Correspondences: A New Journal of Western Esotericism

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Via blogger Travis Apollonius, comes news of a new esoteric journal titled Correspondences. Sound intriguing?

Correspondences 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 centers 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 encourages submissions from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds such as: History of Religions, Sociology, Art History, Philosophy, History of Science, Literature, Musicology, and Cultural Studies, just to name a few.

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  • charlieprimero

    Interesting. Thanks Matt.

  • Chris

    oh great, more gatekeepers to determine what is of value to study and what isn’t.

    • Matt Staggs

      Yes. You may only access research materials – any materials – pertaining to the Western esoteric tradition via Correspondences journal. Look for an EULA agreement and subscription envelope inside every single work on the topic at your local library and now (MAGIC!) in your own, personal collection. By now, you will have also discovered that all parts of the internet that have anything to do with the occult are now behind a Correspondences pay-wall, and that attempting to form your own opinions on the topic will result in a prolonged electric shock unless said opinions are vetted and approved by Correspondences.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

        Nice. Sign me up!