Greek Goddesses - H
Every Greek Goddess You've Heard Of - And A Bunch You Haven't
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- Halia was the personification of the saltiness of the Sea.
- Halsodyne is particularly Homerian and is a name used for both Amphitrite and Thetis. Seems to me it's all about being nourished by the sea.n
- Everyone knows Harmonia, but very few know much about her. She was the daughter of Aphrodite and Ares (unless you believe the guys who say Zeus and Electra were her parents, of course), a love child if you will. Perhaps it was for that reason that she was the Goddess of Harmony and Concord, big surprise with a name like Harmonia, huh? Anyway, she was married to Cadmus (you definitely should know Cadmus, look for the story pages coming soon), and received a VERY infamous necklace as a gift (it caused the downfall of many a happy home and hero) from Aphrodite. She was the mother of Semele and Ino. Her daughters had tragic lives as well, you can read about them in the Humans section.n
- Hebe was the Goddess of Youth as well as the Cupbearer to the Gods, her mother was Hera and her father, Zeus. According to one story, she resigned as cupbearer to the gods upon her marriage to the hero Heracles, who had just been deified. That statue on the right is Hebe, but there is another bust of her at the bottom of the page. She was occasionally called Ganymeda or even Dia and people seemed interested in her tendency/power to make old people young again. Here's the thing about Hebe: she kinda bores me. No dark side to speak of, just a typical young girl goddess who did some time serving and did some time playing until she got married off to Heracles.
Hecate is the Third and final one of the Triple Goddess. She is the Goddess of the New Moon. She was also the Goddess of the Crossroads and the Witch Goddess. She was Thracian in origin, and she dwelt in the Underworld with Hades and Persephone. She was the daughter of the Titans Perses and Asteria(daughter of Phoebe and Coeus), both were symbols of shining light. Later she was said to be of Zeus and Hera. There were a couple other people thrown in there, too, cuz everyone had a theory but no one agreed. She was the Dark Link between the Underworld and Earth. Her children were Medea, Apsyrtus (a ghost) (but more often they were said to have other moms). Of course, this all sounds well and good, but it doesn't get to the meat of her. Hecate was super. She was very respected on Olympus and recognized by everyone as having a lot of power. She tended towards beneficence (helping the gods against the giants, helping Galinthias after she got turned into a cat by Hera, helping out when Demeter was looking for Persephone), but people were pretty afraid of that power (which definitely included wealth, victory and wisdom, not to mention sailing and hunting) and the fact that she could choose to withhold her "luck". So much coolness! Forget about her being the queen of witches and a boogieman for kids who liked to sneak out, she was everything that fits those of us enchanted by the idea of a fierce, if underground, women's power. Scary, yes, but they used to set up statues of her to keep away baddies, too. And the sacrifices of food to her were left at the crossroads at the end of the month where they were eaten by the poor. See? So perfect!
- Really more the Greek version of the Latin "Voluptas", Hedone doesn't so much show up in strictly Greek mythology. She is, however, the daughter of Psyche and Eros, and since I include that excellent story here, I ought to include Hedone as well.
- She was a Goddess of Plants and she was in charge of making sure they bloomed and bore fruit as they were meant to. Her name means "mastery".
- Fate. Yes, yes, I know you just read up there about the Fates and I didn't say a thing about any darn Heimarmene, but Heimarmene wasn't quite the same as Moira. Fate, yes, but a very abstract sort of way. Maybe you should think about it as the personification of inevitability without understanding that relating to any particular life. Tyche and Ananke were described with the word version of this goddess's name.
- She was a Goddess of the Sun, probably because she was a daughter of Helios. I know nothing else of her.
- Hemera was the Goddess of Day, or rather she was its personification. She was a daughter of Nyx (see below) and Erebus. She and her mother shared a house (some say it was Tartarus), but they never saw each other in it. Hemera left it each morning, and returned only as her mother (the Night) left. So sad. Oh well! She was also the mother of Thalassa, the Sea with her brother, Aether (the Upper Air, or Light). I really like her.
- The personification of tranquility and the daughter of Dike, she was described by Pindar as the Goddess of Friendly Intent who makes cities greatn
- She was a Goddess of Brightness, though that could also simply be a common epithet for goddesses.
- She was a goddess invoked to bless the harvest. Thanks P J Criss.
- The personification of energetic activity. Named by Pausanias (and, of course, Mr. Robert Bell).
- Hosia is a word placed before the names of Goddesses. It means something like "holy" and "praise" and other things along the same lines.n
- She was the daughter of Aesculapius, you know that dude who managed to raise people from the dead, and got struck down for it. She was the Goddess of Healing and she focuses on the healing power of cleanliness. She introduced the idea of washing patients with soap and water. She had lots of hospital shrines.n
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