The Blade of the Raven Queen
Hera wife of Zeus and queen of the heavens, represented the ideal woman and is the goddess of marriage and the family. However, she is perhaps most famous for her jealous and vengeful nature, principally aimed against the lovers of her husband and their illegitimate offspring. Hera herself is notable as one of the very few deities that remained faithful to her partner and she therefore symbolizes monogamy and fidelity.
Hera is the daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and mother of Ares (god of war), Hebe (goddess of youth), and Eileithyia (goddess of childbirth), all with Zeus. Hera also gave birth alone to Hephaestus (god of metallurgy) in retaliation for Zeus’ similarly single-handed birth of Athena. However, Hera threw Hephaistos from Mount Olympus because of his ugliness, and crashing to earth, the god became lame. In other accounts, Hephaistos was thrown from the heavens by Zeus precisely because of his lameness. In any case, Hephaistos held a grudge against his mother and even imprisoned her in a special throne. Hera was only released from the device by promising her son the hand of Aphrodite in marriage.
Omens: Omens from Hera include visits from peacocks and other beautiful birds, a harsh voice audible only to one person, or a message carried by a married woman.
Duties of the Priesthood: Because of Hera’s vengeful nature, her priests must avenge even the slightest insult to their goddess by arranging the offender’s death through direct action, trickery, or deception.