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ErinAll about Erin - who has written 732 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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My Rebuttal of “Witchcraft, The Facts”

In my time on the Internet and dealing with various email groups, I have found that there is a ton of information being disseminated. Looked at objectively, some of it is good, some is bad, but a lot of it seems to be coming from a paltry 20 total sources. Cunningham, Silver Ravenwolf, Buckland, The Witches’ Voice, and Mike Nichols seem to be the most prominent sources, although some information can be traced all the way back to AOL’s Pagan files and Athos’ Pagan Files, the latter which is now sadly gone from the web.

One of the top sources currently appears to be “Witchcraft, The Facts“. The Rev. Norm Vogel seems to feel that his work should be the primary source for what Witchcraft is and that his interpretation is the only interpretation. This despite the fact that this alleged seminal document is a scant one page that he wrote almost 5 years ago, judging by the copyright. Apparently there are many visitors who go to his site and praise him for his work, giving him ego strokes that he apparently must have. It only feeds his incorrect belief that he is correct and speaks for everyone.

New Archdruid

I was reading “The Wildhunt” today and I noticed that the ADF has elected a new Arch Druid.

I’d like to add my congratulations to all the other wishes of well to Rev. Kirk Thomas, the new head Druid in the ADF.

How does this affect me as an independent druid? Well, it really doesn’t, except that the leadership of one of the major Druid groups is going to swing a huge club and shape how not only the ADF, but Druids in general are seen in the future.

I’ve known Isaac for a couple years, had the honor of talking to him via email once or twice. I’ve reviewed books by Skip Ellison and also talked to him via email a couple times on websites and email lists that we shared. I have found both men to be very intelligent and open to new ideas, while still maintaining the highest standards for themselves and their Order. Kirk has a HUGE set of shoes to fill.

That said, I don’t know Kirk at all. I’ve never talked to him, nor have I had the honor of reading any of his works. I am going to have to take it on faith that he will be as good as Isaac and Skip have been.

So mad

Congratulations, I’m now over being sad and depressed. I’ve gone all the way to Pissed Off.

Read this first: That pissing damned file. Please note, this has been circulating in many places, I got it in email myself.

Okay, there are many problems with this damned thing.

Let’s start with the fact that after September 11th, we had the most support from foreign countries in the history of the nation. EVERY nation, with a few exceptions, were calling and emailing and showing support for us. Everyone thought it was a horrific thing that happened. ALL of them thought that the attacks on the World Trade Center were horrific and a crime against humanity. I seem to remember speeches from the floor of the UN about how terrible this was.

What happened? Simple. The invasion of Iraq was not about terrorism or anything other than revenge. All these nations didn’t support the invasion because it had nothing to do with anything except revenge of the Bush Dynasty against the towelheads that hurt them in 1990 and 1991. The Iraquis put up a hell of a defense and we tore it down, but we didn’t have the will to finish the job as a nation. So Daddy Bush has nothing to show for his 4 years in office.

Invoke the Gods

by Kala Trobe
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
ISBN 0-7387-0096-7

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Invoke the Gods is the companion book to Invoke the Goddess, also by the same author. Now, I have not read the first book at the time this review is being written, however, I have read this one through and I think I was expecting something else.

That does not diminish the information contained in this book. While the pantheons are not covered as in depth as I would like, the Gods that are presented are written on authoritatively and succinctly. I enjoyed reading about the different Gods and continued reading even when I knew that I would not get what I was looking for. It was an enjoyable read.

The basic premise is this is a mythological study of a selection of 5 to 7 gods from either the Hindu, Egyptian or Greek pantheons. The selection criteria for these gods seems to be importance to the over all pantheon, rather than the jobs they held. Instead of choosing Osiris, for example, the author chose Thoth to include due to Thoth’s job (knowledge) being more important than Osiris’ job of being the husband of Isis, genitor of Horus and God of the Dead.

Sacrifice

From time to time the topic of Pagans and Sacrifice comes up in various forums online. Unfortunately, the majority of people (including pagans) who talk about Sacrifice don’t seem to understand about sacrifice. Most think of sacrifice (in the connotation of Pagan religions) as dealing with human sacrifice or animal sacrifice. While those are ancient practices and valid forms of sacrifice, they are not all that is.

First we need to understand the definition of sacrifice. Sacrifice means simply “to make sacred”. It is from the Latin root and in modern times it is defined as giving up something of value to gain something you wish.

Pretty cut and dried, but when it is translated into Pagan Religion, all anyone can see is things like the Wicker Men of legend, bog drownings, burning bodies and cattle dropping dead.

Because of this persistent vision of what sacrifice is, the act of sacrificing something to the Gods has a VERY bad reputation.

But let’s think about this for a few moments. Sacrifice does not have to be bad, since it’s done all the time by most Pagans.

Website Thoughts

So, you want to create a website to tell the world about your new found spirituality and how happy you are about it? Fantastic.

Let me offer some pointers for you to think about before you start coding the HTML.

First off, think about what you want your website to be about. I mean this. It may seem obvious, but there are facets of your spirituality that are reflected in your website, and all of them are going to affect how your website looks.

Things to consider:

  1. Is it going to sell products you make and dedicate to the Gods? Some possibilities are candles, oils, incenses, food, tools and many other things.
  2. Is it going to talk about things you learned?
  3. Is it going to educate those who find your website?
  4. Is it going to deal with problems you have and how you over came them?
  5. Is it going to be filled with all the things you find cool and neato about your spirituality?

Each of those questions are going to mandate a different style of website, and in some cases it may require you to buy some software to help you make the site.

That Pagan Meme

On Livejournal and Dreamwidth there is a Pagan Meme going around. I’m going to fill it out but it’s not going to be exactly like what the author anticipated. There are some of these questions that are invasive and not relevant to anything other than me.  My answers are in red and comments are in green.  But I have comments in the regular answers too.

But the rest is interesting. So, take a look.

Originally posted 2011-01-11 07:09:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A Letter to a Young Girl

(Daven’s Note: This is a portion of some email correspondence I recently had with a young girl in relation to my site.  She was, basically, asking me to teach her Wicca.  In brief, I told her no, but I went further than many have in the past to tell her why I said that.  There are several legal problems and some moral/ethical issues that those of us who teach have to be aware of, and this explains them.

Please note, this does not say that she is not worthy to learn, it simply states that I can’t teach her right now.  There will invariably come a time when she is old enough to be free of parental constraints and any teacher in the Craft will be happy to teach her, but right now there are too many issues to deal with to allow me to do more than present this information to her that is on this site.  I hope she will not loose her interest as she grows.  This was written in 2002.)

A Familiar Tail

(Note from Daven: Just by way of information, Kittidiot is gone. When I wrote this piece, he was living with Mary and myself in an apartment in Texas. Because of a lot of problems there, and the actions of members of our community, he ran off and we could not move with him to our new home in Tennessee. I have no idea what became of him, but I’m assuming he died. He was a feral cat when I met him and I don’t think he would have any problems going back to that life. I wish him all the best.)

A Familiar Tail

(Note all views expressed in this article are the personal opinions of THE CAT and we claim no responsibility for the content of this article -Daven and Theresa)

My name is Kittidiot. Of course, that is not my real name, but it is what my pets call me. I am what most people would call a familiar, although they are what I call a pretty strange bunch. My pets believe I chose to join with a human to enhance his abilities of magick through no will of my own. How pretentious. Imagine thinking that I would do anything I did not want to do.

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard

by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
New Page Books, 2004 $18.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-711-8

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

(Update at Oberon’s Insistence:

Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 

)

Let me say this right up front; this is not a simple review. In this book, like the subject matter it covers, nothing is simple.

That said, I will do my humble best to give my opinions of this work. Hopefully they will reflect the scope of this book, and somewhere in the average of my thoughts, you can find something for you.

Heavy is my one word summation. It is a weighty tome and it is also filled with a lot of mind altering information, thus making the subject matter heavy as well. This is not going to be a book you can read in one sitting, unless you are not going to practice the lessons contained within.

I must admit, when I first got this book, several things concerned me. First was the worry that any book written by committee is generally doomed to be bad. I guess it’s the “too many cooks…” syndrome always concerns me having read too many good ideas gone bad. I was also worried about the apparent reaching for the teen dollar. This book seems to be written almost exclusively for the tweeny and young teen market. (A “tween” is any person between the ages of about 9 and 12.) Later conversation with Oberon confirmed that he was writing specifically for the male between 9 and 12 with this book.