I’m just an old-fashioned occultist muddling through the 21st century, with interests in Neopaganism, Tarot, magic and ritual. You can read an extended bio of me on the archived sections of my website, Neopagan.net.
With my late husband, Isaac Bonewits, I wrote Real Energy: Systems, Spirits, and Substances to Heal, Change, and Grow (New Page, 2007). Isaac passed away on August 12, 2010. Since then, I’ve been working on re-inventing my life.
Isaac was the creator of Neopagan.net. He had an amazing life and wrote some wonderful books. You can read more about him on his Bio pages, here, and here, or prowl around the site to see a glimpse of his many interests. I’ll be preserving Neopagan.net pretty much as he left it (in all its state-of-the-art-for-1996 glory, as I used to tease him), except for this blog.
After Isaac’s death, I spent a year and a half in retreat on a small farm in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where I was kept company by two old friends, my black cat Bennie, three other cats, thirteen dogs, ten sheep, three goats, and one ox. (Plus ducks, chickens, turkeys and guinea hens, but I never did a headcount on them.) After that, I headed west and settled in Ashland, Oregon, where I’ve been working with the Rowan Tree Pagan Spiritual Community of Medford, Oregon.
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Phaedra Bonewits, Neopagan teacher, writer, and initiate of several traditions of Wicca, Witchcraft and Hermetic Magic, is just another occult generalist who insulates her house with books.
In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Phaedra was a pioneer in public Pagan worship in Chicago where she was a founding member of Panthea Temple, was an active public Pagan in North Carolina, and served as national vice president of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS). She been a presenter on the topics of magic, Tarot, and ritual at events throughout the US, has published many articles, and was a contributor to Llewellyn’s 2010 Witches’ Companion. Phaedra spent most of the ’00s in New York Druid-wrangling her late husband, Isaac Bonewits, with whom she co-authored Real Energy: Systems, Spirits, And Substances to Heal, Change, And Grow (New Page, 2007). Currently, she is happily ensconced in a tourist town in southwestern Oregon