Aidan Kelly

Academic + Poet + Priest

Aidan Kelly is an American academic, poet and influential figure in the Neopagan religion of Wicca. Having developed his own branch of the faith, the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn, during the 1960s, he was also initiated into other traditions, including Gardnerianism and Feri, in subsequent decades.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Aidan Kelly.


1940 Birth Aidan Kelly was born on October 22, 1940 in Colon, Panama, the first of four children to Marie Cecile Kelly and John Patrick Kelly. … Read More


1955 15 Years Old In 1955 they settled in Mill Valley, California, where Kelly graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1957.


1964 24 Years Old 1 More Event
After graduating from high school, Kelly studied at the University of California, Berkely, then San Francisco State University (San Francisco State College at that time), where he received his bachelor's degree in 1964.
1966 26 Years Old He returned to San Francisco State in 1966, where he completed a master's degree in creative writing in 1968.


1973 33 Years Old 1 More Event
From then, until 1973, Kelly worked for publisher W. H. Freeman and Company.
1974 34 Years Old While working on his Ph.D. during 1974 and 1975, Kelly was able to study pages from an early Book of Shadows, purportedly typed by Gerald Gardner as well as a manuscript titled “Ye Bok of ye Art Magical” from Gardner's former Museum of Witchcraft, then owned by Ripley’s, now owned by the Wiccan Church of Canada. … Read More
1976 36 Years Old In 1976, Kelly sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous.
1977 37 Years Old He withdrew from participation in the Neo-Pagan community in 1977 and became a practicing Roman Catholic from 1978 until 1987. … Read More


1980 40 Years Old Kelly received a Ph.D. in Theology from GTU in 1980. … Read More
1987 47 Years Old He was active in scholarly professional societies, and from 1987 to 1990 co-chaired the steering committee for the American Academy of Religion's Group on New Religious Movements.


1990 50 Years Old Later Aiden would find out that, from the time of WWII until the 1990's, his father was working high-ranking military intelligence officer. … Read More
1991 51 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He has also published academic work studying the early development of Gardnerian Wiccan liturgy, primarily through his controversial 1991 book Crafting the Art of Magic. … Read More
1997 57 Years Old After moving to Seattle, Washington in 1997, Kelly worked for several companies related to Microsoft.


2001 61 Years Old He accepted a teaching position for the Berkeley Learning Center in Lakewood, Washington in 2001.
2008 68 Years Old In 2008, Kelly and his family moved to New Orleans, where he teaches for ITT Technical Institute and continues to write. … Read More