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All about Erin - who has written 727 posts on Erin's Journal.
An author, a Wiccan, a Druid, a Priestess, a member of the ULC, Owner of Erin's Journal, mystic, magickian, DragonKin, Guardian and Transsexual. All these and more describe Erin.
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Listen to the words of the Great Hunter, he who was called among people Herne, Cernunos, Gwynn ap Nudd, The Horned One, The Master of the Wild Hunt, Mabon and by many other names.
Whenever you have need of any meat, once in the week, and better it be when the season turns to Winter, then ye shall assemble in the green wilds and continue the cycle of Hunter and Hunted. I am the King of the Herd, the one who sustains the People in the times of rest for the Earth, and I shall show you the Ancient Cycles again. And you shall be free from civilization, and as a sign of this freedom, ye shall carry a weapon to take your meat with, be it a Spear, an Arrow or a Knife. You shall creep and stalk across the Land, becoming closer and closer to the Hunted, and understanding the ways of the Hunted. Mine is the Joy of the Kill, the thrill of the Stalk and the Praise of the Slain. My law is that thou shall take the weak and the injured, the elderly and the sick, thus to improve the Herd and make them strong. You shall use all of what you Kill and you shall praise and thank the Spirit of that which you have killed, for Death is only part of the cycle of Life, and this child of mine will live again. I demand that you take only what you need and that you replace that which you took whenever possible. My teachings are those of survival and the continuation of the next Generation. I am the Tip of the Spear, the Arrowhead and the Knife’s Edge, and you shall remember that the survival of the Herd is paramount, for if the Herd does not survive, there will be no next generation.
AE: this is the abreveiation for “American Eclectic” in which elements of many different traditions are taken and mixed to form a new kind of spirituality, while respecting the cultures those elements were taken from. Has a strong sense of history and a seeking of continuity. See this article for an excellent discussion of the various flavors of Wicca.
BTW: this is the “short term” for British Traditional Wicca. Normally this is typified by Gardnerian and Alexandrian, but it can be any group that is a lineaged mystery tradition. See this article for an excellent discussion of the various flavors of Wicca.
Emo (an abbreviation of “emotional”) is a term now broadly used to describe almost any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that expresses emotions beyond traditional punk’s limited emotional palette of alienation and rage. It is also used to describe fans of this genre, most commonly teenagers. (e.g., emo kid). The actual term “emo” originated in the mid-1980s D.C. scene, with the band Rites of Spring. The term addressed both the way the band connected with its audience, as well as its tendency to deal more with topics of personal and relationship politics than with the standard themes of rock music.
First Published on “The Juggler”
I think that if I had to pick one thing that upsets the bunnies the most, it’s the fact that most bunnyhunters make fun of them.
Yes, Virginia, there is a reason for it. It stems from frustration.
I feel that it is impossible to NOT make fun of people when they hit the “100″ ring on the “Bullshit target”. That there is a viceral reaction to having that much incredulity dumped on your system at one time and the humor as a reaction is unavoidable.
Looked at objectively, every bunnyhunter will admit that there are times when their attacks and their sarcasm approches the mean. In fact, I can’t think of a hunter who has not hurt (at some times very baddly) the target of their scorn.
I don’t know if this is totally unintentional. But the use of humor for the hunter is a defense mechanism, a way to go “WTF” and to deal with the initial desire to really attack the target. Making fun of the bunny in question, behind their backs and in a closed forum where the bunny can’t be embarrassed by public ridicule, lets the hunters vent frustration and make all the snarky comments they need to to get it out of their system.
by Anna Franklin
Llewellyn Publications, 2002
Review by Daven
Anna Franklin should be an old hand at this, since she worked on Lammas with Paul Mason previously. This is her opportunity to shine, and shine she does with this book.
As with the other books in this series, there is a lot of information that the reader will have to assimilate. It is a reference work, not designed to be a book that is read once and sold to the used bookstore.
To that end, it has quite a bit of good information in it, from the origins of Midsummer and resultant celebrations, to Craft how-tos.
Those pagans who do not follow a European/Wiccan path will find this book of use also, since there are references to Chinese and African midsummer celebrations, as well as the standard European rites.
Ms. Franklin also includes footnotes for those of us who crave more information on a fact she cites. They are usually referencing works from the time she is researching, such as citing a passage in The Golden Bough for a declaration she made about the Roman Midsummer Celebrations. I find this in and of it self, extremely helpful.
Well, I started thinking about some things (which long term readers will recognize as a warning sign, it’s very dangerous for me to be thinking.) and I came to a conclusion.
I’m a snob.
No, really, I am.
I think that beliefs that one clings to should have some basis in REASON, not just “because everyone believes it…” I believe that someone who is advocating a position should be able to intelligently defend that position, without resorting to rhetoric or obfuscation. I think that while an emotional position is fine for such arguments, that one should be able to articulate those feelings.
I think that everyone should sit down and read a dictionary.
I think that there is something wrong with those who don’t enjoy reading (books and stories, I can understand not reading technical manuals).
I think that instead of speaking and teaching to the least intelligent person who may be present, I should speak and talk to the MOST intelligent person present, that way everyone else is lifted up to their level, and the world’s intelligence increases instead of decreases.
I passionately believe that intellectual laziness is wrong because it leads to laziness in other areas.
First Published on “The Juggler”
Something that I had thought that was obvious, but which I realize that I haven’t stated explicitly is this:
There is a HUGE difference between the newbie and the bunny. There are many times when a newbie acts like a bunny, but the bunnies generally tend to be irredeemably fluffy and have a “pie in the sky” attitude. The bunnies also tend to be willfully ignorant.
Generally speaking, the bunnyhunters don’t go after the newbies until they prove themselves to be bunnies through what they say, while at the same time trying to educate them.
Just thought I would clear that up.
Originally posted 2012-11-30 03:28:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Dear Erin,I used to visit Daven’s Journal a lot up until a couple of years ago. I became a little disheartened by all things Pagan and let everything lapse in that context.Your journal, along with Witchvox, was my main port of call when I wanted to read the views of someone who seemed to have integrity and honesty about their beliefs. It was a welcome change from seeing the hundreds of sites created by people who were less interested in the spirituality and who hadn’t actually done any research into what they supposedly believed.This morning I did a Google search for Daven’s Journal for the first time in an age and was predictably confused when I followed the link and saw Erin’s Journal as the banner on the front page. After some reading around your site to find out what happened, my confusion has gone.I won’t insult you by saying I understand what you’ve gone through with the incredible changes in your life. I’m male and feel comfortable with who and what I am inside and out. So, I can’t possibly begin to grasp the amount of soul searching you must have gone through to make the decisions you have. You have a huge amount of courage to do what you’ve done, and I’m not just talking about changing your site and being open about why. I mean everything. I wish you all the best and huge respect to you for continuing to be so honest and open.I’ll keep visiting Erin’s Journal now that I’ve found it again. :)Blessings,
Edited to add: I really would like to hear your opinions on this movie.
Well, it’s been a while since there was some original news here, so I’m going to try to rectify that with this post.
First off, “no new news”. Some have noticed that the Journal here has been recycling old posts. That’s on purpose. I’ve had little new to say here, so I’ve found a WordPress plugin called Old Post Promoter which finds old posts and makes them new again. This is deliberate so that those who just found this site can see what is out there. Plus, there’s nearly 500 posts here, and I could recycle an old post a day for almost two years. I have it set so that every three days an old post is pulled up. I’m pretty sure that those who are regulars here haven’t read everything either. So it’s a boon for everyone.
I do promise as the Muse or the Gods strike me, I will put up a new post or an article. So absolutely new content will not be a stranger, but I do want you all to be entertained here and not bored by seeing weeks/months of no posts. I figure old posts are better than no posts.
(Note from Daven: As you know, I am a member of Ancientsites, and as such, and being a Druid there, I sometimes have to do research on different holidays for the celebrations going on there. This is the compiled information on Imbolic. I gave this to my superior, one Ninian Cuchulainn for use in writing the celebration for use on the public boards.)
Compiled Imbolic Information
Credit this to Shannon Iceni
A good book on the Druids…’The World of the Druids” by Green has a little bit about Imbolic.
Celebrated Feb 1st it Celebrates the first sign of spring the lactation of the ewes. Imbolic means purification. This Sabbat was closely associated with the Irish Goddess Brigit who later became a Christian saint. So it is closely related to purification and possibly connected to luring the sun back to the earth using fire as a tool in sympathetic magic.
Another reference, although not as scholarly (sp?) , is McCoy’s “The Sabbats”. There is a reference to a lit wheel of the year later mutating to a crown of flowers on the maids head. ..
Well, it’s that time again. I want a webby, best of the web or something. Been on the “People’s Choice” list twice. It’s interesting that they don’t tell you you are up for one, or how many votes you got as compared to everyone else.
Bah, just one of those days and wanting some scrap of validation. Nevermind.
Originally posted 2005-11-15 08:33:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter