Sorita d’Este is an adventurer who can often be found in the liminal pathways between the worlds of men, animal and mineral, the past, present and future – and that of magic. She is happiest offering devotion to the Gods, growing flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruit – and the extraordinary world of mysticism.She is the author of Circle for Hekate (V.1 & 2) as well as around 20 other titles. Some titles, such as Hekate: Liminal Rites; Practical Elemental Magick, The Isles of the Many Gods and Wicca: Magickal Beginnings were co-authored with David Rankine. She has also compiled 5 anthologies on topics related to the Goddess, Magic and Mythology; and has contributed dozens of articles to journals, anthologies and almanacs over the years. Her personal beliefs and practices are informed not only by her love (and study) of history and philosophy but also through experienced gnosis and mysticism. Aspects of Ancient Greek and Aegean religious and magical practices, as well as Ancient Egyptian, Hermetic and Celtic threads, can be found in her work that combines her experience gained in Initiatory Craft, as well as traditions preserved in other European traditions, Orphism and the Grimoires. While her work is firmly rooted in history, it is lived in the authenticity of the 21st century and the palpability of Nature. Sorita d’Este was born in Cape Town, South Africa where she was introduced not only to the cultural diversity of the country but also to aspects of European culture through her family. She moved to London in 1995 where she had many magical adventures and started a community website in 1998 which became Avalonia in 1999. In 2005 she published the first of many books under the Avalonia name, and in recent years she has developed Avalonia into a thriving independent Esoteric & Pagan publishing company. She also spent a few years living in the Brecon Beacons, Wales and since 2011 she has been living in Glastonbury – famous for both its Music Festival and for the diversity of spiritual and New Age traditions represented in a small Somerset town believed by many to be “Ancient Avalon”. She has travelled extensively, visiting many ancient religious sites – including temples in Malta, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Sri Lanka and India – as well as modern Pagan and other magical communities in Brazil, the USA and all over Europe.
Sorita currently lives on a hill in Glastonbury, with her fabulous partner Lokabandhu, her beautiful son, and a ridiculously fluffy white cat called Khonsu (who believes he rules the world). They share a garden with a vagabond mini black panther named Zen, many wild birds, including owls, crows, magpies, woodpeckers, robins and a clan of badgers.
— For Adamantine Chronicles, Sorita’s short videos on different aspects of Goddesses she loves, see www.youtube.com/hersacredfires or find Adamantine Chronicles in the “Goddess Temple” (app in Google Play or Apple app stores).