Artemesia Gentileschi (1593-1652)
We should all know the name of Artemesia Gentileschi, the Italian Baroque painter. The daughter of an already renowned painter, she endured a seven month long hugely publicized rape trial in which she – not the accused rapist – was tortured with thumbscrews to ensure she was telling the truth.
The case for the defense was (amongst other things) that she was already a whore at age 18. Eventually the rapist was convicted and she went on to build a successful career for herself, winning the patronage of the Medicis and much acclaim.
From here Astral DNA Report:
Jupiter Square Pluto
Jupiter square Pluto
Jupiter-Square-Pluto is gold. Sometimes literally. Whenever this person goes to even pick up the phone to make some money, book a trip or scare up fresh business, Uncle Pluto gets in on the act. They can’t not pursue their bliss. They usually get ousted from any gig where their soul is not involved and they have superior comeback powers. Never ever write them off or rule them out as a rival/threat.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of her work features the rare biblical stories and myths of female violence against men – but this beautiful picture of the Moon Goddess Artemis/Diana makes me think she knew she was Cancerian, found strength from it and of course, her name sake was Artemis.
Remember also that whilst the Moon is often portrayed in astrology as Yin and Receptive – the Moon Goddess is wild. Fiercely fit, she hunts alone and takes long runs through the moonlit jungles. She is more like Pan or one of the nature gods than, say, a sedate and relationship-centric goddess.
Artemis, Diana, Celene and the other Moon Goddesses have secret sanctuaries (like Superman) they skinny dip in surreal magical mountain rivers and converse with all creatures in the world. Some say that they and/or the Moon knows every secret ever told.
The Passion Of Artemesia by Susan Vreeland says she lived a remarkably modern life for a woman of that era. She was hugely aware of being a female artist, independent, the single mother of daughters and striving for success in dangerous times.
On this Dark Moon, we love her, yes?
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