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Recently a blog post called out Llewellyn and other publishers (but mostly Llewellyn because we’re the largest and oldest metaphysical book publisher) for our collective contribution to white supremacy. I cannot speak for all the employees of Llewellyn; the following are my own personal remarks that will hopefully shed light on the processes and work flow that I and the other five acquisitions editors at Llewellyn follow.*
I am only a racist being to the extent that I was raised in and continue to live in a society that marks “White” as the default and others everyone else, a
Let’s start by saying I can’t believe I’m writing another remembrance on this blog. I’ve lost too many authors in the 10 years I’ve worked for Llewellyn, and now I’ve lost my boss Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. We all have lost a very special person – not just his family, not just the Llewellyn family, but all of the Wiccans, Witches, Pagans, and magicians that I acquire books for, under his mighty imprint. So this is not going to be short.
Carl was a natural-born leader, the kind of person with so much enthusiasm for an idea or a project that others got caught up in it, too. He was a kind, intelligent person who was always looking to expand other people’s minds, by starting
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
Publishing Pioneer, Visionary, The Father of New Age
It is with profound sadness we share the news of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke’s passing. He passed peacefully on Saturday, November 7 surrounded by family. He was 85.
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke was Chairman and the driving force behind Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., the oldest and largest publishers of New Age, Metaphysical, Self-Help, and Spirituality books in the world.
Weschcke was a life-long student of a broad range of Metaphysical, Spiritual and Occult subjects which led him to the purchase of the Llewellyn publishing company in 1961. He relocated the company to his home on Summit Avenue in St. Paul. The
One of the questions I often receive is a request for contact with an occult group, order, coven, etc. As a policy, I don't recommend such organizations. The reason for this is that I, personally, have been "burned." That is, some time ago an organization that was great evolved into something that was not good. As a result, when I recommended that group, I was sending people into a bad situation. I never want to send people into such a situation, so rather than make a recommendation for a group with which I've had no contact for a long time, I just don't recommend any particular group.
If people are looking for a group I do recommend places they can look to find one. For example, the