Saturday, July 22, 2017

Patricia Ann Behman: In Memoriam

By Chic Cicero

Patricia Ann Behman. How does one begin to honor and celebrate the life of a long-time friend?  Where do I start?
In his poem entitled Evangeline, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the following: “Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.” This line seemed a fitting tribute to Patricia, known as “Pat” to many of her friends, because the stars often figured in her life and magic. In her esoteric work, Pat went by the motto Monocris de Astris meaning “Unicorn from the Stars.” In the Golden Dawn Monocris de Astris is a title given to the initiate who receives the water grade of Practicus. Through word-play on this title, Pat created her famous nom de plume, Cris Monnastre.
In addition to her work as a clinical psychologist, Pat was one of only a hand-full of people who came together to reconstitute the Golden Dawn in the United States. I first met Pat in June of 1982, when she accompanied Israel Regardie to visit our temple in Columbus Georgia, to meet with a solid core of soon-to-be life-long magical companions on the Path of Light. I have already recounted the magical work that occurred over the course of that eventful week many times over, so I need not repeat it here. However, the personal stories of how several of us met in Georgia are absolutely priceless - at times inspiring, at other times hilarious. Such stories are delightful – they have become the stuff of legend within the community.
I have many, many fond memories of Pat. After our meeting in Georgia, a group of us went to New Orleans to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street. Periodically we would meet up in New Mexico, Florida, and the Pacific Northwest for further magical work and camaraderie. I visited her often at her home in Los Angeles, in a quaint cottage that had once been the summer home of silent film star Rudolf Valentino. During one road trip, I picked up Israel Regardie in Sedona Arizona and we drove to LA, where we were both guests in Pat’s temple. As note of interest, Pat’s backyard at the time had a large tree, which during the old west days, served as the “hanging tree” of the county. It was certainly not your typical conversation piece!
By 1988 I had moved my temple to Florida, and it was during that year that Pat graciously volunteered to host a centennial celebration of the Golden Dawn at her temple. The event was well attended, complete with a harp player and ceiling rafters full of lit candles, which would periodically drip hot wax on an attendee’s head, much to their surprise. At one point, we performed a “Tree Walk” wherein the individual Sephirah of the Qabalistic Tree of Life were played by various people in ritual garb. I was cast as Geburah - I dressed in appropriately in red and brandished a sword. Since the Sephiroth were scattered throughout Pat’s house for this performance, I ended up in Pat’s bedroom, sitting across from a very mellow hippyish gent dressed in the blue robes of Chesed. As the audience was ushered into the bedroom to “experience” Geburah and Chesed, I proceeded to bellow at them in true martial fashion and, ending with a crescendo, I drove the blade of my sword straight into Pat’s hardwood floor. To her credit Pat never got upset at me about it – she was just happy that the Tree Walk was memorable and everyone enjoyed it.
Pat’s birthday was only three days before mine. We would often call each other up and wish each other a simultaneous happy birthday. As fellow Aries, we did butt heads on more than one occasion. As far as disagreements went, make no mistake, we had some real doosies. But I always considered her my sister in the work, and I know she felt the same.
It is true that time heals all wounds. During the mid-nineties, we had a particularly painful split in our magical work. Thankfully, we were able to mend our friendship just a couple of years later. For at least a decade afterwards not a week went by - and sometimes not a day went by - that Pat and I did not talk on the phone for hours about Regardie, magic in general, and the Golden Dawn community in particular. In August of 2003, Pat came to visit me in Florida. Not long after that, I flew to LA to visit Pat’s new temple and met up with some wonderful people there.
Pat was a vibrant presence who loomed large among her friends and peers. Her knowledge of magic and psychology was formidable and she influenced many, many people within the wider esoteric community. She was a force of nature, a force to be reckoned with, and I will miss her friendship terribly.
I am so very grateful to Brother Merrick Hammer for keeping Tabatha and myself updated on Pat’s condition over these last few difficult years, for letting us speak to her over the phone, for reading our correspondence to her and letting us know that these small things were appreciated and seemed to sooth her.
I mentioned that Pat’s magical motto was Monocris de Astris. This was a later motto. Earlier in her magical work she had a different motto:  Sic Itur Ad Astra, meaning “Thus one goes to the Stars.” How appropriate! Her friends now count her among the stars “in the infinite meadows of heaven.” A fully blossomed lovely star, a forget-me-not of the angels.
I’d like to close with a few fitting lines of poetry written by Pat herself:
Rest now,
Gilt and gifted Hermit’s longing,
Rest in pleasure’s soft perfume
You never should release,
That never has to cease
And be in Boundless Peace,
My Brother!
Sacred, Joyful Peace.


A Friend's Passing

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our long-time friend and magical companion, Patricia Behman, a.k.a. Cris Monnastre or "Pat" as we knew her. We have many fond memories of Pat which we will share at a later date. Now is the time for grieving and farewells. Please keep Pat and her family in your prayers.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

LIBER SPIRITUUM

About Liber Spirituum:

The first offering from Azoth Press is now available for pre-order.

LIBER SPIRITUUM: A Compendium of Writings on Angels and Other Spirits in Modern Magick 

edited by Adam P. Forrest

For Liber Spirituum: A Compendium of Writings on Angels and Other Spirits in Modern Magick, Azoth Press has assembled a group of nine of the foremost writers in the field of ceremonial magick, representing a depth of devoted study and practical expertise spanning the Western Magical Tradition from the Greek Magical Papyri to the Solomonic grimoires, from the Golden Dawn to Thelema, from Theurgia to Goetia, from Qabbalah to Rosicrucianism. In this beautiful volume, obviously designed for the practicing magician, these teaching adepts share their insights, experiences, tools, techniques, and even new rituals, all focused on a central concern of magical praxis, communication with those Spiritual Beings from Gods to Angels to Demons with whom the magus must become truly and transformatively familiar.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Opening a Book of Spirits 
by Adam P. Forrest

The Place of Mingled Powers: Spiritual Beings in the Magical Lodge 
by John Michael Greer

Patrons and House Gods: Building Lifelong Relationships with Your Spiritual Guardians 
by Aaron Leitch

The Evocation of Metatron: A Golden Dawn Z-2 Ritual 
by Charles Chic Cicero & Sandra Tabatha Cicero

The Prayer for Success 
by Jake Stratton-Kent

Lay Thy Tongue Upon My Heart: Forty Days of Ritual Communion 
Between a Pagan Adept and the Archangel Raphael Tipherethel 
by M. Isidora Forrest

Substance Through Spirit: A Reflection on Magical Evocation and Talisman Construction 
by Bryan Garner (Frater Ashen Chassan)

Kalein tous Theous: Divine Invocation in the Late Neoplatonic Tradition 
by Jeffrey S. Kupperman

Evoking Zodiacal Angels 
by Scott Michael Stenwick

The hardbound edition is limited to 500 copies. Printed in two colors throughout, with 2-color illustrations, bound in faux leather silk-touch cloth. Foil stamp on both the front and back boards, with a full color frontispiece by acclaimed artist Caniglia.

The deluxe leatherbound edition is limited to 32 copies, with satin ribbon sewn-in marker, custom endpapers, and housed in a handmade tray case.

6x9 inches
256 pages

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Regardie's The Golden Dawn, 7th Edition

 The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie, 7th Edition 

Revised and Corrected by John Michael Greer


“Over the three quarters of a century since it first saw print, Israel Regardie’s The Golden Dawn has become far and away the most influential modern handbook of magical theory and practice. It is a treasure chest of arcane lore that has inspired countless students of magic and found an honored place as an essential textbook in scores of magical lodges and occult schools. It has been translated into many languages and copied (with or without acknowledgment) by hundreds of authors, and the fundamental concepts and practices of magic presented in its pages have been taken up by occult traditions all over the world.(…) May it bring Light in Extension to students of the Mysteries for generations to come.”

—Foreword to the 7th Edition by John Michael Greer



“This new edition of The Golden Dawn is the one that students have been waiting for—a clean edition with typos removed, translation errors fixed, consistent typography, spelling and fonts, readable rituals with stage directions that make sense, fresh new illustrations, and a new index. John Michael Greer’s knowledge and expertise on this formidable project has proven to be indispensable in this regard. He is to be heartily congratulated for his work on this definitive text. We suspect that this edition will be the standard for decades to come.”
—Preface to the 7th Edition by Chic Cicero & Sandra Tabatha Cicero


Carl Weschke 
To Carl Llewellyn Weschke
(1930-2015)

In 1969, as President of Llewellyn Publications (now Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.), he published the first new edition of this book since its original printing and kept it in print continuously thereafter. For that, as well as for his lifelong efforts to promote magic and occult philosophy of all kinds, every student of the Golden Dawn tradition owes him an immense debt. This seventh edition of The Golden Dawn, which he set in motion but did not live to see completed, is dedicated to his memory.

The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie, 7th Edition
Llewellyn Worldwide

Friday, March 27, 2015

GOLD is here!


"By resurrecting this shadow side of us—which alas it seems to have become when actually it is the Light world of surpassing brilliance and divine beauty—and letting our smaller selves, our superficial egos, be immersed or baptized in that mystical sea of the Wise, then are we restored and made whole. Such is the elixir of life—the rediscovery of the operation of natural law in the inner spiritual world, the recovery, of a hitherto lost part of ourselves. It consists in the 'extraction of our celestial and glorious soul from its mine.' That is the terminology of Synesius."

- Israel Regardie, 
GOLD: Israel Regardie's Lost Book of Alchemy

 GOLD: Israel Regardie's Lost Book of Alchemy

Browse inside the book at Llewellyn.com

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Israel Regardie’s Tattva Cards

We recently came into possession of a complete set of Israel Regardie’s Tattva cards, as willed to us from the late Donald Michael Kraig. A small sample these cards can be seen here.

The cards are 3.5” by 4.5” and are constructed of colored paper glued onto white card stock. Each is covered by a thin layer of copy paper which is folded and glued to the top of the card backs. Divine and angelic correspondences have been written on the back of each card in Regardie’s hand.

The cards were given to Don from author Gareth Knight (Basil Wilby) in 1991 as can be seen in the accompanying letter:

Provenance: Israel Regardie’s Tatva Cards

These, to the best of my knowledge, were Israel Regardie’s own Tatva cards, made by him for his personal use. He gave them to me when I was a director at Helios Book Service (Publications) some 20/25 years ago when we were contemplating reproducing them for artwork in a little book of his essays entitled “The Art and Meaning of Magic.” I am hereby making a gift of them to Donald Michael Kraig as a genuine student of the tradition as I think Regardie would have liked it.

Basil Wilby
2nd September 1991

We are honored to have these cards as reminders of two magical teachers who left us too soon, and  who were dearly loved by Golden Dawn magicians the world over.










Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hermetic Invocation



Let all the Nature of the world entertain the hearing of this Hymn.
Be opened, O Earth, and let all the Treasure of the Rain be opened.
You Trees tremble not, for I will sing, and praise the Lord of the Creation, and the All, and the One.
Be opened you Heavens,
ye Winds stand still, and let the immortal Circle of God, receive these words.
For I will sing, and praise him that created all things, that fixed the Earth,
and hung up the Heavens, and commanded the sweet Water to come out of the Ocean, into all the World inhabited, and not inhabited,
to the use, and nourishment of all things, or men.
That commanded the fire to shine for every action, both to Gods, and Men.
Let us altogether give him blessing, which rideth upon the Heavens,
the Creator of all Nature.
This is he, that is the Eye of the Mind, and Will accept the praise of my Powers.
O all ye Powers that are in me, praise the One, and the All.
Sing together with my Will, all you Powers that are in me.
O Holy Knowledge, being enlightened by thee, I mag­nify the intelligible Light,
and rejoice in the Joy of the Mind.
All my Powers sing praise with me, and thou my Continence,
sing praise my Righteousness by me; praise that which is righteous.
O Communion which is in me, praise the All.
By me the Truth sings praise to the Truth, the Good praiseth the Good.
O Life, O Light from us, unto you comes this praise and thanksgiving.
I give thanks unto thee, O Father, the operation or act of my Powers.
I give thanks unto thee, O God, the Power of my oper­ations.
By me thy Word sings praise unto thee,
receive by me this reasonable Sacrifice in words.
The powers that are in me, cry these things, they praise the All,
they fulfill thy Will; thy Will and Counsel is from thee unto thee.
O All, receive a reasonable Sacrifice from all things.
O Life, save all that is in us; O Light enlighten, O God the Spirit;
for the Mind guideth the Word:
O Spirit bearing Workman.
Thou art God, thy servant crieth these things unto thee through,
by the Fire, by the Air, by the Earth, by the Water, by the Spirit, by thy Creatures.
From eternity I have found the means to bless and praise thee, and I have what I seek; for I rest in thy Will.”

(Adapted from a prayer entitled "The Secret Song: The Holy Speech" from the Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus. Published in The Essential Golden Dawn.