Friday, 6 May 2016

The Goddess Artemis

The goddess I am working with this month is Artemis...

She is the goddess of the hunt, the moon, nature, chastity and virginity.

The daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo she was born on the island of Ortygia.  As soon as she was born she helped her mother give birth to her twin brother so she also works as the protector of childbirth and labour.    At her request her father granted her eternal chastity and virginity devoting herself instead to hunting and nature.

She is often depicted carrying a bow and arrow but also sometimes with a spear, torch, lyre or water jug.

All animals are sacred to her as their protector but particularly so are the dee and the bear along with ground birds such as partridges and guinea fowl.

Her association with nature and the wilderness symbolises her own untamed spirit, this girl is an independent, fearless warrior type grrrr!

Often associated with the moon, especially the new moon she has also been called Phoebe which means 'light or bright one'.  Artemis the Goddess of LIght had the divine duty of illuminating the darkness, lighting the way for others and leading them through unknown territory.

Artemis gives us courage, she illuminates the darkness that scares us and she helps us to overcome our fears.

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