Friday, 22 August 2014

New Publication: "Wicca or Wica: An Etymological Overview" in The Cauldron #153

Just a quick note to state that I have a new article out in this quarter's issue (no. 153) of The Cauldron magazine.  Edited by Michael Howard since 1976, The Cauldron is one of the longest running and best known British journals devoted to the practice of witchcraft and folk magic in all its various manifestations, from Wicca and related forms of contemporary Paganism through to Luciferianism and the Sabbatic Craft. The Cauldron is only available by subscription, and offers a wealth of interesting perspectives on various subjects pertaining to "witchcraft, paganism and folklore", particularly from present-day practitioners of magical and esoteric systems. For those, like myself, who are not practitioners but who nonetheless study them from an "outsider" perspective, it offers some fascinating insights into evolving "insider" beliefs, practices, and understandings of the past. Either way, if those subject areas are to your cup of tea, then a subscription is certainly worth it!

My article in question, titled "Wicca or Wica: An Etymological Overview", offers an outline of a research paper that I published several years ago in peer-reviewed academic journal The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies: "The Etymology of "Wicca": A Study in Etymology, History and Pagan Politics". I've always been keen on propagating academic knowledge and findings to as wide an audience as possible, and thus this recent article fits within that broader mission. I think it imperative that those of us who are scholars of Pagan studies or the academic study of Western esotericism explicitly write for the esoteric and Pagan communities from time to time, and ensure that those communities whom we study gain access to our research and interpretations. Not only will that ensure a continuing dialogue and interaction between practitioners and scholars, but on a more basic level it's simple good manners to give back to those who make our very research possible.

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