Goddess of the Month: Artemis, Protectress of Women, Children, Nature and the Vulnerable.
Over the summer, I stumbled on an ancient Latin prayer to Artemis which I wrote next to the glyph for Sagittarius (an arrow) on a sticky note and attached to my desk calendar for the month of December.
Apparently, my plan was to assign Artemis as December's Goddess of the month, but in the wake of all the requests for Lilith information in November, I had fallen behind in my research and had not written anything on the maiden archer, Artemis.
However, rather subconsciously, I had been reciting the prayer (which goes, "epelthon, epelthon Artemis") over the past few months every time I sat down at my desk. Perhaps that was because the sticky note I'd written the prayer on was at eye level, or because the bolded text of the prayer stood out amongst the other messages on the note?
I don't know. Despite the fact I was sidetracked on the Artemis plan, I personally started to feel strong attraction to her stories.
Every time I'd see her name, I would pay attention, whether it was something I read in a book, or came across on the internet or just happened to see a synchronous message about her.
For instance, a video of a little girl feeding a bear came up on my Facebook feed the other day. It was something I would normally scroll past, but this felt so intuitively Artemis to me that I couldn't help but stop, linger and watch.
At any rate, I thought it amusing when I looked up the translation for the prayer last week, "Come to us, come to us, Artemis."
Even more amusing?
I was nosing around my astrology chart again (I know it's very navel-gazey, but it's become quite the obsession) and decided to look up her influence.
I was delighted to discover I was experiencing an Artemis Return!
In astrology, a return occurs when a planet or, in this case, an asteroid, makes a complete cycle around the wheel of the zodiac and "returns" to the position it was at the moment of your birth.
This made me feel comforted in a way I can't quite explain.
I guess its just that since the recent presidential election, I've been feeling rather vulnerable, and I know I'm not alone in feeling this.
It is comforting to entertain working with the energies of Artemis in this time. It is comforting to know the (unintended) subliminal messaging of my sticky note worked, that Artemis is coming forward right now. It is comforting to know she is the protectress of women, children, the vulnerable and nature.
And Goddess knows we all can use a little bit of that energy right now!
My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.