Diana, the Living Myth continued

In her book, GODDESSES IN EVERY WOMAN, Jean Bolen discusses the Greek and Roman myths of Diana/Artemis and their psychological meaning for women today:

"The Artemis woman puts effort into work that is of subjective value to her.....(She may be) the advocate of a lost cause, the unappreciated reformer.....Artemis has a tendency to feel strongly about her causes and principles. She may have come to the defense of someone smaller or may fervently assert, "That's not fair" before embarking on some campaign to righta wrong." (pp. 54, 58)

"But deep down, she struggles with feelings that she is not good enough ...and even when she succeeds, still feels inadequate....(Yet her apparent strength might unleash) a man's competitiveness. He may react to her achievement as winning or surpassing him." (pp. 56, 62)

"The archetype she represents enables a woman to seek her own goals on terrain of her own choosing. Artemis represents a sense of intactness, a one-in-herselfness, an attitude of "I-can-take-care-of-myself" that allows a woman to function in her own with self-confidence and an independence of spirit...Her identity and sense of worth is based on who she is and what she does." (p. 49)

Reading the Greek and Roman myths of Diana, and following with our eyes, hearts and minds her story and the aftermath of her death, we can only wonder: Did Princess Diana, born in the sign of Cancer, ruled by the Moon, succeed in living the myth of her name?

Having become the archetype of goddess Diana to herself and to others, did she in her soul choose to ascend? Is she now even more fully like the Moon which she rules, an inner light to shine through the darkness in the lives of those who treasure her memory?

Diana was indeed "a candle in the wind", but only as that candle is extinguished, and the dark night envelopes us, can we see more clearly the moon and stars. And hopefully, as a result of standing in her own moonlight, we will discover like her our own means of transforming our grief to compassion and love, our darkness to light, and our anger to impassioned action and commitment to the true, heartfelt needs of humanity.  

by Ben Jonson

Queen and Huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver chair
State in wonted manner keep;
Hesperus entreats thy light,
Goddess excellently bright...

Lay thy bow of pearl apart
And thy crystal-shining quiver;
Give unto the flying hart
Space to breathe, how short so ever;
Thou that mak'st a day of night,
Goddess excellently bright.

"You called out to our country,
and you whispered to those in pain.

Now you belong to heaven,
and the stars spell out your name..."

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