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New Academic Journal ‘Correspondences’ to print 1st Issue in June 2013

Posted by Pagan Librarian on January 30, 2013

Logo image for Academic Journal Correspondences

Editors: Jimmy Elwing and Aren Roukema

A new academic journal on the study of Western esotericism, Correspondences is a new, biannual online journal devoted to the academic study of Western esotericism. The journal seeks to create a public academic forum devoted to discussion and exposition of issues and currents in the field commonly known as ‘Western esotericism.’ The editors acknowledge that the use of “Western esotericism” as an umbrella term for a widely variant field of alternate scientific and religious ideas is problematic. Thus, articles related to esoteric currents from other global cultural centres may be accepted if a connection to alternative currents in “western culture” is implicitly established. The following list of areas of study is provided for clarification:

Alchemy, Anthroposophy, Astrology, Eco-spirituality, Esotericism in art, literature, and music, Freemasonry, Geomancy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Illuminism, Initiatory secret societies, Kabbalah, Magic, Mesmerism, Mysticism, Naturphilosophie, Neo-paganism, New Age, Occultism, Occulture, Paracelsianism, Rosicrucianism, Satanism, Spiritualism, Theosophy, Traditionalism, Ufology, Witchcraft.

Correspondences intends to promote a wide forum of interdisciplinary debate regarding such areas of study, and therefore does not require academic credentials as a prerequisite for publication. Students and non-affiliated academics are encouraged to join established researchers in submitting insightful, well-researched articles that offer new ideas, positions, or information to the field.

Call for Papers

We are currently accepting book reviews (max. 1500 words) and articles (5000-10000 words) for our first issue. The deadline for submission is February 28. Following a peer-review process, the first issue will be published June 1, 2013. Manuscripts should be submitted as per our submission guidelines, available at Please send your manuscript and any enquiries to

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Witches & Pagans Magazine Announces Two New Columnists

Posted by Pagan Librarian on January 29, 2013

Witches & Pagans Magazine released this news for January:

I’m very excited to announce the addition of two new columnists at Witches&Pagans magazine with our upcoming spring issue “Element of Fire.” Contemplative Pagan, bard, and prolific blogger Teo Bishop is a regular contributor to HuffPost Religion and The Wild Hunt as well as the organizer of Solitary Druid Fellowship . In his new column “Letters in the Grove” (based on his popular blog Bishop in the Grove) Teo will responds to reader questions about authentic Pagan living.

 No one in contemporary Druidism (or the post-Peak Oil movement) could fail to notice the presence of philosopher, gadfly, and author John Michael Greer (featured in the cover interview of PanGaia #48.) His first book, Paths of Wisdom, appeared in 1996 and has been followed by more than thirty more nonfiction works since. Greer is the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), a Druid Revival order founded in 1912, and also writes extensively on the future of industrial society at the end of the age of fossil fuels at his blog The Arch Druid Report. He brings his wit, wisdom, and penetrating eye on the foibles of the contemporary Pagan scene to Witches&Pagans with his new column “The Operative Druid.”

Congratulations to Bishop & Greer!

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2012 in review

Posted by Pagan Librarian on January 2, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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NEW: Survey

Posted by Pagan Librarian on November 20, 2011

At long last! If you identify with a pagan belief system and have a library in your community, please take a moment to complete this questionnaire about how you as a Pagan Patron have used your local library.

SURVEY: Pagans Using the Library

A link to this survey has also been added to the website’s left side-bar.

This is a annotated version of the complete questionnaire originating from my graduate research proposal. In the future I will be looking to make the full survey available online which will include questions about the survey takers demographic background and general library use. This annotated version is limited to a quota of 1,000 individuals.

Please spread the word about this survey to other Pagans!

If you have any additional feedback or testimonials after completing the questionnaire, please do not hesitate to contact me at:

pagan.librarian [at]

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Book Announcement: Contesting Human Remains

Posted by Pagan Librarian on October 28, 2010

Talk about timely! After articles started springing up about museums removing, hiding or partially covering human remains in their collections such as mummies for fear of offending certain spiritual minority groups (Pagans), this gem emerged.

Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections
The Crisis of Cultural Authority
By Tiffany Jenkins

ISBN: 978-0-415-87960-6
Publish Date: October 21st 2010
Publisher: Routledge
Pages: 174 pages

Contents include:

1.Transforming Concerns about Human Remains into an Issue
2. Scientists Contest Repatriation
3.The Crisis of Cultural Authority
4.The Rise and Impact of Pagan Claims-Makers
5. Explaining Why Human Remains Are the Problem
6. Covering Up the Mummies.
Concluding Thoughts

More information, including a more in-depth description and purchase info, can be found here.

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Constructive Criticism: Witches Wit

Posted by Pagan Librarian on October 27, 2010

There was a big calling out recently involving a brewery that made a very tasty beer, but with a tasteless label. Lost Abbey’s latest brew, “Witches Wit” depicted a woman burning at the stake. As you can imagine, this was quite offensive to today’s Witches. And understandably.

If you don’t see what the problem is, let’s put it this way: I don’t think anyone would get away today with using images depicting an African American being lynched, or people being herded into trains or gas chambers.

You see my point?

There are much, much better ways to market a product than calling up very disturbing, wrong and shameful pieces of history.

As such, Lost Abbey has apologized and is holding a contest for a new label.

Included is a well-done video that provides a brief history lesson for the rest of us.

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Don’t use the library! It’s run by Pagans!

Posted by Pagan Librarian on October 7, 2010

Freemasons' Hall Entrance

Image by Stella Blu via Flickr

No good deed goes unpunished.

A library accepted a generous offer to have their collections housed by a local Freemasonry group while a new building is being constructed. In this way the collections would still be made available to it’s community.

But gosh darnit, those pesky Freemasons have “foundation[s] rooted in witchcraft and pre-Christian teachings and practice.” Therefore it only makes sense to boycott the library and hand in one’s library card! Even if you’re leaving town anyway!

It is also advised that you not enter the premises, either. It’s “not wise.” I can only speculate as to why. His observation of  “Freemasonry, while it does good works in the community, is based upon the worship of pagan gods,” makes me wonder what Mr. Cromarty’s commentary would be to Jesus’ parable of the “Good Samaritan”?

You can view the story here.

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