The magazine has not gone out since Samhain 2009 and now the website whitedragon.org.uk has been disabled all is obviously not well and it appears yet another Earth Mysteries magazine has bitten the dust.
White Dragon was edited by Rowan somewhere in darkest Worcestershire and, quote, “actively discriminated towards authors currently living and working within Mercia or with Mercian connections.” However, occasionally articles by non-Mercians were published on subjects of which they possessed special knowledge and concentrated on virtually any pagan, occult and magickal themes, ranging from tree lore and herbalism, myth and shamanism, to runes and druidry, cabbala and chaos magick, earth mysteries, the sacred landscape and sacred sites ….... but consciously avoided "new age" matters such as crystal worship, chakras, dolphins or Atlantis.......and no bloody spells!
The Mercian Connection
|Mercia by David Taylor|
The magazine contents steadily evolved and became less-and-less involved specifically with the Midlands and what had started life as a photocopied A5 magazine had developed into a 40+ page A4 journal. In 1995 Trubshaw was planning the transition from the outgrown Mercian Mysteries to a new multi-disciplined journal to be named At the Edge. Sadly At The Edge only ran to 10 issues before it amalgamated in late 1998 with 3rd Stone, formerly Gloucestershire Earth Mysteries.
The Mercian Mysteries element was incorporated into White Dragon, a Midlands based magazine published since 1993.
The website hosted a huge collection of past articles in the Dragon's Hoard, access now sadly lost as the site has been disabled. The White Dragon website included book reviews, local site information in the gazetteer, as well as a shop to order a copy or back issues and take out a subscription.
I was once a subscriber, but sadly I let my subscription lapse, and it is probably people like me that have contributed to the magazine's demise.
Let's hope White Dragon emerges from the ashes or at least maintains the Dragon's Hoard as an important online archive of quality articles.
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