Karadja, Princess Mary (Despina) (d. ca.
1935)
Swedish poet and writer on mystical themes. Although a
member of the Swedish royal family, she spent many years in
Britain. Karadja was the daughter of an eminent envoy to the
Ottoman Empire based in London. She lived in London and
later in Sussex and wrote several books, chiefly in English. She
founded the White Cross Union and was president of the Universal
Gnostic Alliance, founded in January 1912 to propagate
gnosis (knowledge) of ‘‘the Great Spiritual Laws which rule the
Universe, and thus promote the spiritual evolution of the
human race.’’
Sources
Karadja, Mary. Esoteric Meaning of the Seven Sacraments. N.p.,
1910.
———. Etincelles (French epigrams). N.p., 1890.
———. King Solomon A Mystic Drama. N.p., 1912.
———. Towards the Light. New York Dodd, Mead, 1909.

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