Kate Farrell (author of Story Power) honors the wild goddess of the moon, Artemis, as the full Strawberry Moon sets.
Artemis was one of the twelve major Olympian Gods and held a place of prominence in Ancient Greek mythology. Artemis was the goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the moon, and chastity.
Artemis was the daughter of Zeus, the king of Gods and Leto, who was a Titaness. She helped in the delivery of her twin brother Apollo for which she was worshiped as one of the primary goddesses of childbirth and midwifery. She was one of the three major Virgin Goddess of Greek mythology and there are several myths related to protection of her chastity.
Her other myths are often based on her supremacy as a huntress and any kind of threat to her beauty. Artemis also played a minor role in the Trojan War in which she supported the Trojans.
ARTEMIS AND ORION
Orion was a handsome huntsman born in the regional unit of ancient Greece called Boeotia. One day, while hunting in the forest, Orion saw the young and beautiful Artemis who was also out for a hunting session. Before long they became each other’s hunting companions. Hunting together, they challenged one another to races and archery contests. At nights, they sat by the campfire and told each other about their lives.
However, Apollo, the twin brother of Artemis, grew possessive and disapproved of their friendship, fearing that his sister might fall in love with Orion and marry him, despite her vows of chastity.
Apollo hatched a plan to end their friendship and sent a giant scorpion to kill Orion. In the middle of the night, a great battled ensued and the creature backed the mortal toward the sea. Meanwhile, Apollo visited his sister and lied about how Orion raped Opos, one of her hyperborean priestesses, and was swimming to a distant island, hoping to escape her wrath. Enraged and furious with anger, Artemis sped down to the sea and loosened her arrow with unerring aim to slew Orion. Soon, she realized her mistake and with great sadness, she put Orion’s body among the constellations as a tribute to their eternal friendship.
ARTEMIS AND CALLISTO
Callisto was the daughter of Lycaon, the king of Arcadia and a nymph named Naiad. She was one of the female huntresses who accompanied Artemis and she was also considered her most devoted attendant. As a companion of Artemis, she took a vow of chastity and agreed to remain a virgin.
As she was a beautiful maiden, Zeus longed for her. One day, when she was separated from the company of Artemis and other fellow nymphs, Zeus approached Callisto disguised as Artemis in order to lure her into his embrace. As a result of this encounter, she became pregnant with his child and the subsequent pregnancy was discovered several months later while Callisto was bathing with Artemis and her retinue.
Outraged at Callisto for breaking her vow of chastity, Artemis expelled the nymph from the group. Later, Callisto gave birth to a son named Arcas in the forest and that is when she was transformed into a bear by Artemis as a form of punishment. Zeus placed both Callisto and Arcas into the heavens as the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
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