scored several small victories in court—such as restoring an astrologer to her apartment after she had been evicted because a neighbor told her landlord that her astrology classes were "black magic seances."
Bonewits and Rusty divorced in 1976 and he returned to Berkeley. The AADL disintegrated shortly after his departure.
In Berkeley, Bonewits rejoined the RDNA grove and was elected Archdruid. He established The Druid Chronicler (which later became Pentalpha Journal) as a national Druid publication in 1978. After a few clashes with members, he left the organization. Pentalpha Journal folded.
In 1979, he was married for a second time, to a woman named Selene. That relationship ended in 1982. In 1983, he was initiated into the New Reformed Order of the Golden Dawn. The same year, he married again, to Sally Eaton, the actress who created the role of the hippie witch in the Broadway musical Hair. They moved to New York City in 1983.
Since the late 1960s, Bonewits had worked as a freelance journalist, and, since college, had earned a sporadic living from writing and editing. In 1983, he entered the computer technology field as a technical writer for a firm in Manhattan. He left that over an ethical matter and became a self-employed computer consultant for small businesses.
In 1983 in New York, Bonewits met Shenain Bell, a fellow Pagan, and discussed the idea of starting a Druidic organization. The religious fellowship, Ar nDraiocht Fein ("Our Own Druidism" in Gaelic), was born, with no ties to the ancient Druids or to the RDNA. Bonewits became Archdruid and Bell became Vice Archdruid.
Bonewits and Eaton parted company in 1986. He moved to Nyack, New York, in November 1987 with his intended fourth wife, Deborah, a Wiccan high priestess. He continued work as a computer consultant and worked on the building of the ADF. He and Deborah married; a son, Arthur, was born in 1990.
The ADF grew, but more slowly than Bonewits had envisioned. A clergy training program was launched, but a seminary facility was not created. A prolific author, Bonewits wrote numerous articles and essays on Dru-idry, magic and Paganism. He predicted that Paganism would become a mainstream religion with millions of members.
In 1996 he resigned as Archdruid of the ADF due to the debilitating effects of eosinophilia myalgia syndrome, which also prevented him from working as a computer consultant. He retained his life membership in the ADF and devoted himself to his writing. His Authentic Thau-maturgy 2.0, a new edition of Real Magic (revised in 1979) designed for players of fantasy games, was published in 1998.
Bonewits and Deborah separated in 1999 and divorced in 2007. In 2004 he handfasted, then in 2007 married, Phaedra Heyman, a former vice president of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. The couple live in Nyack, New York, but they plan to move to Ashland, Oregon, in 2008.
Bonewits' other published books are Rites of Worship (2003), The Pagan Man (2005), Bonewits' Essential Guide to Druidism (2006), Bonewits' Essential Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft (2006) and Neopagan Rites (2007). With Phaedra, he coauthored Real Energy: Systems, Spirits and Substances to Heal, Change and Grow (2007).
Bonewits is also songwriter and singer and has performed at Pagan gatherings.
Bonewits has had involvements with Santería, the Caliphate Line of the Ordo Templi Orientis, Gardnerian Wicca, and the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn, as well as others.
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