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Homeric Hymn 9 to Artemis

Muse, sing of Artemis, sister of the Far-shooter, the virgin who delights in arrows, who was fostered with Apollo. She waters her horses from Meles deep in reeds, and swiftly drives her all-golden chariot through Smyrna to vine-clad Claros where Apollo, god of the silver bow, sits waiting for the far-shooting goddess who delights in arrows.

And so hail to you, Artemis, in my song and to all goddesses as well. Of you first I sing and with you I begin; now that I have begun with you, I will turn to another song.

Translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White

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spring deer

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A doe and two fawns, Port Townsend, WA

hiketeria offering, May 2018

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Dearest Lady
Protector of children
May You shelter them in Your embrace
Guide and guard them on their paths
And keep them safe from harm.
Particularly those who are far from home
And separated from their loved ones.
Grant them safe harbor and rest, Great Lady
And I will remember You again.

Mounichia

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Altar for Artemis Mounichia, May 2018

 

Of Artemis we sing
no light matter is it for poets to forget
she who amuses herself with archery
and shooting hares,
who cares for the mountains.

— from Callimachus’s Hymn to Artemis, translated by Yvonne Rathbone

Bear was here

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Bear claw marks on a birch tree, Methow Valley, Washington

Io Artemis, Io Selene

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Full moon, April 28-29, 2018. Methow Valley, Washington State

to Artemis

When I try to explain You, words fail me.

You are a steward, I say.

You are a protector.

Once I called You the ultimate forest ranger.

These are not sufficient.

I try to explain why You protect, and also kill.

Why You are a doula, and never give birth Yourself.

Why You are virgin, as though being a woman in this world were not sufficient explanation.

Perhaps the fault lies in attempting explanation in words.

The forests are explanation.

The mountains are explanation.

The burst of feathers where a quail was killed, the pile of bones where an elk was killed, the tracks of deer and wildcat and coyote and bear…

These are the explanation.

Follow the trail, and understand.

revel altar

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Ritual altar for a Wild Gods revel, to Dionysus and Pan.

Full moon offering

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Io Selene, Io Artemis, Io Hekate.

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