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Stewart Farrar: Writer on a Broomstick |
Author: Elizabeth Guerra with Janet Farrar [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: R J Stewart Books
Category: biography, wicca Level: All
Elizabeth Guerra and Janet Farrar have collaborated to record and explore Stewart Farrar's life and career in detail. This book tracks Farrar's development from an eager and talented adolescent to a gifted journalist and television, radio and film script writer and finally to his later life as a practitioner of Wicca and author of many nonfiction books and science fiction novels. In 1969, at the age of 53, Stewart met Alex Sanders - the infamous "King of the Witches" - and his wife Maxine while interviewing the couple for Reveille. The encounter introduced him to a world of Witchcraft and magic and changed the course of his life. Stewart Farrar found Witchcraft by accident but devoted the rest of his life to the subject by educating others. He became one of the most prolific and much loved writers on the subject, and in doing so, helped to make Wicca a viable and accessible spiritual path for many.
"Reading this biography for the first time, I found a number of insights into how modern magic and witchcraft have developed, insights which were poignant for me as I knew some of the people described herein."
R J Stewart
"This collection is a joyful, fascinating, moving opportunity to meet or to remember Stewart Farrar, a generous and inspiring teacher who profoundly influenced the growth of contemporary Paganism and the lives of so many who loved him."
Phyllis Curott, HPS, Author of the best selling Book of Shadows, WitchCrafting & The Love Spell
"A powerful and intimate glimpse into the early days of Wicca, through the life of one of our most influential And respected authors. This well crafted biography gives us a greater insight to our own roots and heritage."
Christopher Penczak, Author of The Inner Temple of Witchcraft
"This is a terrific book. Most people know Stewart Farrar as a journalist and author of books on Wicca, as well as many novels, but this book really gives an insight into the progressive views he had about the world, as well as Wicca and Paganism. What becomes clear as you read Guerra’s well researched book, is how important Farrar was to a growing movement that is now coming of age as a world religion."
Margot Adler, Author of Drawing Down the Moon
"Finally, the other side of the story. From the amazing foreward by the publisher himself, R.J. Stewart, to the unpublished poetry of Janet and Stewart Farrar, this book is a delight to read. Many of us knew Stewart Farrar through his many writings on Wicca. Most practicing pagans use material written by Stewart, whether they realize it, or not. Now, get to meet the man behind that in this biography. Liz Guerra, chosen by Stewart's widow Janet, pens the story of her late husband, weaving his life's journey that's simply a joy to read. With access to his archives, Ms. Guerra weaves a lovely tale of the man, who helped put Wicca on the map. And, most importantly, in the hands of anyone who read his books. We get a sense of this man, as Ms. Guerra deftly spins his story with-in a charming historical framework. Her easy-to-read work will be a joy to most readers seeking out an important piece of Craft history. While Ray Buckland physically brought the Craft to our shores, Stewart did so literally."
Mark Sosnowski, President, CWPN, Inc.
Author's Notes: Born in New York City, Elizabeth Guerra grew up with a family from varying ethnic and spiritual backgrounds. Her father was born in Puerto Rico, as was her paternal grandmother, who was an Espiritista (Spiritualist) specializing in exorcisms. Her maternal grandmother emigrated to the U.S. from Barbados as a child during the early part of the twentieth century, and her family was very much involved in the Spiritualist movement of the post-Victorian era. Elizabeth's family’s experiences on both sides exposed her to the occult sciences from a very early age.
Spiritually, in 1989, Ms. Guerra discovered Wicca and was initiated into both a traditional group and an eclectic group. In 2000, she received her Third Degree Initiation from Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. Over the years, she has written many articles in local periodicals, has appeared on radio, a local news program, and has been interviewed in two documentaries. After years of running a coven, her interests and spiritual journey led her to a practice and study of Irish Pagan history, and today she considers herself a Priestess of Brighid. Elizabeth conducts sacred site tours to Ireland each year (www.sacredsitetour.com) . She also co-chairs a Pagan festival each September in Connecticut (www.harvesthomegathering.com) .
Professionally, Ms. Guerra holds a degree in Human Services from Springfield College and is certified in addiction counseling. She is employed as the Northeast Senior Marketing Representative for a well known alcohol and drug treatment center. She currently resides in New England. Stewart Farrar: Writer On A Broomstick is Ms. Guerra’s first major book.
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