Sunday, March 14, 2010

Goddess of the Week

Artemis is this week's Goddess, chosen for the first time. She's Greek, the Goddess of wild things and of birth, and is so old She may well date back to the Neolithic.

Now, you'll have to forgive me. For some reason I spent the early part of this week not just an hour off but a day off (I spent all day Monday thinking it was Sunday, for example, and so forgot to renew my library books, then forgot that this post was supposed to have been done yesterday). And on top of that, right now, though I should be writing a long lovely post on Artemis I'm afraid I'm, well, not exactly feeling up to par physically, to the point where I think I'm going to actually go to bed early, something which is wildly uncharacteristic of me. So, although I don't have anywhere near the energy to do the usual write-up on Artemis for the week, still, since I had picked Her I thought I should at least let you know. Also I felt odd just leaving the card in limbo in an unpublished post.

Perhaps picking this card is relevant; I've always taken it to be a sign that it's time to honor and defend your boundaries, which are in part delineated by knowing where your limits lie. And right now I think I need to go lie down. Don't worry, I'm sure I'll be fine tomorrow.

In the meantime, why don't you all give an interpretation a go? What does Artemis mean to you? What do you feel when you see Her? What is She doing? Why is She doing it? What does this card say to you about the coming week? What does She say to you?


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Artemis always called to me when I was a little girl because she was powerful and independent, living free of male control. She (and the other Virgin Greek Goddesses) were the only glimpses I had of an alternative life at that time. But then the women's movement came along, yay!

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Thalia said...

Yes, I'm fine today, as I figured I probably would be. Thanks.

Artemis is just so primal. In my mind She's very heavily associated with bears (which I don't like much myself; I'm with Stephen Colbert in finding them really really frightening). Which makes me think of winter and hibernation and caves, and which then makes my brain go way waaaaay back to like ice age stuff, to that archetypal Winter. The bear in the cave, pregnant with her cubs, waiting to emerge with them in spring, and the huntress walking the dark under the stars. That's Artemis to me.

Tina said...

My daughter just took up archery and is smashing at it, so I was delighted to see Artemis. I told my girl-child we were going to learn about Her, and then -- wow -- there She is.

I too think of bears and boundaries, dark places and moving into starlight. For me, Her appearance now reminds me of the power of aim and focus, even in wildness. The sense of being virgin as being sovereign. And the clarity that comes from setting limits and standing toes-to-the-line with them.

I'm glad you're fine. I'm glad you honored yourself and your readers by doing what you needed to do to make it so.