YOU DECIDE! Sybil Leek

Back in the fifties and sixties Sybil Leek was the world’s most famous witch, but it isn’t clear as to the date upon which she was born? Yes, there is some debate about the birthdate of this celebrity crone, but there is no lack of information about her life. In our monthly YOU DECIDE! feature we examine everything we can find about an individual’s life and extract their character. While we are sure that the Sun Sign of Sybil Leek is Pisces, perhaps some interesting biographical details will give us a hint concerning her Day Ray.

Sybil Leek was born into a British Wiccan family. Her mother’s ancestry was traced back to the witches of Southern Ireland in 1134 and her father’s family had ties to royalty in czarist Russia. The Leeks lived a very comfortable and fashionable life.  During her childhood Allister Crowley, H.G. Wells, and Lawrence of Arabia were occasional guests at her home.

At the tender age of  fifteen Leek was initiated into a coven where her elderly aunt had been the High Priestess. The very next year she married a well-known pianist-conductor who happened to be twenty-four years her senior. He died two years later and she returned to Britain just as World War II broke out, and like most of the women, she helped to nurse the wounded.

A colorful figure she was. Sybil Leek began her public life by opening a successful antique shop. She purposefully appeared in a witch’s cape and posing for photos with her pet jackdaw perched on her head. She is really known as a prolific occult writer. Leek is credited with at least 60 books on such mystical subjects as Astrology, Numerology, Phrenology and Reincarnation.

Leek’s life changed greatly after she moved to the United States and decided to retire.  During this time she remarried and raised two sons, all the while making great efforts to maintain her privacy. Although Leek was often attacked for her “evil beliefs” it was her “generally sensible attitudes about spirituality” that appealed to the public.

Which of the two dates is the true birthday of Sybil Leek?

#48 WED PIS    2/22/1922
#60 THU PIS   2/22/1917 

The true birthday of Sybil Leek was revealed at her funeral.  A card was engraved with Leek’s birth and death for that solemn occasion. On it was printed the 1917 date. This piece of information was a total surprise to her friends and family. She was using the 1922 date for as long as they had known her. The possibilities are that either she liked the look of all the 2’s of 2/22/1922; she enjoyed showing up as younger than she actually was; or knowing that her true nature could never be ascertained if she used a false date.  Being a Jupiter type she may have had mixed intentions.