Sophian Lineage Holder
Mother Circle Grass Valley
Tau Malachi is a modern mystic and has been a visionary from his youth, beginning his spiritual journey as a boy. When he was eight years old he was introduced to the Sophian Gnostic tradition by his beloved teachers, Tau Elijah and Mother Sarah, and receive initiation and teachings from their circle. After studying and practicing the tradition for eight years, before Tau Elijah’s death he was recognized as Tau Elijah’s successor, the presiding Sophian lineage-holder of his generation. At the age of twenty-one, in 1983, Malachi initiated his own Gnostic circle, founding Sophia Fellowship, and he has been serving as a spiritual teacher and guide ever since that time, teaching and initiating many aspirants in the Gnostic path. He is noted for his gifts as a seer and wonderworker, and has explored esoteric and mystical traditions from both the East and West. He is one of the foremost exponents of the Christian Kabbalah and is among the leading teachers of Christian Gnosticism in the twenty-first century. In 2006 Malachi founded Ecclesia Pistis Sophia (Body of Faith-Wisdom) – a modern branch of the Sophian Gnostic tradition, and it has swiftly become an international Gnostic church with study groups in many countries around the world, as well as becoming a source of inspiration for many independent Gnostic circles and churches. Along with his service as an Elder and Tau in the Sophian Gnostic lineage, he is also a consecrated Independent Apostolic Bishop, and has received initiation within several other mystical and esoteric traditions. Tau Malachi is the author of many books – The Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas: Meditations on the Mystical Teachings; Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ: A Gnostic Christian Kabbalah; Living Gnosis: A Practical Guide to Gnostic Christianity; and St. Mary Magdalene: The Gnostic Tradition of the Holy Bride. These, along with other works and extensive writings on the teachings and practices of the Sophian Gnostic tradition, form a significant body of spiritual and mystical wisdom that reveals a Path to Enlightenment in the West, akin to what one might find in wisdom traditions of the East. In 1993, during the “Dog Days” in July, Malachi went out on spiritual retreat to Pyramid Lake in the deserts of Nevada. At predawn, following cycles of meditation through the night, he experienced a breakthrough to Supernal Consciousness and since that time he as labored to embody and transmit that Supernal Light in the world, speaking of the greater influx of Supernal Light destine for all who open themselves to it. Thus, as much as sharing the wisdom of a long-standing tradition of Christian Gnosticism and Kabbalah, Malachi also shares teachings and practices from his experience of Divine Gnosis and his visions in the Spirit. Today Tau Malachi lives in the rural foothill town of Grass Valley, California, on the western side of the Sierras, and takes great pleasure in off-road adventures, and in communion with nature and animals.