Artemis – Virgin Goddess of the Sun & Moon

Artemis – Virgin Goddess of the Sun and Moon

By Sorita d’Este

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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 Fathre 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 which were held in honour of her, the roles she fulfilled in the myths, animals which were sacred to her, her relationship with her virgin attendants and other deities, as well as the many titles which were bestowed upon her. This groundbreaking book provides the most comprehensive study of this enduring goddess to date.

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Extracts from Reviews:

“You don’t have to be a virgin priestess of ancient Greece to appreciate and love this book. If you have a love of ancient culture or the history of greek religion, this book will take a pride of place on your bookshelf. If you are a modern pagan priestess, like I myself am, you will appreciate this book for the rich folklore, mythology and information which it provides on this much loved Greek Goddess of the Hunt and of the Moon.” Woodland Goddess, Amazon Review

“Highly recommended to people who work with Artemis in their own ceremonies and equally recommended to people who have an interest in ancient Greek mythology. Pagans who work with Greek deities will benefit in particular as the information is laid out in a way that makes it easy to use as a reference book when writing and preparing for ceremonies. There are lists of titles (with both the greek and english translations), there are chapters on the various ancient sanctuaries and temples to Artemis with descriptions of the rites which took place there.” Circle Witch, Amazon Reviewer

“..this isn’t really a book that is meant to be read straight through as an independent work…rather, it seems to me upon finishing it, that the greatest benefit is as a reference.” Amy Graham, Amazon Reviewer

“She is much more than a goddess of the hunt and a goddess of the moon, and knowing that can allowing for a deeper, more authentic relationship. For true dedicants, or those wishing to become dedicants of Artemis, this book is a must have.” Goat Willow, Amazon Reviewer

“The author’s in-depth discussion of the mythological aspects of Artemis and her cult, should be of great interest to practitioners, scholars, philosophers, poets, art lovers, and all who love mythology. (A couple of miscellaneous points: I love the cover and its artwork, and I think it works out very well, to hear the book read out-loud on the Kindle too)” Paul Dolinsky, Amazon Reviewer

“Sorita d’ Este has a knack for writing informative books about her subject and making it both enjoyable, easy to understand and read. I breezed through it yesterday morning and after having learned a lot about Artemis I was still wanting more. Damn good book if you ask me. Then again all of Sorita’s books are damn good.” S. Cranow, Amazon Reviewer

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