Olympian Gods » Hera
Hera, the Goddess of Marriage
Roman name: Juno
The Family of Hera
Parents: Hera was a child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea.
Siblings: Hera had five siblings. Three brothers (Poseidon, Hades and Zeus) and two sisters (Hestia and Demeter).
Husband: Zeus, the King of the Gods.[read the story of their royal wedding...]
Children: Eilithyia, the goddess of childbirth, Ares, the Olympian god of war, Hebe, the goddess of youth and Hephaestus, the Olympian god of Metallurgy. According to some beliefs, Hephaestus was born without the intervention of Zeus.
Hera's troubled marriage with Zeus
Although Hera was one of the fairest goddesses in Mount Olympus, Zeus was giving Hera plenty of reason to be suspicious and jealous; Hera therefore used to stay in high places in order to keep an eye on her husband's doings. There were times she would also interfering, causing harm to Zeus' mistresses, since Zeus himself was invincible.
Interesting Facts about Hera
Strange to say, Hera, besides being a mother, also embodied the eternal virginity, since she was anually renewing her virginity by bathing in the spring of Canathus in Nauplia(Peloponnes/southern Greece).
Hera might have been an Olympian goddess, but her place on Mount Olympus was not always assured. For instance, once, Zeus suspended Hera from Mount Olympus for sending a storm against the hero Heracles while he was on his way home after capturing Troy.
According to the Roman poet Ovid, the month June has been named in Juno's honor, the latin counterpart to Hera, because the goddess was worshipped during that month. Since Hera was a goddess of matrimony, many couples considered June as the favourable time to marry.
According to some beliefs, the name "Hera" derives from the ancient Greek word "Air", meaning "Wind", since Hera was also a deity the wind and the weather.
Appearance of Hera
Hera was a beautiful, mature woman with big eyes and pierced lobes. She always took care of her appearance, dressing elegantly and decently in a feminine, but not exotic fashion. . However, Hera was not really a desirable woman, despite her beauty. For this reason, Aphrodite had to loan Hera her famous girdle to help her seduce her husband Zeus. [ More about Hera's beauty here...]
Symbols of Hera
Hera's symbol were the diadem, the scepter and the pomegranate, a symbol of fertility. Her flower was the lily and her sacred animals were the peacock and the cow.