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Artemis : Virgin Goddess of the Sun, Moon & Hunt [Kindle Edition]

Sorita d'Este
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Book Description

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 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.

In Artemis we see combined the fruition of the early Minoan Lady of the Beasts with the fertile power of the early goddesses of Ephesus. Artemis brought together the powers of life and death, aiding childbirth and hunting wild animals, the joy of song and dance with the wildness of nature untamed. Worshipped by young girls and warriors alike, Artemis spread her net of beauty and might through every level of Greek society.


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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 throrough 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Avalonia (12 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078IKMAA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I am an author, publisher and researcher, as well as a mother to a beautiful son. In the cracks I am also a religious studies student, mystical enchantress, star dancer, lover and campaigner for a free-thinking more spiritual world in which delusion and illusion is cracked to let the light in more often.

My published works include The Cosmic Shekinah, Hekate Liminal Rites, Practical Elemental Magick, Practical Qabalah Magick, Practical Planetary Magic, Visions of the Cailleach, Guises of the Morrigan, Isles of the Many Gods and many more. I have authored/ co-authored 20 books to date, edited 5 anthologies and contributed to many more. You can find a full list of my work at http://sorita.co.uk/bookshop and a longer biography, if you are curious about some of the things I have done and where I came from at http://sorita.co.uk/biography

I am also the owner of 'Avalonia', a small independent esoteric publisher based in the UK, see www.avaloniabooks.co.uk


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent : A Book for all lovers of Greek Myth 16 Jan. 2006
Format:Paperback
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.
The book brings together a collection of well researched information and mythology in a concise, academic and easy to understand and use format. The illustrations add an extra dimension as they are based on ancient portrayals, but done by a new emerging artist who is working with this author. (Andrews also illustrated the book THE GUISES OF THE MORRIGAN which is by Sorita D'Este with author David Rankine).
If you are a pagan who work with the Greek pantheon's Gods and Goddesses you will do well to ensure that you obtain a copy of this book and read it cover to cover. You will find yourself using it time and time again as your love and understanding of this diverse Goddess grows.
It explores the relationships of Artemis with the other Greek Gods and Goddesses, her association with a wide variety of animals and other beasts and well as giving precise accounts (with footnotes giving sources) of the various myths in which she played a leading role.
Great and highly recommended volume.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Artemis: Virgin Goddess of the Sun, Moon & Hunt 22 Jun. 2013
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If you are a lover of myths, following a Greek Pagan Path or "just" a lover of history then I think that you will enjoy this book as it unravels the tale of Artemis and how she is more than just a Maiden Moon Goddess.

Sorita D'este has pulled together a number of sources to write her book, all of which are referenced so if you would like to study further, it is simple enough to do so.

The only negative that I can think of is that there are some paragraphs that are repeated over and again. Now if you are just using this as a reference book then I don't see the problem but if you are going to sit and read this in one session (as I did) then it gets a tad monotonous.

On the whole, this book is very informative, written in an easy, flowing style, with references galore should you want them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 29 Mar. 2014
By Kerry
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Very informative and answered all the questions I had on Artemis and some more. Occasionally feels repetitive but other than that it's awesome
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obsessed with Artemis - and Loved this book 16 Jan. 2006
By Woodland Goddess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have had many dreams that someone would dedicate the time and energy that it takes to write a book on Artemis. Sorita D'Este has done just this and she has excelled at this challenging job.

This book provides all the information a modern pagan priestess or priest working with this diverse goddess could hope for. Historical information on festivals, practices and sacred temples, as well as sanctuaries, sacred animals and titles are provided.

The information is presented in an easy to understand and use format, but it is still rigorous by academic standards (providing sources throughout) and would be of interest to modern pagans and students of greek history and culture alike.

There is not an ounce of doubt in my mind that this book will be a book that you will use time and time again (as I am already doing) for drawing inspiration and information when working with this warrior goddess.

The arguments for Artemis being a Goddess associated with both the Sun and the Moon is clearly presented and adds an additional dimension towards understanding this ancient woodland goddess who was known to roam the mountains in search of prey with her thirteen hunting dogs. Her myths, associations with other gods, goddesses and mortals are all clearly and precisely explored, together with accounts (cross referenced showing the different accounts by ancient writers) of the various myths in which she took a prominent role.

Love Artemis? Hooked on the Greek Myths? This book is a must have!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virgin Goddess, Sun Goddess, Moon Goddess, Huntress Divine 20 July 2006
By Circle Witch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Artemis is many things and yet she is often portrayed as simply the huntress of the New Moon. This book explores and brings together her many myths and stories, her many powers and guiles...

Artemis is a complex Goddess and one (now that I have read the book) I would certainly not class as a fluffy Goddess which I was lead to believe before. The information is carefully documented, footnoted (rather than those awful endnotes of a lot of academic books) and is written in a lucid manner. The author certainly knows her subject.

Friends of mine have been fortunate enough to attend a workshop with Sorita on the Greek Goddess Hekate and said that it was the or at the very least one of the, most enlightening workshops they have ever attended. She is a priestess of the Wicca who draws on ancient religions blending it with her own work in the tradition. She is also a scholar of ancient religion and does not allow her own religious and magical interests cloud her judgement, which is very clear from this volume. There is none of the usual pagan biased to be found here!

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.

What struck me in particular was the many references to young girls participating in the rituals, as well as the emphasis on twins as being sacred at Artemis' sanctuaries (Artemis and her brother Apollo were twins, so it makes sense really). So this book may provide some ideas for mothers wishing to prepare their daughters for adulthood through the use of ancient ceremonies.

Like I said, recommended and highly so. Thus *****
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good for the casual reader but not for serious study 31 Dec. 2009
By dancing with - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has a wonderful collection of ancient literary sources for the study of Artemis, but these are not presented with meaningful context. Obscure references of minor aspects are given the same emphasis as major cult epithets, leaving the reader with a fairly skewed view of Artemis in ancient Greece. Epithets are given with a pronunciation guide, but the pronunciation is modern Greek, not ancient Greek, which is quite different, and that difference is neither acknowledged nor explained.

All in all it's not a bad choice for the casual reader, but people who want to pursue a more in depth and well balanced study of Artemis in the ancient world should look at Larson, Cole, Lefkowitz, and Blundell instead.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Information & A Great Reference 29 Jun. 2008
By Amy Aldrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book from Amazon...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. If on were stumped for the source of a particular detail of Artemis, this would be the book to go to. As such, there is a great deal of repeated information that was annoying to me since I did read it straight through, but the repetition did serve a purpose in helping cement some details of Artemis in my memory...as with Athene, Artemis is a goddess largely unknown to me, so it was not totally pointless to have read the book from cover to cover. At nearly 25.00 for this book, I don't know how many would really want to shell out the bucks for a book that is just over 100 pages. I'm glad to have it and would recommend it to others it has solid information and would be a fine addition to any pagan library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched, engagingly-written study of Artemis 2 April 2012
By Paul Dolinsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The book covers very effectively, the characteristics of Artemis as a Goddess, aspects of her worship, her role in Greek society, her place in Greek mythology and relationships with the other mythological figures. Interesting and important bits of symbolism emerge, as the fact that Artemis, chaste goddess of the hunt, is also very close with Dionysus, her half-brother (their father being Zeus). Dionysus, far from being chaste, is the spiritual father of the ecstatic worship that bears his name, Dionysian revelry. Nietzsche builds a whole philosophical tradition around Dionysian vs. the Apollonian (rational) approach to experience (Apollo is Artemis' twin brother, also brought out early in the text).

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)

You could move through the chapter headings using the left and right directional keys, but the book would certainly benefit from having a Table of Contents, and hopefully one that that has hot links. The book by the way, is heavily referenced: footnote/endnotes constitute about 25% of the book, and they are useful to have.

In summary, this is a very clearly written and well-researched book on Artemis, that should interest everyone who loves Greek mythology. I look forward to checking out other books by Sorita D'Este, and there are many.
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