Or let my lamp at midnight hour
Be seen in some high lonely tower,
Where I may oft out-watch the Bear,
With thrice-great Hermes, or unsphere
The spirit of Plato, to unfold...
Christopher Warnock practices as an attorney, traditional astrologer and Renaissance astrological magician.
He lives with his wife Kathleen in a historic house in the Goosetown neighborhood of Iowa City, Iowa, home of the University of Iowa. He received an M.A.(Hons.) concentrating in Renaissance and early modern history from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) in 1986.
He received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1989. He practiced as a criminal defense attorney and CJA public defender in Washington, D.C. from 1990-2005 and was counsel of record in over a dozen published opinions issued by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the highest court of the District of Columbia.
He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Iowa, as well as the United States Court of the Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
He has filed sixteen petitions for writs of certiorari in the US Supreme Court and an amicus brief in Lewis v. United States, 518 US 322 (1996), which was mentioned in the court's decision.
He was counsel of record in Staley v. Barkalow 3-255/12-1031 (Iowa App. 2013), a key Iowa landlord/tenant case and is counsel for the Iowa Tenants' Project, which is committed to tenants' rights and to fair play for both tenants and landlords.
He was student #10 and is a graduate of Cat Yronwode's Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course and is an expert on the use of astrology in hoodoo and rootwork.
In October of 2013, he went on pilgrimage to Japan and visited Koyasan, the headquarters of the Shingon School of Japanese tantric Buddhism. There he also underwent jukai in the Shingon School and received the kechien kanjo, a mikkyo or esoteric Buddhist tantric initiation. Warnock, therefore, has the unusual distinction of initiation into two separate Japanese Buddhist lineages, that of Soto Zen and Shingon.
In addition to practicing astrology, he follows the spiritual path of Hermeticism, a practical path to Gnosis, based on the writings traditionally attributed to Hermes Trismegistus as well as working with the Renaissance ceremonial magic of Cornelius Agrippa, Marsilio Ficino and Picatrix.
He was the principal speaker at the Star Magic Picatrix Workshop in Japan in February 2010 and gave an additional series of workshops and lectures in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan in September & October 2013. He will be returning to Japan to lecture in November 2014.
He has been published in Horary Practitioner, Pathways, the Astrological Association Journal, and the Llewellyn Moon Sign Books for 2002 & 2003, Dell Horoscope magazine and repeatedly in the Mountain Astrologer. Mr. Warnock has been profiled in the Washington Legal Times the New York Lawyer and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on the series "Critical Eye" on the Science Channel.
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