*She's the mother of Artemis and Apollo (the Letoides)
*She appears to be a mother goddess in general, and seems associated with the feminine
*The last point is reinforced by her seeming to have a stronger connection to Artemis than Apollo; she labored for 9 months when giving birth to Apollo, but before that, when she gave birth to Artemis, there was ease, "as if she were merely revealing another manifestation of herself".
*Also more goddesses were present for Artemis' birth, which again perhaps suggests her strongly being associated with the sacred feminine
*The father of the children is Zeus, and jealous Hera forbid Leto from giving birth anywhere on the earth; Leto got around this by giving birth on Delos, an island that didn't touch the ocean's floor
*Delos was surrounded by swans
*She had cults in Lycia, where she was the main mother goddess, and in Crete, where she was blended with the Minoan goddess
*The greeks believed she was one and the same as "Wadjet, the cobra-headed goddess of Lower Egypt"
*She's sometimes associated with a golden spindle
*She's attacked by several Chthonic monsters in her wanderings (I can't tell if this is while she's pregnant or after she gives birth)
I should also note that I have no previous relationship with either Artemis or Apollo, or Wadjet, and have never worshiped them in any way. I was in Crete last year for my honeymoon, though, and at the archeology museum there, I found myself very drawn to the Minoan snake-goddess. I also am generally drawn to Greek pagan religion, although I've mostly just worked with Aphrodite
Any Hellenists out there who could help me out? Or just people who are skilled in ritual-craft who could throw me some tips? Also, should I try and contact her directly for advice, and if so, how?
Here's a picture of a statue of her with the infant Letoides
And the Minoan snake-goddess
EDIT: Right after I posted this, I got a response on this matter from someone on a Hellenist facebook page that I follow. Here's what he posted:
He also points out something I missed on wikipedia that says that her symbols are "Veil, dates, palm tree, rooster, wolf, gryphon, weasel".Aelian, Historical Miscellany 5. 4 (trans. Wilson) (Greek rhetorician C2nd to 3rd A.D.) :
"Note the Delian tradition that the trees which flourish on Delos are the olive and the palm. When Leto took hold of them she immediately gave birth, which she had not been able to do before."
Aelian, On Animals 4. 29 (trans. Scholfield) (Greek natural history C2nd A.D.) :
"I learn that the Cock is the favourite bird of Leto. The reason is, they say, that he was at her side when she was so happily brought to bed of twins. That is why to this very day a Cock is at hand when women are in travail, and is believed somehow to promote an easy delivery."
Aelian, On Animals 10. 47 :
"The Ichneumon (mongoose) is both male and female in the same individual, partaking of both sexes, and nature has enabled each single same animal both to procreate and to give birth . . . Ichneumons are said to be sacred to Leto and the Eileithyiai (Goddesses of Birth), and the people of Heraklepolis (Heracleopolis) worship them, so they say."
Honestly, at this point I probably have enough to go on to design a ritual, but I'm still happy to get any input whatsoever, or, better yet, experiences anyone might have with this goddess.