The New Alexandrian Library is enormously pleased to announce that it received a Certificate of Occupancy on Dec. 2, 2014. Construction is finished! We’ve begun the process of moving in shelves, furniture, books and artwork, and are now looking to Saturday June 13, 2015 when we will be doing a first looks opening. We want to thank everyone who worked so hard and so long to make this dream a reality. who believed that the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel could create such a resource for the Magickal Community. This next phase should be very interesting and exciting. Like Initiation, this is actually the beginning of the real work of the Library so let us be about it.
It will serve as a research library, a lending library, a museum, an archive, and as a hub for the preservation and the evolution of pagan culture. Books, periodicals, newsletters, music, media, art works, artifacts, photographs, digital media, etc., will all be carefully cataloged and cross- referenced to ease the work of research and study. The Library will work to restore and to preserve rare and damaged documents. The history of our many interrelated spiritual communities will also be collected for the future.
It will provide onsite workstations and other facilities, and is examining housing options for people engaging in long-term research. The NAL resources will act as a magnet that will draw together teachers, authors, and scholars from many paths. Like the original Great Library of Alexandria, the schools of Qabala in medieval Spain, and the flourishing of magick that occurred in renaissance Italy, the diverse confluence of minds and resources would result in great leaps forward in theory and practice. The NAL will be one of the cornerstones of a new magickal renaissance. The benefits for future generations are incalculable.
The NAL is located on 100 acres of Sacred Land at Seelie Court - a third of which has been already donated to the NAL project - in Georgetown, DE.
While the concept of the library began before then, we made the first announcement to the larger community at our 2000 Between The Worlds Conference. The initial building will house the Library’s collection, its museum, space for meetings, workshops, and rituals along with space for the restoration and preservation and administrative functions. The plan, as time goes on, is to expand the Library collection into its own building(s) and the museum into its own building. There are ideas for housing for visiting scholars and practitioners, separate spaces for ritual and other magical experimentation, and additional meeting space. With this anchoring building as a foundation, the Library will expand to meet the needs of the community and the collection. It will be interesting to see what the future both brings and requires. Both the building and the land are free and clear of any lein or debt.
About The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel:
The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel is a legally recognized Wiccan non-profit religious organization based in the Mid-Atlantic region. The form of Wicca that the Assembly practices is syncretic and draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the founding coven of the Assembly began its life in February of 1984. The Assembly was incorporated in the state of Delaware in 1993 and was granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS in 1995.