Sorita d’Este

sorita in sicily at the temple of athena

So who am I?
I am an writer and author.   I write for money and for pleasure, and for the sake of learning. To date I have had 21 books published, some of which are anthologies I compiled and some of which I co-authored. I specialise in esoteric subjects and have written on subjects as diverse as Celtic folklore, Ceremonial Magic, the history of Ancient Goddesses, Paganism, Aromatherapy, Alternative Health, Palmistry, Astrology and Herbalism.  
I am a publisher.  In 2005 I tentatively self-published notes David Rankine and I had put together on the Irish Celtic Goddess the Morrigan under the label “Avalonia” – which was the name of a community website I facilitated since the 1990’s. During the last few years Avalonia has grown into a successful niche publisher of esoteric works – find out more at www.avaloniabooks.co.uk
I am a mother. My son was born as a Sagittarius in 2007, and as the story goes – everything changed.  He is a beautiful, magical creature who has challenged every single thing I thought I knew.  He has a diagnosis of A.S.D. (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)  and was until very recently entirely non-verbal, but is now making his first serious steps towards using words. Being a mum is hard, but being a mum to a disabled child is unpredictable, interesting and challenging in ways only experience can explain.
I am a Priestess.  For many years I have served as Priestess, leading sacred ceremonies and teaching within the modern Goddess and Pagan movements- including initiatory Craft and the FOI (Fellowship of Isis).  Today my work as a Priestess is primarily focused on my role as Keybearer in the Covenant of Hekate, an international community of devotees of the Goddess of the Crossroads, the many formed Hekate.   

I am a Vegetarian.  I have been vegetarian / vegan since I was a child.  It is an important part of my lifestyle and my beliefs.  I also strongly support animal rights and anti-cruelty campaigns whenever I have time and resources available.
I think that Morality makes stupid.  Of course I am borrowing from Nietzsche here.  But morality is, I believe, a hindrance to new experience and therefore to experiential knowledge.  It feeds on fear and creates, rather than breaks down, barriers.  I have strong ethics, but they are mine, not yours and not borrowed from someone else – rather based on my own experiential knowledge of this multiverse.
I am an Optimist. Well, I like to think I am.  Most of the time I am probably a pessimist! So maybe I should say “I strive towards being an Optimist” .  I believe that through challenging the status quo and ignoring the artificial boundaries of tradition one can proceed towards honest and experiential mysticism whilst maintaining firm foundations build on lessons learned from history, standing positively in today and looking with enthusiasm towards the future. Through doing so, I passionately believe that it is possible to manifest creativity, positivity, love and enchantment through the creation of an independent, free-thinking spiritual community – one with firm foundations in truth, natural balance and generosity.  
If you want to know more about me and my work, visit: www.sorita.co.uk .  You can also follow me on Twitter @theurgia or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/soritadeste