Showing posts with label Goddess Artemis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Goddess Artemis. Show all posts

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Goddess Artemis

Goddess Artemis-
Goddess Artemis
Good Afternoon my Dear Friends and Followers for today's post I am going into the Legend of the Goddess Artemis on an Request of a New friend. So have a sit, relax and have a good read on the Goddess Artemis...
The Goddess Artemis was the Daughter of Zeus and Leto, twin sister of Apollo. And was born on the island of Ortygia translation Delos Greek island, where Leto had found shelter after being hunted by the lawful wife of Zeus, Hera. As soon as Artemis was born, she helped her mother Leto give birth to her twin brother, thereby becoming the protector of childbirth and labour. Soon after her brothers Apollo birth, Artemis asked her father Zeus to grant her eternal Chastity and Virginity, thence never gave into any potential lovers and was devoted to hunting, thee moon and nature environment. Artemis rejected marriage and love. I found in a lot ways the Goddess Artemis was like the eldest daughter Hestia. According to the Greek Mythology and the Olympians, the Goddess Hestia was the first born daughter of Rhea and Kronus.  She to, asked Zeus for Divine eternal Chastity and Virginity. To be a Divinity Maiden and Goddess. The Goddess Hestia was also the goddess of the Goddess of the hearth ~Hestia~ and the hearth itself was the sacred asylum where suppliants implored the protection of the inhabitants of the house. Basically The Goddess Hestia would always give protection to the homes of all the mortals at the time and give protection to all the inhabitants in the house too.
So hence both goddess Artemis and Hestia were protector's of the Gods of Greece and of
Goddess Artemis
Olympias in a sorta kinda way. The Goddess Artemis was the protector of Nature and the hunt; both wild and tame animals were under her protection. She also was the protector of the lakes,marshes, agriculture, birds & animal herding too.  It seems that the beautiful Goddess Artemis appeared in a number of different myths/legends. She was the patron of the girl-child, and her health and well-being, entertainment and protection. She would embodied the spirit of hunting, and was the huntress of souls. She protected the wild places and the animals within these places; to her she was known the deep places in Nature where one could rest and regain their strength. The Romans equated her with the Goddess Diana.
The Goddess Artemis was also the Goddess of Disease, sickness and sudden death in maidens. In later Hellenistic times, she became a goddess of childbirth and fertility, assuming the role of the Goddess Eileithyia. She was often depicted with an crescent of the moon above
her forehead and was also identified with Selene (Goddess of the Moon). Her main vocation was to roam in the mountain forests and to uncultivated land with her nymphs in attendance,
for hunting for lions, panthers, hinds and stags. Contradictory to the hunting of the animals, she also helped in protecting and seeing to their well-being,safety and reproduction of new animals within her forest. She was armed with bows and arrows which were made by
The Beautiful Goddess Artemis
Hephaestus and the Cyclopes. Violence for itself was abhorrent to her, however she was swift to deal out punishment to her offenders, especially those who threatened or harassed women both mortal, nymphs and goddess too. It seems that the Goddess Artemis besides being quite beautiful and brilliant from a very early age, she gained the appreciation of most of the other gods of Olympus other than maybe Hera. Since the age of 3-years , the goddess had specific requirements relating to the clothing, equipment and the sequence of her most favorite activity which was hunting. She was a child who knew what she wanted and was very stable and rigid in her decisions. Also her father Zeus admired her for her perseverance and because of her versatility, the Great God Zeus and Father, harbored a great affection for her and was satisfying all her desires. As I have meant early in the post, one of the greatest gifts that her Father, the Great God Zeus gave to her was the eternal purity and virginity at the request of her daughter Artemis. She keep her word to her father by being faithful and steady in what she wished and committed to, the maiden Goddess Artemis never tarnished her ethics or even her character. Serious and proud, she maintained her purity, defying any erotic sieges and assaults. Since she was so dedicated to hunting and all nature, the goddess was unconcerned about the joys of marriage and the pleasures of love. She also demanded this innocence and virginity not only of herself but of her Nymphs that surrounded her and those that would honor her with their services as well.
Goddess Artemis
Changing Alpheus the
River God into a Stag
However, there was a time that the Goddess was faced with an incident. In which the relentless goddess was put to test with her principles, of that she almost never forgave anyone. What I mean by this is: Any impropriety against her or any of her devoted Nymphs that surrounded her and believed her principles would deserved her punishment. What I mean by this is that her deadly arrows would continuously aim at either mortals, god, and heroes who would ignored her existence or neglected her principles and worship.
Of Course there would be a time someone would see the beautiful Goddess bathing nude and the stories be hided the tale are many... I know of three versions...
As I said there were many versions of the Goddess and suitors that would try to show their affection to the virgin Goddess. OF all the Gods and men, there was only but one that had won her heart, and that was Orion. Only he was accidentally killed by either the Goddess herself or Gaea  with an Scorpion. How, the the myths goes is, that the River god Alpheus, was in love with the goddess Artemis, however, when he realized that he could do nothing to win her heart. He decided to capture her. So Artemis, who was with her companions at Letrenoi, went to Alpheus, and suspicious of the River gods motives, she covered her face with mud so that the river god didn't recognize her. In another tale of the rape of the goddess, Alphaeus tried to rape Artemis attendant Arethusa. So Artemis pitied Arethusa and saved her by transforming Arethusa into a spring in the Artemis temple, Artemis Alphaea in Letrini, where the goddess and her attendants drank. Well, the tale doesn't end there my friends! Bouphagus, the son of the Titan Iapetus, saw the goddess Artemis and thought about raping her too. Reading his sinful thoughts, Artemis struck him at Mount Pholoe. Then there was the myth of Actaeon, he was a hunting companion too of the beautiful goddess Artemis - and at some point he too saw the goddess naked bathing in a spring and tried to rape her too. As a punishment for this hunter, the goddess transformed him into a stag and his hounds killed him. Other version say that the goddess dogs kill him well in a stag form. I have found in all the different companions that the goddess had in her hunting, it seems that Orion was the only person to have won her heart
One of the Versions of the Death of her
many suitors 
However he was killed accidentally. One will never really known if she would have keep her vow of Chasity with her love for Orion. Lastly is the tale of Aktaionas, the of Autonois and Aristaeus, happened to see the Goddess Artemis naked, in the time she was taking her bath.
The Goddess, fearing that the incident would spread, transformed him into a deer and put his fifty dogs that always accompanied him to devour him.
In another case I found, Callisto, daughter of Lycaon and one of the attendants and followers of the Goddess Artemis in their hunts and thus she to had remained a virgin as well. Apparently Callisto was nearly killed by the arrows of the Goddess Artemis, because she was seduced by Zeus. Well, there of course is more to this tale. Zeus, can you believe this? Change changing his form to resemble Artemis, managed to seduce and rape her, impregnating her too. Callisto gave birth to Arcas, but later she was transformed into a bear either by Hera or Goddess Artemis. Arcas almost killed his mother, but Zeus stopped him and placed Callisto into the heavens as a constellation. According to other sources, both Callisto and Arcas were turned into the Ursa Minor and the Ursa Major Hippolytus, who was dedicated and worshiped her.
The Beautiful
Goddess Artemis
Constellations. This sickens me, that Zeus would do such a think to his daughter of Chasity and profound love to her father the Great God Zeus. To find a way to in secret to impregnate the Goddess Artemis, when over all those years she did everything to please her father the the Great King of the Gods. Shows how the female goddess are by far more powerful in their own right, and that for some reason the great Zeus might of felt threatened so maybe that is why he did it? For what ever reason I had to put in my two sense in.. opinion. Wendy. Finally, were back to Orion, the son of Poseidon, who was tragically killed, because according to a myth he had mated with the goddess of dawn Enos. or it could be that he might have boasted that he was a bit better than the goddess Artemis at archery. However, the Goddess had a soft spot for all children and adolescents too. Young men and women who maintained their innocence and who lived according to her principle were always favored and were constantly under her protection too. Indeed, even though Hippolytus, was a keen hunter and horse tamer, he had dedicated his life tot he beautiful Goddess Artemis and the ideals that she professed too. Even during that time with the goddess, there was no challenge between them, no woman was ever able to lure him away. Not even, Phaedra wife of Theseus, wasn't able to charm or seduce the hunter Hippolytus. His exemplary behavior touched the goddess who gave him prizes, glory and eternal memory to his name after his death. It seems that the Goddess faced many challenges in her life as a Goddess. When she had to face with reluctance the duel between her brother and Poseidon it was with a very negative attitude. Mostly because it was her twin bother was to face the Might God of all the seas and it seems that the one who was involved with the whole duel was Hera. The Goddess was so enraged at her behavior and furiously she started beating her with her own arrows.
Goddess Artemis
Food, Animals harvest
One of the main features of this goddess was the Universal souvenirs of all nature. This means all Domestic and wild animals, fish in the waters and birds in the air were all under the goddess protection. As the goddess and protector of all nature - she was also considered responsible for both agriculture and for all livestock on the earth as well. Well, it seemed that some areas of worship were starting to fail and verger away from the goddess ways, from the bountiful harvest and fertile of animals. So in contrast, many of the area's of Greece didn't comply with their obligations toward the goddess worship and care for the land. Hence by disregarding that she even existed they had to face the vengeful, rage and fury of the goddess Artemis, which meant the destruction of all their crops, food, and herds of animals that brought food. One or two final thoughts on the Goddess, it seems that Admetus and Oineas faced the anger of the Goddess Artemis, because of the neglect and indifference that they showed toward her. It seems that at Admetus wedding feast, he had forgotten to do a sacrifice, as required to the Goddess Artemis of every joyous occasion back in ancient times. Well, this just fueled the fire you could say for the Goddess Artemis, very angry by this irregularity, she sent to his bridal bedroom a herd of snakes, while she prepared to take his life, Apollo tried in vain to calm her down. Well, eventually Admetus persuaded the Fates to spare his life and in return to get someone Else's, that is close to him life. The only one that was willing was his wife Alcestis, who offered her life to the Fates. However, in the very last moments before Admetus wife Alcestis on their wedding day was to go before Hades descending into his world, Heracles intervention and saved Alcestis. So There you have the goddess Artemis who was one of the most beautiful and most elegant goddess of Olympus. The ancient Greeks really admired her. They imagined her tall, with graceful beauty, imperious posture and proud walking too. Overall she was very energetic, hard and restless goddess. I hope that you all Enjoy the post on the Goddess

Artemis. I Enjoyed doing the the post. Love to all this coming Christmas season

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