Ted Andrews passed to another world Saturday, October 24th, after a long battle with cancer.
Ted was a good friend, a good author and an inspiration.
Some people have a natural charisma, and Ted had that but it was his self-honesty and sincerity that brought him a loyal following. Tedâ€™s success never went to his head. He remained forever true to his inner convictions and was devoted to using the medium of his books and talks to communicate his knowledge and beliefs, and to inspiring millions to follow his path. Altogether, Tedâ€™s books published by Llewellyn have sold more than 2 million copies since his first book, Simplified Qabalah, in 1987. He also published with his own press, Dragonhawk Publishing.
All his books were, and are, pioneering. Animal Speak has sold nearly 500,000 copies since September 1993 and remains a bestseller because it speaks deep truths without cumbersome scholarship. Ted wrote from experience, both actual work with real non-human life and his deep inner perceptions. Ted loved his animal world and his books teach us to become attuned to our own spirit animals.
Ted was also an occultist, although her rarely used that word. His writings on Qabalah had the freshness of personal experience and were crafted to bridge from otherworldly mystical to the more friendly and enchanting world of the fairy, the spirit of the forest, and the beauty of the inner child and the outer childâ€™s joy of life and natural ability to cross over to the inner landscape that is as real for a child as hard physical reality is for the adult.
And Ted did write books for children as well as for â€śgrown-upsâ€ťâ€”some of whom may have re-discovered that inner world of enchantment and the real alternative world of the fairy.
Ted isnâ€™t gone; he will live with us for a long time to come. We have all lost a real friend in his passing but his spirit will remain close to us. We express sympathy to his wife, and to all who loved him including â€ścreatures large and smallâ€ť and of this world and another.
Blessed Be, Ted. Blessed Be all your family and many friends.