Themis was a Titaness (the female version of Titan), which was a generation of gods that came before the Olympians. This was the Golden Age, a time of peace when the Titan Kronos ruled over all others. Themis was one of the first twelve Titans, direct descendants of Gaea (Mother Earth) and Uranus (Father Sky), the first beings to ever exist in the universe.
She personified, or represented, fairness, the laws of the gods, the laws of human nature, the laws made by man and customs (or tradition). She was able to see the future, and because of this, became one of many in a line of Oracles of Delphi (also known as Pythia). An Oracle of Delphi was a high priestess who served at the Temple of Apollo at the ancient site of Delphi. The priestess was able to foretell divine prophecies once filled with the spirit of Apollo. Some legends say Themis created this oracle position while others credit Gaea, who then gave it to her. Themis is often seen holding a sword, which represents her ability to separate, or cut, the truth from the lies. And sometimes, she’s holding a scale, a symbol for justice and balance.
When the will of Themis was ignored, her counterpart Nemesis sought to punish those who chose not to listen to the gods. They were hit with the fullest extent of her wrath. The two goddesses were sort of entwined in their duties, which is why it made sense that they shared a temple in the ancient Greek city of Rhamnous.
Together with Zeus, Themis bore the Horae, or the goddesses of the seasons. She also gave birth to Natura, a goddess of the forest. Some say that Zeus and Themis created the Three Fates, or the Morai, while others say they already existed and even attended their divine wedding ceremony. This interpretation goes on to say that the Three Fates were actually born with Themis in the sea and that they traveled with her to Mount Olympus to meet Zeus.
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