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Goddess Diana: The Divine Huntress

The Festival of Diana is on February 12th, a celebration of the Moon goddess, Diana. Its a time for Witches, Wiccans and Pagans to honor Diana in all her wonderful, varying aspects. Diana is a very special goddess to many magickal practitioners who honor and work with her daily. Sometimes she is called Queen of Heaven, our triple goddess as a Lunar Virgin, Mother of all Creatures and Wild Huntress. On February 12th we celebrate and embrace all that is her complex persona. An enchanting mix of archaic features. So lets take a deeper look into when, why and how we can honor Diana, the divine Huntress and Moon Goddess on her special day.

The Origin of Diana

Diana is the Goddess of wilderness, the hunt and the tame. The name Diana seems to be derived from a mix of Latin and European words, meaning ‘godly, divine, heavenly

NOTE: It is important to make this know that the Roman gods & goddesses (unlike the Greek gods & goddesses),initially, were considered to be divine powers of presence and will. They did not have a physical form. The idea of gods as having human traits, qualities, human-like personalities and actions came about much later after the influence of Greek and Etruscan religions.

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WHO IS GODDESS DIANA?

Diana is a Roman goddess (very similar to the Greek goddess, Artemis). Diana is believed to be the twin sister to Apollo (the Sun), and therefore the feminine balance to her bothers masculine qualities.

NOTE: By the 3rd century CE, after much influence from the Greek on Roman religion, Diana had pretty much been fully combined with Artemis & took on most of her attributes, both in her spiritual domains and in description of her appearance.

Goddess Diana was also know by other names, these other names included:

  • Dictynna
  • Britomartis
  • Dione
  • Nemorensis
  • Nemetona

Diana is often pictured as a young (sometime semi-nude) woman with a Crescent Moon on her forehead, her hair gathered in a ribbon, wearing a short white tunic with a golden cloak, carrying a silver bow & quiver of arrows, purple half-boots, and a belt with a jeweled buckle, surrounded by stags, dogs and nymphs by her side to symbolized the carefree, eternally youthful part of the human mind and soul.

The Other Side of Goddess Diana

Goddess Diana is also seen as the protector of all mothers and newborns (both human, animals and all other living creatures) and, a Patroness of families, outlaws, the countryside, hunters and crossroads.

There is a softer side of goddess Diana who is also considered a virgin goddess like Artemis. This side of here shows allowing enjoyment of music, singing, dancing, playing the flute and lyre, being a gentle healer, willing to aid those she considered deserving and a avid protector of the pure and innocent. If you are looking for a deity to work with for fertility, Diana was often considered to be a goddess associated with fertility, childbirth, and protection of women during labor. This quite possibly came about due to her Moon Goddess status, whose cycles run parallel the menstrual cycle of most women.

Interesting Goddess Diana Facts:

  • Diana abhorred human sacrifice and does not accept this act
  • Diana has dominion over the following animals: tigers, lions, panthers, deer, stags and cats
  • Diana is often associated with the forest god Pan or Sylvanus
  • She is also known for her liking of exclusively female groups (which is why she is very popular among lesbians)

NOTE: There are records from the 10th century which refer to women only who attended night meeting with the goddess, Diana. Maybe a recording of a witches coven?

The Divine characteristics of Diana are reflected in her in the following attributes:

  • Inaccessibility
  • Virginity
  • Her Light
  • Her preference for dwelling on high mountains and in sacred woods

Diana the Triple Goddess

Diana is a Moon Goddess and is seen by a majority of Witches in this way. This is one of three aspects associated with her, as Diana is considered a triple deity (she appears in three forms/appearances and these three deities are worshiped as one).

NOTE: The number 3 has a long history of mythical associations and is merged with a goddess of the moon Luna/Selene and the underworld Hecate.

Basically, the Diana triformis is: Diana, Luna, and Hecate. It is believed by some, that these were not different goddesses and not an combination of different goddesses either … that they are in fact Diana … Diana as huntress, Diana as the moon, Diana of the underworld (according to historian C.M. Green et al.).

Diana was Trivia (the word Trivia comes from the Latin trivium which means triple way). This refers to Diana’s safekeeping over roadways, Y-junctions and three-way crossroads in the form of goddess Hecate. If you want to know more about this you can click here to read: Goddess of the Crossroads, let her guide you. The symbolism of the crossroads is relevant to several aspects of Diana’s realm as it can symbolize the paths you may encounter in the forest (aka life), which are lit only by the full moon, symbolizing making choices in the dark and on your own (until you call upon Hecate for light and guidance along the way.)

NOTE: Diana had a sacred grove on the shores of Lake Nemi, where she was worshiped as a triple goddess which began way back in the late 6th century. The lake near her sanctuary is referred to by poets as speculum Dianae which means “Diana’s Mirror”

Other Goddess Diana Overlaps With

As Diana became fused with Artemis, she became a Moon Goddess. Her identity extended into other lunar goddesses to who are, Luna, Selene and Hecate.

NOTE: Hecate the Greek goddess also associated with the boundary between the earth and underworld, became connected to Diana as a name for her underworld aspect after the Greek influence came to Rome.

Diana also overlaps with the goddess Juno with her being the goddess of childbirth. She also serves a similar function to Vesta, the goddess of the hearth and was sometimes considered a deity to be invoked in household rituals. Another overlap can be found in the region around the Black Forest, in Germany where she was combined with the local goddess Abnoba and worshiped as ‘Diana Abnoba‘.

Dianic Wicca – What is this?

In Wicca Diana is recognized as an aspect of a single “Great Goddess” with some Wiccans (which included the well known Scott Cunningham) later deciding to replace Aradia with Diana as their central focus. Dianic Wicca, which is also known as Dianic Witchcraft, is a modern Pagan goddess tradition, which focuses on female empowerment and experience. Their leadership is by women only who can also be appointed as priestesses. This type of Wicca differs from most of the other traditions of Wicca in the sense that only goddesses are honored. You will find in the other Wiccan traditions the practitioners honor and work with both female and male deities.

You can definitely find more than one tradition known as ‘Dianic’ if you do some research. Although this Wicca tradition is named after the Roman Goddess Diana, practitioners of Dianic worship also worship goddesses from a variety of other cultures too. Diana is seen as representing a central mythic theme as she is the protector of women and, of the wild, untamed spirit of nature.

The Dianic Wiccan belief in a nutshell:

  • The ritual structure is an eclectic 
  • It’s a combination of elements from British Traditional Wicca and Italian folk-magic
  • It incorporates New Age beliefs and folk magic
  • It integrates healing practices from a variety of different cultures

Now we all know Diana is triple goddess, but lets take a look at her aspect as the Virgin Huntress. The original meaning of this word was not actually attached to a sexual act with a man. Diana/Artemis did not associate or consort with men. This which why these Goddesses are forever virgins. The ancient meaning of virgin is described a woman who was unmarried, autonomous and belonging solely to herself (some associate this with being lesbian).

How to Honor Goddess Diana

Goddess Diana is a Nature deity who loves the forest, woodlands, the waters and all the animals and creatures you find in the world. You can honor goddess Diana by doing one or more of these simple suggestions:

  • Help your local environment (your garden, street, local park, abandoned lot etc) by picking up litter
  • Help a neighbor/elderly/ill person clean up their garden space
  • Keep a trash bag on you so when you see litter when you walk down a street you can pick it up
  • Help any lost or injured or abandoned animal or creature that you may come across
  • Hang slices of apple and seeds for the birds
  • Put out some nuts for squirrels

Note: You can honor Diana every day not just on her festival or feast days but every day!

Find or make a special statue of Diana (you can do this from salt dough, clay, wood or any other material that takes your fancy) and put it in an important place in your home or on your altar. Every time you look at it you will be able to think of the life connection between you and every other living creature on Earth. You can also use a picture of and animal or bird that you really like instead of a statue. This will be a constant reminder that you honor Diana every time you honor the Earth and all it’s living creatures.

Diana’s worshipers honored her in a beautiful temple on the Aventine hill in Rome, you too can honor her through your own rituals. In these rituals include washing your hair and then decorating your hair with flowers. Why not write down your prayers and thanks to Diana on colorful ribbons to tie on the trees in your near by woodland or forest, or on trees in your own garden if you have one.

Goddess Diana Altar Ideas

A common feature of practically all of Diana’s temples and shrines were hanging stag antlers. If you can’t get your hands on any antlers why not include a statue of a stag on your altar. Here is a list of other things you could include to make your altar more of a dedication to Diana on her festival day: focus on the elements fire and water, include objects and imagery of the moon (especially the triple moon symbolism), use amethyst & moonstones, objects that reflect the forest, bow and arrow pictures or statues, use sandalwood, rose or lemon incense, incorporate the colors: black, indigo, silver and white.

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