Seeking Submissions for the 2017 Summer Issue of Isis-Seshat Journal on the Theme of “Traditions Thriving in the Cross-Currents of Global Paganism”
Deadline: Monday, August 7
Some Traditions practiced by modern Pagans in urban as well as rural settings are inherently syncretistic: an initiate in Brazilian Candomblé living in São Paolo, for example, can incorporate elements of traditional Portuguese witchcraft already woven into folk Catholicism and combine that with Orixa devotionals to accomplish a magical working. Similarly, a root worker deep in the heart of Texas’ Hill Country faithfully reads from Psalm 59 while calling upon La Santa Muerte Negra to smite his enemies.
For many other Pagans, devotional sensibilities and magical workings ensue from a commingling of practices and pantheons that might raise eyebrows with some, but such intensely personal, pragmatically driven spiritual alignments reflect the tightly woven skeins of globalization that we all find ourselves in.
Do you participate in an eclectic tradition that adopts two or more culturally defined magical or religious practices? If so, how does that impact your everyday living, your engagement with the world? What is your opinion on Deities of specific cultures choosing people outside of those cultures to serve as Their devotees? Or do you follow a tradition/serve Deities based upon your ethnicity and think others should do the same? What does it mean to follow a tradition rooted in one culture if you’ve been uprooted from your peoples’ lands and live in a completely different kind of landscape? What has the process of adaptation been like for you—how do the Gods’ and spirits’ voices get mediated?
Those are just a few examples of the content I’d like to explore in the Summer 2017 issue of Isis-Seshat journal, a quarterly journal of the worldwide Fellowship of Isis open to all theistic Pagans, Polytheists, shamans, spirit-workers, and related practitioners besides FOI members (clergy and laity).
Topics may also include, but certainly aren’t limited to, the following:
- The hot-button topic of cultural appropriation—how do you distinguish it from someone’s respectful adoption of a culture’s beliefs and practices? Or is there no such distinction?
- Personal narratives describing the intersectionalities of race/ethnicity/gender/class/sexual orientation and the impact on one’s Pagan/Polytheist/magical worldview and practices
- Expositions of personal spiritual practices that feature Deities of widely divergent backgrounds “playing nice”
- Profiles of specific sacred sites from around the world and the kinds of activities locals engage in to venerate the Powers there
- Celebrations of Goddesses, Gods, Ancestors, etc. tied to specific locales
So those are some ideas that merit exploring in this upcoming Summer issue of Isis-Seshat. However, I will also gladly accept any of the following:
- Reports of Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere), Winter Solstice (Southern Hemisphere), or Lughnasad (Northern Hemisphere) group or solitary rituals
- News from FOI Lyceums and Iseums, announcements of clergy ordinations or other special events
- Seasonal musings set in a context of spiritual development
- Devotional poetry
- Original photography or works of art tied to the issue’s theme
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 any references.
- The preferred format for written material is MS Word; kindly don’t send me RTFs or 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, August 7, 2017, and the anticipated release date is Friday, August 11.
Switching from Print to Digital
I sadly am not in the position to financially compensate Isis-Seshat contributors. All contributors will receive a complimentary PDF copy of the magazine. If you have any questions, please email me at jackalmoondesigns 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!
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