Monday, February 11, 2008

The birth of Artemis

6th Anthesterion, 2784

Today is sacred to Artemis - and specifically as a celebration of her birth.

Artemis, and her younger twin brother Apollon, were born on the island of Delos to Leto. According to the myths, Artemis was born first so that she could assist her mother in childbirth. As an adult she joined Hera (her step-mother by marriage to her father, Zeus) as co-patron of childbirth; she protected pregnant women, children ante and post partum, and girls until marriage.

Like her brother, Apollo, Artemis shot arrows that could kill instantly; whenever a young woman died a quick and painless death, she was said to have been hit with one of Artemis' silver arrows.

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