Price: $12.99 (paperback) / $4.99 (ebook)
Publication Date: 9 December 2013
Place of Publication: Asheville, North Carolina
ISBN: 978-1494419196 / 149441919X
Pages: 240 pp
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.5″x8.5″
Queen of the Starry Heavens. Queen of the Gods.
Bearer of the Lotus Staff. Bearer of the Pomegranate.
Goddess of Marriage. Goddess of Women.
Mistress of the Spring Rains. Mistress of the Golden Apples.
Lady of the Cuckoo and the Peacock.
Maligned in scholarship and modern popular culture as the shrewish wife of Zeus, Hera was much loved in ancient Greece. Worship of the Queen of the Milky Way spread from Argos to the sacred isle of Samos, from the mountains of Asia Minor to the shores of Carthage, from the hills of Rome to the banks of the Thames. The Protector of Women and the Guardian of Marriage, She was also called White-Armed and Cow-Eyed as the Goddess of Cattle. The mother of Ares, Eileithyia, Hebe, Hephaestus, and the monstrous Typhaon, Hera championed such heroes as Jason and the Argonauts while driving others — most notably Herakles — to madness and greatness.
The Roman Iuno (or Juno), often considered to be the same Goddess as Hera, has even less in common with the petty, jealous stereotype. One of the Capitoline Triad, Iuno was honored by the Romans as a great Goddess of civilization, of war, of government and law, of marriage and health and childbirth.
Today, devotees of Hera and Iuno are reviving their worship. In the pages of this anthology, we share our love of the Mother of Gods and Men. In poems and hymns, essays and rituals, artwork and music, we explore the nature of this most complex and glorious Goddess, she who is Queen of Olympos.
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Table of Contents
“Hera” by Katherine Meyers Dickens — ii
Foreword by Lykeia — v
Dedication: Delian Hymn IV by Callimachus — 1
“Queen of Olympos” by Lykeia — 2
A Wedding Song by Jessica Orlando — 4
Adorations of Juno by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus — 9
Royal Hera (A Wedding Invocation) by Diane “Emerald” Bronowicz — 11
Love and Commitment by Melia Suez — 12
Zas and Khthonie by Melia Suez — 15
Prayer to Hera by Hearthstone — 17
Poem to Hera by Jonathan Agathokles — 18
Juno at Lullingstone by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus — 20
66 Adorations to Juno by Galina Krasskova — 22
Hera Megala Meter by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus — 26
Juno Regina Caelestis by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus — 28
Hera by Lykeia — 29
Hymn to Hera Telkhinia by Lykeia — 30
To Hera by Lykeia — 31
Prayer to Hera, Eileithyia and Artemis by Lykeia — 32
Hymn to Lesbian Hera by Rebecca Buchanan — 34
Adorations to Hera by Aldrin Fauni-Tanos — 36
Hera Holy Queen by Rebecca Buchanan — 38
Six Hymns to Hera by Rebecca Buchanan — 39
59 Adorations to Hera by Galina Krasskova — 44
Hera My Queen by Rebecca Buchanan — 47
Hera Spring Bride by Rebecca Buchanan — 48
Teléia by Jennifer Lawrence — 49
Hera, Delight of the World by Rebecca Buchanan — 53
Farmer’s Prayer to Hera by Rebecca Buchanan — 54
Hymn to Hera by Frances Billinghurst — 55
Praise Hera, Goddess Queen by Chelsea Luellon Bolton — 57
Hera’s Plea to a Wicked God by Christa A. Bergerson — 69
Truth Above All by Heather Kohser — 70
“Harmony of Hera and Aphrodite” by Lykeia –72
Footprints by Rebecca Buchanan — 74
Words for Hera by Jack Wren — 86
Of Coercion And The Cosmos by Suzanne Thackston — 88
The Rebirth of Stacey Carpenter by Jason Ross Inczauskis — 94
Selective Memory by Gerri Leen — 108
“Hera” by Alexis Viorsdottir — 118
Heartache of the Cuckoo by Melia Suez — 120
Queen of Kinêsis: Understanding Hera by Edward P. Butler –126
Hera, Mother of Typhon: The Perils of Greek Virgin Birth by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus — 149
“Shrewish Princess”?: Diva Sabina Augusta and the Hera/Juno Syncretism by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus — 157
On the Orphic Hymn to Hera by Lykeia — 164
Hera: A Gnostic-Christian View of the Goddess by Robert F. Koenig — 171
“Altar” by Lykeia — 178
A Modern Worship of Hera by Lykeia — 180
A Song for the Gamelia by Amanda Sioux Blake — 188
Her Priestess by Kyria Skotas — 193
A Cathartic Mother’s Day Ritual by Reverend Allyson Szabo — 197
Katallageia by Amanda Sioux Blake — 203
By Her Grace by Jolene Dawe — 208
Appendix A: Ancient Hymns — 215
Appendix B: Recommended Reading –217
Appendix C: Our Contributors — 219
About Bibliotheca Alexandrina — 226
Current Titles — 227
Forthcoming Titles — 229