HERA

“And still, after all this time, The sun never says to the earth, "You owe Me." Look what happens with A love like that, It lights the Whole Sky.”

—Hafiz


From Skye Alexander's ¨Your Goddess Year¨:

Dates for Inviting her October 16-22


Like many autumn goddesses, the Greek's Hera represents the fullness of the season, whose dazzling beauty surpasses the budding loveliness of spring's nubile deities. This week we recognize her as a feminine ideal held for millennia, that of wife and mother, and symbol of the institution of marriage.


Wife of the top Greek god, Zeus, Hera is known as the goddess of marriage and monogamy. Despite her husband's notorious infidelity, she remained loyal to him and didn't engage in extramarital affairs, as did many of her fellow Olympians. Zeus sorely tested his wife's patience with his philandering, and perhaps she can be forgiven for taking out her anger on his lovers and illegitimate offspring.


Hera's vengeance came down hardest on Hercules, Zeus's son with the mortal Alcmene. The goddess tasked the fabled hero with twelve dangerous labors (hoping he'd die in the process), which included killing a lion believed to be indestructible, defeating the hideous snaky monster known as the Hydra, and capturing the vicious three-headed dog Cerberus who guarded Hell's gates.

Hera also banished Zeus's lover Leto to the island of Pelosi, where she gave birth to his bastard son Apollo. And she turned Callisto into a bear that the hunter goddess Artemis killed.


Peacocks, which represent pride and beauty, are associated with Hera; artists sometimes portray her riding in a chariot drawn by the magnificent birds. According to one story, Hera fashioned the eye like designs on the peacock's tail from the one hundred eyes of Zeus's murdered son Argos.


In the well-known tale of the Judgment of Paris, Hera took part in a beauty contest with fellow goddesses Aphrodite (October 9-15) and Athena (January 22-28). The contest was rigged, however, and Hera lost to Aphrodite. She got back at Paris for his unfair decision by throwing her lot against his homeland of Troy in the Trojan War and helping to bring about its defeat.


Although mythology paints Hera as a jealous and wrathful goddess, her actions stem from a desire for justice. Only those who had wronged her by betraying the rules of fidelity and honesty suffered her revenge. She offered protection to those who displayed moral character or who helped her, including the hero Jason of the Argonauts.


Do you feel your spouse or partner doesn't show you the respect you deserve? Is infidelity or jealousy a problem in your relationship? This goddess of marriage can advise you in dealing with an inequitable situation or addressing indiscretions. Ask Hera to lend you her strength and determination when you need to stand up for yourself. She can also help you remain true to a commitment when you're tempted to throw in the towel.


If a person has cheated you out of something you deserved or betrayed you for his or her own gain, ask Hera to bring about justice, Female athletes can also solicit help from Hera, in whose honor the Heraean women's sporting

events were held,beginning around 800 B.C.E.


Legends and art picture Hera wearing a jeweled crown and holding a scepter, symbols of her position as the highest-ranking of the Greek goddesses. She's also linked with the pomegranate, which represents fertility.


Invite Hera to join you in fashioning this gemstone talisman to promote love and fidelity in a primary partnership.


You'll need:

A piece of pink paper

A pen or marker

2 (3"x3")squares of dark blue cloth

A piece of rose quartz(for love)

Apiece of onyx(for strength and stability)

A piece of sodalite(for harmony and trust)

A piece of chrysoprase(for fidelity and emotional healing)

White thread

A needle


1. On the paper, write what you seek or want to strengthen in your

relationship; for example, “I can trust and rely on my partner at all times and in all situations. "Write as many statements as you like, remembering to word them in a positive way.


2. Fold the paper and lay it on one piece of blue cloth.


3. Lay the gemstones on the piece of paper.


4. Place the second piece of blue cloth on top of everything.


5. Thread the needle and sew the two pieces of cloth together. With each stitch, focus on bringing about the intentions you wrote on the paper and on enjoying a happy, fulfilling, committed partnership. Then place it in your bedroom.





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