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Oberon Zell is a modern Renaissance man.
He is a transpersonal psychologist, metaphysician,
naturalist, theologian, shaman, author, artist, sculptor, lecturer,
teacher, and ordained Priest of the Earth-Mother, Gaia. Among the many projects he has undertaken in his lifetime,
Oberon is one of the founders of the Church of All Worlds, and is the
publisher of Green Egg Magazine and the Headmaster of the Grey
School of Wizardry. Those who
know him well consider him to be a true Wizard in the traditional sense.
He is also an initiate in the Egyptian Church of the Eternal Source, a
Priest in the Fellowship of Isis, and an initiate in several different
Traditions of Witchcraft. He holds academic degrees in sociology,
anthropology, clinical psychology, teaching, and theology.
April 7, 1962, inspired by Robert A. Heinlein’s 1961 science-fiction
novel, Stranger in a Strange Land, Oberon co-founded the
Church of All Worlds
He has served as the Church’s Primate ever since. First to apply the
terms “Pagan” and “Neo-Pagan” to the newly emerging Nature religions of
the 1960s, and through his publication of the award-winning Pagan
magazine, Green Egg
(1968-1975; 1988-2000; 2007-), Oberon was instrumental in the
coalescence of the Neo-Pagan movement, which for the past third of a
century has been reclaiming the religious heritage of pre-Christian
Europe. (Identified as the fastest-growing religion in the
English-speaking world, US membership in the Pagan community is
currently estimated in the millions.)
1970, Oberon formulated and published the thealogy of deep ecology
which has become known as The Gaia Thesis—that our entire planetary
biosphere comprises the body of a single vast living organism
universally identified as “Mother Earth.”
He met his soulmate, Morning
Glory, at the Llewellyn-sponsored Gnostic Aquarian Festival in 1973,
where he was a keynote speaker on the Gaia Thesis.
They were legally
married on April 14, 1974, in a spectacular Pagan handfasting in
eight years (1977-1985) Oberon and Morning Glory lived in a 5,600-acre
intentional community called Greenfield Ranch, in the mountains of
northern California, establishing a rural homestead and a Pagan retreat
center. During this period they created large festivals, vision quests,
ceremonies, and ritual events on the land. This work continues to this
day on Annwfn.
and Morning Glory co-founded the Ecosophical Research Association in
1977, and their research into arcane lore and ancient legends resulted
in the Living Unicorn project, begun in 1980. For the next four years
they traveled all over North America exhibiting their authentic
Medieval-style Unicorns at Renaissance Faires, before arranging a
four-year exhibition contract with Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey
Circus—“The Greatest Show on Earth”—which brought these legendary
creatures to millions throughout the world.
Feb. 1985, Oberon organized an ERA diving expedition to Australia and
New Guinea which identified the species of the mysterious “Ri” and
solved the ages-old mystery of the Mermaid; and in 1987 he conducted a
research tour of ancient oracles and archaeological sites throughout
Mediterranean Europe. Other magical journeys have taken Oberon to Peru,
Hawaii, Alaska, back to Australia, and, in 1999, to the British Isles
for the century’s last total Eclipse of the Sun.
is the author of numerous published articles on history, Gaian
thealogy, magic, shamanism, mythology, anomalies, dinosaurs,
archaeology, cosmology, and related topics, and has been interviewed and
quoted extensively in many books on New Age religious movements and the
occult. With many years of theatrical experience, Oberon has been an
entertaining guest on a number of radio and television talk shows around
the country (and in England, Canada and Australia), as well as being a
regular featured speaker at various Pagan festivals and conventions.
Oberon is also an accomplished ritualist, creating and conducting rites
of passage, seasonal celebrations, Mystery initiations (such as the
Eleusinia and the Panathenaia), Earth-healings and other rituals for up
to 3,000 people.
artwork has illuminated the pages of various fantasy, science-fiction,
and metaphysical magazines since the late 1960’s, as well as
illustrating a number of books. His T-shirt designs may still be seen at
any gathering of environmental activists. His favorite art project,
however, is his ongoing sculpture series of ancient Gods and Goddesses,
and of mythological creatures, currently marketed through TheaGenesis
LLC, as the Mythic Images Collection. His masterwork is “The Millennial Gaia.”
and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart have had a special relationship with
the Association for Consciousness Exploration for over 25 years, and
between them they have appeared at over 20 Starwood Festivals
(and a few WinterStar Symposiums). Largely because of their continuing
participation, there has been a Church of All Worlds presence at Starwood,
called the CAWmunity, for over a decade, and pivotal events in the saga
of the C.A.W. have played themselves out on the stages of Starwood.
2002, Oberon gathered together many of the best-known minds in the
Neo-Pagan movement to form the “Grey Council.” In 2004 Oberon and the
Council published Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard,
a book filled with the accumulated wisdom and insight of dozens of the
most experienced magicians, priests, artists, and authors in Pagandom.
Also in 2004, Oberon created his proudest accomplishment, the online Grey School of Wizardry
(www.GreySchool.com). The Grey School currently offers over 300 classes
in 16 Departments, at seven levels, with more than 750 students aged
11-75. The faculty number 40 highly-qualified teachers. Graduates are
certified “Journeyman Wizards.” Oberon is the school’s Headmaster, and
has been called “The real Albus Dumbledore.”
Oberon and Morning Glory currently reside in Sonoma County, California.
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