Who are Janet Farrar
and Gavin Bone?
A native Londoner, Janet was initiated by Alex and Maxine Sanders in 1970. It is here she met her husband to be and co-author, Stewart Farrar, who initially became involved around Alex Sanders as a reporter for the Reveille, and was then asked to write What Witches Do. Janet Owen (later Farrar) became involved in the Craft after a friend started regularly visiting the Sander’s. Janet, being from a christian background, went along to dissuade her friend from becoming involved, but was impressed by the moral structure that Wicca had and joined the Sander’s Coven.
Stewart and Janet first met when Stewart was asked to script and narrate A Witch Is Born. After receiving their Third Degrees from the Sander’s they left Alex and Maxine’s coven to form their own. They had found much of Alex’s teaching sparse in content and developed their own ritual structure as well as training methods during this time. They married in 1972 and moved to the Republic of Ireland in 1976. Stewart passed away in February 2000 following a series of illnesses, but Janet has continued her work as a Priestess and Author.
With her late husband she has written over a dozen books on the Craft to date. Titles which include Eight Sabbats For Witches’, The Witches’ Way (one of the first books to suggest the southern hemisphere turn for festivals in Australia), The Witches’ Goddess, The Witches God, Spells and How They Work. Janet has also had one book published jointly with Virginia Russel, The Magical History of the Horse, and with her current partner Gavin Bone, three books; The Pagan Path, The Healing Craft and The Dictionary of European Gods and Goddesses.
Their books have become some of the most influential in Witchcraft and have set the mould for modern Craft writers worldwide. They have lectured both in the United States and the Netherlands and are now exploring the field of Video as a way of presenting information on the modern pagan movement.
Since her initial introduction to the Alexandrian Craft, with Stewart and then Gavin she have been developed her own unique brand of Witchcraft and has honorary initiated into several other traditions, including traditional Italian Strega. She prefers just to be called ‘Wiccan’ rather than any specific tradition. In 1999 she became ordained as third level Clergy with The Aquarian Tabernacle Church, and now holds the charter for The Aquarian Tabernacle Church in Ireland – Tempal Na Callaighe.
Janet strongly believe in the idea of Wicca being both progressive and dynamic, while remaining a clergy of those dedicated to serving the God and Goddess.
Born in Portsmouth, Gavin Bone was originally initiated into Seax-Wicca in 1986. He trained as a Registered Nurse, is a practicing Spiritual Healer and a trained Reflexologist.
His first introduction into Wicca was shaky to say the least, becoming involved with individuals claiming to be falsely hereditary. He doesn’t regret these experiences in the least, believing that the Goddess rather than an individual or a tradition initiates Wiccans. He developed a fascination with the theory that Wicca’s roots are in tribal shamanistic healing traditions rather than medieval ritual magic. He has studied shamanism in a Northern European context, with particular focus on the Runes.
He met Janet and Stewart Farrar in 1989 at the Pagan Link conference in Leicester and moved to Ireland in 1992 after accompanying them on a tour of the United States. He co-authored The Pagan Path with Janet and Stewart and their latest books The Healing Craft and The Complete Dictionary of European Gods and Goddesses.
In the UK he was both a Pagan Link and Pagan Federation contact in early ‘90’s and this led him after his move to Ireland to set up the Pagan Information Network; a contact network for Pagans in the Republic and the North of Ireland.
Like Janet, he is an honorary member of the Strega tradition, and ordained third Level Clergy with the Aquarian Tabernacle Church.
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