Mythology and other Fantastical Things: Nemesis, the Goddess of Retribution.

According to the Greek goddess Nemesis, you can’t have things in your life progressing too well. That’s just not fair. Especially if you don’t deserve it. But they don’t necessarily have to be too terrible, either. Especially if you haven’t been behaving especially bad. Your fortunes should be somewhere right in the middle. A nice even balance of great days and just plain bad luck. And if your fortunes are a little out out of balance lately, you’re in luck. Nemesis has the cure to fix it.

Today’s fantastic mythological deity is Nemesis, the Greek goddess of doling out retribution for undeserved good fortune, or for punishing those who have not been held accountable for evil deeds . To be honest, before I started researching her, I thought that she was solely a goddess of settling feuds and meting out justice, but in reality her role is a bit more complex. Nemesis is a careful deity, measuring happiness and unhappiness with great precision, and then sending out some hardships to those who have been a little too happy and had a few too many blessings and gifts lately. This will be particularly bad for you if you have committed a terrible act for which you have yet to be punished. On the flip side, if you’re having a string of bad luck then don’t fear, Nemesis will probably hold off on sending more trouble your way. In this way she maintains the status quo. She was often seen with Tykhe, a god of fortune. He would dispense gifts, and if they were too extravagant she would counter them with a helping of misfortunes. Sounds like fun.

Nemesis was depicted as a winged woman, and some of her symbols included a balance (presumably to weigh the good and bad luck?) an apple branch (to reward people with lots of apples?), a rein a lash and a sword (self-explanatory).

What do you think about this goddess? I found her to be fascinating, but also kind of a horrible concept. The idea of good things in your life being held in check by a vengeful goddess is a terrifying idea. While moderation is admirable in many ways, I don’t think I would want Nemesis flying around as the enforcer. Tell me what you think about this mythical deity!

Unlike Nemesis, I wish you a day full of many, many good things and lots of good luck,


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  1. That was delightful Winter. Thank you for that. I’m still getting over the loss of my wife and trying to get my head together, so my Morning Frigate hasn’t sailed in a while. But it will soon. In the meantime, I’m enjoying your work.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading Robert, I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. I’m so very sorry for the loss of your wife, my deepest condolences. It is so very hard. Sending you positive energy and thoughts.


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