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Artemis is perhaps one of the most beloved goddesses of modern times.
Artemis is of the Greek pantheon, but of course, like most Goddess stories, her’s can be traced even further back to pre-Hellenic times to where she was known as the Great Mother. Which makes sense when you consider the vast associations Artemis has with maiden, mother and crone aspects of the Goddess.
Her designation as a “virgin” Goddess always perplexed me when I’d consider her associations with midwifery and death doula-- two skillsets usually reserved for the mother and/ or the crone. But my confusion was in part due to the modern, patriarchal interp on the word "virgin" and also comes from the diluted version of her story, as told through the narrow-minded lense of male-dominated, revisionist history.
The truth is, virgin means "complete unto herself." And that is the beauty of Artemis women--at the heart of it all, they give their all in everything they do.
Artemis women are…
Fiercely independent. They are focused on their goals.
Truth seekers. They seek what feels true for them while recognizing the greater truth of the whole.
They are self directed. They make great business start-up entrepreneurs. They bring a fresh passion and will to any undertaking.
An Artemis woman...
...feels most authentic when she is creating safe spaces for women and children in which to grow and flourish.
...protects from injustice of any sort, but especially from abuse toward women and children, animals and the vulnerable.
...is an environmentalist.
...champions the underdog.
Artemis is a woman who, recently diagnosed with stage 3 non-hodgkin's lymphoma, takes her four year old daughter by the hand and says, “I am stronger than my illness. I have things to do in this life. I have to see you graduate from college. I will know my grandchildren.”
A woman who embodies the spirit of Artemis stands tall against the corporations that would strip our natural world of its ability to provide clean water for the people.
A woman who embodies the spirit of Artemis is a warrior of the heart, defending nature/ the underprivileged/ the underrepresented with a ferocity of a mother bear protecting her cubs.
A woman who embodies the Artemis archetype shows us that true courage is the ability to navigate through our darkness with nothing but the dimmest glimmer of hope, and in the end still be able to step fully into the light.
She defends the rights of young girls to pursue their passions despite what the world expects of them.
She explores her wildheart with an unbridled passion
She is the doula attending a natural home birth, whose mere presence during labor and delivery help alleviate anxiety so momma can better manage her pain.
Artemis women know what they want, expect to put some muscle and elbow grease into it and stay focused on the prize.
Artemis women are motivated and thrill to the chance to outshine their competition.
Artemis women are loyal friends, the kind of women who bring you up when you feel down, the kind of friend who shows up in your darkest hour and takes your innermost self-loathing feelings and trounces them by reminding you why the world absolutely adores you.
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.