To give Hera her
rightful due, she had, by nature, many gifts. But
mothering wasn't one of them. At least not in the beginning. She
decided to get pregnant to give her philandering husband Zeus a
"taste of his own medicine" by conceiving and delivering a child
by herself, proving that she really didn't need him anyway.
Hera achieved this feat of
impregnating herself with the help of herbs (no man involved). Unfortunately, her infant son was born with a
deformity. She felt humiliated. As a woman who so fervently
needed the admiration and respect of others, she couldn't bear
the shame of it and hurled the infant out of the heavens and
into the sea. Made lame by the fall, her tiny son Hephaestus was
hidden away by a group of water nymphs and Titan goddesses who
reared him as their own, teaching
him many of their creative arts.
(In other versions of the myth, it was Zeus who
cast the baby out, and in some it was both Zeus and Hera. At any
rate, it was his mother Hephaestus blamed for her failure to
protect and nurture him.)
As an adult, Hephaestus became a goldsmith, turning out the
most exquisite jewelry. He became quite the rage. Hera was
horrified to realize she'd made an awful error in rejecting this
creative, inventive man whose work was so widely admired. She
convinced Zeus to invite him to return to Mount Olympus and take
his rightful place among the gods.
Hephaestus politely declined and, by way of thanking her for
the invitation, sent her an incredible golden throne.
The instant she sat on it golden ropes
flew out and entwined her, locking her into the chair. (I think
it's safe to assume that he was still a bit miffed with his
mother about the earlier rejection.)
Eventually they reconciled, but it was too late for Hera to
bask in the joys of raising this exceptional child.
Continue by reading the full articles on the
Greek God Hephaestus.
about time we
expose motherhood for the
very complex and demanding job that
it really is.
It's so easy to forget that mothers aren't always
This may be a shocker, but they are supposed to make us suffer. It's in their job description.
First they squeeze us out into the cold, cruel world,
and then make matters worse by setting impossible standards and
demanding that we meet them.
Then, having taught us the skills we need to make our
way in the world, they promptly shove us out of the nest, and expect us
to remember to call and visit every now and then.
But even when we forget to call because we're too busy,
a good mother always manages to forgive us. She recognizes that we are doing
just what she always intended for us, living our lives to the fullest.
The History of
Like many of our other contemporary holidays,
Mother's Day has its 'roots' in ancient pagan festivals. For centuries pagan and Christian
celebrations of motherhood have included:
Hilaria, a three day festival honoring Gaea and
the Creation of the
The Festival of
But did you know the
modern celebration of Mother's
Day in the USA:
as a "Woman's Work Day for Child Welfare" and a "Mothers March for
Peace", and that
The founder of
Mother's Day was later arrested for protesting against the holiday?
It's a fascinating
story. Read about it at:
Celebrating Mother's Day
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Bright Shiny Objects that caught the Goddess' Eye!