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In Greek mythology, Themis (meaning "law of nature" rather than human ordinance, literally "that which is put in place", from the verb τίθημι, [5títhēmi, to put), she "of good counsel" was the embodiment of divine order, law and custom. When Themis is disregarded, Nemesis brings just and wrathful retribution, thus Themis shared the Nemesion temple at Rhamnous.

Themis is not wrathful: she, "of the lovely cheeks", was the first to offer Hera a cup when she returned to Olympus distraught over threats from Zeus. Themis presided over the proper relation between man and woman, the basis of the rightly ordered family (the family was seen as the pillar of the deme), and judges were often referred to as "themistopóloi" (the servants of Themis). Such was the basis for order upon Olympus too. Even Hera addressed her as "Lady Themis." The name of Themis might be substituted for Adrasteia in telling of the birth of Zeus on Crete. She built the Oracle at Delphi and was herself oracular. According to another legend, Themis received the Oracle at Delphi from Gaia and later gave it to Phoebe.

With Zeus she more certainly bore the Horae, those embodiments of the right moment — the rightness of Order unfolding in Time — and Astraea. Themis was there at Delos to witness the birth of Apollo. According to Ovid, it was Themis rather than Zeus who told Deucalion to throw the bones of his Mother over his shoulder to create a new race of mankind after the Deluge.

To these ancient Greeks she was originally the organizer of the "communal affairs of humans, particularly assemblies." Her ability to foresee the future enabled her to become one of the Oracles of Delphi, which in turn led to her establishment as the goddess of divine justice. Some classical representations of Themis (illustration, right) did not show her blindfolded (because of her talent for prophecy, she had no need to be blinded) nor was she holding a sword (because she represented common consent, not coercion).

The first recorded appearance of Justice as a divine personage (Themis) occurred in Hesiod's Theogony where, drawing not only on the socio-religious consciousness of his time but also on many of the earlier cult-religions, he described the forces of the universe as cosmic divinities. For Hesiod, Justice is at the center of religious and moral life, who independently of Zeus, is the embodiment of divine will. It is important to note that in Hesiod, Moira, Themis and Dike are the divine descendants of the Great Mother-Goddess. This personification of Dike will stand in contrast to justice viewed as custom or law, and as retribution or sentence.

A illustration for Myths & Legends CCG done arround june of this year.
PSCS/Bamboo/4-5 hours/Music: Metallica - ...And Justice For All (LOL, i cant think in another thing when I was drawing and painting this.)

fixed version on feet and sword , also y add the regular work on all...:) thanks for your coments and help.
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wolfr3in15 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
do you have one of nemesis?
AppleSara Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
She's very awesome in your picture... And her hair... Good job :)
brandi707marcy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
You should do the fate sisters!
AngelsHarmony15 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very well drawn and the art work is quite divine, very good job. ^^
lielin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
at first I thought she was libra because of the weighing scale, then I saw the title and I was like oh. but even so, she is still very beautiful.
sonic101227 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
she's very pretty 
pimohdaimaoh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Symbol of Justice as we all known. . . . . but sometimes rich criminals in other countries or Corrupt Government officials can BRIBED Her using money well we all know most women by the symbol are more possessed in money than men . . . . . . . in result her justice system sometimes can be tricked. . . poor innocents. . . . .
KendrixTermina Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
The Dress *.* ~<3
thereturnofthewill Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
DragonCount Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Personally Themis is one of those deities I have little care for. Don't get me wrong, like all the deities of the Greek pantheon, she is an interesting character, but the whole concept of justice and balance doesn't ring with me. Primarily with my 'nature is chaos' perspective.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Well, nature isn't all chaos, it is also order. Otherwise, no body - in the sens of material - would ever have coherence, right ?


The weight or chaos and order in nature ... sounds like a good subject for a philosophy thesis. ^^
DragonCount Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, when I mean "nature is chaos", refers to the fact that it's constantly moving, constantly changing and a constant struggle, something that's almost unpredictable to the human eye and outside our control (i.e. storms, earthquakes, volcanic activity, even plants seeping into places where you wouldn't expect like bursting out of concrete).
Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow !
Firya Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Wow allyour goddess are awesome
AlexHenkel Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
femelushka Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like but tis low res.
scootermeister Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Maestro, May I have your permission to use your Themis on my racing sidecar. She is awesome! Regards, Alan /
Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
"nor was she holding a sword (because she represented common consent, not coercion)."

It was, and still IS* "common consent" that some people only understand the edge of a sword.
Airkey Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply gorgeous! :D
viv2001 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
nice picture. I'm a Libra!!!
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Oh, so this is Lady Justice?

Too bad "Themis" keeps getting buttfucked here in Argentina. After the horrifying train crash in Once, everyone else but T.B.A. is blamed. The head of T.B.A. is on trial for a completely different thing. What the fuck does it take for T.B.A. to finally lose control of the trains, an even bigger crash?

And don't get me started on the parody that was the Candela Rodriguez trial...
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
"What the fuck does it take for T.B.A. to finally lose control of the trains, an even bigger crash?"
With him or her aboard, maybe ? ^^

Don't get me wrong, I don't wish for anyone to die in any way here. This sentence above was just for joke.
AshWillSlash Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Themis is the same than Astraea?
denochi4ever Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
this pic is what i was looking for. this just gave me my motivation back to be a better artist
haihailittlebunny Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Beautifull!!! I loved the hair and the dress
hollowboy2099 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MGQuen Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
¡Eres mi ídolo!
Ametha Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Like it a lot... <3

the caracter itself is really important to me, because someone like her makes me believe that everyone gets what he deserves at the end (maybe when we die...).

(It really helps me, especially when there's another terrible story about rape and violene in the news and they say the guy gets 5 years in jail an then he's free angain... -.-)

yeah, and blue's my favourite colour :D
really great art.

Thank you
JonMan94 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
....justice is lost, justice is raped, justice is done....

nicely done
saishadow Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
so shes the law
Qui5012Artist Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HateMachine03 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
I'm in love
SkySlam55 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
This is beyond words...
OneiricZetetic Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
This is sexy!
thelostpleiad Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
I fell in love with this pic! I don't know how you are able to do things like this, but keep it up ;P
Jan9462 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Breathtaking pic. The colour is spectacular! Small quibble on the feet, but I do love this one alot!
Ryu5 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
out of curiosity, did you use blue as main colour for a historical reason, or for something else? I have noticed that that colour is often used when "law" is in mind (using the "law runes" from runescape as an example).
mojo08 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
me mataron los colores @.@!!
CrashAriMP5N2O Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
She's holding a balance. Libra is so my sign. =)
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ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
justice is as justice does :P

Excellent picture
GiftedChild777 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist
perfect color for Libra sign :icontongueplz:
hellhebi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome as allways[link]
Jammyy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
This is awesooooooommmmeee! =D
mitsukisama67 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
i dont want to sound rude but her ankle kinda looks pointy at the end. i just wanted to point that out to u
Gorgon-Medusa Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
I love it. Do you think you can perhaps do Dike herself at some point?
Neville6000 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Sexy and amazing as always.
ssj8goku Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Her blindfold symbolizes that justice should be executed objectively without bias. Themis' scales measure the relative strength of the prosecutor's case versus the defense. The double-edged sword acts as the deciding factor, and as the power of justice will either support or condemn either party.
ssj8goku Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
I'm adding this to favorites. You know quite a bit about Greek mythology. Did you know Zues devoured his first wife because it was prophecized that she would give birth to a son that would overthrow him just as Zues had done to Kronos. By devouring his wife, he attained her essence of wisdom and once she had given birth to his son within his own stomach, Zues had gained his powers as well.
Kanako-Z Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Ahh es sorprendente los detalles que tiene como la Balanza y la espada!!

pero me gusto mas su trenza!!!...te a quedado genial =)
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