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.
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.