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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461073901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461073901
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,489,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aidan A. Kelly, Ph.D., was a founder of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn and of the Covenant of the Goddess. He has been teaching humanities at various colleges and universities since 1979, and has been a leader in the study of new religious movements. He says, “This novel is ultimately a love story, but as a recognized forum for speculation that goes beyond what science or scholarship can be certain about, it pulls together many threads that I once thought unrelated into a new and intriguing pattern.” His previous books include: Inventing Witchcraft: A Case Study in the Creation of a New Religion Religious Holidays and Calendars: An Encyclopedic Handbook Crafting the Art of Magick: A History of Witchcraft in England, 1939-1964 Hippie Commie Beatnik Witches: A Social History of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K GLADSTONE on June 9, 2012
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This makes THE DA VINCI CODE look like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood ... Agree or disagree, you'll never see _anything_ in quite the same way ever again ...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By william newmoon on October 22, 2013
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If any work can be considered a writer's Magnum Opus, this is definitely his! Anyone familiar with his poetry, and his histories of modern Witchcraft, and how creative that musing Craft can be, will see immediately, he has gone just a huge bit farther in this book. Quite a bit beyond Extreme Left of Eden! Below GODDESS MURDER on the cover, it says: A Tale Of Love, Witches, And Gnostics - yep, plain, to the point - get ready for a trip. Aradia is alive and well in America.
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I imagine some people would write here some sort of advertising fluff about being the greatest writer since ink was invented. That's not who I am.

I have been writing for at least 61 years. I remember two short stories at about ages 10 and 14, two plays (one in German) at age 12, first attempts at poetry at 16, after hearing Blake's "The Tyger." My first poem to be published was in 1960, in Transfer, the San Francisco State lit mag. I did not think I had written much poetry over the last 52 years--until I counted, about two years ago, and discovered I have more poems than are in Yeats' collected poetry. Then I put together "Theodyssies and Paradoxologies." I had thought up that title many years ago. Unpack it; it tells much about what I explore.

Hippie Commie Beatnik Witches is who we were. That was worth writing, especially because there are few accurate and honest inside accounts of how a religious group was created. We did not need permission or authorization to do that, although I suppose we were touched by the little finger of the Goddess once in a while. I am also almost finished with Volume One of "A Tapestry of Witches." It will cover the first two decades of the history of the Craft in America. I've been collecting the materials for that since the 1970s.

Goddess Murder. My agent friends assured me that it was much too original, did not fit into any of the subgenres of the novel, that no publisher would touch it. And my silly mentors in the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State had told me that one should strive to be as original as possible. How very unrealistic that was--until now. I'm a little sorry to see the legacy publishers going bankrupt because they could not see this revolution coming, but I'm glad their monopoly on publishing has been destroyed.

The earliest material in the novel is from an apocryphal gospel I created in about 1971 out of the fragments of Gnostic writings I could glean from the ten volumes of the Ante-Nicene Fathers I found, with surprise and delight, at Holmes Books at Third and Market in San Francisco, diagonally across from the offices of Scientific American Books, where I was then a manuscript editor. I made a far more sympathetic case for those Gnostics than they had made for themselves.

I later created two more apocryphal gospels, one of Mary Magdalen in the 1980s, then "The Gospel of Diana" about 1991. It was very strange having the voice of a hereditary Italian Witch in the 1870s speaking in my head, telling me things I had not known about religious history. And then all insisted on becoming part of a love story, "A Tale of Love, Witches, and Gnostics," set in an alternative history. Can you imagine what a genuine interface that could integrate the Craft with a Gnostic sort of Christianity would have to be like? That's what Diana told me.

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