Monday, February 25, 2008

Artemis

Seems I've been up and down Memory Lane often this week. A few things have conspired to make this blog. And hopefully I won't have to re-write it (again!) thanks to a myspace "technical error". (copy/paste)

Artemis(Diana)-the daughter of Zeus and Leto. Her twin brother is Apollo.
She is the lady of the wild things and protector of the young.
She became associated with the moon.
She is a virgin goddess, and the goddess of chastity.
She also presides over childbirth, which may seem odd for a virgin,
but goes back to causing Leto no pain when she was born.
The cypress is her tree. All wild animals are scared to her, especially the deer.

When Zeus asked Artemis what presents she wanted for her third birthday she responded without hesitation that she wanted six things:

~ to be allowed to live without having to be distracted by love and marriage,
~ a bow and arrow just like her brother's,
~ a hunting costume and freedom from having to dress up like a lady,
~ the job of bringing light into the world,
~sixty young nymphs to be her companions and to help care for her hunting dogs, and
~all the mountains on the earth to live on.

Zeus was amused by her precociousness and happily granted the little goddess Artemis her wishes. Even at this tender age it was clear that Artemis was going to be the most independent of the goddesses, one who thrived on challenges!

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