WAGAR, Samuel




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A Wiccan High Priest since 1985, and a self-described since 1982, Samuel Wagar of Surrey, B.C., has a Masters in history from SFU. Wagar first published a wide variety of resources for feminist spirituality and "the Goddess and nature-centred religious movements growing in strength in Canada" in his Fifth Annual Directory of Pagan Resources (Clearbrook: Obscure Pagan Press, 1993).

According to Wagar, The Uses of Ecstasy: Ritual and Practical Mysticism in Wicca (Obscure Pagan 2012) is based somewhat on a case study of the Congregationalist Wiccan Association of British Columbia, a church with five public temples, incorporated in 2004, as the provincial affiliate of the CWA, founded in 1991. "I am the founder and clergy member of the CWA-BC but am not speaking for the church in this book," he writes.

At the outset of his book Growing Wiccan Temples and Leaders, Wagar thanks his employers who gave him the leeway to write parts of his book between patrols during his work as a security guard. "I would like to name these patrons of scholarship," he says, "but I don't wish to embarrass them."

BOOKS:

Fifth Annual Directory of Pagan Resources (Clearbrook: Obscure Pagan Press, 1993)

The Uses of Ecstasy: Ritual and Practical Mysticism in Wicca (Obscure Pagan 2012)

Growing Wiccan Temples and Leaders: Temple Organization and Leadership Development in a Mission-Centred Wiccan Movement (Obscure Pagan 2012)

[BCBW 2012]