Artemis, the Greek Goddess Who Kicks Butt

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Although I am an agnostic when it comes to the actual physical existence of any kind of God or divine power, I am drawn to pagan spirituality. I love their connection to the earth, seasons, and the cycles of nature. I also happen to love mythology, whether it be classic Greek/Roman, Egyptian, Native American, Eastern, Celtic, Norse, or whatever else there happens to be. I’m not sure if I could believe in the Gods/Goddesses of these belief systems as actual living beings, but I can certainly believe in the archetypes and types of universal energy they represent and the various facets of humanity they project.

Greek mythology is my favorite pantheon and has several Gods/Goddesses I adore. Hades will always be a favorite, as the cool ruler of the underworld. His wife Persephone is right up there as well. Athena is brilliant, and Hecate is dark and mysterious – two things I adore! But my favorite Goddess has to be Artemis (Diana in Roman mythology).

I always loved how Artemis was tough and tomboyish. She determined from her youth that she didn’t need no man! She could take care of herself and find happiness with her nymph friends and beloved animals. The other day I came across a bit of knowledge on GoddessGift.com I didn’t know about Artemis though, which made me love her even more:

“Artemis’ mother, Leto, gave birth to Artemis after a short and painless labor. But then Leto’s labor continued, with her contractions growing weak and painful. Moved to compassion, the infant goddess Artemis, born only a few minutes earlier, became her mother’s midwife and delivered her twin brother Apollo. You could say that, of all the Greek goddesses, the goddess Artemis was literally born to serve as a nurturer and protector!

The Greek goddess Artemis was frequently called upon to nurture her needy and somewhat ineffectual mother. All too often she felt compelled to come to her rescue even though Artemis received little from her mother in return. As a result of her having caused her mother no pain in childbirth, and her successful role as midwife in her brother’s birth, Artemis naturally became the patron saint of childbirth, the protector of children, and the goddess who especially heard the appeals of women.

The goddess Artemis was always responsive to the needs of the vulnerable and the suffering. She was quick to defend the powerless from unjust treatment at the hands of the Olympian patriarchy; it is not surprising that in current times Artemis is seen as the “feminist” goddess.”

What a kick ass Goddess! Right after she was born she helped deliver her baby brother Apollo? And like me, she had an ineffectual (probably narcissistic) mother that she had to take care of all her life? I can totally relate to having to come to a parent’s rescue time and time again, when you get little in return. And being a feminist in a time of overt patriarchy (especially with a philanderer like Zeus for a father)? Artemis, you rock!

 

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8 thoughts on “Artemis, the Greek Goddess Who Kicks Butt

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog, This was the first post I saw on your blog and I adore it. Even as a pagan, I do not follow a specific god/goddess like many of my kind do. I am more of a nature loving, earth centered pagan. I come from a background of Native Americans , so my spiritually is really connected towards them. However, I do believe that there are several gods/goddess that watch and guard us. Ma’at (a Egyptian goddess) is probably as close to following any at all. Ma’at is the goddess of truth, justice, and balance. She is the one that holds a scale with one side being a feather and the other being a heart. Loving your blog, feel free to message me (Contact info on page) with any questions or discussion. Namaste 🙏

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    1. Aw, thanks so much for the compliments! I am familiar with Ma’at as well, and she is a fascinating figure as well. I always tend to like the darker Gods and Goddesses and she kind of fits in there as well.

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  2. Lol for the same reason you love Artemis is the same reason I associate my daughter with Artemis. I am not that loving and giving. I am Leto in this scenario. I resent my mother for what she has influenced in my life. My son is apollo, he is protector of the light, he is the youngest, and thus the new god of the new generation. Zeus was the youngest of his generation, and cronus was the youngest of his.
    Have you looked into babylonian and Mesopotamian or sumerian mythology? They predate greek stuff… but by back tracking history, you can find their origin.
    Innana descended into the underworld because she was cocky. And her uncle or someone enkidu? Petitioned her return, but the underworld cannot “give out” without something taking its place. She came back shitty that her husband didnt get her so she sent him down there. But because she loves him, she chose to ease his “suffering” by agreeing to take part of the load from him. Lol
    I love tracing the gods through history and see where and how they adapt or are rendered.

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