Feast Of Artemis  

Posted by Stella Clark

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COLORS: Silver, white, and pale green


ALTAR: On a white cloth place woodland vines and branches, a silver crescent moon, a bow and arrow, incense of cypress, a chalice of white wine, and the figures of many deer.

OFFERINGS: Stag-shaped cakes of dough, honey, and sesame called "elaphoi", placed on the altar. Make a promise and keep your word. Give something to women in need.

DAILY MEAL: Venison is best, or else rabbit or quail.


Hail, Lady of the deer hunt!

You who are both hunter and hunted,

You who wield the bow

And bring the prey to their knees,

You who are the doe

Who flees and eludes the pursuers,

Come to us and bless our hunt!

We too seek in the darkness,

We too flee through the darkness,

We too are both predator and prey.

Virgin of the crescent moon,

Implacable one with silver gaze

Who is called She Who Slays,

Fearless huntress, skilled tracker,

Shy deer who runs from our

Groping hands and clumsy feet,

Ray of moonlight that shows

Secrets beneath the forest leaves

That are glimpsed once and then

Never seen again in our lifetimes,

Archer with the fierce pack

Who hounds us through our weaknesses

And will not let us compromise,

Remind us that to shun compromise is to remain true

To something that we must keep alive or lose.


New moon shining,

Artemis, Artemis

(Pass around the chalice and pour out the rest as libation. Pass around the elaphoi and put the rest out for the woodland creatures as an offering.)

Found in: Pagan Book of Hours

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