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Isaac Bonewits: Life, His Books & Contributions

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By Morningbird

Isaac Bonewits (Born October 1, 1949 in Royal Oak, MI, Died August 12th, 2010 in Pomona, NY) was an influential member of the America Pagan community and the co-founder (with Shenain Bell) and Archdruid Emeritus of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship and the Aquarian Anti-Defamation League, which was devoted to protecting the interests of members of minority religions.

One of the elders of the Pagan community, he has been a spokesman for the community with journalists and law enforcement.

He was the first person to graduate from a Western educational institution with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Magic and Thaumaturgy which he did through UC Berkeley’s individual group study program in 1970.

Bonewits was a long-time proponent of the establishment of official Pagan seminaries and full time paid Pagan clergy. The latter idea is not popular with the Pagan community at large and earned him much derision for trying to be a “professional Pagan” and expecting the community to “pay his bills for him”, though this attitude now seems to be changing.

In February 2008, Isaac and Phaedra Bonewits opened the Real Magic School, an online occult school, but it only survived about a year.

Isaac Bonewits succumbed to cancer in August 2010.

One of his notable contributions to our community is the Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame which is an invaluable tool for new Pagans, witches and occultists when considering new or continuing membership to questionable organizations within (and without) the community.

He was the author of several books:

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He has co-authored:

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Real Energy: Systems, Spirits, and Substances to Heal, Change, and Grow
Real Energy: Systems, Spirits, and Substances to Heal, Change, and Grow
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Bonewits's Essential Guide to Witchcraft and Wicca
Bonewits's Essential Guide to Witchcraft and Wicca
Used Book in Good Condition; Bonewits, Isaac (Author); English (Publication Language); 224 Pages - 02/01/2006 (Publication Date) - Citadel (Publisher)
Witchcraft: A Concise Guide or Which Witch Is Which?
Witchcraft: A Concise Guide or Which Witch Is Which?
Isaac Bonewits (Author); English (Publication Language); 196 Pages - 01/01/2003 (Publication Date) - Earth Religions Press (Publisher)
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The Mysteries of Druidry: Celtic Mysticism, Theory, and Practice (A Training Manual for the Modern-Druid)
The Mysteries of Druidry: Celtic Mysticism, Theory, and Practice (A Training Manual for the Modern-Druid)
Brendan Cathbad Myers (Author); English (Publication Language); 240 Pages - 04/07/2006 (Publication Date) - Weiser (Publisher)
The Study of Witchcraft: A Guidebook to Advanced Wicca
The Study of Witchcraft: A Guidebook to Advanced Wicca
Lipp, Deborah (Author); English (Publication Language); 192 Pages - 10/01/2007 (Publication Date) - Weiser Books (Publisher)
Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism
Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism
Paxson, Diana L. (Author); English (Publication Language); 224 Pages - 12/01/2006 (Publication Date) - Citadel (Publisher)

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And has contributed to

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Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

Accusations of sexual abuse by Mr. Bonewits surfaced in 2017 in the book The Last Closet; the Dark Side of Avalon written by Moira Greyland in 2017.

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The accusations concerned sexual acts with the author when she was only 6-years old and acts with another, unnamed child of the same age in the early 1970s.

formal comment was issued by ADF and family members also commented expressing shock and disbelief. Read more about this at The Wild Hunt.

Written by Morningbird & Witchipedia Team

I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years. As a founder and lead writer on Witchipedia, I’ve been publishing articles since 2006.

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