a cache of usenet and other text files pertaining
to occult, mystical, and spiritual subjects.


REPOST per Req.: Archdruidic Resignation

To: alt.pagan
From: (Isaac Bonewits)
Subject: REPOST per Req.: Archdruidic Resignation
Date: 8 Jan 1996 06:06:53 GMT

To:  All members of the Mother Grove of ADF, all Senior Druids & Grove
Organizers, all Guild and SIG heads

cc:  alt.pagan, alt.religion.druid, Druid folders on AOL, Compuserve,
Genie, eWorld, and Prodigy, selected colleagues.

~From: Isaac Bonewits

~Date: January 1, 1996 c.e.

~Subject: Archdruidic Resignation

As I write these words, I am watching the snow fall swiftly outside my
windows and am trying to ignore the severe pain cramping my hands and
feet.  I expect the winter months to come will make my Eosinophilia
Myalgia Syndrome worse, diminishing my ability to perform my Archdruidic
duties.  At the same time, ADF is more than able to function without my
personal guidance. 

It is primarily for these reasons that I have chosen to resign as
Archdruid.  It is also true that I am tired of fighting to maintain our
standards in training and liturgy, of the constant backbiting and gossip
that has replaced actual work for many of our members and some officers,
of egalitarian campaigns to cripple my office, and of sanctimonious
efforts to silence me from expressing controversial opinions.  All of
these are, of course, common human behaviors for members of all
religions.  I just don't have the physical and mental stamina to handle
them anymore.

Given all this, and after a great deal of meditation and prayer, I have
decided to spend the little energy I have on my first career, that of a
writer.  I have several books partially written and would like to take a
year or three to finish them.  I will also be cutting down on my lecture
appearances, to save time and energy for writing and to avoid the physical
stress of travel.

I hereby resign and retire as Archdruid of A'r nDrai'ocht Fe'in: A Druid
Fellowship, Inc., effective immediately.   I will forward all records and
files in my possession to the office of the national Scribe within the
next few weeks.  I will continue to keep the 1-800-DRUIDRY line going
until the end of January, at which point another officer of ADF may take
it over, or the Mother Grove may vote to shut it down. I will assist in
making the transition to a new Archdruid as smooth as possible.

According to Article 11, Section (3) of the By Laws of ADF, "After the
death, retirement, or permanent incapacitation of the initial Archdruid,
the Vice Archdruid shall become the Acting Archdruid, and shall exercise
all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of the initial Archdruid
until the second High Day following the next annual meeting."  According
to 11:4, "At said annual meeting, a new Archdruid shall be elected by a
two-thirds majority of the available votes held by those members
participating, with no quorum required. Should no single candidate win a
two-thirds approval, the candidate with the lowest total shall be
disqualified, and this process shall continue until only one candidate is
left or a candidate has won two-thirds of the votes."

Ian Corrigan is now the Acting Archdruid until a new Archdruid can be
elected and take office.  This resignation notice gives everyone time to
nominate and campaign for the Archdruidic candidate of their choice along
with those for other national offices to be decided at this year's annual
members' meeting at Wellspring.  I will remain a Lifetime Member of ADF,
and I will continue to write and speak about ancient and modern Druidism,
but I will no longer represent ADF in public or private. Therefore, any
further efforts to censor my speech and writing will be simply ignored.

I retain the copyright on all my lectures and writings which I have
created for ADF in the past, but hereby grant ADF permission to continue
to publish and distribute them, provided no editing is performed upon them
without my cooperation.

Those people who would like to be on my personal mailing list for future
publications, books, tapes, etc., unconnected with ADF, may write me at
P.O. Box 1021, Nyack, NY 10960, or email me at  or

yours in the Earth Mother,
Isaac Bonewits

Isaac Bonewits =  = 
P.O. Box 1021, Nyack, NY, USA 10960  "I speak for myself!"

The Arcane Archive is copyright by the authors cited.
Send comments to the Arcane Archivist:

Did you like what you read here? Find it useful?
Then please click on the Paypal Secure Server logo and make a small
donation to the site maintainer for the creation and upkeep of this site.

The ARCANE ARCHIVE is a large domain,
organized into a number of sub-directories,
each dealing with a different branch of
religion, mysticism, occultism, or esoteric knowledge.
Here are the major ARCANE ARCHIVE directories you can visit:
interdisciplinary: geometry, natural proportion, ratio, archaeoastronomy
mysticism: enlightenment, self-realization, trance, meditation, consciousness
occultism: divination, hermeticism, amulets, sigils, magick, witchcraft, spells
religion: buddhism, christianity, hinduism, islam, judaism, taoism, wicca, voodoo
societies and fraternal orders: freemasonry, golden dawn, rosicrucians, etc.


There are thousands of web pages at the ARCANE ARCHIVE. You can use ATOMZ.COM
to search for a single word (like witchcraft, hoodoo, pagan, or magic) or an
exact phrase (like Kwan Yin, golden ratio, or book of shadows):

Search For:
Match:  Any word All words Exact phrase


Southern Spirits: 19th and 20th century accounts of hoodoo, including slave narratives & interviews
Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode: an introduction to African-American rootwork
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode: an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
Sacred Sex: essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
Sacred Landscape: essays and articles on archaeoastronomy, sacred architecture, and sacred geometry
Lucky Mojo Forum: practitioners answer queries on conjure; sponsored by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
Herb Magic: illustrated descriptions of magic herbs with free spells, recipes, and an ordering option
Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: ethical diviners and hoodoo spell-casters
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith, the Smallest Church in the World
Satan Service Org: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive: FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic
Aleister Crowley Text Archive: a multitude of texts by an early 20th century ceremonial occultist
Spiritual Spells: lessons in folk magic and spell casting from an eclectic Wiccan perspective
The Mystic Tea Room: divination by reading tea-leaves, with a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, etc.
      Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
      Free Money Spell Archive: money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
      Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
      Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races