"Artemis, the archaic mistress of animals, probably dates back to Paleolithic times. Her realm is the wilderness, & her concern extends to all wild, untamed things. She presides over the hunt & is the goddess of hunters. Fiercely individualistic & independent, she remains apart from relationship to men. Despite her fierceness she is addressed as a healing & soothing goddess. Protector of births, she alleviates the suffering of women in childbirth. She is also responsible for the initiation of young girls. Artemis is a wonderful symbol of female independence. She reminds us of the value of solitude & the importance of wild, unprotected places. She shows us those frightening places that bring healing even through fear."