I am a witch. That is to say, I am Wiccan. I worship and love the Goddess in all her forms. The Light, the Dark, the Young, the Old, the Mother, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, the Rivers and Lakes and Oceans, the Indefinable, all forms of the Goddess are holy and sacred to me. I am grateful that I have found her in this lifetime, in this incarnation. My Community embraces her fully and fiercely. And that is as it should be. But what of the God?
I was raised in a liberal Christian church, where I was taught that God was Love. I have never stopped believing that. Even when I was sent to an extremist, militant, fundamentalist college in my early twenties, it was the God of my childhood faith that sat beside me, walked beside me, stood beside me. It was He that helped me to survive that place. I bare no ill will towards Him.
Despite the pain and oppression that some people with power in that culture exercise over their followers, the people themselves are human, like I am, with hearts like mine and like me, they desire to live in communion with deity. That they live in such fear is incredibly sad but that does not make them worthy of my hatred. Nor does it make the God they follow complicit for the sins committed in His name, anymore than the Goddess is complicit for the hateful pain inflicted upon others in Her name. I say that so that there will be no question that what I am about to say about the God includes Him as well as the Gods I now worship, serve and love.
We are building a library focused on the mystical and esoteric teachings of all religions with an emphasis on Paganism in all its forms. We are also collecting artifacts, art, ritual objects, etc. for the museum component of the New Alexandrian Library. The first building is in progress and we need your help to finish construction.
- We already have several important collections of books in storage including the entire library from the Theosophical Society of Washington, DC.
- We have started collecting newsletters, event program books, old recordings, and more that is a history that will soon be lost if not preserved.
- We have already have important art and artifacts including paintings of the Four Archangels by Dione Fortune.
- This library will be open to all and will engage in inter-library loan with similar projects elsewhere. Some rare special collections will not circulate.
Longterm Vision Grounded In Practicality
This is a very longterm project and we intend to growing and thriving 100 years from now. The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, the sponsor of this project, is celebrating its 30th year in February 2104.
- This is the first in a series of buildings as a modular approach was more financially more realistic.
- We own the land outright and are paying for construction as we go. There will be no debt to pay off which makes the continuation of the project much easier.
- A number of the founders of this project are leaving their estates to maintain this work in the future. By the way over 80% of funds to date have been donated by Assembly of the Sacred Wheel members.
- There is ample room for expansion on the land.
What We Need Now
The exterior of the building is almost done and interior work is proceeding. lf we can keep things going at the pace we are moving we could potentially use the early Spring months of 2014 to actually start setting up the shelves and moving in. We need a total of an additional $60,000 in the next 6 months, But right now, we are asking for immediate funds of $15,000 for the next push forwards.
- We need money now to finish construction.
- We need more donations of books,etc. later in the process.
Like the original Great Library of Alexandria, the schools of Qabala in medieval Spain, and the flourishing of magick that occurred in renaissance Italy, the diverse confluence of minds and resources would result in great leaps forward in theory and practice. The NAL will be one of the cornerstones (of many created by various groups across the globe we hope!) of a new magickal renaissance. The benefits of this growing network for future generations will be incalculable.
The content of the library will also be made available via internet to the greatest extent possible (respecting copyrights, etc.) to be a resource for the entire esoteric community. The facility will evolve to meet accreditation criteria and serve as the library of record for formal esoteric religion studies at a variety of institutes of higher education including The Cherry Hill Seminary.
The NAL is located on 100 acres of Sacred Land at Seelie Court - a third of which has been donated to the NAL project - in Georgetown, DE. The facility will be accessible to visiting scholars and is serviced by Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. airports - while maintaining a wonderfully secluded atmosphere for serious study.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you cannot donate right now, please help by posting links to this campaign and the New Alexandrian Library Project in as many places as possible! This is a much needed project for our troubled times - intending to provide real resource for spiritual development and evoution over the next hundred years to come!
Donations Are Tax Deductible!
I read a lot of blogs, go to a lot of conferences and festivals, teach a lot of workshops, and have lively discussions with friends related to all things Pagan and Magickal. Although I can say that ease of access to ideas through the internet, bookstores, and Pagan and Magickal events has increased awareness of many social issues, ideologies, religious and theological perspectives, and the vast amount of minutia related Pagan culture and fads, there is an increasing percentage of the Pagan community that is magickally illiterate and innumerate. I’m not saying that people are less serious, less devoted, or less committed to their path. Nor am I saying that the level of discourse has dropped, in fact in many ways it is much more sophisticated in exploring the development of Pagan culture. What I have noticed is that the technical end of things, magick theory, sacred sciences, and the like, are less well known. I’ve also noticed a trend towards focusing more exclusively on the lore and mythology of a specific people or a specific time at the expense of a generalized understanding of how magickal paths manifest in a variety of cultures and communities.
Audience with the Ancestors