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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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by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
New Page Books, 2004 $18.99 US
Review by Daven
(Update at Oberon’s Insistence:
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.
By Mike Nichols
Acorn Guild Press, 1985 and 2005, $14.00 US
Review by Daven
My first encounter with this work was when I was asked to write a cover blurb for it. I got details from the publisher, wrote a couple paragraphs saying how much I valued Mike’s work and the Sabbat series in specific, and I thought that was it. I did ask for a copy when it came out.
A few days ago I got an email from the publisher saying that Mike had an autographed copy for me. I sent the publisher my address and received the book yesterday.
Had I known it would be this good, I would have praised it even higher.
Anyone who has done any research on the Sabbats or taken some sort of Wicca 101 course has heard of Mike Nichols and more than likely read his works, whether they know it or not. These essays are the benchmark that many other essays on the Sabbats are compared to. I have referenced them myself in my classes on Wicca and Paganism and have the reprinted on Daven’s Journal, with permission of course.
The old Druid looked out on the assembled people that he was sworn to take care of. He knew that this was his moment. He would be shining in the eyes of all the people.
He picked up his staff. Waving it over his head, he chanted in nonsense that he learned at the school “Boon kwoert franden… Sumanet frewknot potemn!” while he looked for the sure sign that the storm was about to start. To them, he knew it looked as though he were summoning the rain. But it was just mummery. He was actually doing nothing.
Many of you have read at one time or another about the supposed powers of the Druids. If you notice, in the RP threads, I limit myself to something less than what the old Druids were rumored to be able to do. This has many reasons. The primary among these is because I want my character Daven to be somewhat believable. The other reasons don’t matter now, only this one.
I do this in an attempt to portray the Druids as real people, not personages out of the Mabinogion or the Irish myth cycles. Gwidion may have been a wonder as a magician, but I believe that his powers, while not fake, were probably significantly less than what we are led to believe.
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,
by DJ Conway
Llewellyn, 1998 $12.95 US
Review by Daven
I got this book through a mistake on the publisher’s part. I had asked for the “Practical Guide to Astral Projection” (which I eventually got), but instead, I was sent this book. Even though I was told that I should just skip it and not worry, I still decided to write this review.
At first, my thoughts on this book were “A book on finding your soul mate on the Astral Plane? How ‘out there’ can one get?” In short, I was really skeptical and was expecting to hate this book and to write a bad review. It was a pleasant surprise therefore to find that this book was not nearly as horrible as I feared it was.
Contained in these pages are some explorations of aspects of astral projection, although these aspects are not the focus of this work. The focus is the concept of soul mates, finding them and making sure they are right for you. How do you know that this soul you met is the love of your life? Questions like this are answered in this book.
By Raymond Buckland
Weiser Books, 2010 $16.95 US
Review by Erin
I like most of Raymond Buckland’s works. Some of his work that cause concern and I have questioned the authenticity of those works. I have spoken to the author many times about my issues. Each time, I’ve been reassured by Mr. Buckland.
This book, Gypsy Magic, gave me few reservations about the contents.
Understand; there are passages I do have to question. Most concern the history of the Romani. It’s discussed very briefly in this work.
They are a people who are persecuted to this day. I find it horrific that any feeling/thinking human being is involved on either side.
There is no reason for a person to look down upon, or mentally, emotionally, spiritually abuse another person, not for any reason. So to find out that it still happens now, is distressing to me personally. (And let’s leave out the whole discussion about how America is still doing this same thing to their indigenous population, that’s another rant…)
I’ve been putting off doing this article for some time. This is due (in part) to life.
Life, when it smacks you, really smacks you. There were many things that I expected to happen, several things that didn’t happen that I thought would, and things that I didn’t see coming and had no clue about.
And guess what? That’s the topic of this article.
Mostly this article is going to talk about a trend that I’m seeing in Mainstream Wicca (as opposed to Traditional Wicca) and that’s the “One Book and I’m a Witch” attitude that is being espoused by many authors these days. They state (either outright or implied) that all you need is to read their books, follow their Way and you too will be a 20th level High Priest Warlock in Squirrel Society and authorized to act as the high priestess of any ritual there.
Not on your life. Not on your best day, not on MY best day and absolutely no chance of this happening.
It means you read a book. That’s all.
by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
New Page Books, 2004, $15.99 US
Review by Daven
Generally when writing a review of a book, I work really hard not to look at other’s reviews of the same book. I do this so that I don’t “contaminate” my opinion of a book with someone else’s opinion. But while I was looking up publication information on Amazon to place in this review, I glanced at the “average customer review” and was shocked to see that it was fairly low.
I say “shocked” because this is one of the best books on Witchcraft I have seen in recent years. It is by far the best I have seen yet this year. I guess this is one of those books that you either love, hate, or love to hate. I know that many of the books that push the edge of religious practice get this label, and this one is no exception.
My real life name is Eric Landrum. I am currently 41 years old (I was born Jan 12, 1968) and I have been studying metaphysics since I was 4 years old. My grandmother first got me started in this path, and she is responsible for most of how I turned out as a person in my life.
I began studying in earnest when I was just starting High School. This stemmed from many things, and one of them was the fact that I wound up playing Dungeons and Dragons ©. In there, I found out that the Greek and Roman myths were not dead, and I could interact with them on a personal level. It was a catharsis for me. From there, I began studying the mythology and the religions so I would understand the times I was supposed to be playing in.
From there, it was an easy step to go on to reading about psychic phenomenon. Telekinesis, telepathy, psychometry, UFOs, and many other things started entering my head.
I also developed a love for fantasy and science fiction books. This was the saving of my sanity, since I had an entire world to escape into when real life got to be too much. And it was really hard for me.