Lord Athanor 1956 – 2012

Word has come to us that John Monogue, better known to many modern Pagans as Lord Athanor, passed into the Summerlands on February 13th. Athanor co-founded the Unicorn Tradition of Wicca with Lady Galadriel after receiving initiations in a Family Tradition from Lady Rhea. The Unicorn Tradition went on to become a successful and multi-generational tradition that still thrives today, its initiates spreading far beyond its Southern origins, with many serving important roles within organizations like the Covenant of the Goddess (COG) and the Lady Liberty League. Athanor was beloved as a wise, kind, and generous man, who helped many through his years of service.

Lord Athanor with Lady Galadriel.

Lord Athanor with Lady Galadriel.

“While it is a sad time for those who knew and loved him, is with joy, love, and light that we celebrate the wonder and magick filled life. It is with gratitude that we remember one who touched the lives of many, many people through his storytelling, kindness, humor, wisdom, and bountiful spirit.” – Lady Arden

“He had an excellent sense of humor and had the wonderful gift of making people smile. He was the best hugger I have ever met. He will be sorely missed by the Atlanta Pagan Community at large, as he contribued a great deal to the education of all who sought knowledge.” – LunaW

Adrian Hawkins (aka Ash), the son of Lord Athanor and Lady Galadriel, who has become a thoughtful voice within the larger Pagan community in his own right, is cataloging his parent’s large collection of occult, Pagan, and metaphysical books to ultimately serve as a lasting legacy of their collective contributions to modern Paganism.

“Over the years,  many valiant attempts were made to record the contents  the library. My dad liked to joke that we broke several librarians in attempts to do so We do not even exactly how many books the library contains.  The library grew over the years, and grew, and grew to the size it is today.  Our best guess is that the library contains around a few thousand books on the occult with the main focus of the library being on subjects relevant to Paganism and Wicca in particular. Now that my father has passed into the Summerlands, stewardship of this library has past to the next generation. Another individual and myself  have taken on the responsibility to take care of the Library that my parents spent their lives collecting.

I have begun the task of cataloging the contents of the library. So far I have made it through three bookshelves, with about seventeen left to go.  However, our dreams do not stop there.  Once we have cataloged all of the books in the library we will be opening a by mail pagan lending library (Due to the nature of some of the books they will only be available in person). We hope to have a physical location where Pagans may come and study the various subjects of the craft for a weekend or longer  in person as well. We hope to continue to expand (and READ!) the collection as our lifetimes go on, and one day leave this legacy and resource for the next generation.  Our hope and dream is to build this into the largest Pagan lending library in the South East or even North America.”

Tentative plans for a public memorial service are currently underway, scheduled for Sunday, February 19th, from 2-5pm at Angora Hall in the Clarkston Community Center, Georgia. Any changes to this plan should be posted at PNC-Georgia.

“Very sad to hear of the passing of Lord Athanor, founding HP of the Unicorn Tradition. With his passing, all the founding elders of what could arguably be the two most influential traditions in Atlanta have passed. The originators are headed for rest, reunion and rebirth, and the tradition’s destinies are firmly in the grasp of the next generation. While each passing is sad, the loss of Lord Athanor seems to place a mantle of responsibility not only on the current leaders, but also little peons like myself. I never met Lord Athanor, but through the stories I have heard and interactions with his students and family, I am aware he was an incredible man and a great asset to our community. My thoughts are with his family and tradition.”Star Foster

On a personal note, while I’ve never met Lord Athanor, I have met members of the Unicorn Tradition, and they have each impressed me with their intelligence, dedication, and sense of purpose. It is to the credit of Lord Athanor that the tradition he helped co-found is so healthy and vibrant today. May he take his rest in the Summerlands, and return to us again.

About Jason Pitzl-Waters
  • Cayce

    I agree, John was a great hugger. and he had a hug for everyone. he will be missed. love and light to Elaine and the rest of the Unicorn family.

  • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

    May he find rest, reunion and rebirth!

  • http://www.facebook.com/acastillo1962 Antonio M. Castillo

    Rest, Lord Athanor, until we meet again. )O(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1678081929 Bill Wheaton

    Thank you Jason. If the other prior events in the Atlanta were not wakeup calls, then let this be a resounding gong. My heart is low at his passing, and yet it soars to see that how others have taken on the mantle you speak of.

    To them I say, “Sally forth and take us where the Lady and Lord would have us go.”

  • L.Gaelin

    Lord Athanor was and is a powerful force of love and joy and tenacity for the craft community. His effect upon me personally and my tradition globally has been simply magical. I counted him as a friend, mentor, elder and priest. His delight with living and sharing his wisdom was second to none. I have never met a more generous man. As the elders of our beloved craft move onward and upward, it makes for a time of great introspection and yet great celebration. He was a son of Light…perhaps the greatest of this age. Clearly the greatest Priest to have blessed my life with his presence. A man not afraid to do the work of the Gods and serve the Children of the Goddess. Lord Athanor has lived an iconic life of love and light. He was able to see himself become a living embodiment of our great Lord in his very essence. I cannot describe what you meant to me on so many levels. But you never disappointed me…ever. I love you! I will celebrate your life and cherish your memory. I will share your wisdom with every student that I encounter. You set the bar so high as a Priest…and I will ever love you for that. May I touch a fraction of lives that you have with the strength, love and devotion that you have shown me…Til we meet again

    Gaelin
    RavenStone Church

  • http://quakerpagan.org/ Cat C-B

    I am really saddened by this.

    I never knew Lord Athanor, but I have vivid memories of Lady Galadriel–her warm, sandpaper-rough voice, and the generosity of her character, the strength of her opinions! I still have copies of books she sent me as a gift when I expressed curiosity on a subject she knew about… And I remember how passionately she stood up for members of her tradition that were in need. I am sure she is missed.

    And now another loss! My condolences to Ash and to the extended Unicorn tradition family.

    I hope it helps to know that Athanor and Galadriel’s gifts to Paganism are remembered far and wide.

  • Anonymous

    May he rest, recuperate and find rebirth!

  • Rickpatrick1962

    Time is too slow for those who wait,
    Too swift for those who fear,
    Too long for those who grieve,
    Too short for those who rejoice,
    But for those who love, time is eternity.
    Hours fly, flowers die,
    New days, new ways pass by,
    Love stays. (Henry Van Dyke)

    Though my heart is filled with much sadness at this time my thoughts are not one of despair, nor of loss, and mourning, but it is one of hope, love, and celebration. I had the good fortune of knowing John, spending time and learning with him. Moreover, I had this same good fortune to call him my friend. I can attest to the talents, good humor, strengths but also, the gentleness and kindness, to which he personified. John was the type of person who lived this life to the fullest, who took advantage of each and every minute. These were always the fundamental qualities that dominated his character.

    Though now I may mourn the loss of such a beautiful person and friend, I will forever cherish that friendship I shared with him and celebrate the times we spent together. I most certainly believe he would want each of us to continue living our lives in the same manner he did. He would want us to continue living the path of the Village Dancer.

    And rather than to mourn his death,
    I believe he would want us to celebrate his life.

    In keeping with that spirit of his life, I thought about the many things that John did to make me laugh… and he made me laugh a lot! O’ The many discussions about life and the Craft, sipping Irish mist, and his whimsical and witty ways to illustrate his points.

    But, such was the way with John. I will miss his friendship and insight. He opitimized the reason why we have friends…to share in the joys and sometimes in the pain & hurts that we encounter on life’s highway; John was a inspiring teacher who was there when I was down and seeking deeper answers into life, to lend a hand when I needed help, and to be there as we grew and learned. He was always ready to encourage me, to push me to do better and be a better person. John was the embodiment of not only a wonderful human being, but what A REAL priest of the Craft stood for, and an example that each of us who follow should strive to be .

    To the family; I mourn with you in your time of loss and hope that your grief will in time be replaced in due time by the precious memories you have of him.
    For John, I can only say, he will continue to live on in my heart and spirit, for he has taught me the kindness and love of a friend and confidant, and has forever touched my life by showing me how to see through the eyes of my heart. Blessed Be to all of you brothers and sisters.

  • Crystal Kendrick

    May Lord Athanor rest in the arms of his God and Goddess. Also, I’m always rooting for new lending libraries, but has Ash considered perhaps donating the collection to the New Alexandrian Library project? Just a thought.

  • Anonymous

    Cattle die, kindred die,
    Every man is mortal:
    But the good name never dies
    Of one who has done well.

    Cattle die, kindred die,
    Every man is mortal:
    But I know one thing that never dies,
    The glory of the great dead.

    -the Hávamál

  • Guest

    Unto them from whose eyes the veil of life hath fallen may there be granted the accomplishment of their true Wills; whether they will absorption in the Infinite, or to be united with their chosen and preferred, or to be in contemplation, or to be at peace, or to achieve the labour and heroism of incarnation on this planet or another, or in any Star, or aught else, unto them may there be granted the accomplishment of their wills; yea, the accomplishment of their wills. AUMGN

  • Kilmrnock

    Our thoughts are w/the family and friends ………….tis hard to loose a loved one and community leader

  • J. Alexander Szymanski

    I am greatly saddened that my teacher, spiritual father, brother, and best friend is no longer here to talk to, laugh together, and taste test some of the best mead produced in the South… but, I am joyous that he is no longer in pain, his head is clear of the pain meds, and he is in Spirit with my spiritual mother, Lady Galadriel.
    Both gave so much of their life to all their children, both of blood and spirit. Neither would turn away a troubled soul in need of their best counsel, both taught through the example of their lives, and the vast experience and knowledge of the Craft and occult diciplines that they shared freely to those willing to do the Great Work. Knowing them, and being trained and initiated by them unto the 3rd Degree in the Unicorn Tradition is one of the great joys and privileges of my life.
    Everything I know about being a High Priest of Wicca, I learned from John’s example. Oh, and John? Save me a cold brew when I cross over into the Summerlands!


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