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.
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
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PsyPioneer has always been
archived on the website of the Woodlands Sanctuary Foundation Inc. in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
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.
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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
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.