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Article ID: 2657
Age Group: Adult
Posted: February 12th. 2000
Stewart Farrar: Testimonials 02
by Pagan Communities
Carrot Wine and Groby LinkUp
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 18:47:07 (EST)
Life to you - again.
Fond memories of a wet and windy camp.
Of a couple of heated discussions over Witchcraft as a religion.
Of sharing Carrot Wine with you, Janet and Gavin (waves to them).
Of laughing at firewalking HPS's complete with blue nylon socks.
Of a way with words that made me think - though I was of another tradition.
Of growing out of The Sword of Orley and those early books!
We are humans on a spiritual journey - may you pick up farther on than where you left off. May you be refreshed.
May Janet and Gavin be in the hands and thoughts of the Old Ones.
The Gift of Self
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 18:22:11 (EST)
Many years ago, I found a battered copy of "What Witches Do" in the back of a bookstore. It was so tattered that it was held together with a rubber band. I bought it, thinking it would be a giggle to read. The results were amazing. Over the years, I gathered everything of Stewart and Janet's I could get my hands on. What I could not buy, I borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.
I can still remember the night I read "Omega" in one sitting, all night long, on a work night. And it scared me half to death, and inspired me to do some much needed work.
Elder brother, there are no words to thank you for the gift of self. Both the gift of myself to myself that was wakened through your words and the gift of Self that you gave to each of us on the Path. We all owe you a debt of love and gratitude. Rest well in the Summerland and hold a place by the fire for us. You have left those of us who are your sibs to take our places as elders of the community in our own turn. I hope when my time to cross comes, I shall have acquitted myself half as well as you.
Janet and Gavin, your loss is beyond my understanding, but I hold you in my thoughts and meditations. May the Lady and Lord touch us all in our lonely nights and may the gift of Stewarts great love and great heart hold us all up on a wave of magic and love.
"For there is no greater magick in all the world than that of love."
Colorado Springs, CO
Merry we part and merry we will meet again
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 18:16:04 (EST)
Meeting Stewart Farrar meant talking and loughing a lot... so the tears in my eyes are for those, who love him and are left behind. I honor his soul by thinking of the bright side of his life in the summerlands in the arms of the Goddess
Blessed be Stewart
Thankyou, and fare you well
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 18:02:46 (EST)
It was with great sadness that I heard of your passing. Your courage and outspokeness guided me to the craft may years ago.Your example and words have helped me many times in the years since that first time I saw you an Janet in a Television interview.
We only met once, and then briefly, but I shall say again what I said then. Thank you. You will be missed.
May you rest in the Lady's arms, until the wheel turns for you again.
For those left behind, may the pain of your passing be tempered by the memories of you love.
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 17:52:31 (EST)
Hello and farewell to a man I have never met. Due to the magic of the publishing media, many whom you have never taught have been profoundly influenced by you. May you rest with the Gods.
Memories of USA and Canada Visit
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 16:48:03 (EST)
We had the honor and pleasure to arrange Janet & Stewart's first tour of the USA and Canada in 1990. This tour came about because Janet and Stewart were very friendly and personable authors, who answered their own fan mail. In one of our fan letters, Thoron was bold enough to ask if they'd ever been to America on tour, and if they wanted to visit. It was the first of 3 visits, and they made many contacts throughout this continent.
Working with them was a pleasure and a delight. They were so eager to meet everyone and experience American Pagan life. They chose to stay at Pagan homes so they could see how we lived and practiced our religion daily.
When they arrived, Myth found them as charming in person as they were in their books and letters.
The writing team of Janet & Stewart, which later added Gavin Bone, produced some of the finest Wiccan theology and practical advice about ritual.
We are proud to have known them and are grateful for the years of writing and speaking. We hope Janet and Gavin will continue to speak at Pagan/Wiccan functions. We continue to recommend many of their books as must-read classics for students.
You will be missed, Stewart. Rejoice in the Shining Isle.
Myth & Thoron Woodling
A great man - a herald of the changing times
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 16:47:24 (EST)
What a great man, one of the most significant writers of the last millenium. Without his guidance I would never have found my soul mate or peace with my own philosophy. I felt something I could not name until I read Eight Sabbats, I found others that shared what was described within those sacred texts, and a general acceptance of rightness for them. A first in pagan society as far as I am concerned.
But this man went on with his work beyond most humans endurance. Let us say Hail and Farewell May his Memory Live On
Many Thanks Stewart
May the Goddess Enfold you in her arms
and Guide you to those Fair and Pleasant Realms
David John Barton-Allan
"Your writtings have changed my life"
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 16:25:45 (EST)
I am a teen pagan and have been practicing for a number of years, I have found your books to be extremly helpful and very heartfelt.Thank You, if it wasn't for you and your wife I would probably have a much more contorted view of the Craft. You will be sadly missed by many around the world and I thank you once again for your gifts and blessings upon humanity.
Walk in Peace & bright blessings!
Erik "aka" Frog brother
Clayton Ca. USA
Farewell to a Gentle Man
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 16:14:07 (EST)
Rest well in the arms of the Goddess, dear Brother! Blessings to you and those left behind.
Much loved, Much Missed
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 16:12:32 (EST)
I have never had the oppotunity to see the Farrars in person but their books have helped to guide me along a path I consider to be so wonderful that words can not describe it. Stewart Farrar was a great person and will stay alive in the hearts of the readers he and his wife helped to guide.
love and laughter
Thank you Stewart
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 16:00:11 (EST)
Thank you dear Stewart for bringing your light into my world and into the world of Pagans and Witch's everywhere. We owe you a deeper debt of gratitude than my brief words can say today. We will love Janet and Gavin as we have loved you. Thank you again, gentle Cancerian Stewart, you were a role model for Craft elders, and a bright blessing to us all, now and forever.
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 15:39:35 (EST)
I would like to thank you and Janet for your guidance and profound wisdom.Both of you have given so much to those who walked the path with the God and Goddess.Your teachings,your guidance and your love will NEVER be forgotten ten.
Raven RunningCloud BlackThorn
Farewell, my dear friend
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 15:26:35 (EST)
The Pagan world has lost a great pioneer, High Priest, teacher and writer, and I have lost a cherished and dear friend.
Stewart Farrar passed over to the Summerland peacefully in his sleep early in the morning of February 7th, 2000 at his home in Ethelstown, County Meath, Ireland. He had been unwell for several weeks, and had been recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He had begun to suffer the infirmities and indignities of old age, and his family was pleased that his passing was peaceful. They had warning that this was likely to happen and were able to comfort him and say their good-byes, reassuring him that all would be well and secure, and that he was loved by many friends across the globe.
Janet, his wife, had had a dream two days earlier in which she said that Doreen Valiente, who had passed over last August, had appeared to her to show Stewart around the Summerlands. She said this dream prepared them for Stewart's passing, and comforted them that he would not be alone on reaching the other side. Cremation arrangements are being made.
Together with Janet and Gavin Bone, Stewart had written many important Wiccan books, and was the Archpriest of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church in Ireland. Together with Archpriestess Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, he was preparing to conduct clergy training. He was Emeritus Dean of Men of the Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary. His loss will be felt by the entire Wiccan and Pagan community worldwide, and for a long time.Ę
Merry Meet, Stewart, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again!
- Pete Pathfinder Davis
Pete Pathfinder Davis, AP Aquarian Tabernacle Church
"The Great Teacher"
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 15:17:37 (EST)
I knew him not, but feel as if I have lost a friend greater than any other. I, myself own the Witches Bible, and have read it and use it for many rituals and invocations. If there was to be a bible for witches, he and his wife have created it. I myself can only hope that he would be proud of me and my plight. For you see, I am a military pagan, and as such fight for the right to practice and for those in America to practice feely as the Amendment states. All people should know his name, for he was the greates among us. He was our times and our religions modern day Plato. He was the great teacher, philosopher, and religious leader. He will be greatly missed. Merry Part my teacher! May your return and new life be as glorious as your past one. Merry Part! May all of you find water and shade...
You will be missed
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 15:14:30 (EST)
Your work was one of the foundation stones in my training 20 years ago, and continues to hold a place of honor on my library shelves. You helped to bring the Ancient Ways back into use, and have breathed life back into the Craft.
You will be sorely missed. Blessings Be...
Little Rock, Arkansas
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 15:12:39 (EST)
I would just like to say that it was because of the wealth of material published by Stewart and Janet that I found my way to the Pagan Path in this incarnation. Mr. Farrar you will be sadly missed but I am comforted in the knowledge that you will return one day to bless us with your wisdom and knowledge again. Thank you for all you have done for the Pagan movement. Many present day Pagans owe to you and Janet a great debt, for without your presence the path today may not have been. Thank You. Geal Beannachts (Bright Blessings I hope...my Gaelic is not up to par.)
Pax - Dawn
Panama City, Florida
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 15:06:56 (EST)
Blessed Be, Stewart Fararr. May your journey to the Afterworld be blissful.
Hail and Farewell!
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 14:51:36 (EST)
Thanks for the bounty you have left us! You live on in your works and in those they have touched, like a wave radiating outward from a pebble into infinity. So be it!
Port Angeles, WA USA
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 14:36:36 (EST)
For inspiring millions.
May you enjoy the Summerlands
and return to guide us again
in your own time
and as the gods will
Blessed Thou Art
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 14:31:00 (EST)
you and janet were there for me in the beginning... though i never met you. thank you, for all that you have done..
until i sit by your side, 'round the fire in the summerlands, farewell!
into the arms of the goddess!
with love blessed be,
laurie aka poetic
laurie aka poetic
travel well friend ...
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 14:30:02 (EST)
for myself, your presence was a notable one and i rank meeting you and your words and wonderful stories, both realtime and recorded, as highpoints of this ones present incarnation. as such a notable, you will always hold a prominant place in my pesonal "hall of worthies".
if you run into them on your side, give my previously passed wolf-cynn (Macha & Conn)a scratch for me .. they, like most, took a strong and immediate likeing to you and i would hazard a guess they will seek you out.
i look forward to meeting you again at some point along the way ...
... still holding the high ground on this side
Blackwolf (j'lynn yeates)
Thanks for Sharing
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 14:22:37 (EST)
Stewart, Thank you so very much for all you've shared with every person that crossed your path - physically and spiritually. You and the work you've done for all these years is greatly appreciated and will be deeply missed by all!
Brightest Blessings & Love,
Kansas City, MO, USA
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 14:00:31 (EST)
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom through your works in this life, and may you find peace and comfort in the caring arms of the Lord and Lady until the Wheel turns once more.
Though I never met you I call you friend
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 13:49:51 (EST)
Though I have never met either Mr. or Mrs. Farrar, their works have helped me tremendously in my understanding of Wicca and for that I call them friends and "teachers". The world is certainly at a loss without Mr. Farrar's wisdom and vision. I anxiously await my own return to the Lord and Lady so that I will be able to meet him. Blessing on your soul dear friend.
You opened the door
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 13:29:29 (EST)
Stewart your book "What Witcnes Do" started me on a long and intimate
experiences of the Old Ones. Many thanks for showing me where the road was. We will meet again.
Blessed Be, Dave Finnin
Tujunga, Ca, USA
We shall meet again, and know one another, my Elder-Brother
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 13:24:16 (EST)
I count myself quite fortunate in having had the opportunity to meet Stuart, along with Janet and Gavin, several years ago. While time and commitments kept me from corresponding with them frequently, they have all remained close to my heart.
On hearing of Stewart's passing, I was awash in mixed emotions: my joy for Stewart's release from this world and birth in the next - where illness and age nolonger fetter his magnificent wings - was tempered with profound sorrow for those he left behind.
Stewart has again forged ahead of us on the Journey, once again breaking ground on the path we all follow. Let us all honor his memory by continuing to hold love, devotion, and mirth as the gifts of the Gods they are. Stewart, as always you remain a welcome guest at the hearth of the Sisterhood - may the waters of the Lake refress you on your journey.
Victoria (Vicki) Mieth
Thank You, S. Farrar
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 12:44:10 (EST)
No, I never met either of them. And I am still fairly solitary in my practices. But I feel an immense thankfulness toward the Farrars. He was one of my "teachers", after all.
"Spells and How They Work" was truly the first book that motivated me to start studying Wicca seriously. Thanks to the Farrars, I was introduced to real Witchcraft (after years with the image of "Witches" such as the ones who ate spider sandwiches and urinated through wedding rings as suggested by a book I found when I was 12.) When I read "The Witches' Way" I finally understood and took the religion seriously. Without those with the guts to come forward and write about real Witchcraft in earlier years, people like me would still be under the assumption that Witches are either a)just superstitious flakes or b) charlatans looking for a way to manipulate others. ("B" is what my mother taught me about Witches.) None of us solitaries would have ever become Wiccan, and shared the magnificence of the real religion without these sort of brave souls.
I feel great respect for Stewart Farrar, especially, because I have always had an image in my head of "older" men as being rigid patriarchs threatened by women. Seeing a man with gray hair practicing a religion with a female deity, and in an equal partnership with a woman was very comforting to me. The hopelessness of the world that I'd always felt was lessened just for having seen pictures of him in the books.
I am sorry that he won't be sharing his knowledge with us anymore.
However, I'm happy to have had the honor to feel the impact of his work in my own life.
Northern Kentucky, USA
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 12:21:34 (EST)
I spoke with you and Janet briefly at a lecture in Toronto in 1991. Your contribution to paganism shall not be forgotten. May you find peace in the Summerland. Blessed be.
Hail and Farewell, Dear teacher
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 11:58:14 (EST)
While we met only once , at a Ct. seminar for Pagans, I felt your power and your Love. You will live forever in my thoughts and those of my students. Blessed Be! Peace.
David P. Miron
Never to be forgotten
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 11:50:54 (EST)
Steve and I had the privilage of staying with Stuart in Janet and Gavin's absence. The twinkle in his eyes, his mischieviuos spirit, his love of life and his love for all, will never be forgotten.We will miss him very much. Our thoughts are also with Janet and Gavin at this moment, we love you very much and feel with you.
Love Steph and Steve.
Best wishes also from Ray, Natasha and Peter.
Steph and Steve
Thank you Stewart
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 11:28:14 (EST)
Just a simple Goodbye and I will miss your books very much...
My deepest condoleanses to Janet, your loss is far more than we ever can imagine...
Brightest Blessings and may the light be with you
Thank you Stewart
Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 11:21:56 (EST)
If not for Stewart Farrar and his wife Janet I would not have found my way to Wicca. My first book I ever read on the subject was a Witches Bible Compleat and it was that wonderful book that made me who I am today. Ever since I have not been able to get enough of this beautiful religion. I want to thank the Farrars for bringing Wicca into my life.
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