Aidan Kelly – A Tapestry of Witches
Aidan A. Kelly, the founder of New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn (NROOGD) that evolved into a Wiccan coven in 1969, joins us to discuss the history of the Wiccan religion and how he got involved in it.
Aidan Kelly was born on Oct. 22, 1940, in Colon, Panama, when his father, a career military intelligence officer, was stationed at the Canal Zone. His family traveled, with a few years in Korea and Germany, until they settled in 1955 in Mill Valley, California, where he graduated from Tamalpais High and entered UC Berkeley at age 16. He went on to earn a BA and MA in Poetry Writing from San Francisco State, and in 1967 co-founded the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn. He was on staff as a Manuscript Editor for Scientific American Books in San Francisco for five years, then began his doctoral program in Berkeley in 1974. In 1975 he co-founded the Covenant of the Goddess. Earning his Ph.D. in advanced humanities, he began teaching at the college level in 1979, while continuing to freelance as an editor. He had several dozen poems published in magazines during the 1960s and 1970s, and has recently begun serious writing of poetry again. He has had about a dozen books published as author or co-author, most of them still available on Amazon. He now lives with his family in Tacoma, Washington.
Hippie Commie Beatnik Witches: A Social History of the NROOGD
A Tapestry of Witches: A history of the Craft in America to the Mid-1970s
Crafting the Art of Magic, Book I: A History of Modern Witchcraft, 1939-1964
The Road of Excess
Songs for the Gods and Witches: Wiccan/Pagan poetry, 1960s to the 1990s
Playing with Words, We See What We Name: Poems 1960-1970
Elegies for Alta: Poems 1970 to 1987
Theodyssies and Paradoxologies: Collected Poems
Inventing Witchcraft: A Case Study in the Creation of a New Religion
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