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Hera - Goddess of Marriage, Family and Jealousy


Hera is one of the most powerful and fair goddesses - she is thought to have no equal in ancient Greek mythology. Magnificent, in a long beautiful dress woven by Athena herself, she would descend from Olympus on a chariot drawn by 2 immortal horses.

Chronicles report that no matter where Hera passed through, a fragrance would emanate long after she was gone. All living things would bow down to her, the great Queen of Olympus.

The majestic Greek goddess Hera is the patron of marriage and protects the sanctity and integrity of marriage relations. She is the 3rd daughter of Cronus and Rhea and the sister and wife of Zeus, while also the mother of Ares, Hebe and Hephaestus.

She would always wear the diadem, which meant that she was chief among the goddesses. The animal dedicated to her is the peacock, because of its beauty. Hera sends husbands many offspring and blesses mothers during the birth of their children. All gods worship and respect Hera, even Zeus sought her advice on important issues.

All of the gods and goddesses are capable of savage violence but the most prominent in jealousy is Hera, wife of Zeus. She is always ready to explode in a fit of jealousy toward her husband, a first-class womanizer.

The beautiful and just goddess loved to rule from the high places so that she could keep a vigilant watch over her husband's actions in any given moment.

The mighty God Zeus was constantly criticized for his love affairs. But even though mythology deals with the imagery of everyday life, Hera is the portrait of human qualities and shortcomings.

The plots of many myths are built around the disasters which Hera brought upon Zeus's lovers and their children. This includes the poisonous snake she sent on the island where Aegina lived with her son from Zeus, Aeacus. She also led to the undoing of Semele, who mothered the god Dionysus from Zeus.

Curiously, Hera was blessed with eternal virginity, despite the fact that she is patron of marriage and mothers. The graceful and powerful goddess would enjoy a dip in the Peloponnese baths each year and thus become pure once again.

Today, Hera is counted as one of the 3 virgin goddesses, along with Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Hestia, goddess of the hearth.