Luna Picture

Self Portrait: Goddess Series.

Diana, or Luna, Roman goddess of the Moon, animals, and hunting (earth’s moon).
Luna gives us “lunar” from Latin lucere, to shine. Symbol: a crescent Moon.
* Called Luna by the Romans, Selene and Artemis by the Greeks, and many other names in other mythologies.
* The twin sister of Apollo was Artemis; also known as Diana, Phoebe, Selene, or Cynthia; goddess of the Moon, of maidens, of hunting (the chase), and daughter of Zeus and Latona.
* In works of art, this goddess is generally represented as a beautiful maiden, clad in a short hunting dress, armed with a bow, a quiver full of arrows at her side, and a crescent on her well-poised head.
* The sudden deaths of women were attributed to her shafts; but, she was, also, a goddess of healing.
* She was often represented as a huntress, with hunting dogs and a boar’s head at her side.
* Diana is described as guiding her silvery chariot over the sky at night.
* She had three aspects: Diana in the heavens, Luna on earth, and Hecate, goddess of witchcraft, in the underworld.
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