Sorita d'Este

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Sorita d'Este performing The Rite of Her Sacred Fires in May 2010
Sorita d'Este
Born (1974-11-26)26 November 1974
Cape Town, South Africa
Occupation Priestess and author

Sorita d'Este was born in Cape Town, South Africa in the 1970s. She is an author, folklorist, occult researcher and prominent teacher and high priestess of Wicca,[1] being an initiate of the Alexandrian Craft tradition founded by Maxine Sanders and Alex Sanders in the 1960s. She is also a leading authority in the Goddess spirituality[2] and the author of 18 books.[3] Sorita currently resides in Glastonbury, England, from where she continues to run her independent publishing company Avalonia, named after the town's mythical origins as the isle of Avalon.

She is the founder of The Covenant of Hekate,[4] an international organisation dedicated to The Goddess Hekate as The Cosmic World Soul.[5] She lit a flame on behalf of The Covenant of Hekate at the multifaith Glastonbury 2012 Harmony and Healing event held at the Chalice Well Gardens, Glastonbury on 21 April 2012.[6] The Covenant of Hekate organised The Hekate Triformis Symposium[7] which took place in Glastonbury 2012 and again in June 2013.

In September 2013, she was named as one of The Wisdom Keepers of The Goddess Spirituality Movement by SageWoman Magazine, recognising her work as an author, but also as a folklorist and priestess.[8]

She is described by the journalist and psychic celebrity Inbaal in an article which appeared in Alternative London Magazine (2004), saying that "...you're struck by her dimples and long limbs, her exotic beauty. Feast them again, having heard she's a Wiccan High Priestess, a lecturer on Witchcraft and The Occult and a full-time writer and researcher, and you're struck by how very normal she is".[9]

In 2010, she facilitated an international ceremony to The Goddess Hekate, The Rite of Her Sacred Fires,[10] in which several thousand individuals participated.[11] The Rite of Her Sacred Fires is now a yearly celebration which takes place annually in celebration of unity and mysticism between those who honour the liminal torchbearing Goddess,[12] and is available in more than twenty languages.[13][14]

The Reverend Mark Townsend, in his book “Jesus Through Pagan Eyes”, includes an interview with Sorita.[15] In it, she describes Jesus as “...a man who reached a state of enlightenment and then sought to share the vision of perfection He had experienced...”.[16] Her work often crosses the boundaries of tradition, Pagan and Christian, Buddhist and Gnostic. In March 2013., The Somerset Gazette reported that Sorita was to lecture at the Abbey House retreat centre in Glastonbury, giving the first of a series of talks on spirituality in Glastonbury organised by the Friends of the Abbey House on her experiences as a Wiccan High Priestess and the founder of the Covenant of Hekate.[17] In an interview with the TWPT (The Wiccan and Pagan Times), in 2012., Sorita stated that “God doesn’t belong to a religion. I have a very strong adherence to this simple truth, no church or synagogue or coven or temple can ‘own’ God! Rather, I believe that all good religious traditions are united in their search for an understanding and experience of God, or ‘The Divine’”.[18]

Sorita is a regular speaker at Witchfest International,[19] Pagan Federation and other esoteric and religious related events in the United Kingdom, including The Glastonbury Goddess Conference.[20] She has been featured on the BBC, The Guardian Newspaper, Sunday Times, WitchTalk.[21] Aeon Byte (Gnostic Radio) and The Discovery Channel.

Books[edit]

  • The Guises of the Morrigan (May 2005) with David Rankine
  • Circle of Fire – First Edition (2005) with David Rankine
  • Artemis – Virgin Goddess of the Sun and Moon (August 2006)
  • Avalonia's Book of Chakras (January 2006) with David Rankine
  • The Isles of the Many Gods (2007) with David Rankine
  • Practical Planetary Magick (2007) with David Rankine
  • Practical Elemental Magick (2008) with David Rankine
  • Towards the Wiccan Circle (2008)
  • Wicca Magickal Beginnings (2008)
  • Circle of Fire (2009)with David Rankine
  • Practical Qabalah Magick (2009) with David Rankine
  • Hekate Liminal Rites (2009) with David Rankine
  • Visions of the Cailleach (2009) with David Rankine
  • The Cosmic Shekinah (May 2011) with David Rankine

Edited[edit]

  • Hekate Keys to the CrossRoads (August 2006)
  • Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned Gods (2008)
  • Priestesses Pythonesses & Sibyls (December 2008)
  • Both Sides of Heaven: Angels, Demons, Faeries and other winged spiritual beings (2009)
  • Hekate Her Sacred Fires (May 2010)
  • The Faerie Queens(October 2013)

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