Virgin Warrior of Spirit

Artemis and the Great Bear, Cynthia Baxter, 1980.


       – warrior of the spirit,

       urging me on

       calling forth my green shoots

singing them out of the darkness.

       in love with this new life

       no-one can distract you.

Yet you do not curse the darkness

       you know it and trust it.

After the storm, the tempest, the destruction,

       in the compost,

Is there a will to live?

       something to grow?

From whence will come the mighty forest?

Where does it begin?

Artemis, great Virgin Goddess

       of the hibernating bear who wakes in the Spring

              of the deer whose antlers regrow so fast

Protect our spirits, our will to life

       tend the Flame within us.


Glenys Livingstone, February 1995


1.The Goddess quality of Virgin is re-storied in this essay: Restoring Her as Creative Triplicity: the Urge to Be by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.

2. The image of Artemis and the Great Bear is used with permission of the artist Cynthia Baxter:

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