Our Pagan Patrons
A brief look at some of those that made a contribution to our Path.
We hope that these snippets will inspire your imagination and set you on a journey of pagan history research.
Abaris - (The Hyperborean) Teacher of Pythagoris. Known as a magician and hermeticist of Scythia. Said to possess a golden arrow that he received from Apollo. This arrow was used for healing and also spoke oracles. It also made the bearer invisible. He later gave this arrow to Pythagoris. He was a priest of Apollo.
Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius: Renown author of the "De Occulta Philosophia" (Occult philosophies) This collection comprises three books which he wrote in 1531 at the age of 23.
His 4 th. book was "Of Geomancy" , which is about the art of Earth divination. Born in Cologne in 1486 C.E. And passed in 1535 C.E.
Apollonius of Tyana: (circa 23 C.E.) A man well known for his magickal powers. Said to rival Jesus Christ in the number of miracles performed. He was a neo-Pythagorian of Greece. Said to have lived to 100 years old. Noted for his powers of prophesy.
Barrett, Francis: (born circa 1770 - 1780) Author of the "Magus" which was published in 1801. He was a philosopher, metaphysicist, and chemist. He espoused the idea that power came from within the individual.
Bruno, Giordano: (1548 - 1600 C.E.) He was born in Nola Italy. A reknown philosopher, mathmetician, astronomer, and mystic. He became an ordained Dominican priest in 1572. But because he taught against the standard beliefs of the time, he was considered a heretic. Before being tried for heresy, he fled first to Rome in 1576 and then to Geneva in 1578, where he was eventually excommunicated. He taught in Paris in 1581. During which time he wrote three books on the theory of the universe and three books on the subject of ethics. He wrote nearly twenty books in all. With his first book being "De Umbras Idearum" ( The Shadows of Ideas).
In 1591, he returned to Italy where he was taken prisoner by the Inquisition. After a seven year long trial, he was burned at the stake at the instructions of Pope Clement VIII.
Croweley, Aliester Edward: (1875 - 1947 C.E.) A reknown mystic and practitioner of the occult arts.
He created a tradition known as Thelema, which is a spiritual system based on the concept of freedom and personal growth. This group became known as The Order of the Golden Dawn. Crowely claimed to be the reincarnation of Eliphas Levi. He was born the same year Levi died.
Dee, John (1527 - 1608 C.E.) Well versed as a mathmetician and astrologer.
He was the occult advisor for Queen Elizabeth. Dee was known to be very adept at the occult arts. Along with his protege, Edward Kelley, discovered the Enochian (Angelic) alphabet. An alphabet consisting of 21 letters.
He was the founder of the Rosicrucian Order.
Eliphas, Levi: (1810 - 1875 C.E.) His real name was Alphonse Louis Constant. He was a French Occultist. Among many books that he wrote were "The Dogma and Ritual of High Magic", as well as "History of Magic. He was known for frequently using "Baphomet" in his rituals.
Enheduanna: (2300 - 2225 B.C.E.) She was the En or High Priestess of "Nanna", sumerian Moon God. Daughter of Sargon the Great, she lived in the city of Ur. Wrote the first recorded writings, which were of pagan nature. They are nin - me - sar - ra (Queen of countless divine powers), in - nin sa gur - ra ( Stout hearted Lady), in - nin me - hus - a (Inanna and Ebih), e - u - nir (A collection of 42 Sumerian temple hymns), e - u - gim e - a ( hymn of praise to to Ekishnugal and Nanna on assumtion of en - ship), unknown ( A hymn of praise of Enheduana).
Gardner, Gerald Brosseau: (1884 - 1964) He was born in Blundellands, near Liverpool England. He is considered to be the father of Modern Wicca. He was initiated into a coven of traditionalists in 1939 by the High Priestess "Old Dorothy Clutterbuck". His family line is scottish and can be traced back to Grissell Gardner, who was burned at the stake as a witch at Newburgh in 1610.
He wrote a number of books, the first which was "Kris and other Malay weapons". His second book was, "A Goddess arrives" written in 1939. High Magic's aid was written in 1949.
And Witchcraft today which was written in 1954. And his last book which was written in 1959 was called "The Meaning of Witchcraft.
Dr. Gardner died while on a ship returning from Lebanon on February 12th, 1959.
He was buried in Tunis the following day.
King Solomon: (circa 970 B.C.E. - died between 928 - 922 B.C.E.) He was the son of King David and the heir to the throne. He was known to be a very skilled sorcerer. It was said that he enclosed 72 evil kings in a brass container. Which he threw into a deep lake to keep the prisoners captive until the end of time. In a search for treasure, the Babylonians retrieved the container. Upon opening it, they released the 72 demons contained within. These demons became known as the 72 spirits of Solomon. He is known for his grimoires, (The greator king of Solomon, The lessor king of Solomon, and the Goetia).
Mathers, Samuel Liddell: (1854 - 1918) He was one of the three founding members of the Golden Dawn. In 1877 he became a member of the FreeMason society. In 1878, he became a master mason. He was admitted to the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia in 1882. He was well known for his writings on the tarot, as well as translations of various grimoires and works on kabballah.
He died of the Spanish influenza in 1918.
Paracleus: (1493 - 1541) His real name is Philippus Aureolis Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim. He was a well known German Alchemist and physician. He altered the concept of alchemy from the Philosophers Stone to using chemicals to make medicines. He espoused the belief that medicines made of chemicals were more effective in treating ills then were herbs.
Trithemius, Johannes: (1462 - 1516) He was a master cryptographer and magician. He was also the mentor of Agrippa. He authored a number of books including "De septen secundeis" or The seven secondary intellenges, circa 1508.
Also the "Stepanographia" series, circa 1499. As well as " The art of drawing spirits into a bottle".
At the age of 21 he was the abbot of the Monastery of St. Jacob in Wurzburg Germany.
Waite, A. E.: (1857 - 1947) He was born in New york, but raised in europe. Arthur Waite is widely known for his involvement in the Rider-Waite tarot deck.
He joined the Golden Dawn in 1891. He then left shortly afterwards and rejoined in 1896. He was accepted into the short-lived Second Order in 1899. He later became a FreeMason and started the Rectified Order of the Golden Dawn in 1904. He created the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross in 1915. Mr. Waite died at the age of 90, just a few days after the death of Aleister Crowley.