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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460958241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460958247
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,652,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book thinking that it would be a about a revival of the "Golden Dawn", I was wrong it was about the starting of first an informal group of people wanting to learn witchcraft who then evolved into a coven and finally into an order itself. I like the story that Aidan weaved as I learned a lot from it. The only drawback is the seeming disjointedness of the book. Aidan gives his own narrative but then he spliced in interviews, pieces of rituals and then whole rituals. The information itself is all good and well but sometimes not easy to follow. Perhaps what Aidan should do is give us a tight narrative that incorporates the information given from his interviews. Another chapter could be about the rituals that his group did while together and maybe still doing now. People want to know.

Aidan Kelly played a part in making a tradition of witchcraft. He has also written several books about the creation of witchcraft and I am glad he let us know that for the most part Wicca and other forms of witchcraft are "creations" of the 20th century yet they are still valid. I like to know the truth and thanks Aidan for telling it so. I got to give him and his group credit as they did the research, the work, and they helped birth a very viable spiritual tradition. This book also gives us insight into the politics of the magical and pagan world which have as of late seem to have merged.

Aidan has come into contact with many heavy weights in the magical pagan world. To mention a few like Starhawk, Victor Andersen,Isaac Bonewitz, and Kerr Cuhulain, just to modestly mention a few. His group started out as a bunch of college students in the San Francisco area studying anthropology during the hippie days. Perfect breeding ground.
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Having a personal interest in Dr. Kelly's book I found the writting clear and the memories expressed far beyond what I remember. Authors license? or I'm forgetting things.
If you're interested in the craft and in NROOGD this is a good place to read about the roots of the organization and how it developed from a pot luck, beer and dancing group into a on going organization that has lasted four plus decades. Fast read. Lots of background information on the first rituals and their development over a short time.
If read closely you'll be able to figure out the players. All in all, if you are interested in the west coast scene in the and early 70, read the book.
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This is a rich and interesting account of the formation of the NROOGD tradition. Anyone who is a part of this tradition and would like to delve into its origins would do well to read it. Aiden Kelly does a wonderful job recounting this time in an interesting an engaging way.
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I am glad Aidan Kelly put together this book. He provides pieces of a WITCH puzzle when put together produce a CRAFT history of this particular period and place. He also shares poetry and rituals as part of his service. Well done!
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