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About Sorita d'Este

Sorita d'Este, High Priestess with Moon Crown.
Sorita d'Este at Pompeii, Italy
Sorita d'Este with a Solomonic Sword in the Snow
Sorita d'Este at the Temple of Hekate in Lagina.

A very brief Biography

Sorita d’Este is an author whose books explores mythology, magic and ancient spiritual traditions. She is a practitioner of magic, and an occult teacher who has lectured and presented workshops internationally. Following psychic experiences as a child living in Cape Town, South Africa, she proceeded to explore esoteric teachings available to her ever since. 

Over the last 30 years, she has had the privilege of learning in both formal and informal settings from teachers, peers and students. She currently serves as a Keybearer in the Covenant of Hekate, which she founded, with others, in 2010. As a polytheist and devotee of Hekate, Sorita has guided many towards both a historical and experiential understanding of the Goddess Hekate. She continues to facilitate the Hekate Symposium and, with Emily Carding, the Torchlit Path (a 9-week creative devotional journey) and remains involved in the Rite of Her Sacred Fires, the annual global devotional rite she penned for Hekate in 2010.

As you would expect from a Sun & Moon Sagittarius, Sorita has travelled all over the world visiting both ancient and modern sacred places, and meeting people from a wide range of spiritual traditions.  She has visited ancient temples and megalithic sites in more than 30 countries around the world, including Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Malta, Italy, Sicily, France, Portugal, Spain, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Brazil.  She is fascinated by the communalities in practice and belief passed down from generation to generation across the world, religious conversion and the evolution of tradition. ​

If you are interested in studying with Sorita, look out for classes and courses with openings. These are typically listed at This includes the Aurora Circle, which will meet from February 2023, exploring a long list of monthly topics linked to polytheism, witchcraft and magic – bookings will open later in December 2022. Sign up for the mailing list as places are often fully subscribed.

Sorita became the Patron of the Library of Avalon, Glastonbury, which is likely Europe’s oldest esoteric lending library in 2022,  following the passing of Arthurian author Geoffrey Ashe MBE who was the Patron of the Library since its formation in the 1970’s. For forthcoming events see

Sorita’s published work includes Circle for Hekate, Hekate Liminal Rites, Artemis: Virgin Goddess of the Sun & Moon, Practical Elemental Magick, Visions of the Cailleach, the Cosmic Shekinah and Isles of the Many Gods. For more information, click here. She is the Director of the independent esoteric publishers Avalonia, which has published works by Lesley Jackson, Katie Gerrard, Daniel Harms, Georgi Mishev, David Rankine, Gary St Michael Nottingham, Jan Fries, C.A. Smith and many others. 

To learn more about her and her work, visit,, and You can also find her on social media as @soritadeste.

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