Goddess Artemis Diana of Ephesus
"Mother of All"
Hail Artemis Diana
Blessed Lady of the Beasts
I dedicate myself to You
May my path honor Thee
May my spirit celebrate Thee
May my life force magnify Thee
These things I pray
Be fulfilled this day
Goddess Mother help me
to know what is right
"No one has lifted my veil"
"According to Greek Pagan tradition, the Goddess has declared Herself
"No one has lifted my veil."
It is a question not exactly of the veil, but of the garments which covers Her female nakedness, the veil is a later misinterpretation for the sake of decency. The meaning is:
"I am the Mother without spouse, the Original Mother;
all are my children, and therefore none has ever dared to approach me; the impudent one who attempts it shames the Mother --- and that is the reason for the curse."
(from the "The Golden Bough" by Frazer)
Temple of Great Goddess Artemis Diana
Ephesus was the greatest Temple City in Asia Minor. It was dedicated to the Great Goddess Artemis Diana. This Temple was the last of the GreatGoddess Temples to remain open and was the site of Goddess worship well into the christian era.
When the Temple was in use, it was brightly painted and inlaid with stone. Most ancient Temples and statues that we see as pristine white, were brightly colored and vibrant. The colors would have similar to those found in Egyptian art. Statues were usually painted to resemble giant lifelike beings.
This is what the Temple may have looked like, the colors are those in use at the time, but how they were used, and in what order, I am not sure. This is just to give you a feeling for the intensity and vibrancy of the ancient Temples dedicated to the Goddesses and the Gods.
It was at Ephesus that the christian church declared Mary to be the "the God-bearer" in 431 C.E. This move was intended to legitimize christianity in the eyes of the people of Asia Miinor. Prior to 431 C.E. Mary was not recognized by the Christian church.
Many of the Great Goddess's titles were taken, and declared to be the titles of Mary, including; "Queen of Heaven", "Divine Virgin", "Mother of All". Ephesus was chosen for Mary's installation to add legitimacy to the church's claim that Mary, not Diana, was "the Mother of God", the "Mother of All."
Diana is one of the most beloved most and universal revered Goddesses in he world.
This is Diana Lucifera, the Goddess Diana known to the people of the British Isles.
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