Appearance, Personality, and Special Abilities

 Hera's Appearance
 
 Hera means "lady", She is portrayed as stunningly beautiful. Hera was considered beautiful even topping the beauty of Aphrodite. She took great pride in her looks. Her sandals, chariot, and throne were all of pure gold. She wore a high, cylindrical crown. Hera's vindictive nature was taken out on anyone questioning her beauty as taken out on Antigone and Paris. Hera was serious about her looks and no one would be more desirable.
 
 Antigone, daughter of Laomedon, once boasted about having hair more beautiful than Hera. Hera turned Antigone's hair into serpents. As the story of Paris, he was made to pay for not choosing Hera as the most beautiful.
 
 Most of the gods were invited to the wedding festival of Peleus to the nymph, Theis. During the feast the uninvited Eris, goddess of discord, makes her appearance and tosses a golden apple with the words "For the most beautiful" written on it among the Greek goddesses Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena. Each goddess tries to claim it as their own. Zeus decides that he can't judge the matter since he loves each goddess equally and so he decides that the mortal Prince of Troy, Paris, should bethe judge. Hera said that she will give him royal power: Athena promised him that he would have victory in war, and Aphrodite told him that if he chose her, she would give him the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, the queen of Sparta, as his wife. Paris didn't realize who he was dealing with.
 
 Paris chose the wrong girl. He chose to give the golden apple to Aphrodite, which led to the rape of Helen and the begining of the Trojan war. Aphrodite sided with the Trojans during the war and Hera and Athena sided with the Greeks to bring destruction upon Troy because of Paris' decision.
 
Special Attributes:
  • Her animal was the cow, the peacock, and sometimes the cuckoo. Hera had her own messenger, the winged, rainbow goddess, Iris.
  •  Peacock - related to summer, pride and represents the eyes of Argos, the watcher. Hera placed an eye on each feather of the peacock
  • Pomegranate - represents fertility/marriage
  • Cuckoo
  • Cow - Hera had big eyes, or "cow eyes'
  • Colors - White, royal blue, purple, rose, dark green, silver, and grey
  • Plants - Lily, poppy, iris, white rose, water lily, maple tree, and all white flowers

 

                                                             
 
 
Hera's Personality
  Hera is the goddess of marriage, home and protector of all married women. She is very passionate about family and monogamy. She showed a lot of compassion and motherly instinct. However, when Hera is betrayed or disrespected she could be very vindictive. She was viewed as jealous and vicious toward her wrongdoers. She was feared and respected. Zeus was a very unfaith husband to Hera. He went against the sanctity of marriage and home that Hera held dear. Hera would unleash her anger on the “other women” in Zeus’s life and also on the children that were born from these unions.

 

 

    

  

  

Special Abilities and Concerns   
 Hera’s had the power of prophecy, the power to move through the air and the power to change shapes. She is the goddess of heaven, the goddess of marriage and the life of the married woman and so she had the most power in these areas. She could change the nature of a marriage and what happened to the two partners, including how the woman’s birth goes and whether the husband is faithful.
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