It’s no secret that I’m a devotee of the goddess Hekate (Hecate). She appeared to me in a dream and left quite an impression. I can still vividly recall the dream, how I felt, what I felt… Hekate made herself known in subtle, but convincing ways over the course of the last few months. A few times I would catch the scent of garlic when we didn’t have any in the house. Other times Her name would pop up randomly while going about my day. Even though it’s been a while since I’ve felt Her presence around me, or in my dreams, I know She’s someone I want to continue to foster a relationship with even if it’s often one-sided.
Over the last several weeks I’ve noticed other symbols popping up here and there. The most notable one would be arrows. Lots of arrows! One example would be, browsing online for something completely unrelated, say perfume, and an image of an arrow would come up in a search. Then scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard, RSS reader and Pinterest feed would show arrows whether it be on jewelry, tattoos or illustrations of arrows. I felt as if this was significant and the only deity I associate with arrows is Artemis.
I started to casually research Her on my downtime (which I haven’t had much of as I’ve been dealing with family issues as of late) and I came across many symbols I identify with. There are also similarities and shared symbols with Hekate. In fact, Artemis is usually associated with Hekate. I found that tidbit to be quite fascinating and a happy coincidence. As I read more on this virgin goddess of the hunt and moon, I felt/feel even more drawn to Her.
Then last night, I had a dream I was assisting someone (not sure who exactly I just know it was someone in the background) with childbirth. I can’t recall how many little ones I helped bring into the world, but there were quite a few. I remember being overwhelmed with the task because there were so many and it seemed to happen one right after the other, but I didn’t doubt my abilities. I felt as if it was old hat, something I just knew how to do. I thought it a really strange dream until I remembered Artemis is the goddess who rules over childbirth. One of Her myths is of her helping her mother Leto give birth to her twin brother Apollo. Was She the one who I was helping in my dream? Maybe, maybe not. I won’t know for sure unless She makes herself known like Hekate did when she appeared to me.
In the meantime, I will continue to read all I can about Artemis. I plant to include articles and information I find helpful here for (my) easy reference. I’ve also started to pin what I’ve found on my Pinterest board.
If any of you out there know of legitimate (re)sources for Artemis, I’d appreciate it if you would kindly leave a comment below and point to the right direction. 🙂