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Pagan Zines Collection

Identifier: MS-0600

Scope and Contents

The Pagan Zines Collection contains small-circulation and self-published periodicals and literature pertaining to the modern Pagan movement, mostly published in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and 1990s during a period of heightened interest in Paganism. Many of these publications subsisted on subscriptions from readers and were sold in specialty bookshops or else available directly from the writers through the mail. Such publications were an important resource in the neopagan movement as a means of disseminating information about historic and modern paganism, sharing news, socializing, and organizing events. While some of these publications were published under the auspices of a larger Pagan group, others were the product of dedicated writers and researchers working independently. The titles represent a broad cross-section of the major Pagan traditions, including Wicca, Druidry, Odinism, Heathenry, Asatru, and eastern and southern European native faiths. The collection also includes a smaller amount of publications on topics of peripheral interest such as ancient archaeology, the occult, supernatural phenomena, UFOs, cryptids, and urban folklore.

The collection is arranged in two series: Periodicals, and Books.

Series I, Periodials, contains magazines and newsletters published serially and is arranged alphabetically by title.

Series II, Books, contains short works such as pamphlets and chapbooks, usually on a single subject, and is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the primary author or, where no author is credited, by the name of the publisher or corporate body.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1985 - 1998

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Historical Note

Modern Paganism (also neopaganism, or simply Paganism) is a religious movement and group of religions in Europe and North America encompassing a diverse range of beliefs and practices modeled on the historical pre-Christian religions of Europe and the Near East. The term pagan (from Latin paganus, literally "country-dweller") eventually came to refer to non-Christians, especially those practicing the old polytheistic religions. Modern Pagans do not claim an unbroken tradition of religious practice since ancient times, but rather rely on historical sources, mythology and folklore in an attempt to revive or reconstruct the rites and spirituality of ancient peoples. Pagan spirituality is often cast in distinction, if not outright opposition, to the monotheistic, patriarchal and universalist Abrahamic religions, chiefly Christianity. Paganism is not a single faith, but rather comprises a variety of faiths and practices with distinct ethnic and mythological origins, including Celtic Druidry, Norse Asatru, Germanic Heathenry and Odinism, Greco-Roman Hellenism, Finnic Native Faith, and Slavic Native Faith, to name just a few. In addition, many Pagans practice solitarily rather than as part of any particular group, and may draw inspiration from an eclectic array of sources and traditions. Furthermore, some groups identified by scholars as belonging to the Pagan movement shun the use of the term for themselves, as do many professed Heathens. Nevertheless, the various Pagan traditions share certain similarities, among them the veneration or worship of nature, a polytheistic pantheon of dieties, pantheism, the practice of magic, and observance of folkish festivals and dates marking the changing of the seasons.

The roots of modern Paganism can be traced to the 19th century Romantic movement, which was characterized by a sensibility of elevated respect for nature, idealized visions of classical antiquity, and the rediscovery and creation of national cultural heritage in the spheres of literature and the arts. The western esoteric and occult tradition, as exemplified by groups such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templi Orientis, also influenced the development of paganism through the promulgation of ritual magic and ideas from eastern religion. Early neopagan groups began to emerge in the early 20th century and were sometimes associated with nationalist and reactionary movements, especially within Germany. However, the origins of the contemporary Pagan movement are more precisely located in the post-war period and the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, coinciding with the New Age movement and the proliferation of new religious movements of various stripes. In the 1950s, Gerald Gardner established the initiatory witchcraft practice that would become Wicca, still the largest current within contemporary Paganism. As tha Pagan movement has coalesced, Pagans have fought for recognition or their religion in their home countries. The Pagan Federation was formed in 1971 expressly for this purpose.


6.93 Linear Feet (Sixteen Hollinger boxes and one half-size Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



I. Periodicals II. Books

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased in 2022



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