Artemis


Artemis: Greek Amazomian Moon Goddess

Artemis is the goddess of the wild. She is the daughter of Zeus and the Titaness Leto and a creature with rather strange habits. She is reputed to be a virgin and prefers roaming the mountains with her band of nymphs to the companionship of males.

She is also vengeful and King Agamemnon found his fleet stranded by contrary winds after he killed a stag that was sacred to Artemis. In return for favouring winds he had to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia to Artemis and she blew up a storm.

Artemis could cast powerful spells as Acteon found out when he stumbled onto a naked Artemis bathing in a stream. She promptly turned him into a stag and his hunting dogs chased him down and tore him apart.

The Romans identified Artemis with their own goddess Diana, also a goddess of light as well as the wild.