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Reflections from Artemis

Joy R.
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What do bees have to do with Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt?

If you had attended the In Her Name Circle on August 12 you would have learned that at the site ofthe ancient Temple of Artemis near Ephesus, Turkey, an unusual marble statue of Artemis was uncovered, adorned with animals and fertility symbols, including bees. While we tend to think of Artemis as a virgin goddess, paradoxically, she was also a fertility goddess and bees are powerful symbols of this. The

priestesses who worshipped Artemis were called “Melissas” (a name for bees), and one scholar has speculated that these priestesses practiced divine birth – impregnating themselves without male assistance. Bees also provide a clue that Artemis might have origins in a more ancient archetype.

Artemis may have been an outgrowth of the ancient Egyptian goddess, Neith, who was a self-creating mother goddess from the fourth millennium BCE. Both were virgin goddesses, both were frequently depicted with bow and arrows, and both were goddesses of the hunt. Temples to Neith were called: “House of the Bee.”

At our goddess circle honoring Artemis, we explored these theories and how Artemis, as an Amazon goddess of the hunt, could help us hit our goals. The circle culminated in a magical goal achievement ritual.

What obstacles prevent you from achieving your goals? By acknowledging these obstacles first, you can use the energies of Artemis to work past them, take aim, and strike your target.

If you missed last week’s circle, sign up to download my free eBook with more information on Artemis and affirmations you can use to work with her divine energies.

You can also visit the products page on my website and download the guided visualization or an audio slide presentation on Artemis. http://celebratedivin...­.
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