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    (December 6, 1890-January 8, 1946)
    Born in Llandudno, Wales, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Violet Mary Firth Evans
    Author and occultist
    Novels include 'The Demon Lover,' 'The Winged Bull,' 'The Goat-Foot God,' 'The Secrets of Dr. Taverner,' 'The Sea Priestess' and 'Moon Magic'
    Non-fiction books about magic and mysticism include 'The Cosmic Doctrine,' 'Psychic Self-Defense' and 'The Mystical Qabalah'
    Founded the Fraternity of the Inner Light (1922)
    She claimed she was a temple priestess in an earlier life.
    She began having visions of Atlantis when she was four.
    She became a medium in her teens.
    She suffered a nervous breakdown that she blamed on psychic attacks that tore her aura.
    The rituals described in her novels influenced Wicca.
    Several posthumously published works were allegedly dictated by her from the great beyond through another medium.
    Her adopted name was based on the Latin motto 'Deo, non fortuna' ('By God, not fate').
    She studied Jungian psychology and worked as a lay therapist.
    During World War I, she worked with a government agency on developing protein supplements from soybeans, and later advised her father in a business venture to manufacture and sell soy milk.
    Her books on mysticism avoided the deliberately obscure writing used by other contemporary authors.
    She claimed to have taken part in the 'Magical Battle of Britain' in which British occultists (including Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley) used their powers against Hitler. (Hey, it couldn't have hurt.)

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