Into the Summerlands

John Michael “Micky” Monogue/Uncle Wookie/Lord Athanor

November 25, 1956- February 13th. 2012

It is with a sad heart that I convey that the Unicorn Tradition Magus and founder, Priest of the Grove of the Unicorn, and my spiritual guide and partner, Lord Athanor, has crossed into the Summerlands.

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.

Blessings and peace to all of his many friends and family of blood and of spirit.

Blessings and thanks to you Lord Athanor, I am honored to have walked with you for much of my life. May we meet again in the love and light of the Lord and Lady.

Blessings,
Lady Arden

A great man has passed beyond this incarnation around 2:50am February 13th, 2012 to return to the divine embrace of the universe. I am sure he is being reunited with those who have passed before him. When you read this stifle not your tears for the loss of such a luminary man, but let them flow freely so that they may carry the love you had for him from this world to the next. Let them be the conduit from your soul to his. Do not let this be how your remembrance of him ends however.
Honor and celebrate him for all of the love, light, laughter, wit, wisdom, and magick he brought into your life by whatever means you think best. And when you are done celebrating him, hold tightly in your heart the fire of those things he stirred inside of you and carry them with you always. I know I will.
On this day I will salute a man who was father, friend, teacher, husband, and priest whose walked through this life with a kind word to always share, a rapier wit which to coax forth laughter, a gentle wisdom that could help you find the path and show you the way even on the blackest night, and a loving heart that could heal all wounds.
Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again my beloved father: Blessed Be.

In Their Service,

Ash

Lord Athanor:
I believe that all temples are sacred.

I do not believe that wisdom, compassion, or veneration are the sole province of any faith or any nation

There are many who reach toward the infinite,
yet none who can grasp it in their hand.

So let there be peace and fellowship with all who will share it.

And if their god forbids fellowship with such as I, then let there be peace upon the path they choose

Obituary

John Michael “Micky” Monogue was born November 25th, 1956 in Oxford England, and died February 13th, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. John Monogue was a resident of Decatur, Georgia since 2000. He survived by his wife Elaine, his two sons Damian and Adrian, his four daughters Maryk, Kat, Marilyn, and Alex, and his grandson Corbin. John is also survived by his sisters, Maureen, Kathleen, and Connie.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Jodi Monogue on February 8th 2006

Memorial

This is the tentative plans for John Monogue/Lord Athanor’s  public memorial service. We are still in the process of getting everything set up and organized. These plans maybe subject change. We will inform you of any change in the plans.

John Monogue Memorial Service
Sunday Feb 19th from 2-5 pm
Angora Hall
Clarkston Community Center
3701 College Avenue
Clarkston, Georgia 30021

The History of the Unicorn Tradition

In 1976 Galadriel and Athanor met Lady Rhea, a priestess and elder of a Family Tradition, and began taking classes with her in the Atlanta area. Following the end of classes, Galadriel and Athanor moved to Florida. In 1979, the two of them moved back to Atlanta and resumed their training and, under Lady Rhea’s guidance, they began teaching classes. These classes would form what would soon become the Grove of the Unicorn and would later become the basis of the Unicorn Tradition.

During a Litha ritual in 1980, Galadriel and Athanor received their Priest and Priestess initiations and the Grove of the Unicorn was officially established. This group was established as an American Eclectic grove blending influences and teachings from the Family Tradition and from the modern Witchcraft revival movement.

While many of Galadriel and Athanor’s traditional teachings were retained, many outside influences have contributed to today’s Grove of the Unicorn and to the other groups within the Unicorn Tradition. Some of these influences include teachers from other traditions and ‘adopted’ Elders who were trained in other branches of the Craft or other Mystery traditions.

In 1982, the Unicorn Tradition began branching out into other states and even other countries. Over the years several groups have hived off of the Grove of the Unicorn, and in some cases other groups have hived off of those groups, and so on. While the Grove of the Unicorn started in Atlanta, Georgia, since that time Unicorn Tradition groups have been founded in Texas, Germany, and England.

Each group within the Unicorn Tradition maintains certain of the same key ingredients- however, each also maintains its own identity and flavor. As a Tradition, each group maintains a link to the Tradition’s roots, and yet, as a dynamic eclectic tradition, each group also continues to grow and evolve with the experiences and influences of its Priests, Priestesses, and other group members. Some predominate influences in many of the Unicorn Tradition groups include myths and traditions of Phoenician, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, and Celtic origins.

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62 responses to “Into the Summerlands

  1. Lord Athanor,
    You may have left this plain of existence for a time but you will be forever among us in the hearts of each of us that you have taught.
    The first Lesson I remember you ever teaching me was that all paths are sacred. They may not be the path I walk but I should respect those that walk them. I was only 12 when I met you and did not get to spend much time around you. I remember that when I was around you always said something that I have carried with me these many years. Simple things of great Wisdom, Words that I have passed on to many so too you have touched them having never met them.
    Hail to thee Lord Athanor and thank you for all that you have done You are among the Honored Ancestors where your seat at the feast table has been prepared. Feast well My teacher and friend.
    Freyr KveldUlf
    Godi Vitki
    Thurdvangr Kindred

  2. May your lessons continue on in those you have touched. Rest easy, fly swift, and be at peace.

    Lupa
    SiMuCOR

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  4. Lord Celeborn

    My Brother we shared the same names and walked many paths together and apart. I am not letting you off the hook you still owe me that Pint ya walking carpet. I love you man!

    Lord Celeborn
    Clan Ragan
    HP PDG

  5. Ariel Morgan

    May you sail gently into the Summerlands and find therein your youth renewed for all ages…

  6. Daniel Yokell

    To my brother-in-law,

    Thanks for being a good husband and making my sister very happy; thanks for being a good dad to my nephews; and thanks for being a good person (the world needs more).

    Keep on truckin’!

  7. You will be missed. May you find rest, reunion and rebirth!

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  9. Anastasia

    I will remember your lessons of forgiveness and levity. You will be missed always.

  10. Tommy Ray

    Dear friend you will be missed dearly I will never forget the times I spent with you and your family….

  11. Cerridwyn Stormdragon

    Brother, May your journey be enlightening and peaceful and my the scales move in your favor. May the one who hold us both welcome you with open arms and see the lessons and struggles you have endured and know that you walked a good walk. May we never forget the tie that bind us and the work still to be done. Rest well and come back soon. Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again my dear elder sibling.
    Love and Honor,
    Lady Cerridwyn Stormdragon

  12. Cerridwyn Stormdragon

    Brother, May your journey be enlightening and peaceful and may the scales move in your favor. May the one who hold us both welcome you with open arms and see the lessons and struggles you have endured and know that you walked a good walk. May we never forget the tie that bind us and the work still to be done. Rest well and come back soon. Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again my dear elder sibling.
    Love and Honor,
    Lady Cerridwyn Stormdragon

  13. John was my friend and I will miss him…He taught me many things and we had some great times seeing the Grateful Dead

  14. Even though my time in your presence was short 1998-1999 while I was handfasted to my dear late wife Katherine (cat) Helvie. I will always remeber you for your wit, friendliness and dedication to the Old Gods. I will miss you old friend.

    Blessed Be!

    Douglas Helvie
    Magister/Founder
    Eternal Harvest Academy
    Church & Tradition of Wicca
    New Bern, NC.

  15. Karen Brown

    Lord Athanor,
    You were my High Priest and my friend for 30 years. Knowing you were always there was like having a strong wall at my back. I will miss your strength and your laughter, and I will look forward to the time that we meet again.
    Blessed Be!
    Arwen
    Grove of the Unicorn
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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