According to Quatrian lore, Actaeon’s transformation into a stag at the hands of Artemis wasn’t a punishment. Instead, it represented the beginning of the initiate’s path into the Mysteries of Anthuor.

Actaeon, representing the earnest Seeker, spied the Maiden bathing in the Fountain of Life Force. Artemis, recognizing his devotion to Seeking, transformed him into one of the first People of Anthuor.

Reenactments of the Actaeon myth were performed during the Quatrian New Year festivals, in celebration of the blessings Actaeon brought to all of the People of Anthuor.

Source: Quatrian Folklore – Quatrian Folkways – Medium