Artemis & Scorpio – A Story of Feminine Autonomy & Fierceness
Whether or not you put any stock into astrology, I want to provide you with symbolism to help you understand why this Scorpio (fall-to-winter) season and transition feels so emotionally intense every year. Women, especially listen in.
According to Greek mythology (or at least my understanding of it), Artemis (Roman Diana) was born the daughter of Zeus. And right after she was born, she became a midwife who assisted her mother in delivering her twin brother. (Whoa, so I guess I shouldn’t be so concerned with birthing my own child in March as long as a newborn can do it!) She is now revered as the goddess and protectress of childbirth. Artemis became a huntress, a nature and wild animal lover, and she never let any lover steal her eternal virginity. Artemis and her friend Orion often hunted together, which made Artemis’s twin brother, the god Apollo, insanely jealous. Enraged, he commissioned Mother Earth to create a giant scorpion that murdered Orion with a sting. Another myth is that Apollo tricked his sister Artemis into killing Orion the hunter with her own bow and arrow. These stories demonstrate how abruptly and violently relationships and situations can end. Artemis was overtly competitive and fiercely independent. The weak and regressive may feel intimidated by her lack of intimacy, but for those who are inspired by her fierceness, her story offers strength, efficiency, and personal growth. Survival of the fittest, babe. So in this intense season, channel her strength and self-sufficiency and do something terrifying and that feels powerful. Now is the time. Make a big change. Confidently end a toxic relationship. Commit to chastity. Whatever it is, be fierce.
@heavenmcarthur gifted me time to chat with Vanessa Cuoto (FB @LiminalJourneys) for my birthday present a few years ago. Vanessa showed me how mythology, astrology, and psychology form a psychologically useful trio that helps us process what has happened in our pasts and what is happening in our lives currently, and how to be the strongest and yet softest versions of ourselves. I highly recommend scheduling a coaching session as it quite literally changed my life in ways I couldn’t predict.
Kristy is the primary senior portrait and women photographer at This Wild Way – Wedding, Engagement, Portrait, and Travel Photography based in Bend, Oregon – and a wild advocate holistic and psychologically balanced living.