Did you know that the term Blessing, according to Oxford dictionary actually arises from the ancient ritual of Blood sprinkling of sacrificed victims (Old English blod and bloedsian), from ceremonies of animal sacrifice including that of human animals? Upon reading this, perhaps you might reconsider blessing someone or asking to be blessed, or even saying 'Bless you' if someone sneezes.
The Role of Animals in Ancient Human Religion – Part 1
'Honoured maiden huntress Artemis, Artemis…new moon come to us'…so begins the slow popular 'triple goddess' chant used by Wiccan and Pagans in stone circles to 'bring in' the qualities of the deity into the ritual circle and infuse them with her powers. But what about the fact that Artemis, much like Diana is a goddess of the hunt, armed with weapons to kill and subdue other animals with her might, her masculine femininity, her independence, pride and ego.