Artemis was also very competitive, and kept love at arm’s length, though she loved the hunter Orion the hunter. Cruelty and competitiveness have their place in our lives but so do sensuality and femininity.
Part of your ability to cope with life comes from knowing and respecting all your different aspects. Charlene has also written The Women’s Book of Empowerment: 323 Affirmations That Change Everyday Problems into Moments of Potential. Diana was worshiped in ancient Roman religion and is revered in Roman Neopaganism and Stregheria.
The celestial character of Diana is reflected in her connection with light, inaccessibility, virginity, and her preference for dwelling on high mountains and in sacred woods. These functions are apparent in the traditional institutions and cults related to the goddess. 1) The institution of the rex Nemorensis, Diana's sacerdos (priest) in the Arician wood, who held the position till someone else challenged and killed him in a duel, after breaking a branch from a certain tree of the wood. 2) Diana was also worshipped by women who wanted to be pregnant or who, once pregnant, prayed for an easy delivery. According to Dumezil the forerunner of all frame gods is an Indian epic hero who was the image (avatar) of the Vedic god Dyaus.
In Rome the cult of Diana should have been almost as old as the city itself as Varro mentions her in the list of deities to whom king Titus Tatius vowed a shrine.
Diana was worshipped at a festival on August 13, when King Servius Tullius, himself born a slave, dedicated her temple on the Aventine Hill in the mid-6th century BC.
Diana was regarded with great reverence by lower-class citizens and slaves; slaves could receive asylum in her temples.
According to Fran?oise HZl?ne Pairault's study, historical and archaeological evidence point to the fact that both Diana of the Aventine and Diana Nemorensis were the product of the direct or indirect influence of the cult of Artemis spread by the Phoceans among the Greek towns of Campania Cuma and Capua, which in turn passed it over to the Etruscans and the Latins by the VI and V centuries BC. The origin of the ritual of the rex Nemorensis should have to be traced to the legend of Orestes and Iphigenia more than that of Hippolitos. It looks as if the confrontation happened between two groups of Etruscans who fought for supremacy, those from Tarquinia, Vulci and Caere (allied with the Greeks of Capua) and those of Clusium. As far as Nemi's Diana is concerned there are two different versions, by Strabo and Servius Honoratus.
The iconographical analysis allows the dating of this image to the 6th century at which time there are Etruscan models.
Though some Roman patrons ordered marble replicas of the specifically Anatolian "Diana" of Ephesus, where the Temple of Artemis stood, Diana was usually depicted for educated Romans in her Greek guise.
The Arician wood sanctuary near the lake of Nemi was Latin confederal as testified by the dedicatory epigraph quoted by Cato. She had a shrine in Rome on the Aventine hill, according to tradition dedicated by king Servius Tullius.
Religion -- Diana's cult has been related in Early Modern Europe to the cult of Nicevenn (aka Dame Habond, Perchta, Herodiana, etc.).
Wicca -- Today there is a branch of Wicca named for her, which is characterized by an exclusive focus on the feminine aspect of the Divine.
Stregheria -- In Italy the old religion of Stregheria embraced the goddess Diana as Queen of the Witches; witches being the wise women healers of the time. Language --Both the Romanian word for "fairy" Zana and the Leonese word for "water nymph" xana, seem to come from the name of Diana. Arts -- Since the Renaissance the myth of Diana has often been represented in the visual and dramatic arts, including the opera L'arbore di Diana. She favored nature and lived in the woods, where her companions were nymphs and wild animals. Because Artemis was also portrayed with the moon and stars surrounding her, she is considered a virgin goddess of the moon. The independent and confident spirit within you grows when you see yourself as a beautiful and whole, not just as a parent, wife, mother, business partner, or caretaker. When you embrace the Artemis within, you must maintain inner and outer balance by embracing both beauty and cruelty, both life and death, as part of the earth experience.


By repeating aloud or silently the positive things we want for our lives, we train our minds to move past other people's views and our own internal scripts to embrace new and joyful possibilities. Look for her newest title, The Oneness Gospel: Birthing the Christ Consciousness and Divine Human in You! According to mythology, Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona.
According to Dumezil it falls into a particular subset of celestial gods, referred to in histories of religion as frame gods. Diana therefore reflects the heavenly world (diuum means sky or open air) in its sovereignty, supremacy, impassibility, and indifference towards such secular matters as the fates of mortals and states.
This ever open succession reveals the character and mission of the goddess as a guarantor of kingly status through successive generations.
This form of worship is attested in archeological finds of votive statuettes in her sanctuary in the nemus Aricinum as well as in ancient sources, e.g. Having renounced the world, in his roles of father and king, he attained the status of an immortal being while retaining the duty of ensuring that his dynasty is preserved and that there is always a new king for each generation.
It was believed that she had a fair face like Aphrodite with a tall body, slim, small hips, and a high forehead. Being placed on the Aventine, and thus outside the pomerium, meant that Diana's cult essentially remained a foreign one, like that of Bacchus; she was never officially transferred to Rome as Juno was after the sack of Veii. The formation of the Latin League led by Laevius (or Baebius) Egerius happened under the influence of an alliance with the tyrant of Cuma Aristodemos and is probably connected to the political events at end of the 6th century narrated by Livy and Dionysius, such as the siege of Aricia by Porsenna's son Arruns. This is reflected in the legend of the coming of Orestes to Nemi and of the inhumation of his bones in the Roman Forum near the temple of Saturn.The cult introduced by Orestes at Nemi is apparently that of the Artemis Tauropolos. Strabo's version looks to be the most authoritative as he had access to first hand primary sources on the sanctuaries of Artemis, i.e. Two heads found in the sanctuary and the Roman theatre at Nemi, which have a hollow on their back, lend support to this interpretation of an archaic Diana Trivia, in whom three different elements are associated. If she is accompanied by a deer, as in the Diana of Versailles (illustration, above right) this is because Diana was the patroness of hunting.
In Acts of the Apostles, Ephesian metal smiths who felt threatened by Saint PaulOs preaching of Christianity, jealously rioted in her defense, shouting OGreat is Diana of the Ephesians!O (Acts 19:28, New English Bible).
Diana's name is also used as the third divine name in a wiccan energy chant- "Isis Astarte Diana Hecate Demeter Kali Inanna". Diana was said to have created the world of her own being having in herself the seeds of all creation yet to come. In the sixteenth century, Diana's image figured prominently at the chateaus of Fontainebleau, Chenonceau, and at Anet, in deference to Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henri of France. Although we need both masculine and famine qualities to achieve inner balance (this is the true meaning of wholeness), Artemis reminds us modern women to maintain emotional and intellectual balance in our lives. She’s not a virgin in the sexual sense, but in the sense of being “one-unto-herself,” whole and free-spirited.
She was equated with the Greek goddess Artemis, though she had an independent origin in Italy. At the same time, however, she is seen as active in ensuring the succession of kings and in the preservation of humankind through the protection of childbirth. Her function as bestower of authority to rule is also attested in the story related by Livy in which a Sabine man who sacrifices a heifer to Diana wins for his country the seat of the Roman empire. The Scandinavian god Heimdallr performs an analogous function: he is born first and will die last. As a goddess of hunting, she wore a very short tunic so she could hunt and run easily and is often portrayed holding a bow, and carrying a quiver on her shoulder, accompanied by a deer or hunting dogs.
Another testimony to the high antiquity of her cult is to be found in the lex regia of king Tullus Hostilius that condemns those guilty of incest to the sacratio to the goddess. It seems that her cult originated in Aricia, where her priest, the Rex Nemorensis remained. Georg Wissowa proposed the explanation that it might be because the first slaves of the Romans must have been Latins of the neighbouring tribes. It is remarkable that the composition of this league does not reflect that of the Latin people who took part in the Latiar or Feriae Latinae given by Pliny and it has not as its leader the rex Nemorensis but a dictator Latinus.


The literary amplification reveals a confused religious background: different Artemis were conflated under the epithet. The presence of a Hellenized Diana at Nemi should be related to the presence of the cult in Campania, as Diana Tifatina was appeled Trivia in an imperial age inscription which mentions a flamen Virbialis dedicated by eques C. The deer may also offer a covert reference to the myth of Acteon (or Actaeon), who saw her bathing naked. The first one is supposed to have been near Alba Longa before the town was destroyed by the Romans. It was said that out of herself she divided the darkness and the light, keeping for herself the darkness of creation and creating her brother Apollo, the light.
At Versailles she was incorporated into the Olympian iconography with which Louis XIV, the Apollo-like "Sun King" liked to surround himself.
In one story, the hunter Actaeon had the misfortune to discover the goddess while she was bathing. The moon is a symbol of this independent virginity, of intuition and mystery, of the deepest intact parts of a woman’s self.
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She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry. Catullus wrote a poem to Diana in which she has more than one alias: Latonia, Lucina, Iuno, Trivia, Luna. There the simple open-air fane was held in common by the Latin tribes, which Rome aspired to weld into a league and direct. It should thence be considered a political formation and not a traditional society founded on links of blood. The meaning of Tauropolos denotes an Asiatic goddess with lunar attributes, lady of the herds. Hesiod and Stesichorus tell the story according to which after her death Iphigenia was divinized under the name of Hecate, fact which would support the assumption that Artemis Tauropolos had a real ancient alliance with the heroine, who was her priestess in Taurid and her human paragon.
In Artemis, we see this feminine, independent spirit as something that belongs only to her; when we see ourselves as Artemis, we are independent and not subservient to others. Diana, although a female deity, has exactly the same functions, preserving mankind through childbirth and royal succession. As goddess of the moon, however, Diana wore a long robe, sometimes with a veil covering her head. Diana of the wood was soon thoroughly Hellenized, "a process which culminated with the appearance of Diana beside Apollo in the first lectisternium at Rome". The only possible interpretatio graeca of high antiquity concerning Diana Nemorensis could have been the one based upon this ancient aspect of deity of light, master of wildlife. The plot deals with Sylvia, one of Diana's nymphs and sworn to chastity, and Diana's assault on Sylvia's affections for the shepherd Amyntas. Both as goddess of hunting and goddess of the moon she is frequently portrayed wearing a moon crown. The theological complex present in Diana looks very elaborated and certainly Hellenic, while an analogous Latin concept of Diana Trivia seems uncertain, as Latin sources reflect a Hellenised character of the goddess. This is why you should never disturb a woman who’s taking a relaxing bubble bath at the end of a long, tiresome day! Accoleius Lariscolus in 43 BC has been acknowledged as representing the archaic statue of Diana Nemorensis. It represents Artemis with the bow at one extremity, Luna-Selene with flowers at the other and a central deity not immediately identifiable, all united by a horizontal bar.



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