Season: 3 & 5, Episodes: 3, Faction: DHARMA Initiative
Casey was a gemologist for the DHARMA Initiative. She and Rosie appear to be friends as they are always seen together.
On the Island (1973)
3×20 – The Man Behind the Curtain
She welcomed DI newcomers, including Roger Linus and Ben Linus, to the Island upon their arrival at the Barracks. (“The Man Behind the Curtain”)
5×10 – He’s Our You
She was later present at “the vote” with Rosie to determine if Sayid should be executed. (“He’s Our You”)
5×15 – Follow the Leader
She left the island with Rosie on the Galaga when Pierre Chang organised the evacuation of all the DHARMA women and children from the Island. (“Follow the Leader”)
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Gemology (gemmology outside the United States) is the science, art and profession of identifying and evaluating gemstones. It is considered a geoscience and a branch of mineralogy.
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Damia was the Horae (season) goddess of the fertile earth. The Argives worshipped her together with the goddess Auxesia (Spring Growth), and described the pair as Kretan maidens who received divine status after they were wrongfully stoned to death.
She was probably the same as the goddess Karpo who was worshipped beside Auxo by the Athenians. Damia was also a title of Demeter as the goddess of the fertile earth, while Auxesia was her daughter Persephone in the guise of the goddess of spring growth.
The Horae (Guardians of the Gates of Olympus)
In Greek mythology the Horae or Hours (“seasons”) were the goddesses of the seasons and the natural portions of time. They were originally the personifications of nature in its different seasonal aspects, but in later times they were regarded as goddessess of order in general and natural justice. Traditionally they guarded the gates of Olympus, promoted the fertility of the earth, and rallied the stars and constellations. The course of the seasons was also symbolically described as the dance of the Horae. The number of Horae varied according to different sources, but was most commonly three, either the trio of Eunomia, Diké, and Eirene, who were law-and-order goddesses, or Thallo, Auxo and Carpo, who were goddesses of the order of nature.
The earliest written mention of horai is in the Iliad where they appear as keepers of Zeus‘s cloud gates. “Hardly any traces of that function are found in the subsequent tradition,” Karl Galinsky remarked in passing. They were daughters of Zeus and Themis, half-sisters to the Moirae. “They bring and bestow ripeness, they come and go in accordance with the firm law of the periodicities of nature and of life”, Karl Kerenyi observed: “Hora means ‘the correct moment’.”
The Horae are mentioned in two aspects in Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns. In one, emphasising the “right order” aspect of the Horai, Hesiod says that Zeus wedded “bright Themis” who bore Eunomia, Diké, and Eirene, who were law-and-order goddesses that maintained the stability of society. They were worshipped primarily in the cities of Athens, Argos and Olympia. In the other variant, emphasizing their fruitful aspect, Thallo, Auxo, and Carpo—the goddesses of the three seasons the Greeks recognized: spring, summer and autumn—were worshipped primarily amongst rural farmers throughout Greece.
Of the first triad, Dike (Δίκη, “justice”) was the goddess of moral justice. She ruled over human justice, as her mother Themis ruled over divine justice. The anthropomorphisation of Dike as an ever-young woman dwelling in the cities of men was so ancient and strong that in the third century BCE Aratus in Phaenomena 96 asserted that she was born a mortal and that, though Zeus placed her on earth to keep mankind just, he quickly learned this was impossible and placed her next to him on Olympus, as the Greek astronomical/astrological constellation The Maiden. Eunomia (Εὐνομία, “good order, governance according to good laws”) was the goddess of law and legislation. The same or a different goddess may have been a daughter of Hermes and Aphrodite. Eirene, or Irene (Εἰρήνη. “peace”; the Roman equivalent was Pax), was the personification of peace and wealth, and was depicted in art as a beautiful young woman carrying a cornucopia, scepter and a torch or rhyton.
In Hesiod’s Works and Days, the fair-haired Horai, together with the Charites and Peitho crown Pandora—she of “all gifts”— with garlands of flowers. Similarly Aphrodite, emerging from the sea and coming ashore at Cyprus, is dressed and adorned by the Horai, and, according to a surviving fragment of the epic Cypria, Aphrodite wore clothing made for her by the Charites and Horai, dyed with spring flowers, such as the Horai themselves wear.
Of the second, more familiar triad, associated with Aphrodite is their origins as emblems of times of life and growth, Thallo (Θαλλώ, literally “the one who brings blossoms”) (or Thalatte) was the goddess of spring, buds and blooms, a protector of youth. Auxo (Αὐξώ. “increaser” as in plant growth; or Auxesia ), was worshipped alongside Hegemone in Athens as one of their two Charites. Carpo (Καρπώ), Carpho or Xarpo was the one who brings food – though Robert Graves in The Greek Myths (1955) translates this name as “withering”) was in charge of autumn, ripening, and harvesting, as well as guarding the way to Mount Olympus and letting back the clouds surrounding the mountain if one of the gods left. She was an attendant to Persephone, Aphrodite and Hera, and was also associated with Dionysus, Apollo and Pan.
Thallo and Carpo appear in rites of Attica noted by Pausanias in the second century AD.
In Argos two, rather than three Horae were recognised, presumably summer and winter: Damia (possibly another name for Carpo) and Auxesia. In late euhemerist interpretations, they were seen as Cretan maidens who were worshipped as goddesses after they had been wrongfully stoned to death.