Cultural Creatives Reach Beyond the New Age

Do you fit into a labelled box or do you resent it when people try to stuff you into a category like New Age?

Maybe you have never considered yourself a New Ager, but prefer to think of yourself as a Free Spirit who does not run after every guru or enlightenment fad packaged under a new label.

Maybe you are down-to-earth, inquisitive, open, and you’ve simply had your fill of plastic shamans and others who have discovered the ultimate truth-of-the-year, revealed only through them and they will gladly share it with you for a price.

If you are like at least 50 million adults in the U.S., you find you don’t quite fit neatly into the pollsters demographics. Take New Agers, for example. Some people might put you into that box if you have a private spiritual practice which respects the earth, but just aren’t into crystals. Or maybe you do “tune in” to crystal and gemstone energies but don’t get your wisdom from “channelled” beings from another plan or another planet.

Remember when the New Age was actually new? Individuals and small self-forming groups, influenced by modern physics or the ecology movement and/or the civil rights and womens rights movements pushed beyond the boundaries of cultural and racial stereo-types to ask some important questions. If there is a God, can we really limit his, or more revolutionarily, HER, to a single name, culture or book of wisdom?  Exploration was the norm, but somehow, the marketing engine started to run the show, and it all became about putting on a new label and selling to the “New Age” market.

So why amd I talking about a new label anyway?

When I first heard of this new label “Cultural Creatives” being coined by a book of the same name, I was skeptical. It sounded like yet another guru gimick, but I was intrigued by the description of this new group on the website about the book:

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“The Cultural Creatives care deeply about ecology and saving the planet, about relationships, peace, social justice, and about self actualization, spirituality and self-expression. Surprisingly, they are both inner-directed and socially concerned, they’re activists, volunteers and contributors to good causes more than other Americans. However, because they’ve been so invisible in American life, Cultural Creatives themselves are astonished to find out how many share both their values and their way of life. Once they realize their numbers, their impact on American life promises to be enormous, shaping a new agenda for the twenty-first century.”
–http://www.culturalcreatives.org/book.html

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Wizard for Hire – the Dresden Files on T.V.

The Sci-Fi Channel has picked up 11 episodes of the Dresden Files based on the books (listed below) by author Jim Butcher. The pilot is due to be aired “this summer.” Check http://www.scifi.com/dresdenfiles/ for details. Jane (one of the owners) is extremely excited about the series, because she loves the books. She’s nervous about the series, as well, for the same reason. (Remember the Bakshi Lord of the Rings movie?) But here’s the scoup on the Dresden Files:

Elevated “into the front rank of urban fantasy heroes” (SF Site), is the professional wizard Harry Dresden. Yes, it’s a wizard named Harry. No, he doesn’t live at Privet Drive. He’s in Shy-town, the city of Big Shoulders, Chicago. He’s a unique kind of private investigator, who is occassionally hired to work with Chicago police when they are dealing with supernatural crimes.

Harry, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, is pledged to fight crime, banish evil, and outwit the masters of dark arts in the shadowy corners of Chicago where all those ancient, underworld baddies are operating in full-swing in the modern urban landscape. You’ll find Vampires, and Werewolves, Demons and Dark Wizards. You also get to meet more-questionable faeries and white-court vampires. But good or bad, Harry usually ends up in the thick of things — (Monkey-demons flinging flaming feces, for example). Harry is the guy you call when you need help with things that put the “ick” in magick.

You’ll find a full brew of hard-boiled mystery, supernatural thriller, and a hero with somewhat sarcastic humor. Take Laurell K. Hamilton, Dashiel Hammet, and add a twist of Terry Prachett stir, shake and you get Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.

If you haven’t read the books yet, you are in for a treat, because there are seven available in paperback, and a new one in hardcover. Here is the series in publication order, just click on a link to read our product description in our catalog:

  1. Storm Front
    Storm Front Bookcover
  2. Fool Moon
    Fool Moon Bookcover
  3. Grave Peril
    Grave-Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
    Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
    Blood Rites Bookcover
  7. Dead Beat
    Dead Beat Bookcover
  8. Proven Guilty
    Proven Guilty Bookcover

All are highly recommended by Jane, our resident magickal-fiction book addict, and all are available on the website under Books > Magical Fiction.

Just in case you are wondering why we carry fiction in a metaphysical store, our reason is simple: Any fiction which portrays “the Otherworld” or magic or the supernatural is up our alley because the folks who write these have thought things through. Even though the spells and magic is bogus; the characters, dilemas of people who don’t fit in because of their gifts isn’t. Plus, we try not to be too serious all of the time.