Voice of the Earth
primal prophetess, the one who seeks
the hidden truths; then I call upon
earth's daughter Themis, for justice
sits upon her mother's throne;
these names are the vestibule of prayer
for me, the entry to the sacred realm.
Then I call upon Athena, for I will
need her wisdom; and the Muses,
for I need their eloquence. Divine
women, all of them, I invoke them
as I rise into my strength and power.
~Greek Dramatist, Aeschylus
The Goddess Companion
6 A Titanis (female Titan) and one of
the six children of Gaia and Uranus. She bore six children as
birthed the three Horae (which translates as ‘hours’)
with Zeus. Sometimes
the Horae are
represented as seasons: Thallo,
Bringer or Spring; Auxo, the Grower or Summer; Carpo, the Fruit
there were only
three seasons). The
Horae were also
known as “The Rightness of Order Unfolding in Time”: Dike (Trial),
Astraea in Roman mythology (the constellation Virgo); Eirene (Peace)
Eunomia (Rule of Law). So
governed the growth and production of plants and stability and order in
– growth and balance between plants and people.
presided over the division of the sacrificial feast
and over the gathering and disbanding of mortal meetings (conferences,
conventions, assemblies), especially governmental ones.
Themis differs from Lady Justice (Justitia), the blindfolded woman holding scales, in that Themis governs what is divinely dictated as ‘right’. Whereas, Justitia, governs the laws created by humanity.
The following quote of text from http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisThemis.html adds additional understanding to Themis and her power.
“Themis was closely identified with Demeter…. Indeed Themis' six children, the spring-time Horai and death-bringing Moirai, reflect the dual-functions of Demeter's own daughter Persephone. Themis was also identified with Gaia (Earth) especially in the role of the oracular voice of earth.”
Siculus, Library of History 5. 67. 3 (trans. Oldfather) (Greek
"Of the female Titanes . . . Themis, the myths tell us, was the first to introduce divinations and sacrifices and ordinances which concern the gods [piety], and to instruct men in the ways of obedience to laws and of peace [lawfulness]. Consequently men who preserve what is holy with respect to the gods and the laws of men are called ‘law-guardians’ (thesmophulakes) and ‘law-givers’ (thesmothetai)."
Smyrnaeus, Fall of
"Ay, wicked men never elude pure Themis (Divine Law) : night and day her eyes are on them, and the wide world through above the tribes of men she floats in air, holpen of Zeus, for punishment of sin."
Dionysiaca 41. 155 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :
"[Hermes] came to help [Aphrodite with] the labour of Beroe [goddess of the city famous for its law-courts], and Themis (Divine-Law) was her Eileithyia (Birth-Goddess)--she made a way through the narrow opening of the swollen womb for the child, and unfolded the wrapping, and lightened the sharp pang of the ripening birth, with Solon’s laws in hand. Kypris [Aphrodite] under the oppression of her travail leaned back heavily against the ministering goddess, and in her throes brought forth the wise child upon the Attic book."
In her essay on Themis, Dr. Kathleen Granville Damiani says, “The Greek word Themis and the English word Doom are one and the same. Doom is whatever is fixed and settled. ‘Your private doom is your private opinion, but that is weak and ineffective. It is the collective Doom, public opinion, that, for man's common convenience, crystallizes into Law. Themis like Doom begins on earth and ends in heaven.’ (Harrison, Themis, 483)”
There are times in life when we enter the court system to have help in dealing with life’s sitations – child support, divorce, civil and criminal issues. Each time, standing before a judge, we hope to have favor and receive what we think is truly ours- money, rights, absolution or justice. This ritual is for women who are undergoing this process.
Goddess, I call on you
That all may be as it should
For Rightness on tomorrow’s day
With decisions for my good.
Then light the black and white candles and tell the Goddess of your specific worries and the situation that has brought you to court. When ready, light the green candle to Gaia and ask, “for the best possible outcome to all.” Meditate on the truth that everything we do and ask for is directly connected to Gaia and her web of life. When ready, extinguish the green and blue candles (in case you have several days in court and want to do this each night). But let your black and white candles burn. In the morning put a quarter in each pocket so that you have something to hold in your palm to remind you of the Goddess and that she is with you during the trial or hearing. On subsequent nights, light the blue and green candle and ask for what you perceive to be needed- the right words for truth to be spoken, or whatever other help you need.
Original Art by Artesia
hymn to Themis
So have I, stumbling through life,
With tears and anger compressed
like dark diamonds, into depression.
My setbacks and losses chilling me
like a decade of winter.
I have forgotten balance
and abandoned Temperance.
Living daily with the too cruel hand
of Fate tucked into my back pocket,
pulling me back from all I deserved.
At first, I railed against what life brought,
refusing to believe it could last long.
I accepted my suffering
as a phase,
a chance to grow,
a test of faith.
Then my optimism floundered
from relentless pressure,
crushing my hope, grinding my kindness.
My voice raised the winds of rage.
My sadness caused tears to spill on cheeks not my own.
My suffering silenced friends and family.
Until the sun washed my face dry,
peeling away the skin
leaving only bone.
My outer layers of memories, experiences and emotions gone,
my skull grew warm.
Themis, Blossom of Earth,
touched me, germinating hope.
And then I knew,
having been wounded, I understood pain.
Having wounded, I understood power.
All chance for destruction or growth lies
within the rise and fall of my voice.
And I choose wisely,
listening to Themis,
The Righteous One.
And I refrain from rash anger
to speak words of truth
with tempered care and empathetic love,
finding Balance, walking in Wisdom.
And my compressed rage breaks apart slowly
one day at a time
to reveal new growth-
my soul’s spring rejuvenation of self.
Grannymoon’s Morning Feast
Wikipedia – Themis, the Horae
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