About

Correspondences is an international, peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the academic study of “Western Esotericism”. The editors acknowledge that the use of this umbrella term for a widely variant field of alternate scientific and religious ideas is problematic. Correspondences therefore maintains an openness toward varying interpretations of the boundaries of the field of Western Esotericism. For example, articles related to esoteric currents from other global cultural centers may be accepted if a connection to alternative currents in “western culture” is implicitly established. Correspondences encourages submissions from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, such as History of Religions, Sociology, Art History, Philosophy, History of Science, Literature, Musicology, and Cultural Studies.  The following list of areas of study is provided for clarification:

Alchemy, Anthroposophy, Astrology, Eco-spirituality, Esotericism in art, literature, and music, Freemasonry, Geomancy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Illuminism, Initiatory secret societies, Kabbalah, Magic, Mesmerism, Mysticism, Naturphilosophie, Neo-paganism, New Age, Occultism, Occulture, Paracelsianism, Rosicrucianism, Satanism, Spiritualism, Theosophy, Traditionalism, Ufology, Witchcraft.

The journal is published annually with advanced pre-print versions of articles made available as soon as possible.  There are no charges to authors or readers. Correspondences is funded entirely through third-party support; the ESSWE Sponsorship Programme for Independent Scholarly Initiatives funds hosting and database costs from 2016-2018.

Correspondences is archived through the PKP Private LOCKSS Network to ensure the preservation of published material. In accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, authors hold the copyright of their work.

ISSN 2053-7158 (Online)

Correspondences is published by Aren Roukema in London, United Kingdom. Snail mail can be sent to 75b Hornsey Lane Gardens, London, UK, N6 5PA