I hope the Lunar New Year of the Fire Monkey has gotten off to a very good start for everyone! This solar transit in Aquarius has kept me very busy (both my Ascendant and Moon in my natal chart are in Aquarius), very socially engaged in Chicago’s broader Pagan and occult/magical communities, and eager to implement projects both spiritual and artistic sprung from felicitous, unanticipated idea exchanges with like-minded souls met through networking. (My mentors in the business world have always been 100% accurate about networking: It happens everywhere, not just behind office doors at planned events–so yes, always have your business cards on hand whenever you leave the house!)
I was very pleased with how the Winter issue of Isis-Seshat journal turned out; it went into production and was delivered to contributors and subscribers three days early, despite a Mercury Retrograde! And all surplus printed copies, for the first time ever, have been completely sold out, so I want to extend my deepest thanks to all new readers who have approached me both online and offline to request a copy! The issue’s theme of Divination definitely resonated with many, and from places as far away as Germany, the UK, and even Australia, FOI members heeded the call for submissions and sent me informative and thought-provoking essays that made my heart happy to print. My thanks to everyone who helped make the Winter issue the wonderful publication that it is!
And so I naturally turn my thoughts, as the journal’s Executive Editor, to the Spring issue. As I plot Isis-Seshat’s editorial calendar for all of 2016, actually, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be continuing this trajectory of having very specific themes. I’ve decided that the Spring issue’s theme is going to be “Worlds Beyond: Mapping Out the Soulscapes Encountered in Ritual.” From exploring the states of consciousness we reach in the apogee of the rituals we perform to establish and maintain contact with our Holy Powers, as well as detailing our encounters with those Powers, to discussions of various culturally specific cosmologies that delineate the Worlds inhabited by our Gods and spirits, this Spring issue is going to serve as cartography for the ardent witch, the devoted priest(ess), the selfless shaman, the courageous magician, and the neophyte newly launched on her or his journey of spiritual self-exploration.
Topics may include, but certainly aren’t limited to, the following:
- Narratives of magical or religious rituals–their aims and how encounters with Otherworldliness were achieved/experienced
- Expositions of your tradition’s cosmology and how that impacts your spiritual practice–What worlds are your Gods said to inhabit? How does that affect you?
- Discussions of the ritual usage of entheogens or other consciousness-altering aids
- Profiles of ecstatic worship traditions
- Explorations of sacred sites visited and first-hand reports of their energetic properties–standing stones, ley lines, vortices, etc. How do such places serve as portals to Other Worlds? Why do you think they do?
So those are some ideas that merit exploring in this upcoming Spring issue of Isis-Seshat. However, I will also gladly accept any of the following:
- Reports of Spring Equinox (Northern Hemisphere) or Fall Equinox (Southern Hemisphere) group or solitary rituals
- News from FOI Lyceums, announcements of clergy ordinations or other special events
- Profiles of Deities especially celebrated at this time of year
- Seasonal musings set in a context of spiritual development
- Devotional poetry
Again, those are just some suggestions. I know you’ve already got your Muses talking to you about what to write! So get on it, friend!
This Call for Submissions is open to all polytheists and theistic Pagans, irrespective of which cultural pantheon one’s honored Powers derive from–i.e., you don’t have to be a devotee of the Kemetic Neteru (i.e., the Gods of Ancient Egypt) to contribute content to Isis-Seshat journal.
Here’s my 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 your pieces have 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 MS 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 Monday, April 11, 2016, and the anticipated release date is Thursday, April 28.
I sadly am not in the position to financially compensate Isis-Seshat contributors. All contributors will receive a complimentary hard copy of the magazine. If you have any questions, 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!