►Greek Mythology: “Artemis´Dual Archetype” / “Collaboration with Resa McConaghy and Mirjana M. Inalman”🌛🏹.
Artemis (Roman Equivalent: Diana) is often depicted in two ways: as a huntress goddess and as the goddess of the Moon.
Artemis was the first-born child of Zeus and Leto. Her mother was forbidden by jealous Hera to give birth anywhere on the earth but the floating island of Delos provided her sanctuary. Immediately after her birth, Artemis helped her mother deliver Apollo for which she is sometimes called a goddess of childbirth.
Before Artemis became goddess of the moon, the Titaness Selene owned the Moon chariot, which she drove across the sky at night. When Typhon began his path of destruction to Mount Olympus, Selene rode into battle with the moon chariot. Therefore, soon after, Artemis was the legatee of the carriage. In the same way, Apollo received the Chariot of the Sun, once the sun of Helios became identified with him.
Furthermore, in Greek mythology, there are many goddesses associated with the moon. These include Selene, the personification of the moon itself, Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, and Hecate, the goddess of crossroads and witchcraft.
Together Artemis, Selene and Hecate embody the phases of the moon. Many depictions of Selene show her wearing a crescent moon, and one of Hecate’s symbols includes the dark circle of the new moon.
Artemis is one of the goddesses that make up the triple goddess symbol:
•The Maiden -waxing moon- Artemis, represents the huntress on earth
•The Mother -full moon- Selene, represents the moon in the heavens
•The Crone -waning moon- Hecate, represents the underworld
Probably the state of the moon was given to Artemis solely to compliment the depiction of her twin brother Apollo, the Sun God, during the time when the blending of the Greek and Roman Pantheon took place.
In her two sides, Artemis is mostly seen as the Goddess of Hunt, where she wears a short tunic with her hair into a ponytail, holding a bow and quiver and mostly with her golden stag. When she is the Goddess of the Moon, she wears a long gossamer dress and has her hair held up.
In contrast to the primarily social community that made up the Greek Pantheon, Artemis has been depicted throughout mythos as keeping fairly isolated.
When Artemis was presented to Zeus for the first time as a small child, the father bequeathed his child whatever she desired.
Artemis is, moreover, like Apollo, unmarried.
She is a maiden divinity never conquered by love. The priests and priestesses devoted to her service were bound to live pure and chaste, and transgressions of their vows of chastity were severely punished.
However, Jean Bolen in her book “Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Every woman” clarifies that the term “virgin” does not necessarily denotes “chastity”, but rather that a woman governed by the Artemis´archetype is “psychologically virginal”, free and untamed. She may love but she will never give herself over entirely, or her freedom will be at risk.
Artemis ´s love towards Orion, the sole icon of romantic love, ends tragically.
This second part of the post on Artemis consists of a collaboration with Resa McConaghy and Mirjana M. Inalman.
Resa is an artist and costume designer from Canada.
Mirjana (AKA Oloriel) is a Serbian artist, writer and poet.
Resa invited us to join us in a project aiming to recreate Artemis´manifold attributes.
Taking into account the purposes of this project, Resa created a beautiful gown based on Artemis while Mirjana wrote a great poem as a poetic tribute to the goddess .
So, with that being said, let´s move on to the collaboration at issue!.
Resa created a stunning gown. She named it “Artemis by Moonlight”. She chose an abstract animal print and copper satin for the tails.
She painted part of the fabric with iridescent metallic paint. Besides she added satin tubes and braids to adorn the gown. Both the rounded tail and the moon shaped copper amulet mimic Artemis as the Goddess of the Moon. The ending product stands out! 😀
Want to see more?. Please check out Resa´s post “Artemis by Moonlight”, on her blog Art Gowns.
(Disclaimer: All photographs below were taken by Resa and featured on her blog.”Artemis by Moonlight” . Artgown by © Resa McConaghy. 2017).-
Invoking the Huntress
The crescent beckons a heave,
a touch upon your corners,
a light brewing
not like a thunderstorm, or a torrent,
but a sickle ready to brand you
you will be
like two eyes among the pines,
as she lowers her hips downwards,
descends her bow to your forehead;
she tramples your heart with her deer,
her name preaches – You can be here, free;
free in the forest of flesh,
a dancing hunter among the cypress.
She will give you the bear – to fold his head before you.
She will give you the wolf – its maw now your sisterhood.
She will give you the boar – the towns named after your sins but dust beneath him.
She will give you the stag – the horns ripping the night itself to drip
over mouths of dirty gold
whispering her hymns.
Her Kingdom atop the arrowhead
more eternal than the sway of day,
the wilderness, soft and pure, and nectar
grow out the belly
it not fetter the beasts,
let them run through her chambers of your bones and chest;
let her tame them with a single breath.
Her name, like a dream of ground
wet with vine, sizzling like fire
over which the prey darkens,
her innocence unlike any altar,
her savagery unlike any temple,
and the winds grasp for air;
Ursa major sticking from her untouched hair,
a moonlight promise,
a devotion of flame
made of her vestibule,
her name, Artemis.
© Mirjana M. Inalman. 2017 .-