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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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I can’t really say it better

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This is a video that Ellen made up in response to the recent rash of gay/bullying suicides.

Not to detract from the whole story she just told, but I was victim of it too. I suffer from PTSD in regards to one incident where my sexuality and bullying was combined. I nearly killed myself that time. I was the butt of “jokes” from others who thought it would be funny to make a date with me and then stand me up.

This is not acceptable on any level.

Those of you who think it is, need to go to the psychologist worse than the victims of your “jokes” do.  This scars for life.  There is NO fixing it.

To my shame, I passed on the abuse to others.  I can’t make up for it, but when I found out that I had done so, I tried to make it right.  There is no fixing it, but the cycle can be stopped.

Originally posted 2010-10-02 11:29:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Rune Information

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As promised, I have found, converted and posted this document I had kicking around my computer on the Runes.

I have no idea who wrote this, and for the content, It’s not bad. It is brief, to the point, and informative. Use this as a starting place only. There are many good references in this at the end, and I suggest that you use them.

Without further ado, The Runes!

Originally posted 2013-01-12 05:15:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Lesson 10: Herbalism

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Herbalism, part 1

This section will study the BASICS of herbalism. This is not meant to be an in-depth study of this subject, because it is extremely complex and learning intensive. The course of study with herbalism will make one equivalent to a Doctor of Medicine, if one goes about it correctly.

This is why, for the Druids, herbalists were given their own sub-set and specialization, the Deagbaire. Oriental (especially Chinese) herbalists are considered to be doctors in their own countries, with all the rights and responsibilities thereof.

There are literally thousands of herbs known to exist today. Each has properties unique to the herb, as well as having properties in common with many different herbs. Each has a specific way to get those properties out and make them into a useful form for us. An herbalist needs to know this in order to make the best use of the herbs.

This is not to say that this kind of activity is not it’s own reward. If you enjoy green, growing things, if you enjoy smelling a crushed herb, if you like hiking in the woods and a pastoral existence, if you enjoy chemistry, then by all means, go into a course with Broom Naifer to learn everything you can about herbs and herbology.

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On picking your battles

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For many years I have been a part of the Community, both online and off, and seen many causes taken up and championed by those who have a passion to fight for the right. There is nothing wrong with this; I just wish they would be a little more discriminating with their causes.

Here’s one that I wish to all the Gods was passed on by the “Activists”. There was a gentleman I was familiar with in Texas while I lived there. Wonderful metalworker. He made his fillet out of the leaf spring of an old car. He beat it and shaped it and it was a work of art. He was very into nature and into survival. He was going through a messy divorce. He was Wiccan. The judge refused to let him have his child, and he alleged to the community that the mother of his child was the bad parent. The impression retained many years later is that mom was a drug addict, a convicted felon or worse. He ran with the daughter to Kansas, making it possible to charge him with felony kidnapping rather than let her be destroyed by her mother. Eventually he was found and the little girl was brought back to Texas.

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Composing Magic

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By Elizabeth Barrette
New Page Books, copyright 2007, $14.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-935-8
ISBN13 978-1-56414-935-0

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Okay, here it is finally, the book that many people have been waiting for; Composing Magic, How to Create Magical Spells, Rituals, Blessings and Prayers.

Much to my astonishment, this book is EXACTLY what it says it is on the cover, a book about how to write spells and rituals. It is a book on writing. Imagine that.

If I sound a bit effusive it’s because this book has been a long time coming in many ways. Several people have tried to write it, they have written things that are related to creating and writing rituals and spells, but no one has quite been able to write a book that actually and practically teaches you how to compose spells and rituals.

This book has the singular distinction of doing so. Add to that statement another one; this book does an excellent job of teaching you how to write spells and rituals. It not only gives you the information on sitting down and picking up your pen to write, but the book explains how to go about the creative writing process.

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Lesson 6: Divination

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Divination, Lesson 6

Message: Lesson 6, Part 1: Divination
Author: Teacher – Daven Iceni
Date: Jul 11, 2000 17:55

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Sisters of the Dark Moon

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by Gail Wood
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
ISBN 0-7387-0095-9

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Well, this certainly lives up to it’s title. This is a book designed for all those out there who wish to explore the “darker” side of femininity.

While in and of itself, this is not a bad thing, there are any number of ways this could have been presented. Personally, I think the author did a wonderful job presenting it as she has.

For an overview, the book takes the Moon cycles of the New Moon (Dark Moon) and writes a series of rituals to perform to explore the Goddess aspect that she feels is associated with that moon. So, in the month of May, we have a ritual that can be done to get us closer to the Dark Aspect of the Gemini Moon. Working with the Goddess of that moon, The Twins who are the focus of Gemini, and other mythological aspects that are linked with that season’s moon.

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The Creed of Seax-Wica

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(Daven’s Comment: This is a creed that is used in one Seax-Wican coven.  They use it and copy it into their individual copies of The Tree.  It was shared recently on “The Official Seax-Wica List” and it was modified somewhat there, and this is the final copy.   It’s very good and encapsulates the beliefs of Seax-Wicans very well.)

The Creed of Seax-Wica

(A modification of the creed version supplied by Kent Wiccan )

  1. We Acknowledge Woden and Freya as the Gods we wish to Honor in Group Rituals, and will honor both at all Group Esbats and Sabbats, Understanding that both Woden and Freya are both uniquely individual and at the same time while quite different COMPLETELY EQUAL. We may also invoke other deities of the Germanic pantheon as required for our purpose.
  2. We Acknowledge both Self Dedication and Group Initiation as Valid forms of entry into The Seax-Wica, neither is less or more important then the other. We are not Bound into a Coven, and my leave at any time and start our own Study Group or Coven- or leave the Seax-Wica itself if we should so choose. Freely did we enter, and Freely may we depart, for we are free.

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Ethics, Morals and Other Rules

Pagans live by a different set of rules than “mere mortals.” Seriously though, we do have our own ethics, morals and family values. There are many lists of these guidelines available. In fact, just about anyone who’s ever written a book about magic or Witchcraft has given a list of “rules to live by.” That’s great, the more we have, the more we have to choose from because, let’s face it, we don’t all agree on everything. We have our sects just like any other religion. Some of us feel better with very specific, detailed rules while others chafe under such a system. Most of us, regardless of other differences, cite the “Witches Rede” as our guiding principle. I guess that’s a good starting place:

“Three words the Wiccan Rede fulfill; ‘an it harm none, do what ye will.”

I believe that is an abbreviated version of Doreen Valiente’s lovely little poem. She also mentions the “Law of Three”: “… unless in thy self-defense it be, ever mind the Rule of Three.” Yes, a very good place to start, indeed. But I have a few other rules that I try to live by.

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Roleplaying Magick

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Isaac Bonewits did a wonderful job in his book Authentic Thaumaturgy describing to gamers and roleplayers how magick works in the real word and the means to adapt real magick to work in their games.

But what about the opposite side? Can we adapt roleplaying to work with real magick? This article will explore the possibility that roleplaying can be an adjunct to any system of magick.

In any school of magick, one of the critical tools the student can bring is a trained, honed will. Being able to focus their desire and turn it into a reality is not a skill taught every day to the mass of Western Society. It is nearly an obsessive level of desire, forcing ones Will on the world around them to bring forth that which they desire. One way to train this Will is to have very clear and immediate visualizations of that which you want throughout the process.

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