The journal La Rosa di Paracelso is soliciting proposals for articles for its second monographic issue: Diabolus in singulis est: The Devil, Satan and Lucifer. The themes the journal is interested in include:
The idea of the Devil in authors of Western esotericism, European and International Occultism, New Religious Movements of the XIX, XX and XXI centuries.
Detailed studies, historical and/or sociological on the dynamics of groups/affiliations to Satanism (the Church of Satan and its developments, heterodox ramifications of the O.T.O. or Scientology, viz. John Whiteside Parsons (1914-1952) or Robert de Grimston).
Interactions between the entertainment industry and Occultism, Western esotericism and New Religious Movements, through cultural and/or sociological themes, references, mentions to Satanism (viz. in music Celtic Frost and Slayer; in cinema Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and the Wicker Man (1973); in the artworld the works of Josef Vachal (1884-1969) and Rosaleen Norton (born Rosaleen Miriam Roie Norton, 1917-1979).
The idea of Lucifer as women’s emancipator in Western esotericism, Occultism and the History of Ideas in the XIX, XX and XXI centuries.
Detailed studies, historical/religious or historical/philosophical on the androgynous quality of Lucifer, with particular attention to Gnostic and neo-Gnostic movements.
The journal sites explains:
“The most recent studies by Massimo Introvigne, Per Faxneld, Jesper Aagard Petersen and Ruben van Lujik have highlighted, in different manners, the prominence of the figure and symbology of the Devil. Such a historical prominence may be noticed in the History of Ideas, and both in the domain of Western esotericism and in that of New Religious Movements. One may, understand, for example, that a certain idea of the Devil marks the work of Anton Szandor Lavey (pseudonym of Howard Stanton Levey, 1930-1997) and of his Californian Church of Satan, or of the films of director Kenneth Anger (pseudonym of Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer, b. 1927), or of the thought of Robert de Grimston (pseudonym of Robert Moor, b. 1935) and Mary Ann Maclean (1931-2009), and of the group founded by them, the Process Church of the Final Judgement. The ideas and the images of the Devil as Diaballein, of the Luciferian fallen angel, along with the ideas of an androgyne being or of a ‘spirit of the earth or of opposition’ have impressed and continue to interest the most diverse mechanics from a historical, social and cultural point of view, concerning groups and various currents of Satanism, past and present.”
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