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.
In 1970, she met Alex Sanders and his wife, Maxine, through a friend who was interested in Wicca. Janet went along to make sure he wasn’t joining “some weird cult.” She ended up joining the coven herself and would eventually meet her future husband, Stewart Farrar. They were both elevated to second degree on October 17, 1970 and received their third degree initiation on April 24, 1971.
Janet and Stewart were handfasted in 1972 and married in 1975. They moved to Ireland in 1976 to escape the hectic life in London, and settled in Herne Cottage.
Janet and Stewart published numerous books on Wicca. Janet continued to model and appeared in several books on the subject, including the cover of the paperback book by Margot Adler, Drawing Down The Moon, in 1979.
Janet and Stewart met Gavin Bone in 1993, and they would co-author two more books, The Healing Craft and The Pagan Path.
After Stewart’s death in 2000, Janet and Gavin would be handfasted in 2001 and married in 2014. They would continue to co-author books and give several lectures around the world, including Italy, Australia, South Africa, and the United States.
Janet has co-authored some of the most influential books on Wicca and Witchcraft. Being the model for several of these books, she is one of the most public faces of Wicca.
Janet is registered to perform legal handfastings in Ireland by the Pagan Federation Ireland and the General Registry Office.
She and Gavin also believe that “witchcraft is a tradition of healing and self-discovery, as well as an occult practice.”
The Witches’ Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar is used by ICS students in their first year curriculum. They study every single chapter, because we believe their book provides the best foundation for serious students of Wicca.
Inner Circle Sanctuary
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.