means of “soldiering on” and keeping one’s courage up. But the problem here is that most times it’s just unwarranted moronic advice that means little.

Let’s look at this from an emotional standpoint for a minute. And we will illustrate this with an example.

Originally posted 2009-11-05 19:19:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Wicca and Death

Erin

Many times I’m amazed at the Western world’s obsession with death. So many times I see intelligent people who are arguably at the peak of their lives reduced to emotional children by the death of a loved one that it still surprises me.

There are times that I find this crippling to be a crime.

Every day, I see ads which will allow the user of these products to extend their lifespan, to live longer, to live fuller, to cure this problem or that problem. I see news stories that talk about how dangerous this thing is, or that that action causes cancer and so on that I want to scream.

Thank the Gods we of Wicca aren’t like that. Or are we?

I have known Wiccans to be so devastated by loss as to forget everything they learned and go into that same state of non-functioning that it amazes me. Here is a group that has learned the secrets of life and death, know the wonders of the universe, have finally answered those questions of why we are here, and where we go after. But present them with a death and most, if not all, of that training goes flying out the window.

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