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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nemesis, the Goddess of Retribution and Vengeance (Dannette Wilson)


Greek goddess of vengeance, personification of divine wrath, from Greek nemesis "just indignation, righteous anger," literally "distribution" (of what is due), related to nemein "distribute, allot, apportion one's due," in the sense of "retributive justice."

Nemesis is honored in the celebration known as ‘Nemesea’ or the Festival of Nemesis on August 23rd.

The hand of Nemesis balances the scales of justice.

She untangles the threads spun by the Fates.

Lift the burden of this problem, great Nemesis.

Guide me to the solution.” DJ Conway

Nemesis is the goddess of divine retribution, indignation and revenge. She maintains the balance of justice, bringing either happiness of unhappiness. She worked especially in matters of love with unfair treatment. She punished those who deserve it and rewards others.

Nemesis is the Goddess who punished Narcissus for his arrogance by leading him to a pool to see his own reflection. He fell so in love with it that he died there.

In particular, she was invoked against those whose hubris and arrogance got the better of them, and served as a force of divine reckoning. Originally, she was a deity who simply doled out what people had coming to them, whether good or bad.

According to Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks, by Robert Garland, her festival, held each year, was seen as a way to console the spirits of those who had met a violent end. The festival was also a way to keep the angry spirits from taking out their frustrations on those still living.

Nemesis is often represented by a pair of scales, or the sword of divine vengeance

Today, many Hellenic Pagans still hold celebrations in honor of Nemesis, acknowledging both her power over the living and as a goddess of the dead. In the Orphic Hymns, Hymn 61 is a prayer to honor Nemesis:

Thee, Nemesis, I call, almighty queen,
by whom the deeds of mortal life are seen:
eternal, much revered, of boundless sight,
alone rejoicing in the just and right.

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