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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: June 19th: A Controversial Hera

 

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Although today’s Calendar hasn’t a thing to do with Egypt, I’d like to point out something Egyptians started to do that we eventually see throughout every other culture throughout History.

Perhaps Normandi Ellis said it best in her book, Awakening Osiris, when she wrote…

"That which can be named must exist. That which is named can be written. That which is written shall be remembered. That which is remembered lives."

Her book has been one of my few favorites for too many years to count and even though today, this Pagan and her Pen are not even entering Egypt, I am still reminded of those words.

Egyptians took them to heart… anyone a Priest wanted to rid themselves of, they simply etched out their names removing them from anyone who may read them. If you can not read a name, you can not know it. If you can not know it then it must not exist.

Cultures to come would follow this example but they would also take it one step further…perhaps, they would leave the name but instead, rewrite their story. Reshape them into something less than what they were previously.

Hera is the perfect example.

At one time, Hera, mother of all, predated all gods that would eventually enter the Greek scene—even Zeus. Hera was respected and loved. She had the power to give others immortality in the form of a drink called, Ambrosia. Her name became titles linking her to previous cultures. Queens connected themselves to her using the words, "Holy One" which had significant meaning to all things Hera.

But at some point, Hellenic writers recreated things that were not in the Mother’s favor. They attempted to make Hera a lesser deity than, say, Zeus. She became the cause of all their quarrels, a jealous wife, who was out to destroy everything and anyone standing in her way. And let’s not forget, whether or not an unfaithful Zeus took a shine to them.

Despite Man’s crimes against the reputation and story of Hera, she still managed to survive well up into the Middle Ages, where women of the craft and Old ways, still whispered legends of Hera’s magical garden of the Apples of Immortality grew somewhere within’ Fairyland.

Ancient Calendar: June 19, 2010

Today, in Ancient History, the Greeks had a festival titled The Day of All Heras. While later, Greek writers and powers that be tried to make Hera as a jealous Goddess who would only protect the women who did not have an affair with her husband, Zeus, I went digging awhile back and found a different side of her.

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Ancient Calendar: June 12, 2010

Hera, being the so-called jealous wife of Zeus—since he couldn’t keep from messin’ around.

However, with a little research, I dug up some things not so common in popular myth.

Hera, believed to be the same as earlier Goddesses predating Gods, was believed to have originated in early Aegean civilizations (along with Rhea–pre Hellenic).

Queens who ruled by her name, carried the title Hiera "Holy One."

According to Barbara G. Walkers "The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets", Hera was originally the Mother of the Gods, subordinate to no one, and a Great mother who made kings AND gods. In fact, Zeus was not as ancient as she, but that would be changed once writers began to pen something different.

It wasn’t until Greek Authors attempted to make a male deity older and stronger—Zeus, that Hera became a jealous wife and woman. The arguing between Hera and Zeus seems to be symbolic of the arguing between the cults of that time–patriarchal & matriarchal–who battled over the truths of Hera and of other gods & goddesses.

As a trinity, she was Hera, Hebe, and Hecate. (Representing the moons–New, full, and old– Virgin of Spring, Mother of Summer, destroying Crone of Autumn.

Hera spread through Europe and even the Saxon’s made worship of her at Heresburg (Hera’s Mount) known to be the phallic column of the world.

Some sources claim Hera’s name may have meant He Era, the earth.

 

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Ancient Calendar: June 12, 2010

 

 

All those in classical Greece would have placed Oak leaves on their body in some way on this day in Ancient History. They did this to honor Zeus.

In Egypt, they would have been having a festival for the Goddess Mut who happened to be Amun’s wife.

Once the sun went down over in the Land of the Welsh, a great feast would have been thrown for Epona which was their divinity linked to horses and fertility. The evening would have been called Gwyl o Epona.

 

And we say good-bye to the Goddess Month of Hera for it now comes to an end. Hera, being the so-called jealous wife of Zeus—since he couldn’t keep from messin’ around.

However, with a little research, I dug up some things not so common in popular myth.

Hera, believed to be the same as earlier Goddesses predating Gods, was believed to have originated in early Aegean civilizations (along with Rhea–pre Hellenic).

Queens who ruled by her name, carried the title Hiera "Holy One."

According to Barbara G. Walkers "The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets", Hera was originally the Mother of the Gods, subordinate to no one, and a Great mother who made kings AND gods. In fact, Zeus was not as ancient as she, but that would be changed once writers began to pen something different.

It wasn’t until Greek Authors attempted to make a male deity older and stronger—Zeus, that Hera became a jealous wife and woman. The arguing between Hera and Zeus seems to be symbolic of the arguing between the cults of that time–patriarchal & matriarchal–who battled over the truths of Hera and of other gods & goddesses.

As a trinity, she was Hera, Hebe, and Hecate. (Representing the moons–New, full, and old– Virgin of Spring, Mother of Summer, destroying Crone of Autumn.

Hera spread through Europe and even the Saxon’s made worship of her at Heresburg (Hera’s Mount) known to be the phallic column of the world.

Some sources claim Hera’s name may have meant He Era, the earth.

 

C.H. Scarlett

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Pagan Holiday for May 16, 2010

Good Goth, I love today’s holiday or would have  if we were still romping around in the adulterous gardens of our Ancestral Gods lol. While looking up today’s date on some software called Pagan Days, I noticed that it was the beginning of Goddess Month sacred to Greek Hera.

Now that’s not what gave me the temple giggles.

It’s what my glorious software said which led my mind to sarcastically wonder…

And I quote, “She is said to protect all women who have not slept with her husband Zeus.”

Well what woman/goddess in their right mind would? lol Was there a Goddess who vowed to protect ONLY the  women who yanked up the skirts, and hopped a ride on said hubby/god? lol KIDDING.

And no matter how free my tongue may wander, that juicy bit of sentence gives you an idea of what poor Hera suffered for pulling a Tammy Wynette and standing by her man.

And let me give you the 411 on the scandalous gods according to the Greeks way back in the ancient day. Hera and can’t-keep-it-in-his-pants-Zeus were known to fight so much, the Greek squad credited THEIR marital thrash downs for all storms swallowing up their skies. The worse the storm and damage, the worse Zeus mucked up. Hera having the power to call forth winds, rain, thunder, and any other stormy thing falling inline with all of that,  had one hell of a temper and who wouldn’t if their big daddy was runnin’ round bein’ the divine man whore of the local pantheons untouched or desirable maidens .

Hera, don’t you take no crap off your man. Rock on girl!

While Hera is finally getting her due, all of the blessed Goddesses of Egypt will be getting theirs. Today would have been a feast for all of them.

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