Pagan Who’s who 1: Doreen Valiente

The Pagan Who’s who series contains information about current and recent notables which have contributed to, or influenced the modern pagan scene. Some class themselves openly as pagan, others do not.   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.

We begin the series with Doreen Valiente: 1922-1999, a lady who began her studies as a member of a coven belonging to Gerald Gardener, later becoming a High Priestess.

She was responsible for revising and writing much of the Gardenarian liturgy (most famously the Charge of the Goddess, the Witches Rune and the Wiccan Rede) and was responsible for bringing Wicca and paganisim in general further into the public domain by writing a string of books.  After begining her own coven in 1957, she begin working with Robert Cochrane and the Clan of Tubal Cain.  In the mid 1960’s she became a solitary practitioner, writing more books and becoming a noteable figure in support of the development of the Pagan Federation.  She was also a patron for the Centre for Pagan Studies

The Doreen Valiente Foundation now curates the collection of materials, notes and artefacts she left behind.

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