Doreen Edith Dominy Valiente, born on the 4th of January 1922, was an English neopagan witch, poet, writer, and occultist. She is credited with introducing the Wicca religion to the public during the 1950s.
Valiente was born in Surrey, England, and initially trained as a teacher. In her childhood, she had a strong interest in the supernatural and occult, which was likely encouraged by her mother, who was a strong believer in the supernatural. During World War II, she worked as a civil servant for the War Office.
In 1953, Valiente met Gerald Gardner, the founder of Wicca. She joined Gardner’s coven and soon became its High Priestess. Valiente was an active participant in the rituals, and a prolific writer of poems and invocations for Wicca rituals.
During the 1950s, Valiente wrote a number of books on Wicca, including “Witchcraft for Tomorrow” and “The Rebirth of Witchcraft”. These books helped to spread the religion to a wider audience, and Valiente was credited with making Wicca more accessible to the public.
Valiente was a vocal advocate of Wicca and a strong proponent of religious freedom. She became a prominent figure in the pagan community, and her writings helped to shape the modern understanding of Wicca. She was also a strong advocate for women’s rights and advocated for the equal rights of all people.
Valiente was a prolific writer, and her works were highly influential in the Wicca community. She wrote extensively on the history and practice of Wicca, and her works are still widely read today.
Valiente passed away in 1999, at the age of 77. She is remembered as one of the most influential figures in the Wicca community, and her legacy lives on in the form of her writings and teachings. Her work helped to shape the Wicca religion and make it more accessible to the public.