If That Which Thou Seekest Thou Findest Not Within Thee, Thou Wilt Never Find It On The Internet

How Practitioner Contemporary Pagans and Ritual Magicians Access and Use Information

Authors

  • Joanne Fitzpatrick Lancaster University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.22512

Keywords:

Information behavior, information habits, information seeking, information access, information use, serendipitous discovery, inner knowledge, inner knowing, Pagan studies, Paganism, magick, occult, Western esotericism

Abstract

This paper is an examination of the information behaviors and habits of practising Pagans and ritual magicians. Aspects of information behavior relevant to contemporary Paganism are discussed, before features of Paganism that may affect information needs and use are presented. An online questionnaire covering the six areas of information needs, access, retrieval, quality, use and literacy was administered with 142 respondents, and five of those were subsequently interviewed at length, before the results were analyzed using an interpretivist methodology, with reference to existing information behavior models deemed relevant. The results present the beginning stages of a model of Pagan and Occult information behavior, showing seven sliding scales concerning issues practicing Pagans and ritual magicians face when engaging with information, on which each individual may have very different positions.

Author Biography

Joanne Fitzpatrick, Lancaster University

Joanne Fitzpatrick is an MSc Information Science student at Northumbria University and a librarian at Lancaster University.

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Published

2022-04-06

How to Cite

Fitzpatrick, J. . (2022). If That Which Thou Seekest Thou Findest Not Within Thee, Thou Wilt Never Find It On The Internet: How Practitioner Contemporary Pagans and Ritual Magicians Access and Use Information. Pomegranate, 23(1-2), 203–231. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.22512