Richard Ravish 1952 – 2012

“You don’t forget who you loved even though they died 20 years ago. There is no time on the other side.”Rev. HP Richard Ravish

Word has come to us that Richard Ravish, Elder in the Alexandrian Witchcraft tradition, Hierophant of The Temple of the Strength of Hadit, and one of the original “Witches of Salem,” crossed the veil on Saturday after battling cancer. Ravish, 59, was an ordained minister and Magus of the Temple of Nine Wells in Salem, and ran a distribution and retail outlet in Salem, Massachusetts that sold occult, magical, and metaphysical supplies.

Rev. High Priest Richard Ravish

Rev. High Priest Richard Ravish

“Richard wrote and lead open circles for each of the Eight Sabbats of the Witches Wheel for over 20 years. He was the High Priest of the Coven of Akhelarre, and served as the Grand Master of his Kentish Witchcraft Line in America, training and initiating suitable students and chartering covens of the Wicca.”

A true magickal polymath, Ravish was an active Freemason, Rosicrucian, and Hermetic Initiate, in addition to his Witchcraft and Thelemic leadership roles. He was a strong advocate for Pagan Rights, lending aid in several Lady Liberty League endeavors.

“Remembering & Honoring Richard, his life, his friendship, his magic, his service, his legacy.  Support to Gypsy & all his friends, family, & supporters.  May all of us who mourn his passing take comfort in our memories of Richard & take solace in knowing that his magical sacred spirit continues to be in this world & the New Aeon through his good works & the many lives & organizations he blessed.  Hail & Farewell to your life now passed, Richard & blessings on your journeys in the Ancestral realm.” – Selena Fox, Circle Sanctuary

Ravish is survived by his wife, Amy “Gypsy” Ravish, a popular Pagan singer-songwriter known for her albums “Enchantress” and “Spirit Nation,” his daughter Asherah Aphrodite Ravish, step daughter Kitoto Von Hebb, sister Sandra McCandless, cousins, nieces and his familiar, Cosmo Skyrocket Ravish. Funeral arrangements are posted below.

“The highest are of us. Wednesday, September 19, 2012 e.v. Starr King Masonic Lodge, at 70 Washington Street in Salem with whom Richard shared his spiritual light as Chaplain for 25 years, will host his final rites. All friends of the Ravish family are invited to an open casket final Blessed Be commencing at 11 am and ending at 1:30 pm followed by a Rite of Passage and Masonic tribute. At 4 pm a blessing will take place at Greenlawn Cemetary with an interment at 4:18 pm. The Ravish family and friends will host a reception at Masonic Hall after the burial as a celebration of Richard’s. Please contact Murphy Funeral Home 978-744-0497 (www.murphyfuneralhome.com) for further details.”

What is remembered lives. May he find rest and return to us again.

About Jason Pitzl-Waters
  • PurplePagan

    Farewell and safe journey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anna.Greenflame Anna Greenflame

    My husband and I met and shared dinner with him and Gypsy about 18 months ago. You could not meet nicer and more gracious people. This is very sad news and shocking, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=651556322 Olivia Cox

    So sad to hear of the passing of such a prominent member of our community. May he rest in peace, and may his family and friends be comforted knowing he touched so many people.

  • Guest

    Though colourful, he was one of those quieter folks who are depended upon for the real work, their knowledge, and ability to get it done. He’ll be missed by everyone. I’m sorry for the loss to his family and to Salem and all the communities there.

    Unto them from whose eyes the veil of life
    hath fallen may there be granted the accomplishment of their true
    Wills AUMGN

  • PhaedraHPS

    My deepest condolences to Gypsy, to the rest of his family and to his community. I am glad that I had the pleasure to meet him, and sorry I will not be able to meet him again in this world.

  • http://tribeawakened.com/ Lonnie Scott

    How unfortunate to lose a genuine good soul. I met him on my road trip to Salem a few years ago. My condolences to his friends and family. May his new journey be as he wishes.

  • RAVENHURST@ENTER.NET

    GYPSY..It is with deep sadness that I send this note. How strange for me to be in Salem the day of Richard’s passing after knowing you both for 25 years! I wanted so much to see you while I was there for the week, but did not want to intrude into your life during such a time of sorrow. Our thoughts will be with you on Wed. and for all the time to come! Please accept Rick’s and my Blessings and we hope to be in touch with you soon.
    Barrett & Rick

  • Dona Aria

    With Respect and Love I say thank you for all that you have given Richard. Gypsy and family much love to you all…..Blessed Be!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1315448416 Aepril Schaile

    Thank you for this post about Richard, Jason. He was loved and he will be sorely missed in the Salem community and beyond.

  • Shelley Rabinovitch

    Long ago I and two friends stayed with Richard and Gypsy in Salem, and they both left a profound impression on me as loving, thoughtful people. Condolences to Gypsy and the rest of the family on losing a wonderful man.