Artemis – Goddess of the Hunt and the Moon

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Design by Géza Maróti (1875-1941), Budapest | Public domain | via Wikimedia Commons

Artemis was the daughter of Zeus, and her mother was Leto. Her brother Apollo was also born on the same day as she was. Some say she helped her mother to deliver her brother, therefore being known as the protector of childbirth and labour. When she was still a child she asked her father if she could remain free of the bonds of marriage. That way she never had to give in to any potential lovers, and was known as the Virgin Goddess.

The Romans called her Diana. She was known as the archer and protector of all living things. Both wild animals as well as tame animals came under her protection. In literature and art she was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrow. Her domain was the wilderness, she spent most of her time following wild animals on the mountains and the glens.

Artemis was known to bond with other women, she was fearless of conflict.  She had real autonomy. Hers was a focused consciousness, she was aware that conflict and hostility may be necessary and sometimes even positive in certain situations.

She was independent, and self sufficient.  Perhaps a quality we appreciate as women throughout the ages. Artemis kept true to her early decision, she was not susceptible to falling in love and avoided all lovers.  She was goal directed and logical.

What can we learn from Artemis?  She was one of the most respected of all the ancient Greek Deities. The bear was sacred to her. But she did have another side. Artemis acted out in anger whenever her wishes were disobeyed, especially if anyone transgressed against the animals that were sacred to her. However, it was only her hunting companion, Orion, that won her heart. It is believed that Orion was accidentally killed either by Artemis herself or by Gaia, the primordial goddess of the earth.

A temple built in her honour became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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