Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Diana-Artemis A Goddess by Any Other Name

This is one of my favorite Goddess - actually two since Diana & Artemis are very similar but individual Goddesses

Goddess Diana-Artemis _ A Goddess by Any Other Name

Diana and Artemis are often worshiped as one. In essence they are very similar, but are in actuality two individual goddesses.

Artemis, huntress of the moon, make my aim true. Give me goals to seek and the constant determination to achieve them.

Grant me communion with nature, allow me to live surrounded by plants and animals that I can grow, protect and nurture.

Allow me the strength and wisdom to be my own mistress, not defined by the expectations of others.

And sustain my sexuality to be as yours — wild and free as nature itself.

Known as a fierce hunter as well as protector, Artemis is one of the major Greek goddesses. Artemis is known as the goddess of the night, the huntress, the goddess of fruitfulness, the goddess of childbirth, Lady of the Beasts, the woodland goddess, the bull goddess, the personification of the moon, and the eternal virgin. Artemis was one of the few goddesses immune to the enchantments of Aphrodite. In some instances Artemis is linked closely to the Roman and Italian goddess, Diana. There is some controversy as to the goddess that deserves the first rights, but it appears that Artemis was a later goddess. There is no doubt that the similarities are striking. Some people go as far as to call them one, the goddess Artemis Diana. As a huntress, she happily traveled in woods in the company of dogs, wild beasts, and mountain nymphs. She brought about Orion's death, the unfortunate hunter, who either defied the goddess, or else tried to seduce one of her companions, the virgin Opis, or perhaps attempted to personally ravish her. Artemis sent a scorpion to sting his heel, and thus killed him. But when Orion was subsequently changed into a constellation, Artemis made sure the scorpion received the same honor.

Diana is the Roman Goddess of the woodlands, wild animals and of the hunt. In ancient times as Rome's contact grew with Greece, Diana was more and more identified with the Goddess Artemis. In time the two Goddesses became virtually identical, though in modern times she is usually identified as "Diana".

Diana is most often portrayed a hunter, often with a bow and quiver, accompanied by maidens, hunting dogs, or deer. In this aspect she is considered to be a pure and virginal Maiden Goddess of the Moon.

Diana is honored by women because of her association as a Goddess of childbirth, nursing and healing. In this aspect she is considered to be a Mother Goddess.

Because Diana was also identified with darkness and witchcraft and served as a Goddess of the Underworld, she is also considered a Crone Goddess.

As a true Triple Goddess her nature was a varied as her many aspects. She could be pure and virginal, maternal and loving, or arrogant and vengeful. She is as changeable and unpredictable as nature. Sculptors sometimes created statues of her with three heads: those of a horse, a dog, and a boar. Such statues were displayed at places where three roads met.

Sacred to the Goddess Diana

February 12 - Festival of Diana

August 17 - Feast of Diana in Rome

Month: November

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Days: the 13th, the 15th, the 27th

Day of the Week: Friday

Symbols: Moon, Water, Forest Items, Sun; Bow; Arrows; Hounds; Stag

Incense: Sandalwood; Lemon; Rose

Foods include: Blueberry; Butter; Broccoli; Coconut; Cucumber; Eggs; Grapes; Lemons; Milk; Potatoes; Pumpkins; White Wine

Colors: White; Silver; Indigo; Black

Sources: http://sacredwicca.viviti.com/goddess-diana

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