Nemesis Bearer Of Justice  

Posted by Stella Clark

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NEMESIS was the personification of divine justice and the vengeance of the gods, sometimes called the daughter of Night. She represented the righteous anger of the gods against the proud and haughty and against breakers of the law; she distributed good or bad fortune to all mortals. No one could escape her power.

Nemesis has been described as the daughter of Oceanus or Zeus, but according to Hesiod she was a child of Erebus and Nyx. She has also been described as the daughter of Nyx alone. Her cult may have originated at Smyrna.

In some metaphysical mythology, Nemesis produced the egg from which hatched two sets of twins: Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra, and the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux. While many myths indicate Zeus and Leda to be the parents of Helen of Troy, the author of the compilation of myth called Bibliotheke notes the possibility of Nemesis being the mother of Helen; Nemesis, to avoid Zeus, turns into a goose, but he turns into a swan and mates with her. Nemesis in her bird form lays an egg that is discovered in the marshes by a shepherd, who passes the egg to Leda. It is in this way that Leda comes to be the mother of Helen, as she kept the egg in a chest until it hatched.

Invidia (sometimes called Pax-Nemesis) was also worshipped at Rome by victorious generals, and in imperial times was the patroness of gladiators and of the venatores, who fought in the arena with wild beasts, and was one of the tutelary deities of the drilling-ground (Nemesis campestris). Invidia was sometimes, but rarely, seen on imperial coinage, mainly under Claudius and Hadrian. In the 3rd century AD there is evidence of the belief in an all-powerful Nemesis-Fortuna. She was worshipped by a society called Hadrian's freedman. The poet Mesomedes wrote a hymn to Nemesis in the early 2nd century CE, where he addressed her:

Nemesis, winged balancer of life,
dark-faced goddess, daughter of Justice,

and mentioned her "adamantine bridles" that restrain "the frivolous insolences of mortals."

In early times the representations of Nemesis resembled Aphrodite, who herself sometimes bears the epithet Nemesis. Later, as the maiden goddess of proportion and the avenger of crime, she has as attributes a measuring rod (tally stick), a bridle, scales, a sword and a scourge, and rides in a chariot drawn by griffins.

Nemesis is also known to have been called by the name "Adrastia." Ammianus Marcellinus includes her in a digression on Justice following his description of the death of Gallus Caesar.

Nemesis's anger was seen as directed chiefly toward those guilty of arrogance (Hubris), particularly human arrogance towards the gods and their laws. Nemesis pursued the insolent and the wicked with inflexible vengeance. Her cult probably originated from Smyrna. She was described by Greek writers as the daughter of Oceanus or Zeus, but according to Hesiod she was a child of Erebus and Nyx.In English the meaning of the word nemesis has changed somewhat. It now usually means an ultimate or unbeatable enemy, as in the phrase "to meet one's nemesis." The sense of nemesis being a just punishment for hubris has generally been lost.

Further reading (free e-books):

Aleister Crowley - The Heart Of The Master
Janus Lacinius Therapus - The New Pearl Of Great Price.pdf

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Goddess Erce  

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"ERCE "IS THE ANGLO-SAXON GODDESS OF THE EARTH, THE EARTH MOTHER AND HARVEST GODDESS WHO IS KNOWN AS "EARTH AS LADY. "SHE IS THE FEMALE REPRESENTATION OF THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR...OR SEASONAL CHANGES. SHE IS SYMBOLIZED BY A WOMB OR BY AN OVER-FLOWING HORN OF PLENTY.

IT IS ALMOST AUTUMNM NOW, AND ALMOST TIME FOR ERCE TO EMPTY HER BURLAP BAG FILLED WITH CORN INTO THE WHEELBARROW. THEN, AFTER A QUICK DRINK OVER AT THE WELL IN THE CHRYSANTHEMUM GARDEN, SHE WILL TOSS HER SACK BACK OVER HER SHOULDER AND HEAD OFF INTO THE WHEAT FIELD TO GATHER MORE CROPS. SHE IS WORSHIPPED AS THE TRIPLE GODDESS, AND HER NAME CAN BE CHANTED AS AN INVOCATION TO THE EARTH.

INVITE ERCE TO YOUR HARVEST FESTIVALS, AND ALLOW HER TO LEND HER AID TO EARTH MAGICK.

"ERCE, ERCE, ERCE,"MOTHER OF EARTH,
"HAIL TO THEE, ERCE,"MOTHER OF MEN.
MOTHER EARTH,"BE FRUITFUL NOW,"
"FIELDS GROWING AND THRIVING"
"INCREASING AND STRENGTHENING,"
"TALL STEMS AND FINE CROPS,"
"BOTH THE BREAD BARLEY"
"AND THE FAIR WHEAT,"
"ANE ALL OF THE CROPS OF THE EARTH."
"HALE MAY YOU BE, EARTH, MOTHER OF MORTALS!"
"GROW PREGNANT IN THE EMBRACE OF GOD,"
"FILLED WITH FOOD FOR MORTALS' USE."

- SECOND MERSEBURG CHARM, ENGLAND -



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Minona Spirit Of Magic  

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"MINONA", A POWERFUL SPIRIT OF MAGIC, IS WIDELY KNOWN AS THE WEST AFRICAN PATRON DEITY OF WITCHES. SHE IS THE PROTECTOR OF WOMEN, WITCHES, AND THE HOME, AS WELL AS THE ANCESTORS. SHE DWELLS DEEP IN THE FOREST, TEACHING BENEVOLENT AND PROTECTIVE MAGIC TO THOSE WOMEN WHO VALUE HER KNOWLEDGE. "MINONA" CAN FORESEE THE FUTURE. SHE TAUGHT THE SHAMANS A METHOD OF DIVINATION THROUGH THE USE OF PALM KERNELS. "MINONA," TOO, GIVES POWER TO SORCERERS AND PROTECTS THEM.

Minona became caretaker of women and imparts fertility to women and the earth. In a sense, She is "Mother Earth" herself. She has no temples or public shrines. Instead, women create altars in their homes in Her honor, with offerings of fresh fruits.

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