PsyPioneer Journal

 

Readers may recall the Psychic Pioneer web site ( 1999-2001) which carried news about the study of early workers in the field. There were also four associated booklets.
 

PsyPioneer is now a monthly free journal. You can obtain it free and direct by sending an e-mail entitled “Subscribe” to psypioneersub@btinternet.com or “Unsubscribe” to discontinue.

Founded by Leslie Price, Editor Paul J. Gaunt - both in England.

 

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Volume / No. / Month File Size
Vol. 10 No. 6 - Jun 2014 1.2M
Vol. 10 No. 5 - May 2014 2.7M
Vol. 10 No. 4 - Apr 2014 1.27M
Vol. 10 No. 3 - Mar 2014 553K
Vol. 10 No. 2 - Feb 2014 652K
Vol. 10 No. 1 - Jan 2014 636K
   
Vol. 9 No. 12 - Dec 2013 762K
Vol. 9 No. 11 - Nov 2013 964K
Vol.9 No. 9/10 - Sep/Oct 2013 650K
Vol. 9 No. 8 - Aug 2013 827K
Vol. 9 No. 7 - Jul 2013 659K
Vol. 9 No. 6 - Jun 2013 586K
Vol. 9 No. 5 - May 2013 1.4M
Vol. 9 No. 4 - Apr 2013 957K
Vol. 9 No. 3 - Mar 2013 662K
Vol. 9 No. 2 - Feb 2013 1.1M
Vol. 9 No. 1 - Jan 2013 906K
   
Vol. 8 No. 12 - Dec 2012 502K
Vol. 8 No. 11 - Nov 2012 1.1M
Vol. 8 No. 10 - Oct 2012 923K
Vol. 8 No. 9 - Sep 2012 733K
Vol. 8 No. 8 - Aug 2012 802K
Vol. 8 No. 7 - Jul 2012 1961K
Vol. 8 No. 6 - Jun 2012 458K
Vol. 8 No. 5 - May 2012 408K
Vol. 8 No. 4 - Apr 2012 543K
Vol. 8 No. 3 - Mar 2012 926K
Vol. 8 No. 2 - Feb 2012 564K
Vol. 8 No. 1 - Jan 2012 1.9M
   
Vol. 7 No. 12 - Dec 2011 706K
Vol. 7 No. 11 - Nov 2011 328K
Vol. 7 No. 10 - Oct 2011 833K
Vol. 7 No. 9 - Sep 2011 679K
Vol. 7 No. 8 - Aug 2011 743K
Vol. 7 No. 7 - Jul 2011 663K
Vol. 7 No. 6 - Jun 2011 960K
Vol. 7 No. 5 - May 2011 2.6M
Vol. 7 No. 4 - Apr 2011 2.2M
Vol. 7 No. 3 - Mar 2011 1.3M
Vol. 7 No. 2 - Feb 2011 1.0M
Vol. 7 No. 1 - Jan 2011 1.1M
   
Vol. 6 No. 12 - Dec 2010 1.1M
Vol. 6 No. 11 - Nov 2010 636K
Vol. 6 No. 10 - Oct 2010 982K
Vol. 6 No. 9 - Sep 2010 593K
Vol. 6 No. 8 - Aug 2010 593K
Vol. 6 No. 7 - Jul 2010 530K
Vol. 6 No. 6 - Jun 2010 401K
Vol. 6 No. 5 - May 2010 523K
Vol. 6 No. 4 - Apr 2010 147K
Vol. 6 No. 3 - Mar 2010 128K
Vol. 6 No. 2 - Feb 2010 772K
Vol. 6 No. 1 - Jan 2010 442K
   
Vol. 5 No. 12 - Dec 2009 214K
Vol. 5 No. 11 - Nov 2009 372K
Vol. 5 No. 10 - Oct 2009 597K
Vol. 5 No. 9 - Sep 2009 373K
Vol. 5 No. 8 - Aug 2009 405K
Vol. 5 No. 7 - Jul 2009 584K
Vol. 5 No. 6 - Jun 2009 682K
Vol. 5 No. 5 - May 2009 753K
Vol. 5 No. 4 - Apr 2009 420K
Vol. 5 No. 3 - Mar 2009 583K
Vol. 5 No. 2 - Feb 2009 336K
Vol. 5 No. 1 - Jan 2009 317K
   
Vol. 4 No. 12 - Dec 2008 455K
Vol. 4 No. 11 - Nov 2008 308K
Vol. 4 No. 10 - Oct 2008 296K
Vol. 4 No. 9 - Sep 2008 239K
Vol. 4 No. 8 - Aug 2008 290K
Vol. 4 No. 7 - Jul 2008 180K
Vol. 4 No. 6 - Jun 2008 149K
Vol. 4 No. 5 - May 2008 171K
Vol. 4 No. 4 - Apr 2008 144K
Vol. 4 No. 3 - Mar 2008 164K
Vol. 4 No. 2 - Feb 2008 163K
Vol. 4 No. 1 - Jan 2008 163K
   

HISTORY

Prior to PsyPioneer, there had been a forerunner website publication called Psychic Pioneer from 1999 to 2001, written by Leslie Price, and which included news items. This had been supported on launch by grants from Spiritual Truth Foundation, the College of Psychic Studies and by private donors such as Edwin Butler and Denise Iredell.

 

PsyPioneer began as a free online monthly newsletter in May 2004 - available on publication to an email subscribers list.

 

Leslie Price was the founder editor of Psypioneer, and Paul Gaunt took over in July 2005, assuming ownership in February 2006.  Much support was given by established UK institutions in the field, such as Society for Psychical Research (SPR), College Of Psychic Studies (CPS), Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU), Churches’ Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Studies (CFPSS) and Psychic News (PN).

 

Circulation reached 480 e-subscribers in 2012.

 

In addition to circulation to the e-subscribers, PsyPioneer has always been archived on the website of the Woodlands Sanctuary Foundation Inc. in Melbourne, Australia, whose members Garth Willey and Peter Hui provide literary and technical help respectively.

 

The material in PsyPioneer - now a journal rather than a newsletter - deals with historic personages and organisations in the psychic field, and includes reprints of obituaries and other biographical sketches, old articles, book reviews and original papers. The most influential reprint (in April 2005) was of the Lewis Report into the Hydesville phenomena of 1848.

 

No particular standpoint is adopted about the phenomena under discussion, and personalities discussed include Spiritualists, Theosophists, Christians, Rationalists and non-committed historians and parapsychologists.  Among those in whom we have taken a special interest may be mentioned Andrew Jackson Davis, the Fox sisters, Stainton Moses, Emma Hardinge Britten, Arthur Conan Doyle, and a number of physical mediums.

 

 

You can obtain Psypioneer free and direct by sending an e-mail entitled “Subscribe” to psypioneersub@btinternet.com  or “Unsubscribe” to discontinue.

 To contact Psypioneer please e-mail psypioneer@btinternet.com

 

CONTENT 

The Psypioneer Journal contains articles on the personalities and organisations of this field in bygone days. The Journal is now edited by SNU historian Paul Gaunt, but its scope is much wider even than Spiritualism. Much of its material is reprinted in full from old books, journals, letters and newspapers.

 

Yet there is a large amount of literature which, in general, is not to be found in Psypioneer. Absent first are papers from the Proceedings and Journal of the Society for Psychical research, even though it has published many essential investigations. This is because they are already available in electronic form through the SPR web site, free to SPR members. Moreover, by a small extra subscription, electronic versions of some other parapsychology journals, such as “Journal of Parapsychology” can be reached via the same site. (www.spr.ac.uk).

 

The second omission is of survival evidence and discussions of the survival question.

 

Third is religious controversy. Spiritualists have been arguing about relations with mainstream Christianity for over 150 years Arthur Findlay, for example, might write an article asserting that Jesus was not historically attested - a Christian Spiritualist would reply that he was! Sometimes the same sources are quoted decade after decade. PsyPioneer carries historical material about workers of all different beliefs, but is not directly interested in criticising any.

 

The fourth omission, oddly enough, is of spirit teaching. This implies no criticism of the value of such teaching, often received in trance. It is just that it is not usually about events in the historical record. An unfortunate exception was the many predictions of No War immediately before the Second World War.  Early in 2006, however, PsyPioneer did serialise the 1845 trance addresses through Andrew Jackson Davis called “Clairmativeness”. This is because they had been lost to later generations, and were an essential step in understanding how the Harmonial Philosophy of Davis developed.

 

In general PsyPioneer Journal helps you to understand more about the workers of the past, and the organisations and publications through which they worked. Sometimes even the present day leaders do not know about them - they may just be names. It is not unknown for confusions to develop in the history, or for aspects of their work, which are not fashionable today, to be overlooked. The Journal tries to fill in the picture and restore it to its true colours.

 

Arthur Conan Doyle recognised the importance of remembering the past, which is why he compiled his classic two volumes History of Spiritualism. A mere Journal is no substitute for such substantial works, but it can alert you to their publication, and offer factual building blocks that can be used in many ways today.

 

 

Vol. 3 No. 12 - Dec 2007 Vol. 3 No. 11 - Nov 2007 Vol. 3 No. 10 - Oct 2007 Vol. 3 No. 9 - Sep 2007
Vol. 3 No. 8 - Aug 2007 Vol. 3 No. 7 - Jul 2007 Vol. 3 No. 6 - Jun 2007 Vol. 3 No. 5 - May 2007
Vol. 3 No. 4 - Apr 2007 Vol. 3 No. 3 - Mar 2007 Vol. 3 No. 2 - Feb 2007 Vol. 3 No. 1 - Jan 2007
Vol. 2 No. 12 - Dec 2006 Vol. 2 No. 11 - Nov 2006 Vol. 2 No. 10 - Oct 2006 Vol. 2 No. 9 - Sep 2006
Vol. 2 No. 8 - Aug 2006 Vol. 2 No. 7 - Jul 2006 Vol. 2 No. 6 - Jun 2006 Vol. 2 No. 5 - May 2006
Vol. 2 No. 4 - Apr 2006 Vol. 2 No. 3 - Mar 2006 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Feb 2006 Vol. 2 No. 1 - Jan 2006
Vol. 1 No. 20 - Dec 2005 Vol. 1 No. 19 - Nov 2005 Vol. 1 No. 18 - Oct 2005 Vol. 1 No. 17 - Sep 2005 Vol. 1 No. 15 & 16 -
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Vol. 1 No. 14 - Jun 2005 Vol. 1 No. 13 - Ma 2005 Vol. 1 No. 12 - Apr 2005 Vol. 1 No. 11 - Mar 2005 Vol. 1 No. 10 - Feb 2005
Vol. 1 No. 9 - Jan 2005 Vol. 1 No. 8 - Dec 2004 Vol. 1 No. 7 - Nov 2004 Vol. 1 No. 6 - Oct 2004 Vol. 1 No. 5 - Sep 2004
Vol. 1 No. 4 - Aug 2004 Vol. 1 No. 3 - Jul 2004 Vol. 1 No. 2 - Jun 2004 Vol. 1 No. 1 - May 2004  

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