Pagan Who’s who 17: Sybil Leek

The Pagan Who’s who series contains information about current and recent notaries which have contributed to, or influenced the modern pagan scene.  Some names you may know already, some you may not, but all these people are dedicated and hard-working in their own particular specialised fields.  For pagan, spiritual, occult or faith matters who from the last generation influences and inspires you?

Born 1917 (or 1922…) -1982, Sybil Leek lived and publicly proclaimed she was a witch just before the repeal of the Witchcraft Act in 1951 (which has now been replaced with the Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951).

Throughout her life, she practiced and promoted witchcraft as a belief and practice for good, even though her neighbours were somewhat uncomfortable living near a self-proclaimed witch.  Her landord, fed up of the publicity and tourist draw, refused to extend her rental lease.  She travelled to America to promote a new book, and ended up staying.  She went on to be interviewed several times, undertake many television appearances and actively promote the understanding of witchcraft and spread of knowledge.  She wrote many books during her lifetime, of these, Diary of a Witch, is deemed to have become very influential for pagans of her generation.  A prolific author, her work included The Sybil Leek Book of Fortune Telling,  Herbs: medicine and mysticism and My Life in Astrology, astrology and herbs being two of the many focuses in her work.

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