Greek Gods and Goddesses
Not only is Iris the Greek Goddess of the rainbow, she is also known as the messenger of the Gods. She travels at the speed of the wind and is as fast as any other God. Because of her speed, she was often called upon to refresh the other Gods with nectar. Her rainbow is often seen spanning land and water. She replenishes the rain clouds with water from the seas. She is also known as the handmaiden to Hera. Iris is the daughter of Thaumas and Electra. She is sister of the Harpies and mother to Pothos.
The Greek God Hades (Haides) is the King of the Underworld and ruler of the dead. Devoured by Kronos at birth, he was later disgorged along with four of his brothers. The brothers drew straws to divide the universe and Hades received the underworld. Hades desired a bride from his brother Zeus who granted him his daughter Persephone. Persephone’s mother, Demeter, was fiercely upset and cursed the earth until her daughter’s return. Zeus conceded and returned Persephone but since she had tasted the pomegranate seed from Hades, she must return to him for a portion of each year. Hades parents are Kronos and Rhea.
Hestia is the Greek Goddess of the familial hearth. She is often symbolized by a sacred flame and she protects the sanctity of the house. The living flame of Hestia is tendered constantly and never allowed to die out. A cold and barren existence would follow should her flame be extinguished. Hestia is the eldest daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Her beauty caught the attention of Apollo and Poseidon but Hestia swore an oath to never marry.
Hera is the Greek Goddess of women and marriage. She is revered as being the only goddess who accompanies a woman through every step of her life. Hera blesses and protects a woman’s marriage, bringing her fertility, and protecting her children. Hera is the ultimate and complete woman. Hera’s parents are Cronus and Rhea. She has five siblings including Hestia. Hera is the wife of Zeus, the King of the Gods.
Nyx (Nix) is the Greek Goddess of the night. She stood at the beginning of creation – first born elemental goddess. You can only get a glimpse of her in the shadows of the world or in your dreams and nightmares. She is so exceptionally powerful and beautiful that Zeus himself fears her. She is the daughter of Khaos and Phanes and has several offspring.
Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. She represents the affection and attraction that binds people together. Although married to Hephaestus, Aphrodite’s heart is devoted to Ares with whom she has a passionate, but secret love affair. Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione although some accounts have her as the daughter of Uranus and Hemera.
Hecate (Hekate) is the Greek Goddess of magic, witchcraft, religion, necromancy, and the crossroads. She has unmatched knowledge of herbs, poisonous plants, and sorcery. She is worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess who bestows prosperity and daily blessings on the family. A lover of solitude, she is a virgin unwilling to sacrifice her independence for the sake of marriage. She is the only child of the Titanes Perses and Asteria from whom she was granted her powers over the heaven, earth, and the sea.
Zeus is the Greek God of the sky and ruler of Olympus. After overthrowing his father, Zeus drew straws with his brothers Poseidon and Hades to determine who would rule in his father’s place. Zeus won the draw. His weapon of choice is a thunderbolt he hurls at those that displease him. Although married to Hera, Zeus is known for his many affairs. Zeus’s parents are Cronus and Rhea. Zeus has several children including Hercules, the famous Greek hero.
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