Goddess Nemesis was the Greek goddess of divine indignation and retribution against evil deeds and underserved good fortune.  She was the personification of the resentment aroused in both gods and mortals by those who committed crimes with impunity, or who enjoyed underserved luck.

Goddess Nemesis directed human affairs in such a way as to maintain equilibrium.  Happiness and unhappiness were measured out by her, care being taken that happiness was not too frequent or too excessive.  If this happened, Goddess Nemesis could bring about losses and suffering.

As the goddess who checked extravagant favours through ‘Tyche’ (fate or fortune), she was regarded as an avenging or punishing deity. Individuals favoured by fortune who failed to give proper dues to the gods, became too full of himself and boasted of his abundant riches, or refused to improve the lot of his fellow humans by sharing his luck would face the retribution of Goddess Nemesis, who would intervene to bring that person back to reality by humiliating him and causing his downfall.

Nemesis was the Greeks’ conscience, for as the goddess of retribution, she personified moral reverence for the natural order of things and provided a deterrent to wrongful action.

Nemesis was a feared and revered goddess.  She represented divine justice, vengeance and karma.  She pursued the wicked, bringing to them what they deserved.  Despite her hard aspects, she was a bringer of balance and of lessons needed to be learned.  She helped uphold the balance of the universe; the sense of right and wrong.  Through her lessons, those who have wronged may learn the errors of their ways.  She was said by some to be a fierce figure, of pure revenge, but she did not enact vengeance out of anger, rather she did it out of disciplining so that men may learn the full range of lessons life teaches so they may become complete individuals.  She was often considered to be the ‘hit-woman’ of the gods, and in essence this is exactly what she was.

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