I had been tracking Isaac Bonewits’ failing health, but hadn’t actually gotten around to posting anything commemorating his passing. I have especially enjoyed his work on masculinity in paganism, and regard his work as foundational and something I will continue to refer to as a basis for my own studies.
That said, I’m not sure what else I can offer. So instead, I will refer the noble reader to this magnificent memorialization from Donald Michael Kraig, one great magician honoring another.
Perhaps the one thing I’ll remember about Isaac was his indefatigable energy. Even when he was diagnosed with a disease that exhausted him (from taking some badly produced L-triptophan), he seemed to always be going and doing; awake, alert, knowledgable, and always willing to share information, a story, a song, or a laugh.
In the coming days, you will read many memorials to Isaac, all of them earned, and all of them, no matter how glowing, not even half of what they could be.
Sir Isaac Newton said, “If I have been able to see further than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” If I am remembered at all for anything I have said or written, it will be because I, too, have stood on the shoulders of giants.
Isaac Bonewits was one of those giants.