Seeking Submissions for the 2018 Spring Issue of Isis-Seshat Journal on the Theme of “People of Prayer”–Deadline: Friday, March 30
If meditation is the act of listening to the Divine, prayer is the art of speaking. It’s an under-discussed topic in Polytheistic and theistic Pagan communities, which is unfortunate, as it really is the most basic component of establishing and sustaining a devotional relationship to one’s Patron Deity or multiple Holy Powers. Many people who “come home” to a Pagan spiritual path may have an aversion to prayer because they associate the practice with the undesirable (Abrahamic) religion of their upbringing, but there are ways to overcome the negative perceptions and conditioning related to former religious experiences so that one can have a thriving, judgment- and distraction-free prayer practice that sustains the spirit. Those are the issues I’d like to explore in the Spring 2018 issue of Isis-Seshat journal, a quarterly journal of the worldwide Fellowship of Isis that is open to contributions from all theistic Pagans, Polytheists, animists, shamans, spirit-workers, and related practitioners besides FOI members (clergy and laity).
Content suggestions may include, but certainly aren’t limited to, the following:
- Prayers for specific Deities
- The experiences of prayer done “formally” or “informally,” done solo at one’s shrine(s) or in group settings (rituals, prayer circles, etc.)
- Narratives of spiritual epiphanies or life-transforming experiences that resulted from prayer
- The roles of prayer versus spell work
- Prayer and language: hermeneutics (ie, parsing a prayer’s various components to explicate its theological significance, word by word, phrase by phrase, or line by line) as well as praying in specific languages: the potency of a “mother tongue” or researching prayers to say them in their ancient languages to achieve the right “Words of Power.” What gets “lost in translation” into English?
- “Dark Nights of the Soul” experiences when prayers weren’t answered, and how you navigated your way through the spiritual fallout
- How-to articles on making a strand of prayer beads devoted to a specific Deity or spirit
- Adapting formulaic prayers from other faith traditions (i.e., the Rosary in Catholicism) for Pagan practice
- Experiences of prayer in interfaith assemblies or public situations
- Experiences of impediments to prayer and how to overcome them
- The ethics of praying for people outside of one’s spiritual tradition
- The influence of Pagan prayer books: relying on ones published in the mass market or crafting one’s own
- The role of prayer in one’s early stages of cultivating a relationship with Deity
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 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
Again, those are just some suggestions to get those fingers typing!
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 Friday, March 30, 2018, and the anticipated release date is Monday, April 9.
I sadly am not in the position to financially compensate Isis-Seshat contributors. All contributors will receive a complimentary 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!