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Journal of Occult History

For at least the past twenty years there has been a growing interest in all aspects of the history of the occult sciences, especially astrology, alchemy, magic, and witchcraft. At present, however, there is no journal which acts as a forum for them. The Journal of Occult History is intended to fill this gap and provide a forum for scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to forward their subjects and expand the range of perceptions in this particular field.


1) The journal is devoted to scholarly articles on all aspects of the principal occult sciences in history: magic, witchcraft, astrology, alchemy, divination, prophecy, Kabbalah, and Rosicrucianism.
2) There is no limit on chronological period. Papers on such subjects, dealing with the ancient world right through to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries will be welcome.
3) The journal will appear initially twice in each calendar year, beginning in Spring 1999.
4) The principal language of the journal is English.
5) All contributors will be asked to supply a brief summary of their article.
6) There will be a review section. All reviews will be in English.
7) There will also be a section devoted to the transcription of hitherto unpublished documents and/or the translation of whole documents or extracts of documents or published works which have not appeared before in English.
8) The possibility of an annual list of published articles in these fields is being considered.
9) The possibility of an annual supplement, separately published, devoted to translation or edition of texts, is being considered.


A journal of this kind will be very attractive for people over a wide range of scholarship, for example, history, law, art, religion, feminist studies, anthropology, mathematics, chemistry, sociology, and philosophy.

Editorial Board

General Editor: Dr. P.G. Maxwell-Stuart, Department of History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Fax: 01334 462602 e-mail:
Editorial Board: Dr. Stuart Clark, Department of History, University College of Swansea, Wales.
Professor R. Muchembled, Department of History, Universite' de Paris XIII (Paris-Nord)
Professor B.P. Levack, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. W.G. Naphy, Department of History, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

One copy of a submitted article, and a copy on disk, should be sent to:
Dr. P.G. Maxwell-Stuart, Deans Court, North Street, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9QT, Scotland.
Fax: 01334 462602 e-mail