From the Iranian Spenta Armairi to the heretic sophiology of Russian Christendom, from the Hydesville Fox sisters to the founder of the Theosophical Society Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and to Maria Montessori, from Catherine Deshayes’s philters (best know as Le Voisin) to the prophetess Lucie Grange, from the illustrator Rosa Rosa’ to the painter Rosaleen Norton, the history of Western Esotericism has been constellated by symbols, themes and feminine characters. In the same way as it questioned the deepest nature of the divine, debating the validity of monotheist theologies, the theme of the female and of the feminine has enabled, throughout history of such movements, a crosspollination and a collaboration between occultist groups and initiatory societies with the world of art and politics. Without regarding the relationship between esotericism and New Religious Movements, where the symbolism and the figure of the woman manifests itself in its versatility and multifaceted aspects, taking the role, now of harbinger of knowledge, now of true guide in every individual’s spiritual path, now, more deeply, of a discovery of a more complete and paradoxical divine.
The online esoteric journal La Rosa di Paracelso (published online and with an annual paper issue by Mimesis Edizioni) is launching the call for papers for its first monographic issue dedicated to themes of the female and the feminine in a Western esoteric context. Articles in the most common European languages are accepted (Italian, English, French, Spanish, German) regarding the following subjects:
-The theme of the feminine and/or female members of different groups/contexts with an esoteric (Theosophy, Anthroposophy, Archeosophy) or occultis/initiatic ones
(Wicca and Modern Witchcraft and neo-Druidism; Societas Rosacruciana in Anglia, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and various orders of Ceremonial Magic, Ordo Templi Orientis and various Crowleyan affiliations; Female or Androgyne Freemasonry from Ordre des Mopses onwards; Satanism)
-Figures, symbols, representations of Sophia, the main myth of the supreme female principle, in its multiple forms and variations.
-Gender issues in the context of esoteric traditions.
-Female artists who have been a part and/or took interest in themes concerning the initiatory, esoteric, occultist, spiritist and Satanist dimension.
Deadline for the presentation of abstracts (Italian or English, max. 500 words for the abstract and max. 300 words for a CV/BIO): 20 May 2016.
Deadline for the articles: 29 July 2016
Online Publication: September 2016
Please indicate the language the abstract and article will be written in.
Abstracts must be sent to:
Roberto Revello, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele Olzi, email@example.com