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Article ID: 2704
Age Group: Adult
Posted: February 27th. 2000
Stewart Farrar: Testimonials 11
by Pagan Communities
Thanks for the first steps
Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 20:44:33 (EST)
It was your thoughts in print that set me on my current path. Thanks for authoring the first ritual words I spoke.
I Never Knew Him!
Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 17:08:32 (EST)
The first book I ever bought about wicca was his 'Complete Witches Bible' Which to this day I still own and use. He was a knowledgeble man and I feel one of a kind. He is more of an Idol for me as he was a male witch also, and me being a solitary practitioner needed some moral support. He showed me I wasn't alone!!
Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 10:27:08 (EST)
I never had the chance to meet Stewart Farrar but still I shed tears for his passing. He was, from my understanding and from the lovely messages here, that he was indeed a lovely person. And although I never met him in this life, he touched my soul and will continue to be a influence and inspire me all my life. Thank you Stewart Farrar for helping me along my path with your words, may the sun shine down on you.
Fare thee well, Stewart Farrar, a man I never had the privilege of meeting
Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 10:11:35 (EST)
Iwould like to take this opportunity to say thank you, Stewart for your sensible clarification of the Craft for solitaries such as I.When I heard of your passing I was shocked and saddened, as you have been such a guiding light. Eighteen months ago I wrote to you both as I was in need of guidance. Now I write again to say Bright Blessings, and we'll see you over there.Say hello to Doreen Valiente from me( and to my Dad, Allan!) Until we meet, farewell. Janet, there are many thinking of you, and sending all good wishes.Merry Part.
Ennis, county Clare, Ireland.
Fare Thee Well
Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 00:48:26 (EST)
I too echo the thoughts and words others have said about Stewart.
My path started with the first book Stewart wrote about witches "What Witches Do". Writted I belive (apologies if wrong) before Steward was initiated into the Craft. It was written with such insight and with no sensationalism - an excellent introduction.
May the Gods and Goddessess be with you Janet,
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 21:59:25 (EST)
I have only been practicing a short time, but you will be missed. Many bright blessings.
Farewell Great teacher
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 19:57:03 (EST)
In rememberance of your contributions to our wicca family we salute your passing with joy of your exsistence. You truly made a difference for all of us.
Sage, Greentree, Dakota, Windsong, Brownie, Starfish, and Misty Blue's baby girl. Michigan USA
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 19:49:31 (EST)
I thank not only Stewart but Janet as well yours was the very first pagan publication I ever read and felt comfortable with. I will always hold you both in the highest esteem and I light a candle for Stewarts passing to the Summerlands quickly and peacefully. I also extend my sympathy to you Janet as I know you must be at a loss with you mate gone. I pray for peace and contentment in all you do . Though I do not know either of you personally I feel as many do that you helped our relgion come out of the dark closet of the past into the bright star shine of the millenium.
In perfect love andPerfect trust
Thank you Stewart, and fare well in Avalon!
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 17:33:16 (EST)
When I declared myself a heathen witch back in my early twenties (I am 34 now) a very near and dear friend/teacher of mine recommended the Farrars works. Reading their books was in her words like "sitting down to tea with an Aunt and Uncle, who are witch scholars."
It was the title Witches Bible" that I started with, and still have, dog eared and water staine, it lives on my desk.
Always ready at hand. It is my favorite book about the craft, and always will be.
It has been taken in my pack on mountain hikes, on boats to the sea, the deserts, many gardens, used in rituals, and read from to new friends who ask me about a specific "thing" in the history of the Craft.
I have read Stewarts words over and over(janets as well), when i am researching for a ritual, getting inspired or felt the need to be connected with my tribe on a solitary fullmoon night...
Several years back I had the pleasure of drummng with the ritual group Seattle Voodoo at a Lammas ritual, and it was
the Farrars who were our High priest and Preistess. They were in town on a tour of the States, the main speakers at the Lammas fest. Itwas grand, we burned a Wicker man, (no Romans in it, darnn...)celebrated the harvest coming in etc..
When the ritual cakes came round they fed the Drummers first, by hand while we drummed.
I will never forget being fed sacred bread by Stewart. I looked into his eyes and felt such joy and pride at being
able to drum for him, and the people. We smiled to each other, and it was good.
Thank you Stewart, for being my High Priest that day, and on all those nights I poured over your words and drank them like cool water!
Farewell to a great soul & teacher
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 14:54:25 (EST)
I am saddened at the loss of this great teacher & friend of the craft. May memories of you & your teachings shine on forever.
Farewell to a great soul & teacher
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 14:48:25 (EST)
I am saddened at the loss of this great teacher & friend of the craft. May memories of you & your teachings shine on forever.
In print,Merry Meet. In knowledge and acceptance we have attained and read. Merry Part.
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 13:47:33 (EST)
I ~Damia~ and husband Draco, will be forever grateful to both Janet and StewartFarrar, for the teachings that have come to us through the many writings that we have been honored to aquire and learn from. To share your lives with the masses of like-minds, we will be forever grateful! Our thoughts are with you, And the Void in my soul that needed spiritual rightness, was filled the moment I became "At One with Mother Earth" Loving Memories:~Damia~& Draco*
~Damia~(JoAnne)*Draco*(Brad) "The Bensons"
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 13:04:03 (EST)
Stewart Farrar you were the father I always wished for, thank you are farewell
Farewell Great Teacher
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 12:04:13 (EST)
Like many young adult Pagans, there are many elders within our community which I will never have the chance to meet, though, I am sure, I will be influenced by them as much as I have been influenced by you.
Your insight and wisdom guides many of us, even now.
May your stay in the Summerland be pleasant.
May your return to that which lies within be pleasant.
May your next life be filled with as much love and joy as you have given us within this life.
I comfort the Younger Self within.
I am refreshed.
I rediscover the real me, that which lies within.
I am renewed.
I begin a new journey, on the familiar path with my Lord and Lady.
I am reborn
Just Another Thank You
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 05:52:22 (EST)
I cannot say much that has not already been said, but I'd like to express my gratitude and admiration for a great man who had a profound influence on modern paganism, not to mention the influence that his and Janet's work had on my own spritual path.
Thank you Stewart and Janet.
Odhran of the Caer Mabon Faillaich
Thank You Stewart Farrar
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 02:53:25 (EST)
Thank you for guiding me toward the path that I was ment to take.You have shares so much of youself .You will never be far from my thoughts.You were and will always be an insperation to me and I will never forget you.The world is a better place for having you in it.Farewell Stewart Farrar
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 02:31:24 (EST)
Our thoughts and support go out to Janet and Gavin.
Some of our personal memories of Stewart Farrar can be found on the web site of Silver Circle: http://silvercircle.cjb.net/sc_news0.htm
Merlin & Morgana
With Great Love and Respect
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 01:52:11 (EST)
Janet and Stewart, you have added inexpressable wonder to my life. Your reverence, your humanity, your intellect, your humor--these are with us all for Always. The things you have said (and will continue to say) NEEDED to be said "out loud" in the world. THANKYOU!!! Bright Blessings to you both, on each side of the veil.
Forest Falls, CA, USA
In deepest sadness...
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 20:22:45 (EST)
I an filled with extreme sadness and shock at the loss of Stewart Farrar. We have lost yet another elder in our pagan community. But I'm not going to go on with these all-
so-familiar remarks. This one is truly from the heart....
It was 12 years ago I started studying the pagan path, and became frustrated as a newcomer, sifting through doubt ful materials on what paganism (and specifically, Wicca), REALLY was. Then, the owner of a local bookstore refered me to read "The Witches Bible Compleat". She told me that this was the REAL THING. Boy, was she correct. And after 12 yrs, lots of studying and practice on the "paths", I can honestly say that without that book, I doubt I would have continued my quest as a student of Wicca. Thanks Stewart and Janet.
Darlene DeChicchis (Gudridir)
The flow of life and death
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 18:58:39 (EST)
With great respect, I thank Stewart Farrar for all he did and the life he gave to so many. I wish you well as you continue through the cycle of life and death.
In our Hearts Stewart Farrar
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 15:59:30 (EST)
Good journey old friend, you have brought to us much and now your reward is due. We will all miss you, even those who have never met you. May the Summerland bring your soul the peace it needs. We love you!
Luckier Than Most:
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 15:33:35 (EST)
I had the opportunity to meet, to laugh and chat with you, Stewart. Remember how we giggled over your dear friends, the Frosts? and how Janet used a lipstick tube to induct me into the noble order of the Bad Toad (inside joke)? Let's make a date to meet again when it's my turn to follow you beyond the Ninth Wave into Tir nan Og (Summerland)
Goddess! How I wish there would have been time and opportunity to have known you better. Thank you for writing the blurb to my novel even though llwwellyn never used used it. I'll always be sooooooo grateful.
Diane DesRochers (GrotonWitch)
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 15:24:19 (EST)
Farrar was a tremendous inspiration to the craft, he had the courage to stand up and proclaim his faith, few of us truly have that courage. He caught hell from bth inside the craft nd without. But no matter your opinion on him, you cannot deny his influence. Goodbye and happy journeys teacher.
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 14:12:15 (EST)
I'm still relatively new when it comes to paganism however, I just wanted to say that of all the "teachers" I've had the Farrars had the most impact on me... When I first found out that Paganism still existed and wasnt just a historical fact, I went around like a child locked up in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory over-night and bought up any and every book I could get my hands on, Then one day while trying to get a "pagan bible", I got the Farrar's book "A Witches' Bible", and the only thought that would come to my mind after reading the first few sections was "wow". It was only then could I grasp what it really meant to walk with the Lady and Lord.
Again I just wanted to say Thank-You, and may the Summerlands be all you dreamt of and more
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 14:01:35 (EST)
Although I never met the man, Stewart Farrar had a very large impact on my life. I have read most of his books and have come to discover that Wicca is truly the right path for me. Without Stewart's knowledge and wisdom.. I probably would never have realized that this was the way of life that I wanted to live. Thank you Stewart. You are gone.. but certainly not forgotten.
Jeremy Willow Candlemyst
to the bright light
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 09:34:17 (EST)
may the dragones speed you on your way to the land of the summer and may you shine bright in the twincle of a dragons eye
Blessed Be Great Teacher
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 09:22:01 (EST)
May I have the honor of meeting you one day, in another life.
King George, VA
A great man
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 07:21:06 (EST)
I never met Stewart, but but felt i knew him through his and Janet's books. He was a great teacher, and his writing style made me never want to put his books down. He will be missed by all.
May you journey in the Light
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 04:06:02 (EST)
Through the years your presence acted as a beacon to those who searched for their rightful path. Your words guided a generation to find the Deity Within.
A brother and teacher to us all. I am sure that your memory will guide those that come after.
May the light that you brought to our lives light your way through the Summerlands and out onto the Wheel once more.
The blessing of the God and Goddess upon your path.
Sweet Rest, Stuart
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 00:09:13 (EST)
So many of us never met you, but grew to love you through your writing. Deepest gratitude for growth fostered and wisdom deepened. May we pass along what we have learned to the next generation of Hidden Children. May you meet and know and love your dear ones again soon. Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again...
Monday, February 28, 2000 at 23:12:56 (EST)
My heart goes out to you. There is nothing I can say that hasn't been said already. May Goddess be with you & the Lord of the Hunt guard you until you meet him again.
Farewell, Badger of CatsPaw Collective
Selah, WA, America
You will be missed
Monday, February 28, 2000 at 23:10:08 (EST)
Stewart Farrar, may you meet us all again at another time, with another body, and with another mind, but may we meet you again with the same passion you had in this life.
Little one waiting...
Monday, February 28, 2000 at 19:43:22 (EST)
I first read Stewarts works after the death of my 3 year old son in 1987. My son died as the result of a house fire. I found a name for what I felt in my heart for many years. I wish I had the chance to meet him and his Janet to tell them both thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know when Stewart crossed over there was a red-headed, green eyed little boy waiting for him with open arms. Merry Part Stewart...and to Joshua I love and miss you...until you are in my arms again. Love Mom
Until We Meet Again..
Monday, February 28, 2000 at 18:41:49 (EST)
Many of us have already said how much of an effect Stewart had on our lives, I will not rpeat what people have said already. But I must say that it was Stewart's books that made me more sure than ever that I was one the right path. May your trip to the Summerland be a peaceful one.
Rev. Shannon Duke, Ps.
Randolph Center, VT
Monday, February 28, 2000 at 14:49:53 (EST)
Recently, the "Utne Reader" listed the resurgence of Goddess Spirituality as one of the ideas brought forth in the 20th Century as one of the things we should hold on to in the 21st. Stewart Farrar was one of those instrumental in reminding us that first there was the Great Mother. Thank you...
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Merry meet, merry part, merry meet again.
Monday, February 28, 2000 at 14:32:37 (EST)
I will add my small voice to the thousands of others expressing how vital and relevant the work of the Farrar's has been to the Pagan community, and how many lives he touched and will continue to touch among those who seek the Path. Fare ye well, Mr. Farrar, 'til the Wheel comes 'round again...
Silver Spring, MD
Farewell . .
Monday, February 28, 2000 at 00:42:26 (EST)
I wanted to say something about Stewart's books, the difference they made in my path . . but others have expressed it better than could I. So I echo their comments, and add only that I'm glad he lived and taught and shared.
Farewell, great teacher!
Blessed be, with love and trust.
Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 19:41:44 (EST)
It took the reading of only one book, The Witches Goddess,
to confirm I WAS on the right path.
For this I thankyou.
A FRIEND TO ALL THE SONS OF THE MOON
Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 19:04:36 (EST)
I knew him in person only a short time. I know his books very well. He was a main root in this great tree of the old religion. We will grow strong in celebrating the Lady he loves most. Our forest abounds, hail and farewell Father. Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again.
Farewell to a Great Soul
Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 18:43:43 (EST)
Farewell Stewart, and thank you for the great contributions you made not only to the Craft as a whole but to our personal spiritual growth. Our initiating Hige Priestess, Amber K, recommemded your books highly when we first started our study with her many years ago. You and Janet have been our guides and teachers, helping to demystify at the same time that you amazed.
We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know you personally at the Return to Avalon festivals in 1995 and 1996. We were enriched by your wit, humor, wisdom and humanity. You are greatly missed.
Karen and Jim Waurzyniak-Hogg
(The chiropractor and his wife)
Jim and Karen Waurzyniak-Hogg
Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 17:37:09 (EST)
In my life there were few people who I could truly respect, Stewart Farrar was one of the few that I could. I have read a few of his works and they were amazing. Mr. Farrer dedicated a good part of his life to the Wiccan faith and inspired a lot of us. It's because of his work that I was finally able to tell people about my religion and not fear their reaction. He truly be missed.
Parsippany, New Jersey
To a Truley Great Man
Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 16:57:42 (EST)
Even though I never read any of his works, I deeply respect him because he worked for Wiccans, and helped us greatly.
Good Journey Stewart Farrar,
To my Teacher
Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 15:14:53 (EST)
It was deep sorrow I felt when I recieved a phone call telling me of the death of Stewart,when I first started on the wiccan path the Farrars books were and are an insperation to me.
When I first meet them I felt so nervous, but was met with open arms right away, it has been a long time since I called to visit them, but I know that open arms would embrace me again.To Jan and Gavin I got the phone call from bill on the Tuesday night, but could not get the time off work I posted a sympaphy card I hope you got this ok.
I will call soon.
To Stewart without you wicca would still be an underground religon, but thanks to you the ways of the old ones are more awake now then ever. To my Teacher, blesssed be.
Bangor Co.Down N.Ireland
Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 12:06:47 (EST)
Although I never met Stuart,His and Janets efforts and writings have provided a no nonsense benchmark for myself
and many others that have inspired pagans world wide.
his talents will be missed but they live on in the text of his books and in the rites we perform.I ask that next time you raise your chalice to the Old Ones ,drink a toast to Stuart and to Doreen, for without their work and determination modern witchcraft would not have been the same
Blessed Be Stuart
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