Living in the Land of Hera

I am a romantic cynic. I love love, romance and all the ideals of marriage. I’m also quick to see the cracks, the selfish motives, the struggles and the heartbreak of marriage. I’m a hardened cynic. So it’s a bit funny that I have a 50/50 chance of being surrounded by a wedding every Saturday.

It’s strange to find yourself so firmly set in the realm of a God. It certainly gives your cynicism a jolt.

I’m going to be thinking about Hera this weekend as I clean, organize and continue to unpack my house. I’ll be thinking about her relationship to marriage, to cities, to the home, to the concept of fidelity, to motherhood. I’m going to think about what it means for me to live so snug in her realm.

What would you do if you found yourself in the realm of a God? If you lived next to a vineyard would you build an altar to Bacchus? If you found yourself by the ocean, watching ships sail by, would you begin devotions to Manannaan MacLir? If you moved to Pittsburgh, would you begin searching Weyland the Smith?

About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • Ann Luloff

    Don’t we all live in the land of some God or Goddess, if not many? If you are not drawn to and influenced by what surrounds you, you must have closed yourself off from life itself.

  • Ann Luloff

    Don’t we all live in the land of some God or Goddess, if not many? If you are not drawn to and influenced by what surrounds you, you must have closed yourself off from life itself.

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    While it’s certainly a worthwhile question, just because one of the major industries in this town is the oil refinery across the bay, I don’t plan on setting up an altar to Halli Burton anytime soon…!?!

    But, pondering what gods may be involved in one’s life based on their specific spheres of influence popping up consistently is a very good thing to think about, so long as we don’t leave out the “everyday gods” in the process!  ;)

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    While it’s certainly a worthwhile question, just because one of the major industries in this town is the oil refinery across the bay, I don’t plan on setting up an altar to Halli Burton anytime soon…!?!

    But, pondering what gods may be involved in one’s life based on their specific spheres of influence popping up consistently is a very good thing to think about, so long as we don’t leave out the “everyday gods” in the process!  ;)

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    By the way, do you know where that statue of Hera comes from?  Is that the Sala Rotunda in the Vatican, perhaps?  I only wonder because I recognize that background…and if it is the Sala Rotunda, then this Hera is a neighbor of the Braschi Antinous, one of the largest and best-preserved Antinous-Dionysos statues currently in existence.

    • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

      Good eye! It’s from the Sala Rotunda indeed!

      • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

        Aha!  Well, when one studies (read:  “obsesses over”) certain things as much as I have, one is bound to notice things like the color of the background, the shape of the dome, etc.

        And, perhaps there’s a lesson in that for the overall discussion here as well:  not only where one is and what is going on in the background may tell us something about what gods are active in our lives, but also noticing the background of our deities’ actual appearances can also tell us a great deal!  (In this case, it tells us the Vatican is the biggest pack of looters ever, of course, but anyway…!?!)

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    By the way, do you know where that statue of Hera comes from?  Is that the Sala Rotunda in the Vatican, perhaps?  I only wonder because I recognize that background…and if it is the Sala Rotunda, then this Hera is a neighbor of the Braschi Antinous, one of the largest and best-preserved Antinous-Dionysos statues currently in existence.

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

      Good eye! It’s from the Sala Rotunda indeed!

      • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

        Aha!  Well, when one studies (read:  “obsesses over”) certain things as much as I have, one is bound to notice things like the color of the background, the shape of the dome, etc.

        And, perhaps there’s a lesson in that for the overall discussion here as well:  not only where one is and what is going on in the background may tell us something about what gods are active in our lives, but also noticing the background of our deities’ actual appearances can also tell us a great deal!  (In this case, it tells us the Vatican is the biggest pack of looters ever, of course, but anyway…!?!)

  • AnnaMKorn

    I got a lot more connected with Hera after a visit to southern Italy (Magna Graecia) which was under devotion to her. She had a lot more aspects than just the long-suffering wife of Zeus we got in most Greek mythology as kids. I got a reproduction statue of her in Paestum (a side trip I’d recommend to anyone going to the Naples-Sorrento-Herculaneum-Pompeii area) that shows her emerging from her bath, which is an Aphrodite-like image of her. 
    Since I like to cook, I working on making a small altar to HESTIA in my kitchen…I’d be curious what others may be doing in this regard.

  • AnnaMKorn

    I got a lot more connected with Hera after a visit to southern Italy (Magna Graecia) which was under devotion to her. She had a lot more aspects than just the long-suffering wife of Zeus we got in most Greek mythology as kids. I got a reproduction statue of her in Paestum (a side trip I’d recommend to anyone going to the Naples-Sorrento-Herculaneum-Pompeii area) that shows her emerging from her bath, which is an Aphrodite-like image of her. 
    Since I like to cook, I working on making a small altar to HESTIA in my kitchen…I’d be curious what others may be doing in this regard.


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