Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone
Written and compiled by George Knowles.
Since their initiation into witchcraft by Alex
Sanders in February 1970, and starting their own coven in December the same
year. Janet and Stewart
Farrar have done much to make Wicca and the pagan way available to the public.
Their books have become classics in their own time, and over the years
through faultless and diligent hard work, they have become England’s most
eminent and respected modern day witches. Since
the death of Stewart Farrar on the 7th February 2000, Janet and Gavin
Bone continue to work on promoting and explaining the craft to those who would
want to hear.
Janet Farrar was born as Janet Owen on the 24th
June 1950, in Clapham a district of London, England. Her father Ronald Owen came from an English and Welsh
background, her mother Ivy Owen (nee Craddock) was an immigrant Irishwoman.
Both parents worked in the local hospital and were members of the Church
of England. Janet was five years
old when her mother passed away.
Janet was educated first at Leyton Manor School in
London, then at Royal Wanstead High School for Girls in Sawbridgeworth,
Hertfordshire. After leaving school
Janet started work as a model, in-between assignments she worked as a
receptionist. She first became
involved with the craft after a friend started visiting with the Alex
the "enfant terrible" of witchcraft and the "King of
Witches” as he later became known. Janet
having a Christian background, tagged along with the intention of dissuading her
friend from becoming involved. However
what she saw impressed her, and she ended up joining herself.
Alex Sanders initiated Janet into his coven during
February 1970. At the same time
more or less, Alex’s wife and High priestess "Maxine Sanders",
initiated Stewart Farrar who later become Janet’s husband.
Working together, Janet and Stewart received their second degree later
that year and decided to leave Alex and Maxine's coven.
They founded their own coven in London during the Yule festivities of
1970, and so began their life together. “See
Janet and Stewart each collaborated on writing some
of the most influential books on modern witchcraft published to date.
Such works as: Eight Sabbats for Witches and The
Witches Way (jointly published as The
Witches Bible), also The Witches
Goddess, The Witches God
and Spells and How They Work. Janet
also had one book published jointly with Virginia Russell entitled The
Magical History of the Horse. They
also lectured in the United States, as well as in Europe, and have explored
video as a medium for presenting information on modern Paganism.
Gavin Bone was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire in
England, in 1964. He trained as a
registered nurse and has studied complimentary healing methods such as
reflexology; he’s also a practicing spiritual healer.
He was initiated into Seax-Wicca in 1986, and is currently developing the
theory that Wicca "may have" some roots in tribal shamanistic healing
traditions, as apposed to medieval ritual magic.
Gavin first met the Farrar’s in 1989 at a Pagan
Conference in Leicester, from where they struck up a friendship.
He accompanied them on a tour of the United States in 1992, and on their
return he moved over to Ireland as their business partner.
He has co-authored two books with the Farrar’s: The
Pagan Path (Bookpeople, 1995), and The
Healing Craft (Phoenix Publishing, 2000).
He also acts as the production manager of their latest moves into video.
When in 1995, Stewart Farrar suffered a stroke.
Gavin’s training as a nurse and healer proved most valuable. He was
instrumental in helping to nurse him back to good health.
As the Farrar’s business partner in 1996, Gavin was
responsible for setting up their WebPages - "http://gofree.indigo.ie/~wicca/".
This has since developed into the “Pagan Information Network”, a
contact network for pagans across the Republic and Northern Ireland, for which
Gavin and the Farrar’s are the primary coordinators.
Sadly Stewart Farrar passed into a better place on the 7th February 2000. He was an outstanding example of a dedicated Witch, and one who simply preferred to be called a Wiccan. Supported by Janet and Gavin, his contribution to the evolution and development of the modern day witchcraft movement, has helped many to find their way on the path. Janet and Gavin today carry on with his work, and are to be married on the 5th May this year 2001. Best wishes and happiness to them both.
Encyclopedia of Wicca &
Witchcraft - By Raven Grimassi
A Witches' Bible - By Janet and Stewart Farrar
What Witches Do - By Stewart Farrar
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Wicca & Witchcraft
Traditional Wicca Writings:
Wiccan Rede / Charge of the Goddess / Charge of the God / The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus) / The Witches Chant / The Witches Creed / Descent of the Goddess / Drawing Down the Moon / The Great Rite Invocation / Invocation of the Horned God / The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief
Other Things of Interest:
Traditions - which includes discriptions of: Alexandrian Wicca / British Traditional (Druidic Witchcraft) / Celtic Wicca / Chaos Magic / Cyber Wicca / Eclectic Wicca / Dianic Wicca / Faery Wicca / Gardnerian Wicca / Hereditary Witchcraft / Kitchen Witch (Hedge Witch) / Pectic-Wita / Seax-Wica / Shamanism / Solitary / Strega / The Sylvan Tradition / Teutonic/Nordic / Witta / Pow-wow
Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology) / Other Gods & Deities / Festivals (Sabbats & Full Moons) / Sabbats / Free Web Graphics / Links to Personal Friends & Resources / Wicca/Witchcraft Resources / What's a spell? / Elements and Elementals / My Personal Library / Circle Casting and Sacred Space / Pentagram - Pentacle / Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) Marks of a Witch / The Witches Power / The Witches Hat
In Worship of Trees - Myths and Lore, For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following trees: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder. Also see: The Willow Tree (Folk Music).
Mystical Sacred Sites - Stonehenge / Glastonbury Tor / Malta - The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni / Avebury / Cerne Abbas - The Chalk Giant / Ireland - Newgrange /
A history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope Innocent VIII / The papal Bull / The Malleus Maleficarum / An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum / The letter of approbation / Johann Nider’s Formicarius / Jacob Sprenger / Heinrich Kramer / Stefano Infessura / Montague Summers / The Waldenses / The Albigenses / The Hussites.
Indian Mysticism & Astrology:
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murder by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Aleister Crowley / Alex Sanders / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Bridget Cleary / Carl Llewellyn Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Dion Fortune / Doreen Valiente / Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Eliphas Levi / Francis Barrett / Gerald B. Gardner / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Helen Duncan / Israel Regardie / Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot / Margaret Alice Murray / Matthew Hopkins / Montague Summers / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Pamela Colman-Smith / Patricia Crowther / Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits / Raymond Buckland / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and "The White Goddess" / Scott Cunningham / Sir James George Frazer / Sir Francis Dashwood / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather / Thomas Ady / Vivianne Crowley /
Old Masters of Academia includes: Pliny the Elder / Hesiod
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