Virgin Goddess of the Sun & Moon

By Sorita d’Este


The goddess Artemis is best known today as a goddess of the hunt and of the new moon, yet to those who worshipped at her ancient temples and sanctuaries, she was far more than just that. To them she was a powerful and complex goddess whose influence spread far and wide throughout the ancient world. She was worshipped and celebrated as a goddess of childbirth, women, song, dance and of wild animals. As the daughter of the Titan goddess Leto by the Olympian father-god Zeus, Artemis would prove herself from the moment of her own birth, by assisting her mother with the birth of her own twin brother, Apollo. Zeus, who fathered children with many other goddesses and mortals, had a special affection for Artemis from the start and gave her all the gifts she asked for and more, making her one of the most powerful of the Olympian goddesses.


Artemis, Virgin Goddess of the Sun & Moon by Sorita d'Este, explores the myths, powers and worship of this beautiful goddess. It is a thorough study with details of her temples and sanctuaries, the festivals held in honour of her, the roles she fulfilled in the myths, the animals sacred to her, her relationships with her virgin attendants and other deities, as well as the many titles bestowed upon her. This groundbreaking book provides the most comprehensive study of this enduring goddess to date.


2005, 156 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.

ISBN 978-1-905297-02-3

B&W 5.5 x 8.5 in or 216 x 140 mm (Demy 8vo) Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam


RRP £12.99

Artemis by Sorita d'Este

  • Author’s Foreword

    1. Who was Artemis?

    2. The Birth of the Divine Twins

    3. Temples & Sanctuaries of Artemis

    4. Festivals of Artemis

    5. The Role of Artemis in the Myths

    6. Titles of Artemis

    7. Virgin Goddess

    8. Goddess of Women

    9. Lady of the Hunt & Wild Animals

    10. Goddess of the Dance & Song

    11. Goddess of Water

    12. Warrior Goddess

    13. The Revenge of Artemis

    14. Goddess of the Sun & Moon

    15. Relationships with the Gods

    17. The Companions of Artemis

    18. Temple Attendants

    19. Artemis & Men


    I.  The Plants of Artemis

    II. Symbols of Artemis

    III. An Artemis Curse

    IV. Dateline for Source Material


    About the Author


  • Sorita d’Este has been experimenting with ways of walking on the liminal since she was a child, exploring along the way many pathways of experiencing magic, mysticism and religion.  Her own personal practice integrates aspects of Hellenic (Greek), Egyptian and Hermetic practices with a lived Orphic inspired philosophy, and experience gained in Initiatory Craft, traditions preserved in Italian, French and British grimoires and other contemporary esoteric teachings of the East and West.

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