08/18/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Isaac Bonewits
Isaac Phillip Emmons
Friends and Schoolmates,
We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today. Isaac Bonewits passed away from a rare form of colon cancer at his home in Valley Cottage, NY on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the age of 60.
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 08/17/10 - "Isaac Bonewits Memorial/Life in America":
To most of you, the
name Philip Eammons Isaac Bonewits probably means nothing. Isaac was the
author of a number of books on magic and religion; at one time, he was
the Archdriud for Ar nDraoicht Fein, for which I was Vice-Archdruid and
Preceptor (education director) in the early to mid-1990's. Isaac was two
years younger than me, and retired as Archdruid 14 years ago due to
health issues. He died Aug 12th, of colon cancer. To my children, he was
"Uncle Isaac", an imposing figure in ritual, and a master of songs and
puns outside of it.
At the end of this NPR story on his life and death, if you listen, you will hear my daughter Avens singing a hymn he wrote.
You can find a great
deal of his work on the web. Isaac and I had many theological and other
disagreements; but I always considered him a true friend. I will be
traveling to his memorial in NY Saturday, to offer condolences to his
widow, Phaedra, and his son, Arthur, and remember him along with many of
my fellow Druids. An old college friend has offered to drive several of
us down and back. My friend who has volunteered his services is not a
Druid, he's Jewish, of Chabad Lubavitch, who will miss Sabbath services
to perform this mitzvah, this blessing, this good deed.
Thank you, Domi - my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your friend!
From http://neopagan.net/blog/?p=259 - 08/12/10:
|Isaac Bonewits 1949-2010|
Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits,
founder and Archdruid Emeritus of of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship,
one of North America’s leading experts on ancient and modern Druidism,
Witchcraft, magic and the occult, and the rapidly growing Earth Religions
movement, died today after a short struggle with cancer.
Mr. Bonewits first came into the public eye when he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Magic and Thaumaturgy (1970). During his tenure there, Mr. Bonewits worked with many renowned professors including Nobel Prize Laureate Owen Chamberlain. The work he did for that degree became his first book, Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic (1971).
In 1983, he founded and became the
first Archdruid of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) an international
fellowship devoted to creating a public tradition of Neopagan Druidry. In 1995,
he retired from a leadership role due to complications from eosinophilia-myalgia
syndrome. ADF has grown to become the best-known Neopagan Druid group based in
North America. At his death, Mr. Bonewits held the title of ArchDruid Emeritus.
During his forty years as a Neopagan priest, scholar, teacher, bard, and polytheologian, Isaac Bonewits coined much of the vocabulary and articulated many of the issues that have shaped the rapidly growing Neopagan movement in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Bonewits was internationally known as a speaker who educated, enlightened and entertained two generations of modern Goddess worshippers, nature mystics, and followers of other minority belief systems, as well as explained these movements to journalists, law enforcement officers, college students, and academic researchers.
His personal papers will become part of the American Religions Collection at the Library of University of California at Santa Barbara.
One of his most influential contributions was the Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame (the “ABCDEF”), developed in 1979 as a response to the Jim Jones People’s Temple tragedy. It has been translated into many languages and used around the world to evaluate how dangerous or harmless an organization might be. It was the first such scale to use theories of mental health and personal growth to judge rather than theological or ideological standards.
His other books include Authentic Thaumaturgy (1979, 1998), The Pagan Man (2005), Bonewits’s Essential Guide to Witchcraft and Wicca (2006), Bonewits’s Essential Guide to Druidism (2006), Neopagan Rites (2007), and Real Energy (2007), which was co-authored with his wife, Phaedra, as well as numerous articles, reviews and essays. As a singer-songwriter, he released two albums, Be Pagan Once Again (1988), and Avalon is Rising (1992).
He is survived by his wife, Phaedra, his son from a previous marriage, Arthur Lipp-Bonewits of Bardonia NY, his mother Jeannette, his brothers Michael and Richard, and sisters Simone Arris and Melissa Banbury.
condolences are extended to Isaac's family, friends, and followers.
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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"Kelethin" midi courtesy of http://www.laurasmidiheaven.com/00-MIDI/2/001130007523/Kelethin - 08/18/10
Image of British artist William Worthington's Painting, "The Druid" courtesy of http://www.mythinglinks.org/ct~trees.html - 03/19/08
Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.ireland-information.com/celticclipart/celticclipart.htm - 03/13/08
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