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Diana - Roman goddess of the moon

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Diana - Roman goddess of the moon

Post  LyxisMorgan on Sat 4 Aug 2012 - 15:34

The Roman Goddess Diana
Goddess of the Moon, the hunt and birthing. She was also the protector of children


Day of the Week: Monday
Family ties: Daughter of Jupiter and Latona, Sister of Apollo (her twin)
Symbol: Deer, bears and hunting dogs. Apple, balm, beech, jasmine, mugwort, oak trees, vervain, and wormwood.
Name of equivalent Greek Goddess: Artemis

Diana was the goddess of the hunt and moon and birthing, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals. She was equated with the Greek goddess Artemis, though she had an independent origin in Italy. Diana was worshiped in ancient Roman religion and is revered in Roman Neopaganism and Stregheria. Dianic Wicca, a largely feminist form of the practice, is named for her. Diana was known to be the virgin goddess of childbirth and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry.

Oak groves were especially sacred to her. According to mythology, Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Diana made up a triad with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god.

Diana carried a bow and arrows. She was the goddess of hunting. Once she was bathing in a forest pool. A hunter called Actaeon spied on her. So Diana turned him into a stag and he was chased by his own hunting dogs.

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