Litany to Artemis

This is from my old blog, The Geekie Hellenist.

This is the litany to Artemis, which you can do on your prayer beads. I got this from the book ‘In Praise of Olympus: Prayers to the Greek Gods’ by Hearthstone. Hope that you enjoy it.

Beautiful Artemis, dark-eyed maid with tangled hair, well-garlanded one, racing the wind through flowered fields; playmate of the radiant nymphs, you shine more brightly than any other, O excellent goddess. I praise and honor you and thank you for your blessings.

Artemis the chaste, maiden untouched and free of will, unruled and unrestrained, you are your own woman, your own mistress, forever your own self. Artemis, ideal to which we may only aspire, I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Artemis who delights in arrows, whose shafts of gold pour down like rain, far-working goddess whose aim is ever true, swift-shooting bow-woman who lets fly a hundred darts to darken the sky, I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Artemis of the hunting-spear, Artemis of the bow, each shot a clear shot, each strike a deathstrike, spiller of blood, taker of life, merciful one, your sure and steady arm delivers an easy death. I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Artemis of the strong voice, clamorous one whose bold cries echo through the forest; Artemis  whose calls strike fear into the hearts of all, you join your sweet song with the bays of the hounds. I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Artemis of the beasts, who runs with the wolf and the deer, who knows the ways of all the wild things, who wards the wilderness from those who would despoil the land, who would take from it what they do not need, I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Skillful Artemis, helper of childbirth, midwife to blessed Leto, you brought your dear brother into the world mere moments after your own arrival, so wise and quick-witted a child were you. I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Merry-hearted Artemis who leads the dance of the playful nymphs, your graceful feet among the bright flowers, swift of step and wild of caper, revealing in the songs of maidens. Artemis, I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.