©2000 by Carlo Ravin
I visited the wonderful memorial website dedicated to Sybil Leek. While I did not ever have the opportunity to meet her, I feel an affinity to her. 'Dairy of a Witch' was the first book I read on the subject of Witchcraft. I found a paperback version in our grocery store when I was 15. That was 37 years ago, and I am now a high priestess in the Temple of Hekate's Torch. Sybil's words and deeds have never left me and in moments of personal doubt, I reread her books and find the energy and courage to go forward. My daughter now reads her books and finds the same strength of purpose and common thread that connects us all. I did ever meet Ms. Leek, but because of her efforts, I proudly say in public, "I am a Witch".
On April 19th, 2008, I have been asked to be a speaker for the annual Enlightenment 4 event in Las Cruces, New Mexico, sponsored by the Pagan Student Union of the New Mexico State University. I will be speaking about Pagan Community. In preparing for this speech, I reread 'Diary of a Witch' and will be quoting Sybil. To some, this may be the first time they have heard her name or her words. I think Sybil would be pleased to know her thoughts and feelings will be placed in the hands of the next generation of Witches, who share her dream of acceptance and religious freedom. While I will honor Sybil as a matriarch of Witchcraft, especially in America, my intent is to connect the generations through our common emotions and goals. It made me smile to remember the first time I opened her book. Yes, I am a Witch.
Thank you for allowing me to say this in deepest gratitude and the most sincere affection,
Cynthia Wilson, Hps
The Temple of Hekate's Torch
Roswell, New Mexico, USA
I am Cynthia Patton and Sybil Leek was and still is a big part of path I have followed so far in this life. I was in 8th grade and if you didn't want to eat lunch in the cafeteria teachers volunteered their time to keep the kids busy and shared there hobbies. One of them was a male teacher who just called it 'Witchcraft.' I was very interested for some reason and went there every day. He recommended books for us and that is where I got my very first Witchcraft book by Sybil Leek.
My course in religion was blurred by some pranks done at the Teenage Baptist Church Camp I had gone to the summer before. Being raised Southern Baptist for 12 years it was the only religion I knew of. But the actions of some of the teenagers, plus I had run into a Sunday School teacher angry about one of her utilities, used the 'Lord's name in Vain,' made me question just exactly what being a Christian was about. Just living for the Church on Sundays? I had a talk with my Pastor, Rev. Crawford, and he understood that I needed to explore other religions for myself.
I did, and found that being Wiccan was my path after reading Sybil's book. It really opened my eyes and some 37 years later I still have my alter, light a candle, incense and recite my prayer to the Blessed Supreme Goddess in all her many names and attributes, every night.
I just lost my Mother that I had taken care of for the last 9 years. Having my internal peace inside, the element's to guide my way, I would most likely be a basket case. So, bless you for putting up this site for Sybil Leek. It really made me happy to know that others also were touched by her wisdom and words.
Be Well & Blessed BeChala kongi
I discovered the complete book of witchcraft by "chance" and it changed my life - a blind man can now see. May the spirit of Sybil Leek be blessed by the light, as her words have illuminated me.
BIRTH AND DEATH DATA: According to AstroDatabank, Sybil Leek was born February 22, 1922, 11:52 PM GMT in Straffordshire, England. However, AstroDataBank notes that for years, Sybil Leek publicly gave the date as February 22, 1922, yet when she died, her funeral card said February 22, 1917. She died October 26, 1982. (Lois Rodden has a copy of the funeral card).
CREDITS: This memorial was created by Carlo Ravin and Donna Cunningham. Border created from a photo of Sybil Leek found on ebay.