Witchy Challenge Entry - Ritual & Chant for Goddess Artemis

Artemis

A Goddess Dedication

By CathyMoon, Adept, Sisters in The Goddess Tree

Artemis is considered one of the most popular of all goddesses because she possesses the characteristics and powers of many other goddesses. She was known as a Mother Goddess who helped women and children, an Earth Goddess who protected nature and brought rain to make the earth fertile, and the Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. With these attributes, the fame of Artemis grew and grew. She was worshipped for centuries in the Mediterranean area. The cult of the goddess spread through such areas as Anatolia to Egypt, the Aegean Islands to Crete, Greece and Italy.

In the ancient world, historians theorize that in the 2nd millennium BC, Amazons settled on the west coast of Asia Minor, now known as Turkey. They were thought to be the first to establish many cities including Ephesus. The Amazons worshipped a deity they called “the Lady of Ephesus,” which they believed was Mother and Protector of children. Around the 8th Century BC, Greek speaking indo-Europeans began traveling from the north and settling in classical and mainland Greece. The Greeks that colonized along the west coast of Asia Minor began to associate the “Lady of Ephesus” with their goddess Artemis. By 750 BC the worship of Artemis had spread all over Greece. In 625 BC, a magnificent temple to Artemis was built in her honor, which became known as one of the seven wonders of the Ancient world. A cult statue was found showing her with numerous “nodes” on her chest. Some say these nodes are breasts; others say they are bull testes that were sacrificed to her as a way of renewing her strength so she could better assist her worshippers. Either explanation represents fertility.

Those who worshipped her passionately believed she answered their prayers and would visit the temple with offerings of incense and sacrificial animals. Holy rites in her honor were important and became part of the community. Great crowds would gather to walk along a sacred path through cemeteries carrying her statue. Women of high society lavishly decorated the statue as she was carried to the temple by torchlight.

Artemis was worshipped as a major goddess throughout mainland Greece. She was regarded as the Fleet Young Huntress and the Protector of Animals who roamed in the woods, mountains, and other undeveloped wilderness lands.
One of the most famous festivals took place in Brauron, located in the eastern areas of Attica and Athens. In this cult, she appears as a She-Bear who protects her cubs. When young Athenian girls reached puberty they were dedicated to the goddess as young bears, called the “avktoi.” They dressed in bearskins and did bear dances in her temple. Goats were ritually slaughtered during these ceremonies to show young girls the dark side of the mother and her blood mysteries of death, sacrifice, and renewal.

When young girls wanted to marry, they were asked to lay their personal belongings of their virginity on an altar to Artemis. They were such things as toys, dolls, and locks of hair. This represented their transition from childhood to adulthood closing the door of the domain of the virgin goddess forever.

When Greece fell to Roman rule, they saw that the attributes of the Greek goddess Artemis resembled many of the characteristics of the goddess they called …

Diana, Huntress of the Moon.

Diana was worshipped in a temple on the Aventine Hill where mainly lower-class citizens and slaves worshipped her. Slaves could ask for and receive asylum in her temples. She was worshipped at a festival on August 13. Her name may have come from divianathe shining one.” Over the centuries, she has been known as a Mother Goddess, Protector of Nature, Children, and animals. She represented fertility, brought rain, and played a key role in a young girls’ passage into womanhood. Throughout her transformations, as one civilization conquered another they adapted her universal attributes and core values. Her name has lasted and she is still worshipped to this day.

Ritual to Artemis

Ritual created by CathyMoon

The purpose of this ritual is to seek Artemis

Suggested Items

-Silver/white Goddess candle, silver/white altar cloth, silver/white ritual garb, 4 white altar candles,

symbols: moon, mother, animals, silver items

Before ritual

-Carve Artemis’ name in your Goddess candle, take a cleansing bath or wash hands, gather items

Ritual:

-Cast Circle by visualizing a white or silver protective sacred space

-Call 4 directions and light direction candles

Sit quietly. When you are ready, think about Artemis and what she means to you, how she can play a part in your life.

Feel, taste, smell, and see her.

When you are ready, light the Goddess Candle.

Chant to Artemis

Original Chant created by CathyMoon

This candle I dedicate to thee

Light the way so I might see

Your presence I do call

Mother, nurturer to us all

Hail Goddess Artemis

Sit quietly with the goddess. Ask her if she has a message for you. When ready, distinguish the 4 quarter candles and thank the directions. Thank the Goddess Artemis and distinguish her flame, knowing that each and every time you light your candle, you are invoking Her. Allow the circle to fade into the earth. Blessed be.

I retrieved the information from: Goddess Artemis

:notes: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Enchanting Chants

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Lovely chant! And great information. I’ll sang this for my BOS if I may?

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Absolutely, I don’t mind at all! I’m going to do the same once I get settled for the day. I have liked all of the information about her that I have seen so far. I didn’t realize they related her to Diana.

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I also work with Brigid regularly. While looking up information, of all kinds, for Artemis; I came across this about Brigid on a site about Irelands Myths, I didn’t know this at all & it’s completely new to me:

“A fascinating link to the traditions of the saint Brigid is the fact that a woman called Darlughdacha appears in St. Brigid’s community in Kildare as her close companion, sharing Brigid’s bed. Darlughdacha, who became abbess of Kildare on Brigid’s death, means ‘daughter of Lugh’ and the ‘saints’ lists’ also give her feast day as 1st February…Mary Condren thinks that Darlughdacha might even be the original name for the goddess Brigid, presumably as Brigid (Exalted One) is a title rather than a name.” Brigid’s Name

Artemis is a Greek Goddess however, it is believed that she was a Goddess prior to the Greeks recognizing her. Artemis is known as the goddess of the hunt and is one of the most respected of all the ancient Greek deities. It is thought that her name, and even the goddess herself, may even be pre-Greek. Greek Gods & Goddesses

Artemis was a virgin and drew the attention and interest of many gods and men. 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.

Ooo… @Amethyst don’t you work with Gaia?

Artemis: https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net - Greek Gods & Goddesses, September 19, 2014

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I’m learning about Her. She’s a Fierce Mother type Goddess. If Orion messed with one of her kids, she’d certainly smite him.

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I must say I am in loved with that chant :heart_eyes: it is really beautiful. The information was also very informative. Thank you @Siofra.

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Beautiful work with Artemis- I’m glad you were able to build a bond with Her, @Siofra! The ritual and chant are lovely :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Thanks for sharing your wisdom about working with Artemis! :heart:

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Siofra,
I purchased a book about Artemis once on audible, and she was the first goddess encountered. I liked her because she was a protector of her cubs and all the animals. She felt better in the wild with the animals. I have her archetype because I always protect my children from others, that would cause them harm.
I liked revisiting her story! You did a lovely job writing and very informative.
Thank you Siofra!
Jeannie

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