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The Magical Pantheons


Magical Pantheons - edited by the Ciceros

Edited by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero

"Remember that you hold all Religions in reverence,
for there is none but contains a Ray from the Ineffable Light that you are seeking."

from the Neophyte Ritual of the Golden Dawn



The Magical Pantheons of the world have served to enrich humanity, not only through inner communication with the greater Divine Self, but also through the heroic, graceful tales of the gods and goddesses revealed through their mythos. The gods reveal themselves to the human soul in the idealized concepts of Venusian love, Martial strength, Jovian laughter, Osirian rebirth, Maatian justice, Athenian wisdom, and more. They have inspired us through literature, prayer, poetry, music, and dance. And they continue to show us the many faces of the eternal source of the universe, as well as the multifaceted splendor of our own inner souls.

This volume of The Golden Dawn Journal examines several pantheons that are important to the Western Magical Tradition. You will explore the magical pantheons of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, as well as the ancient Hebrew, Celtic and Norse pantheons. Learn the similarities between Osiris and Christ, and compare the devotional and magical practices of pagans in ancient and modern times. Book IV of The Golden Dawn Journal explores the following subjects: "Gods and Humans" by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, "Pagans and Neo-Pagans" by M. Isidora Forrest, "Samothracian Fire" by Steven Cranmer, "The Ancient Ones of the Irish Faery-Faith" by Kisma K. Stepanich, "The Incomplete Mythological Pantheons of the Golden Dawn" by Pat Zalewski, "In the Beginning Was the Word" by Harvey Newstrom, "Hebrew Hierarchical Names in Briah" by James A. Eshelman, "Osiris and Christ" by John Michael Greer, and "Do the Gods Exist?" by Donald Michael Kraig.

Reviews

"Calling on the gods and goddesses of ancient times is part and parcel of most Western magical traditions, but just who are these figures of power? Are they actual beings, bending their ears to our calls, or are they thought forms given power by our persistent prayers? Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero have collected articles answering these and other important questions that arise from the renewal of interest in ancient deities. From the incorporation of Irish and Norse pantheons into Golden Dawn ritual magic to the connections between Osiris and Christ in the Golden Dawn system to a complete ritual determining for yourself whtether or not the gods really exist, these essays address the vital questions serious practitioners of Western magic will inevitably ask."

Brian Patterson, Amazon.com review



"The authors are no newcomers to the subject. They are Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and their previous books on the subject have been reviewed in these pages and always highly recommended. This book is no exception. To me the real value of this book is the systematic compilation of the Gods and Goddesses of all the early civilizations including the seldom reported Sumerian. It is fascinating to see how each borrowed from an earlier one. I found it extremely interesting to see the Tree of Life applied to different groups. This is no quick read, but it is one you will enjoy and learn from. The authors know their subject and have the knack of passing the knowledge on to you. Recommended."

The Path Review, April–May 1998



"
There is certainly much food for thought in this volume and some fascinating theories and ideas. Recommended."

Charles Harvey, Silver Wheel, 1998



"I found it to be a valuable and informative resource regarding all of the various deities of the different magical pantheons and the interconnecting links between them. Each author makes his or her chapter come alive, if you will, with the energies, attributes and historical significance of that pantheon. [...] This book fills a niche with its storhouse of information, comparisons and contrasts. It is a worthwhile edition to your library."

Lady Bronwyn, TheTamulet, Spring 1998



"Chic and Tabatha Cicero, who are mostly known for their work with the Golden Dawn, have edited this excellent work on various pantheons. Featuring such writers as Kisma Stepanich and Donald Michael Kraig, the Ciceros have provided us with a collection of essays on diverse pantheons. Helpful to the beginner trying to discover his or her patrons or to the experienced practitoner looking for more extensive information."

Oak and Willow News, Spring 1998



"This is an excellent publication for both newcomers and practitioners of the Craft. Each pantheon is presented by a separate author who has full knowledge of his subject, rather than by one author who must be a "jack of all trades."[...] The book ends with a section on "Do the Gods Exist," and I can assure you they do. I will recommend this book to my students."

Rosemary, Ostara 1998




The Magical Pantheons: A Golden Dawn Journal
Edited by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero

St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1998
ISBN 1-56718-861-3



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