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Flashback 2013 Ostara Celebration


“Finally, winter is losing its grip on the land and life is starting to emerge. But this season is wild and untamed. One day may be warm and springlike, but the next could dump one last shot of snow. Nature keeps us guessing, and we will never tame her energy. With that in mind, the Greek Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis, is a perfect deity to work with on this sabbat. The eternal Virgin, the untamed wild, and free huntress of the forests and of the night. Associated with the Moon, fertility, and childbirth. Artemis protects the wild, unspoiled places in nature and is naturally connected with the growing season. Her symbol, the waxing crescent Moon, is visible in the night sky right now. So call upon Artremis and allow her to bring her movement, courage and a sense of freedom into your celebration of the spring.

Artemis, the brave and wild huntress, hear my  cry,

Your symbol, the waxing Moon shines down from the sky

Eternal Maiden, you represent fertility,

At the Vernal Equinox, send your blessings to me.”

Copyright 1999 Ellen Dugan Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook Page 51


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Witchy Tidbits – Orionids/St Ursula

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Witchy Tidbits – Orionids/St Ursula


The cathedral of Cologne was built during the late 4th or early 5th century on the site of a tomb of a group of virgin martyrs. This story developed into a legend about Ursula, a British princess, who in order to avoid an unwanted marriage to a pagan prince, went on a pilgrimage to Rome with some companions. They were murdered by the Huns on their way home. The number of her companions changes from the early number of ten to eleven thousand. Ursula is the patron of girls’ schools.

Helen Farias says Ursula was originally the German bear goddess, Orsel, and wonders if her companions are the stars in the sky surrounding the constellation of the Bear. Ursa Major, the great She-Bear known to us as the Plough or Dipper. The monthly position of the Bear Goddess’s tail at nightfall was used to announce the arrival of the seasons. The Great Bear was known to the Greeks as Artemis and in the Far East as Ma Tsu Po, Queen of Heaven.

On Norway, on this day, no work was to be done that involved using the wheel, such as spinning, milling, etc., suggesting a fascinating connection with the goddess of Fate (see October 19).

Farias, Helen, “The TBP Lunar-Solar Festival Calendar,” The Beltane Papers, Issue 3, Beltane 1993.

The Bear:
The bear is a powerful symbol. Archaeologists have claimed that the bear is the oldest deity, based on the niches found in caves across Europe which hold the bones and skulls of bears, arranged with evident care. The word “bear” in English is related to maternity, as in “to bear” children. Bear mothers are known for their devotion. Buffie Johnson’s book contains a reproduction of a bear sculpture from 5th century BCE Yugoslavia showing a bear cradling her cub like a Madonna.

Throughout the northern lands, bears are treated with great reverence. Some Scandinavian families claim bears as ancestors. The word mangi means bear in some Siberian dialects but “spirit of ancestors” in others. Lapp shamans transform themselves into bears when they drum. The word for a Siberian woman-shaman is the same as the word for bear.

In his fascinating book, Dawn Behind the Dawn, Geoffrey Ashe explores the association of the Greek Goddess, Artemis, with bears. In one myth, she transforms, Callisto, one of her maidens who has angered her, into a bear and then assigns her to the heavens as the constellation Ursa Major. At the temple of Artemis in Brauronia, during a festival held every five years, two young girls aged five and ten wore yellow bearskin robes and performed the bear dance. Ashe postulates that Indo-European tribes brought from the Northern countries the image of a Bear Goddess, associated with the Big Dipper, who became Artemis in Greece.
Ashe, Geoffrey, Dawn Behind the Dawn, Holt 1992
Johnson, Buffie, Lady of the Beasts, Harper San Francisco 1988

Orionids Meteor Showers
The Orionids meteor shower, named after the constellation Orion because the radiant (point from which the meteors seem to emanate) is located just above Orion’s left shoulder, usually peaks on October 21st. Tony Phillips suggests getting up before dawn and looking at any dark part of the sky about 90 degrees away from Orion.

I’ve always wondered if these shooting stars were the original inspiration for the legend of Ursula’s thousand maidens but perhaps not. Gary Kronk, who also tracks meteors on the web, says the Orionids were first identified in 1839.

Kronk, Gary, “The Orionids,”
Phillips, Tony, “Halley’s Comet Returns in Bits and Pieces,” Science@NASA website

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A Ritual to Honor Artemis

A Ritual to Honor Artemis

By Dawn “Belladonna” Thomas

On the night of a full moon I would celebrate Artemis. I would start the evening by preparing the altar by covering it with a red cloth. On the altar, place three red candles, a bell, a red apple, and an animal figurine. Patchouli incense is good to use for this ritual. I become a warrior as I sit in front of my altar. I then invoke the Goddess Artemis.

As I light the first candle, I will say:

Great Goddess Artemis, with your warrior’s eyes, I ask you to help me see my goals and realize my potential. I need to give my full attention to the moment and see opportunities as they arise. Help me fulfill my promise to develop my natural talents so that I can become more true to myself. Teach me to see new situations as welcome challenges that I can manage with success.

(I then will write down my talents and my goals. I will make a date to attain these goals.)

As I light the second candle, I will say:

Artemis, Goddess of Adventure, help me approach my life as a series of adventures, finding the meaning and excitement in my everyday experiences. I want to take charge and meet challenges head on and with courage. Help me let go of my fears so I can be and courageous like you.

(I will write down all the adventurous tasks I want to try.)

As I light the third candle, I will say:

Artemis, I am fair and honest with those around me. Lend me your independent spirit and unwillingness to compromise what is important. Help me from sacrificing my own ideals while trying to please others. Tonight, I will attune my body and move with your grace and physical vitality.

(I will write affirmations for self-improvement.)

Thank you, Artemis, for joining me tonight. Thank you for being the champion of women. You have reminded me to appreciate the women in my life along with the companionship and courage they give me.

Blessed Be.

At the end of the ritual, I would extinguish the candles and leave the apple for the wildlife to enjoy. I will place the three notes in a visible place so that I can see them often.

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by Ron Leadbetter


The daughter of Leto and Zeus, and the twin of Apollo. Artemis is the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals, and fertility (she became a goddess of fertility and childbirth mainly in cities). She was often depicted with the crescent of the moon above her forehead and was sometimes identified with Selene (goddess of the moon). Artemis was one of the Olympians and a virgin goddess. Her main vocation was to roam mountain forests and uncultivated land with her nymphs in attendance hunting for lions, panthers, hinds and stags. Contradictory to the later, she helped in protecting and seeing to their well-being, also their safety and reproduction. She was armed with a bow and arrows which were made by Hephaestus and the Cyclopes.

In one legend, Artemis was born one day before her brother Apollo. Her mother gave birth to her on the island of Ortygia, then, almost immediately after her birth, she helped her mother to cross the straits over to Delos, where she then delivered Apollo. This was the beginning of her role as guardian of young children and patron of women in childbirth. Being a goddess of contradictions, she was the protectress of women in labor, but it was said that the arrows of Artemis brought them sudden death while giving birth. As was her brother, Apollo, Artemis was a divinity of healing, but also brought and spread diseases such as leprosy, rabies and even gout.

Being associated with chastity, Artemis at an early age (in one legend she was three years old) asked her father, the great god Zeus, to grant her eternal virginity. Also, all her companions were virgins. Artemis was very protective of her purity, and gave grave punishment to any man who attempted to dishonor her in any form. Actaeon, while out hunting, accidentally came upon Artemis and her nymphs, who bathing naked in a secluded pool. Seeing them in all their naked beauty, the stunned Actaeon stopped and gazed at them, but when Artemis saw him ogling them, she transformed him into a stag. Then, incensed with disgust, she set his own hounds upon him. They chased and killed what they thought was another stag, but it was their master. As with Orion, a giant and a great hunter, there are several legends which tell of his death, one involving Artemis. It is said that he tried to rape the virgin goddess, so killed him with her bow and arrows. Another says she conjured up a scorpion which killed Orion and his dog. Orion became a constellation in the night sky, and his dog became Sirius, the dog star. Yet another version says it was the scorpion which stung him and was transformed into the constellation with Orion, the later being Scorpio. Artemis was enraged when one of her nymphs, Callisto, allowed Zeus to seduce her, but the great god approached her in one of his guises; he came in the form of Artemis. The young nymph was unwittingly tricked, and she gave birth to Arcas, the ancestor of the Arcadians, but Artemis showed no mercy and changed her into a bear. She then shot and killed her. As Orion, she was sent up to the heavens, and became the constellation of the Great Bear (which is also known as the Plough).

Artemis was very possessive. She would show her wrath on anyone who disobeyed her wishes, especially against her sacred animals. Even the great hero Agamemnon came upon the wrath of Artemis, when he killed a stag in her sacred grove. His punishment came when his ships were becalmed, while he made his way to besiege Troy. With no winds to sail his ships he was told by the seer Calchas that the only way Artemis would bring back the winds was for him to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia. Some versions say he did sacrifice Iphigenia, others that Artemis exchanged a deer in her place, and took Iphigenia to the land of the Tauri (the Crimea) as a priestess, to prepare strangers for sacrifice to Artemis.

Artemis with her twin brother, Apollo, put to death the children of Niobe. The reason being that Niobe, a mere mortal, had boasted to Leto, the mother of the divine twins, that she had bore more children, which must make her superior to Leto. Apollo being outraged at such an insult on his mother, informed Artemis. The twin gods hunted them down and shot them with their bows and arrows; Apollo killed the male children and Artemis the girls.

Artemis was worshiped in most Greek cities but only as a secondary deity. However, to the Greeks in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) she was a prominent deity. In Ephesus, a principal city of Asia Minor, a great temple was built in her honor, which became one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”. But at Ephesus she was worshiped mainly as a fertility goddess, and was identified with Cybele the mother goddess of eastern lands. The cult statues of the Ephesian Artemis differ greatly from those of mainland Greece, whereas she is depicted as a huntress with her bow and arrows. Those found at Ephesus show her in the eastern style, standing erect with numerous nodes on her chest. There have been many theories as to what they represent. Some say they are breasts, others that they are bulls testes which were sacrificed to her. Which is the true interpretation remains uncertain, but each represent fertility.

There were festivals in honor of Artemis, such as the Brauronia, which was held in Brauron; and the festival of Artemis Orthia, held at Sparta, when young Spartan boys would try to steal cheeses from the altar. As they tried they would be whipped, the meaning of Orthia and the nature of the ritual whipping has been lost and there is no logical explanation or translation. Among the epithets given to Artemis are: Potnia Theron (mistress of wild animals) this title was mentioned by the great poet Homer; Kourotrophos (nurse of youth’s); Locheia (helper in childbirth); Agrotera (huntress); and Cynthia (taken from her birthplace on Mount Cynthus on Delos). When young girls reached puberty they were initiated into her cult, but when they decided to marry, which Artemis was not against, they were asked to lay in front of the altar all the paraphernalia of their virginity, toys, dolls and locks of their hair, they then left the domain of the virgin goddess.



Encyclopedia Mythica

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Fast Facts on Artemis

Fast Facts on Artemis

Greek goddess of wild things



Get to know the basics about the Greek goddess of wild things – Artemis.

Artemis’ Appearance: Usually, an eternally young woman, beautiful and vigorous, wearing a short costume which leaves her legs free. At Ephesus, Artemis wears a controversial costume which may represent many breasts, fruits, honeycombs, or parts of sacrificed animals. Scholars are undecided on how to interpret her outfit.

Artemis’ Symbol or Attribute: Her bow, which she uses to hunt, and her hounds. She often wears the lunar crescent on her brow.

Strengths/Talents: Physically strong, able to defend herself, defender and guardian of women in childbirth and of wildlife in general.

Weaknesses/Flaws/Quirks: Dislikes men, who she sometimes orders torn apart if they see her bathing. Opposes the institution of marriage and the subsequent loss of freedom it entails for women.

Parents of Artemis: Zeus and Leto

Birthplace of Artemis: The island of Delos, where she was born under a palm tree along with her twin brother Apollo. Other islands make a similar claim; however, Delos actually has a palm tree rising from the center of a swampy area which is pointed out as the sacred spot.

Spouse: None. She runs with her maidens in the forests.

Children: None. She is a virgin goddess and does not mate with anyone.

Some Major Temple Sites: Brauron (also called Vravrona), outside of Athens. She is also at Ephesus (now in Turkey) where she had a renowned temple of which a single column remains. The Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, the port of Athens, has some remarkable bigger-than-life-size bronze statues of Artemis. The island of Leros in the Dodecanese island group is considered to be one of her special favorites.

Basic Story: Artemis is a freedom-loving young woman who likes to roam the forests with her female companions. She doesn’t care for city life and keeps to the natural, wild environment. Those who peek at her or her maidens when they are bathing may be torn apart by her hounds. She has a special connection with swampy and marshy areas, as well as with forests.

Despite her ever-virgin status, she was considered to be a goddess of childbirth as well. Women would pray to her for a quick, safe, and easy childbirth.

Interesting Facts:

Though Artemis didn’t care much for men, young boys were welcome to study at her sanctuary at Brauron. Statues of both young boys and girls have survived and can be seen at the Brauron Museum.

Some scholars assert that the Artemis of Ephesus was actually a completely different goddess than the Greek Artemis. Britomartis, an early Minoan goddess whose name is believed to mean “Sweet Maiden” or “Sparkling Rocks”, may be a forerunner of Artemis – the last six letters of Britomartis’ name form a kind of anagram of Artemis. Another powerful early Minoan goddess, Dictynna, “of the nets”, was added in to the Artemis legend as either the name of one of her nymphs or as an extra title of Artemis herself. In her role as a goddess of childbirth, Artemis worked with, absorbed, or was seen as a form of the Minoan goddess Eileithyia, who presided over the same aspect of life. Artemis is also seen as a form of the later Roman goddess, Diana.

Common misspellings:
Artemus, Artamis, Artemas, Artimas, Artimis. The correct or at least most widely accepted spelling is Artemis.


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Calendar of the Moon for March 6th

Calendar of the Moon

6 Fearn/Elaphebolion

Elaphebolia: Day of Artemis

Colors: Silver, white, and pale green
Element: Earth
Altar: On a white cloth place woodland vines and branches, a silver crescent moon, a bow and arrow, incense of cypress, a chalice of white wine, and the figures of many deer.
Offerings: Stag-shaped cakes of dough, honey, and sesame called “elaphoi”, placed on the altar. Make a promise and keep your word. Give something to women in need.
Daily Meal: Venison is best, or else rabbit or quail.

Invocation to Artemis

Hail, Lady of the deer hunt!
You who are both hunter and hunted,
You who wield the bow
And bring the prey to their knees,
You who are the doe
Who flees and eludes the pursuers,
Come to us and bless our hunt!
We too seek in the darkness,
We too flee through the darkness,
We too are both predator and prey.
Virgin of the crescent moon,
Implacable one with silver gaze
Who is called She Who Slays,
Fearless huntress, skilled tracker,
Shy deer who runs from our
Groping hands and clumsy feet,
Ray of moonlight that shows
Secrets beneath the forest leaves
That are glimpsed once and then
Never seen again in our lifetimes,
Archer with the fierce pack
Who hounds us through our weaknesses
And will not let us compromise,
Remind us that to shun compromise is to remain true
To something that we must keep alive or lose.

New moon shining, Artemis, Artemis
(Pass around the chalice and pour out the rest as libation. Pass around the elaphoi and put the rest out for the woodland creatures as an offering.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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Today’s Quiz: Your Guiding Goddess for 2014

Quiz: Your Guiding Goddess for 2014

Which face of the Divine Feminine is by your side in this year, urging  and encouraging you to be the person you are meant to be? Take this quick quiz  to see which goddess is your guide:

Which statement is TRUE for you?

1. This year, what I long for MOST is freedom.

2. This year, what I long for MOST is a fresh start.

3. This year, what I long for MOST is love.

4. This year, what I long for MOST is to be healed.

5. This year, what I long for MOST is wisdom and learning.

6. This year, what I long for MOST is creativity.

If you answered TRUE to 1, ARTEMIS is your goddess. To the ancient Greeks,  this goddess was a feisty, wild woods-dweller, in tune with nature and animals.  Artemis encourages us to connect with the outdoors, with animals, and with our  own fiercely independent spirits.

If you answered TRUE to 2, KALI is your goddess. This Hindu deity is the one  to call if something in your life needs to go in order to make room for  something new. Kali destroys what is stale so that new life can come in.

If you answered TRUE to 3, VENUS is your goddess. If love relationships or  the longing for love are paramount for you this year, the Roman goddess Venus  can help you to open your heart.

If you answered TRUE to 4, KWAN YIN is your goddess. This Asian bodhisattva  is the most prayed-to deity on earth. Kwan Yin reminds us that the healing power  of her understanding and compassion are always available to you.

If you answered TRUE to 5, ATHENA is your goddess. The ancient Greek goddess  of wisdom and learning is often shown companioned by an owl, the traditional  wisdom-bird to many. If you desire deep wisdom or want to do well in some course  of study, Athena will help you to clear your mind.

If you answered TRUE to 6, BRIGID is your goddess. This fiery Celtic goddess  of poetry and crafting (among other things) is a great help in unlocking your  creative potential.

You might want to do a little research on your goddess, and then find images  or statues of her to remind you of her help and guidance as you follow your path  throughout the year.

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The Charge

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The Charge

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old, called amongst men,  Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arionhod, Bride and by many other names.
At mine Altar, the youths of Lacedemon in Sparta made due sacrifice. Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month  and better it be when the Moon is Full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and adore the Spirit of Me, who am Queen of all the Witcheries. Then  shall ye assemble, who are feign to learn all sorceries who have not as yet won my deepest secrets. To these will I teach that which is as yet unknown. And  ye shall be free from all slavery and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall sing, feast and make music, all in my presence. For mine is the ecstasy of  the Spirit and mine is also joy on earth. For my Law is love unto all beings. Keep pure your highest ideals, strive even towards them. Let none stop you or  turn you aside. For mine is the secret that opens upon the door of youth and mine is the Cup of the Wine of Life and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the  Holy Grail of Immortality. I am the Gracious Goddess who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man upon earth. I give the knowledge of the Spirit Eternal,  and beyond death I give peace and freedom and reunion with those that have gone before. Nor do I demand aught or sacrifice, for behold I am the Mother of all  things, and my love is poured out upon the earth.
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