Hot off the presses!
I am pleased to report that I just returned from my print vendor, and the galley proofs for the Summer issue of Isis-Seshat–the official journal of the worldwide Fellowship of Isis–look fabulous!
This issue, my favorite one to date since the Winter 2014-2015 relaunch, features 60 pages jam-packed with 17 contributors’ theologically edifying and artistically stunning (this is a full-color magazine, folks, printed on 80 gloss stock paper, so the vibrant images of paintings and photographs really pop; the photo serving as the cover art was taken by yours truly!) interpretations of this theme: “Powers and Practices.” Seeing this truly diverse spectrum of Powers worshiped and an accompanying plethora of practices in print makes my polytheistic–and editorial!–heart beat proudly. While I’m a Kemetic Reconstructionist, the 17 writers (including Galina Krasskova and M. Isidora Forrest) and artists who loaned their talents to makes this issue possible aren’t. There are, naturally, other Recon trads represented–Hellenismos and Heathenry, huzzah!–along with the personal experiences of Witches, Druids, and even adherents of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness! There really is something for everyone in this issue who considers hirself as falling under the rubric of “alternative spirituality,” and I take great pride as the Executive Editor in having the journal’s outreach expand beyond the traditional confines of Fellowship of Isis members. (I am a Virgo with Moon and Ascendant in Aquarius; with Big Daddy Jupiter now in my Sun Sign, I expect expansion to be an important theme for me personally and professionally in the next 14 months! W00t!)
To that end, I’m happy to offer limited quantities of printed copies of the Summer issue for sale. The cost will vary, depending on where in the world I’m shipping to, as postage costs are factored in. For example, in the continental USA, the cost is $10.50 per issue or a one-year subscription for $42. Digital copies/PDFs are available for $5. I accept payment via PayPal; for more information, email me at hekua dot yansa at gmail dot com.
Of course, contributors to each issue receive a complimentary copy, and this serves as a nice segue to my…
Isis-Seshat Autumn Issue Call for Submissions!
Ah, Autumn! What a delicious season it is here in my native Chicago, one that rattles fallen, decayed leaves like so many bones on the city’s windowpanes. Some may feel pangs of anxiety with the noticeable decrease of daylight, seeking shelter, companionship, and warmth to ameliorate the impact of the season’s omnipresent reminders of mortality. Others may treasure the call to hibernation and solitude, and like the lone figure in The Hermit Tarot card, kindle their lamps of inner wisdom to lead the way. Still others feel…stuck. Enmeshed in isolating feelings–exacerbated by the encroaching darkness and cold of the season–of depression, especially on a spiritual front. Why do I feel so disconnected? I can’t find it within me to pray. What do I do now? My beliefs are changing. To Whom do I turn? A spiritual crisis ensues, and the stuck ones are trying to climb their way upwards and outwards from the abyss many thinkers of a variety of spiritual traditions have labeled “The Dark Night of the Soul.”
“There is no worse death than the end of hope,” actor Clive Owen as King Arthur states in the King Arthur film of 2004 (how come I’m the only polytheist/Pagan who loves this movie?! Why isn’t it more universally embraced? Hmmmm…).
You all already know I’m a Virgo, so I definitely espouse “keeping it real” as one of my core values. And as a Priestess of Nephthys and Hekate Khthonia, and as a devotee of Hel, if there’s one thing I’m not afraid to do it’s go dark. I think it’s vital and necessary for us to reflect upon our mortality and instances in our lives where we’ve experienced several forms of deaths (literal deaths, the death of ideas, plans not turning out the way we wanted them to, etc.), an activity which our youth-extolling, death-denying, “can-do!” culture of enforced and commodified “happiness” conditions us to avoid at all costs.
And so, I want the Autumn issue of Isis-Seshat to delve into these topics, with the focus not on gloom and doom, but rather on which Powers aided you in your grief, your self-reflection, etc., and how you’ve grown in your polytheistic or Pagan path as a result.
Here’s a laundry list of criteria for acceptable content:
- Essays, articles, poetry, meditations, electronic images of artwork that are yours, not someone else’s–you retain full copyright of your work.
- If they’ve been previously published elsewhere, that’s okay–just say so (identify where and provide the copyright date).
- There is no word count limit. Previously published essays/articles have ranged from 1,000-4,000 words.
- Please use MLA style when citing references.
- The preferred format for written material is Word; kindly don’t send me PDFs.
- The preferred format for digital art is JPEG or .TIF; please ensure it’s a high-res file (minimum of 300 x 600 dpi).
The deadline is Wednesday, November 4, and the anticipated release date is Tuesday, November 10.
If you have any questions, again, please email me at hekua dot yansa at gmail dot com.
I look forward to hearing from you! Blessings in the name of Isis-Seshat, Goddess of Writing! May She always render you True of Voice!