• Yolanda McAdam

Artemis and You

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

The Goddess most often associated with the sign of Sagittarius is Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt and the protector of women. Known as Diana to the Romans, Artemis was associated with wild animals but also domesticated animals as she roamed the forests with her dogs. Animals sacred to Artemis include the stag, hare, doe and quail as well as the bear and lioness. These animals represent her elusiveness and gentleness as well as her regality and destructive power.

The tall, lovely and fiercely independent daughter of Zeus and the Titan Goddess of modesty and kindness, Leto, Artemis, was three years old when she was brought before her father and her other divine relatives. Zeus was so taken by his beautiful daughter that he offered to give her whatever her heart desired and Artemis asked for a bow and arrows, a pack of hounds to hunt with, a chiton (a short dress, worn casually with one breast bare), nymphs to accompany her, wilderness to roam in and eternal chastity.

Artemis was determined to remain a Virgin. The word “virgin” in those days was used to describe an unmarried woman who was autonomous, independent and untied. It did not mean she was untouched.