A Month of Devotional Thought — Hera, Day 20

While yesterday’s post was on what I particularly like about Hera, today’s is the opposite. What about Hera do I find particularly problematic? For me, the thing which I find about Hera to be problematic is that a goddess who can be so caring can also be extremely vindictive — often seeming to be taking…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hera, Day 19

Today’s post is about the quality in Hera that I most admire. And I think that quality is her unflinching commitment to her role as protector of her family and desire for honesty within it. Although people have sometime misinterpreted this desire as simple jealousy and spitefulness, I see this as only a surface interpretation.

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hera, Day 18

Today is one of the more interesting, as well as one of the most difficult posts of the month. The reason for this is that it is about how Hera relates to gender and sexuality, both from historical and UPG sources. There does not seem to be anything in historical sources that Hera had any…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hera, Day 17

How DOES Hera relate to ┬áthe Gods from other Pantheons? In my opinion, she relates well to at least some of the Gods from almost any pantheon, with the exception of the “monotheistic” God of the Abrahamic religions. The reason for this exception being that the God of Abraham’s followers characterized ALL the other Gods…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hera, Day 16

Today’s topic is how Hera reflects the values of the Hellenic pantheon and the culture that worshiped them. As she seems to be one of the Hellenic deities worshiped most continuously due to evidence dating as far back as the Mycenaean period, she reflects some of the ways the culture changed over time. Hera’s worship…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hera, Day 15

What are modern activities associated with Hera? Well, many of the activities that are associated with Hera from ancient times are still associated with her today. Marriage would be one that immediately springs to mind. However, I would also consider the wave of social activism which has been showing up in countries around the world…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hera, Day 14

Today the topic is one that I honestly haven’t given much thought to in the past. It regards how Hera is worshipped in the modern day. Apart from honoring her during the festivals she was honored during in ancient times with libations and incense, I hadn’t really considered the question of how she should be…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hera, Day 13

Today’s topic is one that will be more personal for each person who is at least a partial devotee of Hera. It is the topic of what (if any) modern social issues that Hera would have an interest in. For me, there are two of them. These are Women’s Rights and Marriage Equality. I consider…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hera, Day 12

Hera’s locations of cultus are the subject of today’s post. She was widely worshipped in the Classical period throughout southern Greece with cult centers in both Athens and Sparta as well as in many other city-states in that area as well as in central Greece and on the Aegean island of Samos (which claimed the…