Goddess Dike  

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"DIKE "WAS THE GREEK GODDESS OF JUSTICE FOR HUMANITY. HER MOTHER,WAS THEMIS, THE GIVER OF SOCIAL ORDER, WAS THE SECOND WIFE OF ZEUS. DIKE WAS ONE OF THE THREE HORAE, OR 'HOURS'. HER SISTERS WERE EUNOMIA (RULER) AND IRENE (PEACE). THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAIDENS WHO WERE ASSOCIATED WITH FLOWERS AND FRUITS AND ARE OFTEN SHOWN BEDECKING HERA'S CHARIOT WITH GARLANDS OF FLOWERS. THEY WERE ALSO SPRING, SUMMER/AUTUMN, AND WINTER RESPECTIVELY. OF THE THREE, THE ONE WHO LATER BROKE AWAY FROM HER SISTERS AND ESTABLISHED HERSELF SEPARATELY WAS DIKE.

DIKE WAS NOT JUST A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER WEAVING MAIDEN, AND IN HER LATER INCARNATIONS WE FIND HER ALONE, WITHOUT HER SISTERS, SITTING ON A THRONE, BLINDFOLDED WITH A SWORD IN HER HAND. THIS IS THE JUSTICE FIGURE WE ARE MOST FAMILIAR WITH. THIS SIDE OF DIKE IS JUST AS RELEVANT TO OUR LIVES AS THE PRETTY MAIDEN, FOR IT BRINGS US INTO CONTACT WITH THE DANCE OF KARMA. ALL JUSTICE COMES WITH TIME, AND SO WE FIND JUSTICE (DIKE) BOUND UP WITH TIME.

AFTER CENTURIES OF INJUSTICE OF MAN TO MAN, DIKE FINALLY GIVES UP ON HUMANITY AND RETREATS TO THE TOP OF A MOUNT OLYMPUS, SWEARING SHE WOULD NEVER COME DOWN AGAIN UNTIL THERE WAS JUSTICE IN THE WORLD. ACCORDING TO LEGEND, SHE IS STILL THERE, SITTING NEXT TO ZEUS AND WATCHING DOWN ON THE WORLD. AMONG THE GODS AND GODDESSES SHE WAS THE BEST OF ALL THE VIRGINS. SHE THEN, WITH ALL THE OTHER GODS AND GODDESSES, WATCHES DOWN ON ALL OF US.

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