Charles “Chic” Cicero was born in Buffalo, New York. An early love of music, particularly of the saxophone, resulted in Chic’s many years of experience as a lead musician in several jazz, blues and rock ensembles, working with many famous performers in the music industry. Chic’s interest in Freemasonry and the Western Esoteric Tradition resulted in research articles on Rosicrucianism and the Knights Templar, printed in such publications as “Ars Quatuor Coronatorum” and the “1996-2000 Transactions of the Metropolitan College of the SRIA.” Chic is a member of several Masonic, Martinist, and Rosicrucian organizations. He is a Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar in Florida (2010–2011). He was also a close personal friend and confidant of Dr. Israel Regardie. Having established a Golden Dawn temple in 1977, Chic was one of the key people who helped Regardie to resurrect a legitimate, initiatory branch of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the United States in the early 1980s. He met his wife and co-author, Sandra Tabatha Cicero, shortly thereafter.
Sandra Tabatha Cicero
Sandra “Tabatha” Cicero was born in rural Wisconsin. Her areas of interest include drawing, painting, poetry, theater, dance, and printmaking. A lifelong fascination with the creative arts has served to inspire her work in the magical world. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in 1982, Tabatha worked as an entertainer, typesetter, editor, commercial artist, and computer graphics illustrator. In 2009 she obtained an Associate in Science degree in Paralegal Studies. Tabatha is a member of several Martinist and Rosicrucian organizations. She met her husband and co-author Charles “Chic” Cicero in the early 1980’s and the Golden Dawn system of magic has been her primary spiritual focus ever since. Tabatha spent five years working on the paintings for The Golden Dawn Magical Tarot which she began at the encouragement of Israel Regardie. Both Chic and Tabatha are Chief Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as re-established by Israel Regardie (www.hermeticgoldendawn.org). The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which Chic is the G.H. Imperator and Tabatha is the G.H. Cancellaria, is an international Order with temples in several countries. Tabatha is also the Imperatrix of the Societas Rosicruciana in America (www.sria.org). Chic and Tabatha share an enthusiasm for Ceremonial Magic and the Hermetic arts. Their books, which are published by Llewellyn, include The Golden Dawn Magical Tarot (kit), Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple, The Essential Golden Dawn, Tarot Talismans, The Babylonian Tarot, and Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition. They have also edited and annotated new editions of Israel Regardie’s classics The Middle Pillar, The Tree of Life, A Garden of Pomegranates, and The Philosopher’s Stone.