Diana is often depicted as a beautiful, young, Goddess clad in a short tunic and hunting boots carrying a bow and set of arrows.

She was praised in poetryfor her strength, athletic grace, purity, distinct beauty, and hunting skill. Artemis is her Greek equivalent. in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards.

Since the Renaissance, the mythic Diana has often been expressed in the visual and dramatic arts, including the opera L'arbore di Diana. They are often independent and physically fit. Your health and well-being is affected if you are unable to spend time outside working with animals, plants and other nature spirits. Like her Greek counterpart, Artemis, Diana was the goddess of the hunt. In Acts of the Apostles, Ephesian metalsmiths who felt threatened by Saint Paul’s preaching of Christianity, jealously rioted in Diana's defense, shouting “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:28).

This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.0 License (CC-by-sa), which may be used and disseminated with proper attribution. In paintings, bas-reliefs and statues, Diana is sometimes portrayed as accompanied by a deer, such as in the Diana of Versailles, as the patroness of hunting. The shadow virgin, resists her sexuality due to fear and revolution of sex and the loss of innocence it symbolizes. In comic book lore, the character of Wonder Woman is a descendant of the gods, whose alter ego is named Diana Prince. In the Pagan tradition she is also said to have had a daughter Aradia who became queen of the witches. People who possess the shadow aspect are cruel to animals and have no interest in preserving the natural world. Sacred Plants: Apple, balm, beech, jasmine, mugwort, oak trees, vervain, and wormwood.

Despite having no children of her own she is also considered to be a fertility Goddess, worshiped by woman trying to get pregnant and those who wish for an easy labour.

Diana was the hunting goddess, associated with wild animals and woodlands. Cypress trees were sacred to her.
The shadow aspect abuses animals and destroys the environment around them. In Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, with its theme of the tension between chastity and romance, contains many references to Diana. She is also associated with fertility and nature. To learn more about this Grove and it's bloody past click on the link to go to an excellent article by Ludovico Pisani.

She has also been connected to myths of a female Wild Hunt.

Legend holds that a new priest could replace his predecessor by slaying him, and that men indeed battled to the death for this honor. In another myth, Diana accidentally killed Orion after Apollo became alarmed at a possible romance between his sister and the giant, and tricked Diana into a target shooting test, in which the far distant target was actually the head of Orion. To have this particular archetype you need more than a love of nature. Being placed on the Aventine, and thus outside of Rome's sacred boundaries, meant that Diana's cult essentially remained a "foreign" one at this time, like that of Bacchus (Dionysus). It can also symbolise a deep desire to create brand new ideas and methods of working.

This Virgin is one of your main archetypes, if you are continually preserving your vital energies, for spiritual pursuits. According to Dumezil it falls into a particular subset of celestial gods, referred to in histories of religion as ‘frame gods’. There are also references to Diana in popular literature. Call upon this Goddess if you need assistance with this.


To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats.The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here: The history of this article since it was imported to New World Encyclopedia: Note: Some restrictions may apply to use of individual images which are separately licensed. In Greek mythology, Diana was called Artemis.