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Friday, October 12, 2018

Themis - goddess of Justice in the natural order of things - finished


The daughter of Gaia...I'd already named her.  Then yesterday I read there was a Greek goddess named Themis, daughter of Gaia.

So let it be.







And there's the flaw.  Somehow the robe in back/on the side, has cracked.  Another goddess that can't be sold, so she's gracing my altar with several others.

More information on Themis:
THEMIS was the Titan goddess of divine law and order--the traditional rules of conduct first established by the gods. She was also a prophetic goddess who presided over the most ancient oracles, including Delphoi (Delphi). In this role, she was the divine voice (themistes) who first instructed mankind in the primal laws of justice and morality, such as the precepts of piety, the rules of hospitality, good governance, conduct of assembly, and pious offerings to the gods. In Greek, the word themis referred to divine law, those rules of conduct long established by custom. Unlike the word nomos, the term was not usually used to describe laws of human decree.
Themis was an early bride of Zeus and his first counsellor. She was often represented seated beside his throne advising him on the precepts of divine law and the rules of fate.
Themis was closely identified with DemeterThesmophoros ("Bringer of Law"). Indeed Themis' six children, the spring-time Horai (Horae, Seasons) and death-bringing Moirai (Moirae, Fates), reflect the dual-functions of Demeter's own daughter Persephone. Themis was also identified with Gaia (Gaea, Earth) especially in the role of the oracular voice of earth.
Source: http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisThemis.html
And Wikipedia gives us this...
Themis (/ˈθmɪs/Ancient Greek: Θέμις) is an ancient Greek Titaness. She is described as "[the Lady] of good counsel", and is the personification of divine order, fairness, law, natural law, and custom. Her symbols are the Scales of Justice, tools used to remain balanced and pragmatic. Themis means "divine law" rather than human ordinance, literally "that which is put in place", from the Greek verb títhēmi (τίθημι), meaning "to put".
To the ancient Greeks she was originally the organizer of the "communal affairs of humans, particularly assemblies".[1] Moses Finley remarked of themis, as the word was used by Homer in the 8th century BCE, to evoke the social order of the 10th- and 9th-century Greek Dark Ages:
Finley adds, "There was themis—custom, tradition, folk-waysmores, whatever we may call it, the enormous power of 'it is (or is not) done'. The world of Odysseus had a highly developed sense of what was fitting and proper."[3]
...When Themis is disregarded, Nemesis brings just and wrathful retribution; 
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Themis - where various footnotes give further reading.


TODAY"S QUOTE:
Correct with kindness and love but also with zeal and holy freedom. If you do not speak out, if you do not sound the alarm when it is needed, you will be justly convicted by your silence.
ST. MARY EUPHRASIA



2 comments:

Linda said...

It's very nice! Sorry that it cracked.

Michèle Hastings said...

She is wonderful! It's so disappointing when you spend so much time creating and then there's a crack. Such is the nature of clay. At least you can keep and enjoy her.