Gods and Goddesses

Goddess of the Hunt & Moon: How to Work with Artemis

Artemis. Greek Goddess of the Hunt and the Moon. Protector of the forest and virgins. Lady of the Wild Mountains and protector of the womb. Many people find themselves drawn to the ancient Greek Goddess Artemis and with good reason. Here we explore who Artemis is AND how to work with and honor her in your spiritual practice.

Who is Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt?

When I think of the wild woman archetype, Artemis always pops into my mind first. She’s wild in more than one way – a forest-dweller and hunter who lives outside the monotonous laws of society. But not only is she wild in this way – she’s also known as the eternal virgin – chaste from any man or god’s physical touch. Impenetrable. She couldn’t be captured, wed, or tamed. A TRUE role model for the modern woman!

Artemis’ Ancient Origins

Artemis, Greek Goddess of the Hunt, was a daughter of Zeus and Leto. Twin sister of the Greek god Apollo. It is possible and likely that Artemis is even older than the Olympian gods and was absorbed into the pantheon as it rose to power. She’s one of the most ancient deities of Greece and her earliest manifestation was the bear. Her name – Artemis – confirms her link to the bear. Art means bear (similar to the Celtic Goddess of bears named Artio AND King Arthur of Camelot!) What animal is more wild than the bear?

The Goddess of the Hunt AND Childbirth?

Does it seem funny to you that Artemis isn’t just the Goddess of the Hunt AND the eternal virgin BUT she’s also a goddess of childbirth? With many ancient goddesses, these paradoxes arise to test and stretch our minds and hearts. The myth goes that Artemis aided her mother Leto in birthing her twin brother Apollo (it was apparently a difficult delivery). Because of this act, Artemis was called upon during many deliveries in ancient Greece and today. She is a fierce protector of mothers and children. At the same time, Artemis spins the wheel of fate for laboring mothers – she decides who lives and who dies (yes, another paradox – life and death).

A temple dedicated to Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt
An Ancient Temple of Artemis

Artemis’ Sexual Power and Sovereignty

Another of Artemis’ paradoxes is her rule over sexual energy. In myth, Artemis asks to remain un-wed, to remain faithful only to herself. The idea she’s an eternal virgin may be a misunderstanding through the years OR reflect physical virginity ONLY. What do I mean by physical virginity only? In many of Artemis’ sacred temples and feast-days, the ancient Greeks celebrated and honored her with sexual acts. So, in fact, Artemis may be a physical virgin in the modern sense but in the esoteric sense she uses her sexuality to “birth” into existence her intentions and powers. She is independent of a man and she decides who she shares her power with – be it physical, mental or spiritual. In this sense, she is most empowering to the modern woman who chooses herself over the desires of a man.

Artemis and Apollo: Twin Power

If you choose to work with Artemis in your spiritual practice, consider exploring her counterpart and twin. Apollo was born with Artemis of their Titaness mother Leto. They are alike yet completely different in many ways. Artemis rules over the night, the moon, and women. Therefore Apollo rules over the opposite – the day, the sun, and men. They may be opposites, but Apollo was also a god of the hunt and of healing. In addition, Apollo and Artemis are deities closely linked with wolves, psychics, and philosophers.

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The Goddess of the Hunt’s Magical Associations:

  • Names: Artemis, The Beautiful One, She of the Wild, Artamos, Mistress of the Hunt, Lady of the Wolves, Mistress of Animals, Eternal Virgin
  • Gods and Goddesses: Apollo, Diana, Leto, Nymphs, Hecate
  • Places: Arcadia, Leros, Selos, in addition forests, wild groves, and bodies of fresh water
  • Plants: artemisia plants (mugwort, wormwood, tarragon), cedar, myrtle, oak, fig, bay, walnut, willow, fir
  • Stones: moonstone, amethyst, quartz, moss agate, diamond, silver, pearl
  • Animals: bear, wolf, stag, hound, fish, quail, bee, boar, dolphin, goat, cat (she is truly the Lady of Beasts so all animals are technically sacred to her!)
  • Offerings: artemisia plants (made into oils, incense, etc.), round honey cakes, offerings left at the crossroads, boar’s tusks, bow and arrow (or representations of), bark or fruits from her sacred trees, any donation or care of forests and wild animals made in her name, erotic dance

A Ritual to Invoke Artemis

What You’ll Need:

  • White candle and lighter/matches
  • A handful of loose leaf artemisia herb (choose one or all of the following: mugwort, wormwood, tarragon)
  • Olive oil
  • Moonstone pendant or stone to carry/wear on person
  • Shamanic drumming music OR ancient greek music

What to Do:

This ritual is to invite the powerful, wild energy of Artemis into your body and mind. It is a powerful ritual and should be taken seriously. You are essentially giving yourself over to the Goddess of the Hunt’s wildness.

  1. First, perform a cleansing ritual bath to cleanse yourself of any impurities. Remember – Artemis was “chaste” and pure.
  2. Next, cleanse your space by SMOKE-CLEANSING or whatever method you choose.
  3. Turn down the lights, light incense, light candles, set the mood. This ritual is best done at night AND on a Waxing or Full Moon.
  4. Gather your supplies.
  5. (OPTIONAL but recommended) Cast a circle.
  6. Turn on the shamanic drumming music. Breathe and relax.
  7. Listen to the music for awhile and allow yourself to drift off to another place and time – to an ancient wild forest in ancient Greece. SEE with your mind’s eye the old, gnarled trees. Hear the quiet wildness of the forest around you. See the crescent or full moon above you through the canopy of trees.
  8. Now, take the olive oil and anoint the white candle with your hands from bottom to top. As you’re anointing the candle, say a prayer to dedicate the candle to the wild purity of the Goddess of the Hunt Artemis. Light it. Dedicate the flame to her passion and ferocity.
  9. Next, take more of the olive oil and begin anointing yourself from feet all the way to your head. As you do this, invoke the spirit of Artemis by saying, “Artemis, Great Lady of the Forest, Beautiful Wild Protector of Virgins and Women. I invoke your independence, your sovereignty, your strength, your wildness. I ask that you make me a pure and chaste vessel of the same divine energy that courses through you. May I be a protector of the forests, of women and children, and of all of those who need defense. I dedicate my body, mind and spirit in your service, if only for a time. Let it be.”
  10. Following the anointing process, sprinkle the herb(s) over your body and around the candle in Artemis’ name.
  11. Anoint the moonstone pendant and place it around your neck OR put it in your pocket. You need to wear it as it is your physical connection to the goddess of the moon.
  12. Close your eyes, get on your feet, and dance like no one is watching. The more erotic and free, the better. You’re dancing in honor of Artemis’ and as the ancients did in her name.
  13. When you can’t dance anymore, fall on the floor and lay quietly, feeling the energy moving through and around you.
  14. Sit up and when you’re ready, release the circle (if you cast one), and ground and center.
  15. The rest of the white candle and herbs can be added to your altar for Artemis.

More Ways to Work with Artemis:

  • Set up a small altar with her statue or representation, a white pillar candle(s), an offering bowl and a representation of her sacred animals and/or trees
  • Give regular offerings to her and pray to her as often as you’d like: burn incense, light candles, talk to her, make creative offerings to honor her
  • Read as much as you can about Artemis
  • Study the habits of wolves and bears
  • Take hikes through local forests and visit local fresh bodies of water to re-wild yourself and feel this goddess’ presence there
  • Grow and work with herbs in the artemisia family: mugwort, tarragon, wormwood, etc.
  • Wear crystals and stones linked to Artemis
  • Wear moons on your clothing and jewelry
  • Try your hand at archery
  • Make decisions that are good for YOU as an individual and take care of yourself as a form of rebellion and wildness in a society that celebrates conformity
  • Study midwifery as a career path OR just for fun!
  • Take belly dancing or erotic dance classes in honor of Artemis
  • Gaze up at the moon and thank Artemis as much as possible
  • Be a fierce protector of animals, wildlife, the forest, women and children
How to Work With The Goddess of the Hunt and Moon Artemis.

60 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    September 27, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Could I use a white candle that’s not a pillar?

  2. Anonymous

    September 27, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Hi I have a white candle, but it’s not a pillar. Could I still use it?

  3. Dillan

    August 28, 2021 at 2:11 am

    So I believe I got contacted by her but I’m trans male, so I have a bit of finicky-ness with that

    1. Eris Haros

      October 2, 2021 at 6:34 am

      The sex you were born with is only a cover to the complex novel that you are. Artemis reads your pages and sees you. Your story. Not your cover. She would even aid in finding your path to your new cover for your story. You are the very essence of being true to you, societal standards be damned. I work with Artemis and can’t speak for her but of her. She does not define a woman by her womb, or lack there of. Best of luck to you and blessed be.

    2. Anonymous

      October 6, 2021 at 9:46 pm

      Artemis had a few male followers as well and even a few male hunting partners! An example of this is Hippolytos, who was one of her friends!

    3. Quinn

      October 14, 2021 at 5:57 pm

      S A M E

      But it’s not like men can’t have a feminine side

  4. Autumn Robertson

    July 12, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Hi I’m a baby witch and in my house I can’t really like any candles or burn incense what am I supposed to do

    1. kitty fields

      July 13, 2021 at 11:54 am

      LED candles, wax melts, make an infusion/tea on the stove and spritz/spray around the room.

    2. Anonymous

      July 19, 2021 at 1:44 am

      Draw a photo of one, or a picture clipped from magazines. Or a flameless candle, or just don’t light the candle. If there are lightening bugs around you maybe go outside and use their presence

    3. Anonymous

      September 23, 2021 at 12:28 pm

      Hi! I’m just a random person but if you can’t light candles or burn incense then you can make a spray instead with infused oils of mugwort and the like 🙂 and you can buy electric candles at craft stores or online 🙂 it doesn’t have to be real fire or smoke, the intention is what really counts 🙂

  5. Liz

    June 27, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Hi~ I’m a baby witch and ive just recently set up an altar for artemis due to me feeling she has called out to me for a long long time. some of these things include: seeing deer in the most unusual of places including a giant buck staring at me through my window at night. a heard of around 20 deer running through my yard a few minutes after I left my house to sit out there. Baby deer always walking along side the road. A connection to the woods when i sit out there i feel protected and calm. A drawing to the moon and stars, and animals always seeming to be drawn to me. I dont know if this is actually her but I feel it is and I would LOVE some help from a more experienced witch. thank you sooo much!

  6. Jade

    April 19, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Hi um, so the invocation says I need a white candle? I have a ton of white candles, but they’re all scented. Can I use them? I’m really new to this so I just wanna make sure I’m doing it right if I do the invocation!!!!!!!

    1. rain

      April 27, 2021 at 4:14 am

      as long as they are white it doesn’t really matter, as long as your intentions are right!! blessed be 🙂

  7. William Fowkes

    January 30, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Very powerful representation of almost everything I have been experiencing. Thank you

  8. Catherine

    January 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Hello, i’m not entirely new in rituals although i did them few months ago… I’m a girl that always fights for her indipendence and i usually help people when they need a hand. I also like animals (expecially cats) and i’m in a very difficult period right now. I don’t usually worship Artemis in particular but a while ago i remember i did a ritual where i asked for a God/Goddess’ help protection. I remember a strange dream i had last night, before waking up. I usually sleep bad because of my nightmares, but this night i dreamed about a ginger-heared woman that was comforting me and holding my hands. The atmosphere was relaxing and i felt a sense of sisterhood and friendship from her… i remember we were in a room with dark red walls and she was talking softly at me with a smile. Is it possible i was visted by Artemis?

    1. Manon

      March 25, 2021 at 8:51 pm

      Hi! Actually yes!
      Artémis is the goddess I work the most with. She’s always with me in her own way. She not very forthcoming, by her wild side she’s here only if she wants to. But I remember seeing her a lot in my dreams and I like to think that she likes to visit us in our dreams, when we are the most receptive for her energy. She’s always ready to help, and I notice she manifested herself by you thinking constantly about her. If you want to talk more about her please feel free to add me on Instagram : tarot.spiritualite

      Artémis is the best when it comes to our independence. I struggle a lot with mine too so I understand you 🙂

      1. CATHERINE

        July 27, 2021 at 6:41 pm

        Hello, it’s me… I’m sorry I didn’t reply before. I’m searching for you on Instagram so if you find some Wastedd person following you, don’t worry… it’s me 🙂 I’m also doing some researches but I’ll ask you something if I can’t find, thank you for your patence… ^^’ Again, sorry, I should’ve replied before. I unerstand if you won’t read this.

      2. PAUL

        October 17, 2021 at 10:52 am

        Show me the way

  9. Rhiannon

    January 10, 2021 at 2:54 am

    So, I am brand new to this. I have been raised Christian my entire life (because of my family) and I recently left the church because I realized it wasn’t a good fit for me. I have had dreams forever about a wolf guiding me through the woods and helping me through hard times. After reading this and a few other articles, I think this may be her calling out to me. However, I have no idea how/ where to start. Does anyone have any advice?

    1. kitty fields

      January 11, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      set up an altar. ask for her presence. ask her to come to you in more dreams. meditate. provide her offerings.

    2. Manon

      March 25, 2021 at 8:54 pm

      Hi!
      I’m working a lot with Artemis, since June 2020 now.
      If you want to contact her, start with a little meditation : imagine yourself at the beginning of a forest, before entering, ask for her to come if she wants to. She doesn’t like rules very much, but she will come. Enter in the forest, take your time and you might see her.
      She never used an animal to come to me (some goddesses can too). I’m pretty she will come 🙂 don’t hesitate to try this a few times. And pray her time to time

  10. Olivia

    December 16, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Since I was young, I was always curious about Child birth and nature. Recently, I’ve seen quite a good amount of deer on my social media, I met somebody named Artemis a few weeks ago. I’ve always been a night owl, and I was always more into silver jewelry instead of gold. My dream career has always been in womens health, and I think i might be bisexual (I heard Artemis is Lesbian.) I’ve also read shes associated with sudden death, which I have a huge fear of. I’ve never been able to fully like/trust a man, even though I haven’t had any trauma associated with them..
    I also see the high priestess card & temperance card A TON- Apparently those two are associated with the lunar goddesses (Artemis, Hecate, Selene.) I’ve never had a dream about her, even though I’ve had a couple dreams of childbirth/delivering children. Lately the signs have kinda stopped, even though I set up an altar for her. Im close to giving up on her; my doubts are getting the best of me..
    If anyone who works with Artemis can give some advice, PLEASE HELP

    1. Kitty

      December 22, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      Ever since I was little I have always loved artemis and been draw to her. The problem is, I am a married woman. I just began to get into hellenism and I am unsure if I would offend artemis if I began to worship her. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

      1. Winter

        January 18, 2021 at 7:00 am

        Artemis has nothing against relationships. She actually is the reason I’m in one right now (basically told me stop moping around about being lonely and try online dating and now here we are). I recommend doing some more research but I can guarantee you that you being married would not be an issue if you do choose to work with/worship her.

    2. Koi

      January 19, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      First off, make sure to do your shadow work, and if you still can’t contact her, try talking to Apollo about it. Bring her offerings and wear moon pendants or moonstones or other things like that AT ALL TIMES

    3. Billie

      February 3, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      Artemis is not a lesbian. Her childhood was rough and her mother Leto was not a protector to her or her brother Apollo. Vowing to never be as weak as her mother acted her and her brother learned to protect themselves. Twins!! They were like two swords always sharpening themselves against each other. Rising above all the obstacles they faced together. Artemis simply wanted to learn and do all she could to better herself and not be tied down. She loves to fly and weight for her was unbearable. People didn’t understand all this. Talked about things they didn’t understand and she simply didn’t care enough to correct them. Laugh and fly away was her style.

    4. Anonymous

      July 6, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      Hey sorry I know this comment’s quite old now but I’m putting this anyway- so it does seem as though Artemis would fit you well and I’m curious as to whether you’ve worked with her since posting this? But I want to clarify that social media is never a sign. If you like a wolf pic, the algorithms will pick that up and this is a common misconception that digital things are a “sign” but believe me, they mostly aren’t. Good luck though!! Blessed be xx

  11. Natalie

    December 8, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    The deity candle I dedicated to Artemis seemingly imploded and the image of Artemis I had on my altar caught fire. I was able to put it out before any permanent damage was done to the rest of my altar. Any thoughts about the meaning of this? I’m a little concerned as I had been praying to her and making offerings for the protection of myself and my pregnancy.

    1. Cheyenne

      December 17, 2020 at 3:14 am

      Maybe it was a warning from her or another God/Goddess. I suggest trying again. Perhaps it was an omen. Perhaps another Gd or Goddess was jealous.

  12. Luna

    December 5, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    From a young age i was obsessed with greek mythology and i still own all the text books on greek mythology that i collected when i was younger. I always thought artemis was so amazing and tough, i wanted to be like her. Recently, i’ve been looking for a deity and i heard of a friend whose diety was artemis. I wondered if she could actually be my deity. Just read this and i feel so simular to her! I am so excited to get to know her more. Thank you!

  13. Edd/lemon

    November 6, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    I’ve been thinking about my first altar going to Artemis. With paganism nature is a lot more prominent so she is very fitting. I know this sounds very cheesy of me to say/ask but the easiest memory I’ve ever had was a dream, I was at the top of a stair case and at the bottom was a wolf on their hind legs and the whole dream was the wolf walking up the stairs to me, could this mean anything?

    1. Cheyenne

      December 17, 2020 at 3:16 am

      Maybe it was Mistress Artemis welcoming you.

  14. Angela

    October 12, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    No, because an oath and a ritual are two similar, but different things at the same time. For example, an oath and a ritual will give you protection provided by her. An oath is different from this… because that will make you one of her hunters. Still, she has to accept you. I never knew when she accepted me, but I started receiving signs. For example, dreams, animals, and her symbols. Don’t purposely try to seek them on purpose though. That won’t mean anything if you try to force her acceptance.

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  16. Paige

    August 21, 2020 at 6:01 am

    i worship artemis for helping me remember who i was before trauma and aldulthood – these days so much can warp a growing child that they can forget completely who they are, and i’m very thankful to her for helping me find myself and my way again.

  17. Julia

    August 2, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Can I just say, pictured in the blog is the Library in Ephesus. The temple is different and no longer standing. The library does look way cooler and its a facade. Really recommend visiting when you can.

  18. lee

    July 31, 2020 at 6:26 am

    i realize now that Artemis has always called/guided me since childhood, how do i make sure she knows i didn’t waste her time?

    1. admin

      August 2, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Set up an altar and start working with her/honoring her.

      1. Susan

        August 23, 2020 at 11:39 am

        Hey guys am new to Artemis but i can feel her light and power i was wondering if the invocation really works.

  19. Interested

    June 14, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    I feel like she is kind of similar to Selene🤔

    1. admin

      June 15, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      yes, but Selene was thought to be the moon personified whereas Artemis was a goddess of the moon. a slight difference there.

    2. Roxy

      July 3, 2020 at 10:30 am

      I never worked with a deity… Because i never felt a sign. But i just woke up and i dreamed about her. She didnt came to me but i was in the dark and a voice just like a news reader said we carried her long enough. Artemis. Suddenly i can see i am at a corner of a street in front of a house and it said if you want it… carry her. Artimis. Than i woke up. (I am in an abusive relationship with young kids and no place to go. I am feeling really sad and depressed) i am a little confused rn… i am a nature, animal, moon lover and i wear a silver moonstone pendant. I feel like its a sign.. i just dont feel worthy enough. I hope someone can help me. Thank you for this amazing article ♡

      1. Artemis

        July 6, 2020 at 5:49 am

        she is calling to you, saying she is here to help. you are always worthy, and deserve this divine protection, and much more. Have faith, pray to her. She hears you. i am the sign.

      2. Dani

        July 6, 2020 at 5:52 am

        You are worthy, and she hears you. she is calling on to you, accept the love and light she has for you, she is here to help you. you deserve the divine protection and love, and so much more. pray to her, listen and feel her. she calls to you and you are ready.

      3. Ally Carrick

        July 19, 2020 at 1:56 am

        Look for guidance in her, she will take care of you

      4. Dede

        September 16, 2020 at 2:13 am

        I never worked with one either. I never even had a dream about her! but for YEARS shes been sending me signs in the form of Deer and I just now realize. I got a reading for it and I was told the deer were a sign and that a goddess wanted to get my attention, specifically Artemis and now im doing research on her. this article made me really wanna work with her. I was shocked when I heard this especially since shes a Goddess but she makes me automatically feel safe (since shes a protecter) even though the only signs I have ever gotten were from Deer.

    3. Brooke

      July 20, 2020 at 3:44 am

      The more I learn about her, the more I love her. I am co convinced she’s my spirit guide. I did a meditation to meet my spirit guide and I saw a wolf who then transformed into a cat. After doing some research on deities associated with those I felt the deepest connection with Artemis. I discovered this on the 6th which apparently the number 6 is sacred to her. I want to talk with her. I want a connection and relationship with her. How do I do this? I love her!

  20. Ren Wolf

    May 25, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Is it just me or is there some sort of wild when the moon shines?

  21. Tawany

    May 9, 2020 at 2:44 am

    Dear, could you explain this association between Hekate and Artemis?

    “Gods and Goddesses: Apollo, Diana, Leto, Nymphs, Hecate”

    1. admin

      May 9, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Truly they are both goddesses of the moon. That’s the real link.

      1. Kat

        July 12, 2020 at 10:10 pm

        My understanding is that Selene is the moon goddess of the heavens, Artemis moon goddess of the earth, and Hecate moon goddess of the underworld.
        Kat (●)

  22. Gee

    May 5, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    I’m really new to this sort of work so do you have any tips pr advice? Thanks!

  23. miriem

    May 2, 2020 at 12:43 am

    hey! I was wondering when we can find all those info you shared! especially if there is any book that talks about the offerings to Artemis. In greek most of the info we get is from mythology.. but how can i know the offerings are accurate?

  24. Daniel

    April 26, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Is it possible for a guy to work with Artemis?

    1. admin

      April 30, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Sure! I would just say that you should be very respectful of women, particularly their bodies and sexuality.

    2. William Fowkes

      January 30, 2021 at 10:37 am

      I too am being drawn to Artemis. She keeps appearing everywhere. I have always revered women . I’ve delivered a baby. I grow the herbs already. I am a passionate lover and protector of animals. The only iffy thing is archery. Very unsuccessful as a youth. Maybe I should try now. Are you being drawn too?

      1. Cheryl Lynn

        February 7, 2021 at 5:39 pm

        My boyfriend and I just took up archery a few months ago. I’m a pagan/Thelemite and recognize it as very spiritual and have named my bow Artemis, but am only now looking for a way to invoke her before I go out to shoot. I have a dear witchy friend who has honored Artemis for years. I am now understanding some of the things she has talked about, and experiences she has had. Artemis is a hard taskmistress but well worth it. My friend is a strong, independent witch who just gets better all the time.

  25. Anonymous

    April 1, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    is there any downsides to the ritual? Is it the same as taking an oath??

    1. Sher

      August 24, 2020 at 7:50 am

      I was also wondering this.

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