A Practical Guide to the Rites of the Moon, Planets, Stars and Constellations
By Payam Nabarz
The practical rites and ceremonies in this Liber Astrum are created using a myriad of hymns and tales, drawing inspiration and material from many ancient, classical and medieval sources including: the Hymns of Orpheus, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Plato’s Timaeus, the Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius, the Greek Magical Papyri, the Chaldean Oracles, the Persian Shah Nameh ‘Epic of Kings’ by Ferdowsi, Scipio’s Dream by Cicero, the Persian Pahlavi Texts, the Book of Enoch, Bible Ezekiel chapter, Egyptian temples and texts, The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius, the Zoroastrian Yasht hymns, Sufi works of Ibn Arabi and Rumi, the Kabalistic Sefer Yetzirah, the Mithras Liturgy, Persian Burj Nameh, the Picatrix, Hesiod Works and Days, Homer’s Odyssey, Porphyry’s On the Cave of the Nymphs, and Aratus’ Phaenomena.
In bringing these ancient rites into modern times, stellar-related material and ideals by modern poets such as WB Yeats, Robert Graves, Sylvia Plath, and esoteric writers such as John Milton, John Dee, Elias Ashmole, Francis Barrett, Rudolf Steiner, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner have also been included, giving a Bardic blend of the ancient and the modern.
The rites here ‘set the scene’ and after all the poems and invocations are uttered, the point is reached in the rite where the magus has to make his/her direct connection, and to draw inspiration from the stellar well directly. The rites here are the beginning steps on your stellar journey, it is recommended that you write your own poems and invocations to the constellations and make your Path to the Stars.
This is a highly accessible, concise and practical book on this complex subject, written in such a way that it can be used either as a manual and workbook for practising stellar magic or simply for gaining insight into star lore.
2009, 212 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.
B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam
Stellar Magic by Payam Nabarz
How To Use This Manual
OPENING & CLOSING RITES
THE CONSTELLATION ORION:
Sothis & Tishtrya (Tir)
CONSTELLATIONS PERSEUS & ANDROMEDA
Perseus and Andromeda Rite
Persian Burj Nameh:
book of omens from the moon
Persian calligraphy text of Burj Nameh
A Rite to the Moon
Rite of the Seven Planets
Astral Tour of Oxon (part I- III)
The Seven Sisters
GREAT BEAR & LITTLE BEAR
Great Bear Rite
TWELVE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC
A Rite to the Zodiac
Rite of the Stellar World Cave
Persian-born Payam Nabarz is a Sufi and a Dervish. He is a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and a co-founder of its Nemeton of the Stars Grove. Magi Nabarz is a revivalist of the Temple of Mithras, a Hierophant in the Fellowship of Isis, a Past Master in the Craft (Freemasonry) and a Companion in the Royal Arch. He has also worked with the Golden Dawn system, Thelema, Nath Tantra, and Wicca. He was the founder of Spirit of Peace, a charitable organisation dedicated to personal inner peace and world peace via interfaith dialogue between different spiritual paths. His other interests include cycling and learning Yoga and Tai Chi.
He is author of The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief That Shaped the Christian World (Inner Traditions, 2005), The Persian Mar Nameh: The Zoroastrian Book of the Snake Omens & Calendar (Twin Serpents, 2006), and Divine Comedy of Neophyte Corax and Goddess Morrigan (Web of Wyrd Press, 2008). He is also the editor of Mithras Reader: An academic and religious journal of Greek, Roman, and Persian Studies. Volume 1 (2006), Volume 2 (2008), and Volume 3 (2010); and Seething Cauldron: Essays on Zoroastrianism, Sufism, Freemasonry, Wicca, Druidry, and Thelema (Web of Wyrd Press, 2010).
He has three books published with Avalonia:
Anahita: Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata (Avalonia, 2013),
Stellar Magic: A Practical Guide to Rites of the Moon, Planets, Stars and Constellations (Avalonia, 2009) and
The Square and the Circle: the Influences of Freemasonry on Wicca and Paganism (Avalonia, 2016).