Artemis Goddess Of The Hunt & Moon - (Greek Mythology Explained)

deep within the sacred hollows she howls

with the wolf runs with the deer and

hunts the wild when no humans dare to

pair upon her naked form except for one

whom she turned into his stag and had

her love in pack ran the flesh from his

bones Artemis was one of the most

revered and honored of the ancient Greek

deities her rule spanned across many

things including hunting the moon

virginity childbirth and the wilderness

and wild animals

she was also considered the protector of

young girls up into the age of marriage

she was just one of Zeus's many children

and went by a host of different names

her Roman name diana is one that most

people will be familiar with if we take

a look at the Iliad the goddess is

referred to as Artemis the wildland

mistress of animals and there are those

who believe that Artemis may have even

predated the era of the ancient Greeks

this is something we've discussed before

on the channel when taking a look at the

egyptian goddess Bastet the ancient

greeks drew some interesting parallels

between the two in regards to hunting

and the protection of children but were

the best that was truly an influence

Artemis is always up for debate

Artemis his mother was Leo a Titan

goddess and very early on she became a

favorite of the god Zeus unfortunately

for Leto she fell pregnant of Artemis

and her twin brother Apollo was Zeus was

still married to Hera who of course was

extremely jealous that Leto carried her

husband's children Hera did nothing but

hinder and caused problems for Leto

during her pregnancy she first cost Leto

out from Mount Olympus leaving her to

wander the earth alone anyone who

offered kindness or shelter to Leto

would be punished by Hera

but her Cronus did not stop there Hera

had Leto pursued by the dragon Python

who hunted her endlessly Zeus would

eventually intervene by sending the aid

of a strong wind that would carry Leto

out to sea and eventually help her reach

the island of Delos once Leto had

reached the secluded Island the rest of

the goddesses arrived to help her give

birth but Hera chose to remain on Mount

Olympus and she even tried to detain the

goddess of childbirth ilithyia


with the help of iris they were both

able to reach the island Leto first gave

birth to Artemis who was said to offer

her mother assistance with the birth of

her twin brother hence why Artemis was

often associated of childbirth in the

days that followed Apollo was eventually

born the time difference between the two

births does vary in some accounts he was

born the day after his sister and in

others it wasn't until several days

after Leto now face the most impossible

task of raising Artemis and Apollo while

being exiled from the other gods she

would receive no help and the mother and

her two children traveled Elijah in seek

of refuge the influence and fury of Hera

continued to follow Leto and her

children the local villagers even

attempted to stop them drinking from

wells and Springs

and as a result Leto turned them all

into frogs

Artemis and Apollo continued to grow at

an incredible rate and their newfound

skills of a bow meant that they were now

more than capable of defending

themselves as well as their mother when

the dragon Python finally found them

Artemis and Apollo killed the Beast

despite only being days old once Artemis

and Apollo were fully grown they were

only concerned with avenging their

mother and winning back her honor and

place amongst the gods during a ceremony

in the name of Leto the mortal neo be

taunted the goddess claiming that she

was more deserving of a place amongst

the gods because she had given birth to

seven sons and seven daughters the twins

were so incensed by the insult that they

decided the mortal would have to pay for

her hubris Apollo with his poison arrows

struck down her seven sons and Artemis

her seven daughters the punishment may

sound extremely harsh but Artemis and

Apollo had grown up with their mother

being exiled and continuously hunted

their reaction to the insult was a

message to all but they would no longer

tolerate to this kind of disrespect it's

believed that Artemis and Apollo then

traveled all the lands punishing those

who turned away their mother during her

pregnancy the strength and determination

shown by Artemis and Apollo meant that

their mother would once again return to

Zeus's favour despite the protests of

his wife Hera the majority of Leto's

time from then on was spent hunting in

the wilderness with her daughter

throughout the years Artemis has been

depicted as a young woman carrying a

hunting bow and a quiver of arrows often

being accompanied by a deer one of the

many animals she considered sacred

Artemis was quite often admired as a

great Huntress and her skills of a bow

could only be matched by her brother but

despite her love for the hunt Artemis

was an avid protector of the wilderness

and all those that called it home

the animals that were slain by autumn

aswer considered sacred and the hunt was

essentially a ceremony in honor of the

wilderness she would seek vengeance upon

those who were seen to do harm to

animals regardless of who they were the

story of King Agamemnon is a good

example the king had killed one of

Artemis his sacred stags on the hunt and

as a punishment he was told that he

would have to sacrifice his own daughter

when he eventually agreed

Artemis swapped his daughter with a stag

and the King believed in his daughter

had been killed learnt the consequences

of his actions Artemis was able to teach

the King a lesson without the sacrifice

of his daughter who played no part in

her father's crimes showing us that she

is indeed vengeful in her defense of the

wilderness but she's also just an affair

Artemis was known as a virgin goddess

and the gift of chastity is one she

asked to be given by her father Zeus

despite the large amount of potential

lovers that desired the attention of

Artemis she remain devoted to hunting

and nature rejecting all proposals of

love and marriage there were a few

companions who came close to winning the

affections of Artemis but none of them

came as close as the giant hunter Orion

he first saw Artemis on the island of

Crete and the two began hunting together

in time that you eventually would fall

in love and Orien told the goddess that

he would slay every animal in the world

if it would prove his love having heard

what Orion's said the goddess of the

earth Gaia would not let her creations

die and she gave birth to an enormous

scorpion who would eventually kill Orion

naturally the death of Orion called

Artemis great sorrow and she pleaded

with her father Zeus to immortalize the

Fallen Hunter and so a Ryan and the

Scorpion who killed him were given their

own constellations there is a different

version of this story and in that

version Apollo did not like the

relationship between

sister and the hunter Orion when he told

his sister she ignored him as she had

grown fond of the hunter Apollo did not

appreciate his sister's response and in

turn he devised a plan to remove Orion

permanently he challenged his sister to

see whose skills of a beau were superior

when his sister asked what they were

hunting he pointed at a barely visible

figure swimming in the distant lake

knowing that she was more than capable

of proving her brother wrong

Artemis pulled back her bow and fired

Artemis did not realize until it was too

late but it was Orion swimming in the

lake and she had just unknowingly killed

her lover

Artemis as large popularity amongst the

ancient Greeks men that she featured in

a number of myths and stories which

often involved the goddess transform in

individuals into animals one of which

featured the hunter acti on the grandson

of Apollo who found himself on the wrong

side of Artemis is Roth one morning when

walking through the forest he stumbled

across the spring where Artemis and her

nymph companions were bathing he stopped

and began to stare when he was spotted

by the goddess he attempted to apologize

for looking at the goddess while she was


but Artemis interrupted him telling him

if he spoken of a word she would

transform him into a deer act eons

hunting dog soon came running by their

master and as he called to silence them

the goddess had done exactly as she said

and transformed him into a deer he began

to run into the woods being pursued by

his own dogs that would eventually catch

up with him and tear him into pieces

the story of Actium is now thought to

represent the act of human sacrifice in

order to appease the gods the story of

Scipio T's is quite similar to that of

Actium the young boy came across Artemis

in the spring when she was bathing and

as a punishment she transformed him into

a young girl

the story of the alidade Giants is one

when we see Artemis herself transform

into an animal the two drawings marched

from Mount Olympus of the intention of

taking the goddesses as their own

Artemis transformed herself into a deer

and darted in between the two giants as

they attempted to spear the animal they


instead impaling each other in another

version of this story Artemis was

overpowered by the two giants and just

as they were about to impale her her

brother Apollo came to her aid placing a

deer in between them causing the two

giants to once again impale each other

although Artemis may have been

considered as somewhat of a secondary

deity she was still vastly important to

most women as she was looked to when

they needed the protection until they

were ready to marry if you've ever heard

the expression I prefer the company of

animals to humans it's one that

definitely applies to Artemis she spent

very little time amongst mortals and

other gods and when she did it was quite

often followed by tragedy this could

have been a reason why Artemis remained

so devoted to maintaining her virginity

and spent most of her time caring for

animals at times Artemis does appear as

quite a fair and just goddess but she

did not hesitate to kill those who

attempted to wronged her the majority of

those slain by Artemis either

dishonoured her or the wildlife she

cared for Artemis has quickly become one

of my favorite goddesses as she presents

us of an almost perfect mix she's known

to be extremely caring protective and

nurturing but at the same time if she

feels threatened or disrespected her

actions are ruthless and she will have


a caring and nurturing figure but yet a

warrior Huntress to me autumn s is not

your stereotypical goddess as she

presents traits that we would associate

with both male and female gods his

Artemis our goddess that you can relate

to or do you prefer any of the other

goddesses let me know in the comments

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