Friday, March 13, 2015

Update: Call of the God

Hermes, draw near, and to my pray'r incline, angel of Jove [Zeus], and Maia's son divine;
Studious of contests, ruler of mankind, with heart almighty, and a prudent mind.
Celestial messenger, of various skill, whose pow'rful arts could watchful Argus kill:
Despite being faced with a number of distractions (including dread computer issues) since the submission deadline for Call of the God: An Exploration of the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism closed at the end of January, I am delighted to announce that progress is being made as the majority of accepted submissions have been collated in the order of the first draft that has already reached some 70,000 words, as well as artwork and photographs.  Once this process has been completed, I should be in a position to ascertain whether a second submission call is necessary in order to better fill in the gaps. 

As indicated on some Facebook pages, there is a preference to receive a further selection of interpretations of myths introducing various aspects of the Divine Masculine to the pending reader.  While the preference for these essays is scholarly in nature, well researched articles (that include the notation of references, etc) that are at least 1,000 words long are still being sought.  If you feel that you have something that falls into this category, then please consider contacting me at your earliest convenience.  Naturally I would like to receive such essays as soon as possible to ensure that the publication of the anthology still meets the anticipated dates.

With winged feet, 'tis thine thro' air to course, O friend of man, and prophet of discourse:
Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine, in arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine:
With pow'r endu'd all language to explain, of care the loos'ner, and the source of gain.
Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod, Corucian, blessed, profitable God;
To date, I would like to receive the following contributions:
  • Original artwork of the Green Man,
  • Original photographs of Green Man imagery (with a short by-line providing details of same, its location etc, if possible),
  • Original artwork on Norse deities, in particular Odin, Loki and/or Thor,
  • Essays (at least 1,000 words) on lesser known Gods,
  • Original rituals that are specifically God-centric.
Of various speech, whose aid in works we find, and in necessities to mortals kind:
Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere, be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear;
Assist my works, conclude my life with peace, give graceful speech, and me memory's increase.
Most of the contributors would have received their "permission to publish" forms which set out basic "terms and conditions" with respect to the rights of their own work.  As Call of the God is the first anthology for TDM Publishing to handle, the contributors naturally retain all rights associated with their work.  Further, that there will be no monetary exchange - instead contributors will receive a copy of the anthology as well as the opportunity to purchase up to three additional copies at cost.  Further details with respect to the original submission call for this Call of the God anthology can be found here.
Poem: Orphic Hymn to Mercury (translated by Thomas Taylor)