Thoughts on the Orphic Hymn to Hera

O royal Hera, of majestic mien,

 aerial-formed, divine, Zeus’ blessed queen,

 throned in the bosom of cerulean air, 

the race of mortals is thy constant care. 

The cooling gales they power alone inspires, 

which nourish life, which every life desires. 

Mother of showers and winds, from thee alone,

 producing all things, mortal life is known: 

all natures share thy temperament divine, 

and universal sway alone is thine, 

with sounding blasts of wind, the swelling sea

 and rolling rivers roar when shook by thee. 

Come, blessed Goddess, famed almighty queen,

 with aspect kind, rejoicing and serene.”
This poem implies that Hera was far more than just a wife to Zeus. It calls her “aerial-formed” and “Mother of showers and winds”. This would imply that she was the full counterpart to Zeus Ombrios (of the rain) and was a true Queen of Heaven. It actually STATES that she is an “almighty queen”

This is in wide variance with the more common portrayals of her as little more than a jealous spouse. The image of the Divine Shrew does not fit with the elegant description of her as having an “aspect kind” and certainly does not fit with the description of her as having the race of mortals as her “constant care”. That is a responsibility that would be more expected of Demeter if you only go by the stories which have survived to reach us. She is portrayed as being as powerful as her divine husband and also her brother Poseidon in that she seems to have control over not only the weather but things like the sea and rivers as well.

She is the one who “producing all things” makes mortal life known to the Gods and to Nature itself. This is an aspect of her queenship and makes her a connection between the Gods and Humankind. That is NOT something that the “common” portrayal of Hera would support and tends to show her true importance as one of the DAUGHTERS of Chronos. 

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