Title: Goddess of the Hunt & Guardian of Atlantis
She is also called Cynthia, from her birthplace, Mount Cynthus in Delos.
Sibling: Apollo / Helios (twin of), Aphrodite, Vesta, and Athena
She is one of the 3 maiden goddesses of Olympus along with:
Golden Aphrodite who stirs with love for all creation,
The pure maiden Vesta, who cannot bend nor ensnare three hearts,
Gray-eyed Athena who cares but for war and the arts of the craftsman,
Artemis is the lover of woods and the wild chase over the mountain.
She is the lady of wild things, huntsman-in-chief to the gods, and an odd office for a woman. Like a good huntsman, she is careful to preserve the young; she is the protector of dewy youth everywhere. Nevertheless, with one of those startling contradictions so common in mythology, she kept the Greek Fleet from sailing to Troy until they sacrificed a maiden to her. In another story, too, she is fierce and revengeful. On the other hand, when women died a swift and painless death, they were held to have been slain by her arrows.
As Phoebus is the Sun, she is the Moon, called Phoebe and Selene (Luna in Latin). Neither name originally belonged to her. Phoebe is a Titan, one of the older Eternals. So to is Selene- a moon goddess, indeed one of the older Eternals. It is said she is the twin sister of Apollo while others claim it is Helios, as some tend to confuse the two.
Poets also identify Artemis with Hecate. She is the goddess with three forms, Selene in the sky, Artemis on Terra, and Hecate in the lower world and in the world above when it is wrapped in darkness. Hecate is the goddess of the dark of the moon, the black nights when the moon is hidden. She is associated with deeds of darkness, the Goddess of the Crossways, which are held to be ghostly places of evil magic. An awful divinity.
Hecate of hell,
Mighty to shatter every stubborn thing.
Hark! Hark! Her hounds are baying through the town.
Where three roads meet, there she is standing.
It is a strange transformation from the lovely Huntress flashing through the forest, from the Moon making all beautiful with her light, from the pure Maiden-Goddess from whom
Whoso is chaste of spirit utterly
May gather leaves and fruits and flowers.
The unchaste never.
In her is shown most vividly the uncertainty between good and evil which is apparent in every one of the divinities.
The cypress is sacred to her; and all wild animals, most especially the deer.
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