Janet Farrar

Janet Farrar born Janet Owen on 24 June 1950 is a British teacher and author of books on Wicca and Neopaganism. Along with her two husbands, Stewart Farrar and then Gavin Bone she has published some of the most influential books on modern Witchcraft to date. Janet Farrar has been one of the most public faces of Wicca, having appeared as a model for book covers and illustrations in several of the best-read books on the subject. She is a frequent guest lecturer on the subjects of Wicca, Neopaganism and witchcraft in North America and Europe. Her family were members of the Church of England. She attended the Leyton Manor School and the Royal Wanstead girls' school. After high school, Janet worked as a model and receptionist.

She was initiated into Alexandrian Wicca by the tradition's founders, Alex and Maxine Sanders. She had met the Sanders in 1970 through a friend who had become interested in exploring Wicca. Janet accompanied her friend to keep the friend ‘out of this weird cult’, but she instead joined the Sanders Coven and would go on to become one of England's most eminent and respected modern day witches. It was in this coven she met her future husband and co-author, Stewart Farrar. (28 June 1916 – 7 February 2000) Janet and Stewart Farrar were both elevated to the second degree in an unoccupied house in Sydenham, UK by the Sanders on the 17th October 1970, and they received the third, and final, degree of initiation in their flat on 24 April 1971. Both events are well-recorded by Stewart Farrar down to the smallest detail in his diaries.  

The Farrars began running their own coven in 1971, before their third degree initiation ceremony. They were Handfasted in 1972 and legally married in 1975. Janet Farrar left the coven in 1972 to explore the Kabbalah with a Ceremonial Lodge but returned the same year. In 1976 the Farrars moved to Ireland to get away from the busy life of London and they lived in County Mayo and County Wexford before finally settling in ‘Herne Cottage’ in Kells, County Meath. Both Stewart and Janet went on to publish a number of books on the Wiccan religion and on coven practises. Farrar continued to model and appeared in the illustrations to multiple early books about Wicca, including the cover of the paperback version of Margot Adler’s 1979, ‘Drawing down the Moon.’

In 1993 the Farrar’s were joined by Gavin Bone with whom they entered a polyfidelitous group marriage. Gavin Bone is an author and lecturer in the fields of magic, witchcraft, Wicca and Neo-Paganism, and an organizer in the Neo-Pagan community. He was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire in England, January 19th 1964. The three of them co-authored two more books. Stewart passed away in 2000 after a brief illness and Janet married Gavin a year later. Janet and Gavin continue to author books and give lectures.

Book list

Witches Bible, Inner Mysteries, The Witches God, The Witches Goddess, Lifting the Veil: A Witches Guide to Trance, Spells and how they work, The Complete Dictionary of European Gods and Goddesses, The Pagan Path, The Magickal History of the Horse, The Pagan Path, The Healing Craft. Progressive Witchcraft.

 

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