Hera is the wife of Zeus, the Queen of Olympus, and the Olympian goddess of marriage and childbirth. Hera doesn’t hide the fact that she’s the Queen of Olympus. Also evident in ancient art, they always depicted her with a diadem and scepter, a symbol of power. In some sculptures, she’s sitting on a throne to signify royalty.
She was tricked into marriage by her brother, Zeus. The thunderer fell head over heels with the goddess, but she refused all of his proposals. Zeus had enough of it, and so transformed himself into a cuckoo bird. Hera noticed the freezing, so she cradled it in her bosom out of pity.
As soon as the goddess arrived home, Zeus revealed himself and made love to her. Some say the goddess fell in love immediately afterward, while some agreed that she married him to cover her shame. Her marriage, however, was an unhappy one, since Zeus had numerous affairs. Thus the “Love Affair of Hera & Zeus” began. They were married for 300 years. Even though Zeus repeatedly cheated on Hera, she remained faithful to him. Though sometimes, the goddess uses her beauty to seduce her husband and steer the fate of mankind.
To devoted followers, she was a faithful wife and nurturing mother. To the rest, she was an evil goddess and a vengeful wife who made sure to give each of his consorts some hard time. Though known for such horrible things, Hera remained loyal to her husband.
She is a chief goddess in Olympus, sitting on the throne next to her husband Zeus. This is fitting because the name Hera means “queen.” Other interpretations include “someone who is mature for marriage” as she is the goddess of marriage, “protectress” because she protects women from their unfaithful husbands, and “beloved” as she is the god of thunder’s wife. Hera was also known as Bride of the Thunderer,”Glorious Goddess,” Golden-Throned, and Mistress of Animals.
Hera and Persephone share the pomegranate as a symbolic fruit
The “Pomegranate” is a fruit unique due to its bright red color, but two queens share these fruits as a symbol. Persephone took Hades’ offer of pomegranate, even though it means she would be Queen of the Underworld. To Hera, on the other hand, pomegranate is a symbol of fertility, as she is also the goddess of childbirth.
Hera was commonly seen with the animals she considers sacred, including the cow, cuckoo, lion and peacock.
There are many stories about Hera including the one of her son, Hephaestus. Hera conceived and gave birth to Hephaestus, the only deformed god out of the 12 Olympians. Disappointed that her child is nowhere near as beautiful as Zeus’ daughter, Athena, the goddess of wisdom, she threw Hephaestus off Mount Olympus. Nymphs raised him, instead, and he learned craftsmanship, metal working.
Hephaestus gave his mother a golden “Throne” he made himself. The vain goddess happily sat down and then became bound to it. The god of wine Dionysus offered to help by intoxicating her son and bringing him to her. Hera broke free from her throne and granted him a place among the gods. He became the god of blacksmiths and metallurgy.
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Care of your hand knit garments
Please hand wash cold or lukewarm water and lay flat to dry. Even though this yarn does contain superwash merino, I do always recommend that you hand wash your knitwear. We use colorfast acid dyes for dying our yarn, and rinse until water runs clear. There may be a chance that some dye may bleed slightly in the first wash of your finished item. This does sometimes happen for speckled yarn and stubborn colors that are prone to bleed. For the first couple of washes, hand wash separately to be sure that no further bleeding.
There are no dye lots. We always try to sell from same dye lots but if not sure, we recommend blending the skeins as you work. Color saturation can differ from different dyelots.