Happy posthumous birthday to Stewart Farrar (28 June 1916 – 7 February 2000) He was born as Frank Stewart Farrar in Highams Park, Essex, England, but always went by the name of Stewart Farrar.
Stewart was a journalist and screenwriter for television. He wrote scripts for a radio show, which won him a Writer’s Guild Award. He authored books across several genres such as romance, crime, and fantasy before delving into Wicca.
Today is the birthday of Scott Cunningham, and it is fitting for so many of us to recognize the impact his books have made on our lives, and his impact on Wicca as well.
There were books on Wicca and Witchcraft that had some information for Wiccans without a Coven, but Scott’s “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” was the first written for them, and what a great book it is!
Happy Birthday to Janet Farrar; Teacher, High Priestess, and author.
Born Janet Owen on June 24, 1950 in Clapham, London, to her parents who were a mix of Irish, Welsh and English descent and members of the Church of England. After high school, Janet worked as a model and receptionist.
Happy birthday to author and pagan activist, Starhawk.
Starhawk was born Miriam Simos on June 17, 1951 to Jack and Bertha Simos in St. Paul Minnesota. Unfortunately, her father died when she was just five years old. Her mother was a professor of social work at UCLA and this probably helped influence many of Starhawk’s social justice movements.
Happy Birthday to Gerald Brosseau Gardner. Born June 13, 1884 to William Gardner and Louise Ennis in Blundellsands, Lancashire, England. He died February 12, 1964.
In 1911 he moved to Malaya and worked as a civil servant. Here, he developed an interest in the local cultures and wrote papers on their native magical practices. After his retirement in 1936, he travelled to Cyprus where he wrote A Goddess Arrives and then moved back to England.
Apotheosis noun, uh-poth-ee-oh-sis, ap-uh-thee-uh-sis
1. the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god 2. the ideal example; epitome; quintessence:
This poem is the apotheosis of lyric expression.
Sounds nice doesn’t it? Like Imhotep, Amenhotep son of Hapu, and Antinous, who were once commoners, but were so well loved by Kings and an Emperor, were elevated to Godhood.
Happy birthday to the (self-proclaimed) King of the Witches,
Alex Sanders was born Orrell Alexander Carter on June 6th 1926 in England. His parents were Orrell Alexander Carter, Sr. and Hanna Jane Bibby. Sanders was the eldest of six children.
He claims he was initiated into witchcraft by his grandmother when he was 7 years old.
At age 9, she let him copy from her Book of Shadows,taught him clairvoyance, and the rituals & magic of witchcraft. Before her death, she initiated him into the second and third degree. However, there are several contradictory accounts of his initiations, even by Alex Sanders himself.
Tempus Est Nunc
Thirty years ago, Paganism saved my soul.
More specifically, “A Book of Pagan Rituals,” written by Gardnerian initiate Ed Fitch, purchased from Steve Dey, at Las Vegas’ oldest occult shop, Bell Book and Candle, saved my soul.
Magical Bread Making
Inner Circle Sanctuary
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.