Themis is the ancient Titaness of natural order or divine law. Her rise to prominence was an ability to allow the translations of such order through the Oracles at Delphi. The original Prophetesses learned to open their gating channels to her and receive her wise counsel as the communication from above and below.
|Parents||Gaia and Ouranos (Land and Ether)|
|Children||Horae, Hesperides, Eunomia, Moirai|
|Herbs/Plants||Mugwort, Thyme, Sage, Marigold, Rose, Garlic, Cedar, Frankincense|
|Zodiacal/Astrological||Virgo/Libra, Mercury/ Saturn|
Orphic Hymn 79 to Themis (trans. Taylor) (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.):
LXXIX. To Themis.
THE FUMIGATION FROM FRANKINCENSE.
Illustrious Themis, of celestial birth,
Thee I invoke, young blossom of the earth.148
All-beauteous virgin; first from thee alone
Prophetic oracles to men were known,
Giv’n from the deep recesses of the fane
In sacred Pytho, where renown’d you reign.
From thee Apollo’s oracles arose,
And from thy pow’r his inspiration flows.
Honour’d by all, of form divinely bright,
Majestic virgin, wand’ring in the night.
Mankind from thee first learnt perfective rites,
And Bacchus’ nightly choirs thy soul delights;
For the God’s honours to disclose is thine,
And holy mysteries and rites divine.
Be present, Goddess, to my pray’r inclin’d,
And bless thy Teletæ with fav’ring mind.
Credit: Universal Theosophy
Finding Our Own Wise Counsel
Time, much like other things in society, are constructs that are man-made. The natural order of things does not follow such man-made constructs. The same is true in our magic. While it appears that this anthology is late, I am confident that it is right on time. As all magic is.
Justice, Courage, and Wisdom
The natural order and the idea of justice being blind (blindfolded) took me deep into the possibilities. It takes great courage to throw out the rule book. Especially in our magic. To step back from our idea of what things should look like and find the wisdom in what is. If I can do that, then the possibilities for magic in aligning for justice and wisdom are not bound by anything other than my own limitations in understanding the natural order (or how to work with it). Themis became very clear about limitations as gates of opportunity.
Gates of Opportunity
Every challenge or limitation is an opportunity. I know that sounds like corporate jargon (along with bandwidth, circle back, tabling something – of course I can make those magic words too with the right perspective!) but magic is magic because of the ability to alchemize, transform, transmute, transcend, or change something with a higher probability of being in our favor. If that is not an opportunity then I may define opportunity in a unique way (I accept that this may be the case, but I doubt it). My limitations as a practitioner of magic are many once I recognized that Themis is sending the message that the rules I am holding myself to aren’t mine if they don’t fit for me.
Status quo doesn’t fit for me, not in my magic.
It is more apparent with each passing day that it doesn’t fit for me in my life at all. These gates of opportunity must be opened wide enough for me to allow new ways of learning, growing, and being in my magic to take a strong hold in how I live daily with the natural order. It is from the bones. In the bones.
In the Bones
Feet planted firmly in the mud, rain pouring down, the coldness of the air entering my lungs reminds me that I am alive. That my bones and the bones of everyone before me are alive and well within me. Their magic, their knowing, it is all there. The Samhain Fire and Dance for the ancestors is a great re-membering of those bones, the wisdom, and the natural order that the ancients lived by before men took power that was not theirs to take. This moment, during Bone Season, is a gift from Themis to open those gates because where we go next requires the knowledge buried there.
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