Hera Picture

Monica Bellucci as Hera

Hera, the Greek goddess called the Queen of Heaven, was a powerful queen in her own right, long before her marriage to Zeus, the mighty king of the Olympian gods. The goddess Hera ruled over the heavens and the earth, responsible for every aspect of existence, including the seasons and the weather. Her name literally means "lady", which could well be interpreted as "The Lady", since she was considered the alpha female of all of the Greek goddesses. She was said to be one of the most beautiful - a trait that seems to have been of extremely high importance to the goddesses, but was also one of the most jealous and spiteful of anyone in Greek mythology.

Hera was born to the Titan Cronus and Titaness Rhea. She and her four older siblings were devoured by Kronos after he had learned that he was destined to be overthrown by his children. Zeus, the youngest child, rescued her and her siblings by making Kronos regurgitate them. After the Titanomachy ended, Hera caught the attention of Zeus, but she rejected his advances. Zeus consequently transformed himself into an injured bird, and as soon as Hera took him in her arms, he assumed his true form. Though upset at Zeus’s deception, Hera eventually married him and became the Queen of the Gods. Despite being the goddess of marriage, few women in history have had to deal with a less faithful husband than Hera. Greek goddess or not, despite her best efforts she could not keep her husband Zeus from constantly cheating on her with both human women and other goddesses. Hera's response in nearly every situation was to seek revenge on both Zeus's lovers and the children that they bore. Despite their tumultuous relationship, Zeus and Hera were most certainly the "power couple" of the Olympians, and together they hey gave birth to Ares, god of war, Eilithyia, goddess of childbirth, Eris, goddess of discord, and Hebe, the goddess of youth. It is interesting how all of her children represented elements of Hera. Greek goddesses of birth, discord, and youth as well as the mighty god of war seem fitting for Hera, the Greek goddess of birth, and the coming of age for women - who was also often in conflict with her husband and his lovers. On one occasion she decided to give Zeus a "taste of his own medicine" by conceiving and delivering a child by herself, proving that she really didn't need him anyway. It didn't work out quite as she'd hoped. She gave birth, as the sole parent, to Hephaestus (God of the Forge) who was born with a deformity that made him lame. Zeus was not impressed, and Hera rejected her son, sending him away from Mount Olympus to grow up among the mortals.

At other times, in reaction to his continuing infidelities, Hera simply withdrew from Zeus and the other Olympian gods and goddesses and wandered around the earth, often in darkness, always eventually ending up back at the home where she'd spend her happy youth. In spite of how he had mistreated her, Zeus did love Hera and, more than that, felt as if part of himself was missing when she was not there for him. Once, panicked that Hera didn't seem to be in any hurry to return this time, he invited her to a "mock" marriage ceremony that he'd arranged to a princess near her home. She couldn't help but be amused to discover him making his vows, not to a princess, but a statue! Hera's laughter broke the ice, and she forgave him and returned to Mount Olympus to resume her role as wife and queen.

It is unfortunate that none really remember Hera for her nurturing character and her steadfastness in adversity. Instead she is remembered for her vindictiveness and her vengeful episodes. Some say that this is a result of Homer, who casted a more negative portrayal of Hera, since he himself was a victim of a shrewish wife. Among the Greek Goddesses it is Hera that show us there is both good and bad, dark and light within all of us. That we experience both joy and pain, happiness and anger, love and hate, all emotions that are inexorable in life.


Personality

Vindictiveness - Hera could become easily angered when she was offended and she would seek revenge on those who had wronged her.

Jealously - She carried great loathing for the illegitimate children and mistresses of Zeus and she was often portrayed as being extremely jealous of Zeus' mistresses.

Motherly - This is due to that she is the goddess of women, marriage, and children.

Passionate - Hera was very passionate about family and monogamy. She showed a lot of compassion and motherly instinct.


Sacred Symbols and Animals

Pomegranate - Pomegranates are wedding symbols.

Diadem - Queens typically wear crowns or diadems.

Lotus-Tipped Staff - People of great power are typically shown with a staff.


Cow
- Because cows are some of the most motherly animals. She chose this as her animal.

Peacock - Because she could see the eyes of Argus in that animal.

Lion - She also chose a lion, along with a cuckoo.












None of this information belongs or have been written by me, expect for the casting face claim. They belong to these sources:

Greek Mythology Wikia/Hera
Camp Half Wikia/Hera
Gods and Monsters website/Hera
Goddess Gift/Hera
Gods and Goddess website/Hera
Goddess-Guide/Hera
sites.google.com/Hera


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