Enemy communications She work for the bureagh of Unempoyment doing desk work Doreen also infiltrated the National Front perhaps as a spine or perhaps as someone s seriously considering joining a racist Doreen also infiltrated the National Front perhaps as a spine or perhaps as someone s seriously considering joining a racist wing British group In her life she had three loves THe first husband Nicolo Vlachmous died at sea Casemiro her second husband stayed with her until he died He was an atheist but did not object to Doreen s practice of witch craft Finally she nded up with her soul mate Ron Cooke She died in 1999 having authored several books and collaborated with several well known witches Great book Well researched by Philip Heselton with input from Janet Farrar Patricia Crowther and Ronald Hutton It s undoubtable that Doreen Dominy Vlachopoulos Valiente has had an Mastered (The Enforcers, early and lasting influence on modern Wicca A definitive biography of Valiente has yet to be written but Philip Heselton s recent biography will have to hold that place for now Heselton is the autho Absolutely fascinating What an amazing woman This book was absolutely amazing Doreen s life story is just fascinating from her time in WWII to her adventures in the Craft as well as later in life Now there are still many mysteries that need to be cleared up so it is probably not the definitive biography on her and Heselton should have remained a bit on the sideline to my liking as he only met her once or otherwise give us of him and his ownxperiences and how they relate to her life story but it kept me captivated throughout Fun fact I randomly chose to read that book yesterday and it turned out to be her birthday So happy 98th birthday Doreen Doreen Valiente has been a role model for me since I was 1112 years old and had first learned about Witchcraft She is to this day an inspiration Reading her biography learning about her from personal possessions and correspondences is just surreal This book is amazing and it became one my favorites It has lots of unpublished material and information letters reviews personal notes and opinions and ven testimonials from people who were close to herI loved this book so much it s hard to put into words I recommend it to anyone who loves Wicca the History of Wicca
AND ABOVE ALL LOVES DOREEN GREAT above all loves Doreen Great by Heselton Easily the most complete bio of Doreen that s been done Fascinating life and information that makes you wonder about What all did she do while working at Bletchley Park Did she do any government investigation later And just what was her friendship with the ueen Mother While I found fault with some of the writing way too many xclamation marks and some of the organization of the book the actual uotes from letters and diaries of Doreen s are invaluable along with uotes from others who knew her The overall tone of the book feels like you re sitting in a pub with the author and he s telling the story not necessarily a bad thing and he does indulge in a fair amount of speculation guessing and imagining While this may be poor techniue for a serious biography by the Alter Ego end I felt I had a pretty good sense of the type of person Doreen was and her pure motives and love for the Old Religion Unlike many who burst onto the burgeoning pagan scene in thearly days in the 1950s and 1960s Doreen never sought fame or money for her involvement I find her to be a great inspiration something with which I m sure she d be rather uncomfortable ven if privately gratified and a kindred spirit in the desire to honor nature and the old gods Heselton shares some of her poetry and a gifted poet she was I will be looking up of her writing. On became a worldwide spiritual movement in the course of a few decades While Gerald Brosseau Gardner is credited with breathing life into modern witchcraft it was his High Priestess Doreen Valiente who made it truly accessible to the wider wor. ,
The reluctant Mother of Modern Witchcraft Doreen Valiente is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating figures of the mid 20th Century Regardless of what anyone thinks of Wicca one of the most fascinating figures of the mid 20th Century Regardless of what anyone thinks of Wicca s involvement at ground zero has had a broad global influence on the spiritual awakening of the 60s through to the Goddess movement of the 80s 90s films like The Craft and up to the present day with the xplosion of witch aesthetic social media influencers Here there and Uncommon Wisdom everywhere Doreen s legacy is felt throughout the Anglophone world That she was also anarly and fervent supporter of women s liberation and gay rights makes her an Unseen City even delightful characterPhilip Heselton s book Doreen Valiente Witch purports to be the definitive biography of Doreen and her contributions to the revival of witchcraft It s a fun and accessible book that Heselton clearly put a great deal of research into and it will likely prove invaluable to future historians Unfortunately the book is significantly hampered by Heselton s tendency to speculate based on little or novidence An addendum is added at the front of the book acknowledging that the
entire chapter on Doreen s activities during the war is complete speculation based on only a single unsubstantiatedchapter on Doreen s activities during the war is complete speculation based on only a single unsubstantiated This is a problem that repeats throughout the book as Heselton freuently decides she must have done something for which there is no Art evidence As a community based historian myself I understand the desire to fill in the gaps as it were but it s a significant detriment to the book Often these speculations add nothing and I think couldasily have been cut without losing any of the great God Is in the Crowd essence of Doreen that Heselton does so admirably capture otherwiseHeselton sxploration of the problematic aspects of Doreen s life in particular her brief affiliation with far right Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard extremist groups is particularly laudable It would have beenasy to skip over this unpleasant period of her life and I think Heselton has done history a service by carefully laying out what happened a fair understanding of how she The Matriarchs (The Family ended up involved and delivering up the full text of her resignation and repudiation of the National Front Again hampered only by his speculations that she may have been working as a spy for the government which stretch credulity to the breaking pointIn all a fine tribute to a fascinating woman and hopefully a good first step in securing her legacy as one of the people responsible for shaping the spiritual side of the great cultural shift of the 60s and 70s Doreen s life was anxtraordinary one it is no wonder that she has gone on to be maybe not one of the best known but certainly the most influential contributor to Paganism and Witchcraft dare I say ver A bold statement I know but in the days when Wicca was finding its and Witchcraft dare I say ver A bold statement I know but in the days when Wicca was finding its and Witchcraft in its various forms was re When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) emerging there is one name that keeps cropping up It does not matter if you consider Crowley Gardner Farrar Evans Jones Cochrane the list could go on you will find a mention of Doreen in there somewhereTaken from my full review in my bloghttpsiambocerewordpresscom2016 This book was so moving I felt right at home with itnjoyed my time out to read it looking forward to it very time I picked it up to read As an initiated Wiccan I felt many of my own values matched Doreen s It felt as if she was close to me like she was here when I was reading it It feels like I knew her and I regret not seeking her out in the UK when I was there and she was still alive I feel like I ve missed a whole generation of the Craft if only I was born A personal biographical account of the life of Doreen Valiente described by Professor Ronald Hutton as the greatest single female figure in the modern British history of witchcraft Author Philip Heselton draws on first hand testimony and Doreen. Long time ago Maybe I have an old soul It was asy to feel a connection to Doreen as I read this A lot of what she says about the Craft is what I agree with No need to hate the other witches paths or traditions love and respect all of it No need to bicker about the true path or who is better than who no need to be famous and garner respect that the true path or who is better than who no need to be famous and garner respect that Just beAs I said before I felt right at home reading this It s been my life for half of my time on this Crush It! earth the Craft rituals in the woods all familiar andxciting I ve Attracting Birds to Your Backyard explored the South Downs but 7 years after she died too late to go to meet her I was fascinated with Chanctonbury Ring years ago I read Witchcraft for Tomorrow years before I went to the South Downs and felt some affinity with it I had dreamed about Chanctonbury Ring twice so felt I had to go see it I don t know why it called to me But I got to see it in 2006 along with Cissbury Ring which Doreen would have visited too She s certainly in those hills walking the paths I had to hold back tears twice in this book the bit where she passed on when John was with her and the bit where John talked to Hob and was sorry that Doreen was gone but offering Hob a home where he would be loved and appreciated That was sweet I m glad Hob is happy with Janet and GavinI m looking forward to reading of Philip s book and meeting him one day like my friends have Without her the craft of the wise or the Old Religion would not look the way it does now Doreen Valiente would argue rather strongly against the term mother as she would not want to birth children into this cruel world At anarly age she was drawn int the world of the occult Born Doreen Edith Dominy in Mitcham county England she had a strong calling for the occult and mystical form a very Deep Listening early ageOn her mother s side there were relatives who could see and speak with faeries or spirits This ability seems to have passed on to Doreen Many times she would see apparition that no onelse could see She also started working with sympathetic magic at an Bird-by-Bird Gardening early age withoutven knowing it One spell she cast plagued a worker who was harassing her mother A black crow would constantly follow this woman until she left the place of The Works of Saint Augustine employment Do what thou wilt but harm ye noneHer father was a droughts an working in construction never uite made it as a architect and the family seems to have gone through financially difficult times As a student Doreen was very bright this go her a scholarship into a convent or religious school but it was not her So she left THe rest of her life is a whirl wind of adventure She studied verses occult works and occultist such as Crowley THeosophy and the Golden Dawn Doreen also studied spiritism and seances Later n armed with knowledge she would come into contact with Gerald GardnerGerald would both teach her and in turn be taught by herShe helped rewrite hisntire book of shadows and his rituals thus liminating a wall the forgeries of Crowley Later on she tire of Gerald Gardners publicity seeking antics and break away from him Later on
"she went to "went to the Covenant of Athos Once she became familiar with them she broke away THey were trying to get information from her without giving her information in return THEn she joined up with Robert Cochrane s Clan of Tubal CaineDoreen lead an adventurous lifenot only communing with the Ancient ones in the Hills at night She was also a poet who wrote poetry for her rituals and to be published although not until after her death She also worked at Bletchely during World War II helping to decipher. 's own personal papers to reveal previously unknown details of her life with fascinating and sometimes startling insights Adding to the still merging story of how an underground cult described by some as Britain's only living indigenous religi.