Leo is the sign of the Sun and therefore the Moon at full reflects the full creative power of the Sun in the female principle, which is the Moon.Her love of freedom, wild animals and nature in general are symbolic of the full Moon in Aquarius, The high water imagery of Artemis at Mount Olympus is also symbolic of Aquarius, the water carrier.Michael Lombard writes: "It strikes me that the answer to the apparent contradictions regarding the true identity of Artemis may lie in the fact that she may not merely be a Lunar goddess but a goddess relating to a particular phase of the Moon, namely the full Moon, as it operates in a particular sign of the zodiac, namely Aquarius.Her guardianship of both childbirth and children may simply be as result of reflex action from the opposite sign of Leo, both of which come under that sign.The best overview of the myths surrounding Artemis I've found is by Ailia Athena. :) Read a wonderful Litany to Artemis by Underflow. A sampling: Encyclopedia Mythica, Classical Myth, Wikipedia, About.com, Archaeonia.com, Mythography, and "Artemis was [the] goddess of the edges and boundaries, between culture and civilization, virginity and marriage, war and peace, births and deaths.Click here to read my favourite excerpts about Artemis from ancient writers. Melissa Coffey gave this paper to a conference on Images of Women in the Ancient World: Issues of Interpretation and Identity. Antemiss presents a choice page called THe e Ve R Mi GHTY, e Ve R Coo L Go DDe SS a RTe Mi S.... At any time of transition from one state to another, you were in the powerful Artemis' domain," says de Traci Regula, introducing the fascinating site of Vravrona, Greece.For years, they were assumed to be multiple breasts; then it was thought that they were bulls' testes; then eggs; nowadays it's generally accepted that, whatever they are, they are intended to be fertility symbols.Her inherent contradictions intrigue me; she is goddess of animals but also of hunting; goddess of fertility but also a virgin; beautiful and kind-hearted but also very powerful, independent, and mysterious.
There is no doubt that the temple was indeed magnificent.
Although most of the myths associated with Artemis come to us from the Greeks, her greatest temple was in Ephesus, in what is now Turkey.
Once one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, it was where she was worshipped as the goddess of fertility.
"I have seen the walls and Hanging Gardens of ancient Babylon," wrote Philon of Byzantium, "the statue of Olympian Zeus, the Colossus of Rhodes, the mighty work of the high Pyramids and the tomb of Mausolus.
But when I saw the temple at Ephesus rising to the clouds, all these other wonders were put in the shade." So what happened to this great temple?