Christopher Warnock, Esq.
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 has practiced as an attorney since 1990 and as a professional traditional astrologer and Renaissance astrological magician since 1998.
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
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.
Chris & Kathleen Sutra Chanting
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) a key case defining the right, or actually unfortunately the lack of right, to jury trial in criminal cases.
He was counsel of record
in Staley v. Barkalow No. 12-1031, 834 N.W.2d 873 (Iowa App. 2013), a landmark Iowa class action and 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.
Mr. Warnock was initiated into the Dhu'r-Riyasatayn branch
of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order in 1991. He was tutored in Islamic logic and the existentialist
philosophy of Sadr al-Din Shirazi (Mulla Sadra) by Ayatollah Mehdi Ha'iri Yazdi, who had the
unique distinction of being a master (mujtahid) of traditional Iranian philosophy as well
as having received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto.
"Blessings on you Christopher for the hope you gave me!"
During the same period
he had the privilege of many reasonings with elders like Ras Pidow, of the Rainbow Throne of the
Nyahbingi Theocratic Order and learning the truth about HIM, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
He attained the degree of MM in
W.R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge #7 of the Grand Lodge FAAM of the District of Columbia
on April 22, 1999.
considering hiring Chris for spiritual work regarding elections,
horary questions etc. I would highly recommend doing so. You won't be
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.
He is a doan (prayer leader) at the
Iowa City Zen Center in the Soto Zen lineage of Dainin Katagiri. He underwent the jukai lay
ordination and received the Bodhisattva precepts from the Rev. Shoken Winecoff,
Abbot of Ryumonji Monastery on October 23, 2011.
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.
On April 24, 2014, kensho was experienced, but Christopher Warnock was not present.
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.
Mr. Warnock studied horary astrology with
Lee Lehman and is a graduate of her Classical Studies in Horary course. He studied magical philosophy with Robert Zoller.
He is the Steward of the Society of Astrologers, the international association of traditional astrologers.
"I must say I am very pleased with
the results thus far! My business is doing much better in just a few
days. The results were immediate. I certainly
recommend your talismans to those who need a lift and the generous
blessings of Jupiter in their life."
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.
With John Michael Greer, Archdruid of the AODA and a leading author and ceremonial magician, Mr. Warnock translated the Latin Picatrix, the most important grimoire of traditional astrological magic. He has published Picatrix and other key astrological magic texts through his Renaissance Astrology Press.
Here are several interviews of Mr. Warnock:
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.
Mr. Warnock is proud that that two authentic
Renaissance Astrology astrological
talismans have been made a part of the permanent collection of the British Museum, which has one of the
largest and most comprehensive collections of magical items and objects in the world. The
Mercury table talisman and the
Venus table talisman are described as "Twenty-first century version of a silver Hebrew Renaissance
style planetary talisman based upon a design first described by Cornelius Agrippa in 1531."
Please Contact me if you need further assistance in placing an order.
Specializing in Horary Astrology,
Astrological Magic and
Copyright 2000-2014, Christopher Warnock, All Rights Reserved.