Salem — Death of a Career Occultist and High Priest of Salem
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
On September 15, 2012 e.v. at home on the day of Saturn during the dark of the Moon at 9:05 am, Reverend High Priest Richard Ravish (59) also known as Magister Azaradel of Salem, Massachusetts, breathed his last, passed into Spirit and became his body of light. First initiated into the Wiccan priesthood in 1970 e.v., and then welcomed as an Elder into an Alexandrian & Hereditary lineaged family in Kent England in 1986 e.v., Richard was one of the original "Witches of Salem". Alex Sanders also was kind enough to contribute guidance and training to him, both in St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex and in correspondence and more recently, Maxine Sanders.
As an ordained minister and Magus of The Temple of Nine Wells — ATC, a public Wiccan congregation in Salem, 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.
In addition to being an active Freemason, a Rosicrucian, a Hermetic Initiate, Heirophant of the Strength of Hadit (his private Enochian temple) and a Thelemic Magician, of 45+ years of active study and practice, Richard attained the grade of Adeptus Major in the Thelemic Golden Dawn before parting ways with its founder. Within the past eight years Richard became a member of Ordo Templi Orientis and a novitiate priest in the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholicae.
As founder and co-owner of White Light Pentacles/Sacred Spirit Products Inc. and proprietor of his store, Nu Aeon, Richard earned his livelihood designing and providing the tools of Witchcraft and Alternative Spirituality both retail and wholesale to stores and individual practitioners worldwide. His most powerful mystical vision came into physical manifestation as curator of his newly opened Gallery of Stellar Art, Light and Magick which he named THE COSMIC CONNECTION, a Temple of Stars, where the Sea meets the Sky, 88 Constellations at 88 Wharf Street. He designed THE COSMIC CONNECTION to be a spiritual condenser of the Astral Light and a finely tuned ritual instrument for those who are ready to believe in and work with Gods and Goddesses, Angels and Higher Spiritual Realities.