Sacred Month of Grace May 16 – June 12
For my predecessors in the Deanic Faith this month was named Hera. Its sacred meaning of the Heroine Month, or Saint Month.
This is based upon one etymology among several.
There were 2 groups of Madrians, 1 the publicity seeking, lesbian separatists and 2 the more secretive gendar inclusive group from which Clan Jana originates. So in future I will number the source Madrian1 and Madrian2.
“Hera as being someone who ultimately has achieved their Sacred Moments. They no longer need to incarnate and they are assumed and Transformed into Pure Love and live in Perfect Union with the Holy One, Our Divine Mother God. Though a person has achieved enlightenment, that does not necessarily mean that they have been assumed into the Supernal Realm. We can think of Quan Yin as an example. I also don’t necessarily equate achieving enlightenment, or what I call Gnosis with being Transformed into Perfect Love. I don’t really think miracles are necessary. That is more of a Catholic requirement.”
ArchMadria Pamela of Clan Jana
“Just because a Hera is able to perform miracles, it doesn’t necessarily follow that we need proof of them.”
In the Madria Olga Lotar Documents, the definition of an Hera is: “A spiritually advanced soul, who has gained enlightenment or Realization and is able to perform miracles.” (Madrian2).
The Madrian1 definition: “A hera is someone who has attained spiritual perfection and freed herself from the wheel of birth and death. They are concerned with helping others to follow them and may take human form”.
“The name of Hera admits a variety of mutually exclusive etymologies; one possibility is to connect it with Greek ὥρα hōra, season, and to interpret it as ripe for marriage and according to Plato ἐρατή eratē, “beloved” as Zeus is said to have married her for love. According to Plutarch, Hera was an allegorical name and an anagram of aēr (ἀήρ, “air”). So begins the section on Hera in Walter Burkert’s Greek Religion. In a note, he records other scholars’ arguments “for the meaning Mistress as a feminine to Heros, Master.” John Chadwick, a decipherer of Linear B, remarks “her name may be connected with hērōs, ἥρως, ‘hero’, but that is no help, since it too is etymologically obscure.” A. J. van Windekens, offers “young cow, heifer”, which is consonant with Hera’s common epithet βοῶπις (boōpis, “cow-eyed”). R. S. P. Beekes has suggested a Pre-Greek origin. Her name is attested in Mycenaean Greek written in the Linear B syllabic script as 𐀁𐀨, e-ra, appearing on tablets found in Pylos and Thebes.”
HERA was the Queen of the gods, and goddess of the sky, women and marriage.
Her Greek myths http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/HeraMyths.html
The polos is the only attribute of the Queen of Heaven
“Portrayed as majestic and solemn, often enthroned, and crowned with the polos (a high cylindrical crown worn by several of the Great Goddesses)…”
“Revenge on Zeus
Hera was a very jealous and vengeful wife. She wanted Zeus all to herself, but Zeus cheated on her constantly with other goddesses and with mortal women. Hera often took out her revenge on the women who Zeus loved and the children they had with Zeus.
One example of Hera’s revenge is the story of the hero Heracles who was Zeus’s son by the mortal woman Alcmene. Hera first tried to kill Heracles as a baby by sending two serpents to his bed, but this failed when Heracles killed the serpents. She later caused Heracles to go mad and kill his wife and children. As punishment for killing his family, Heracles was forced to perform the Twelve Labors. Hera made these labors as difficult as possible, hoping that Heracles would be killed.
Some of the women and goddesses that Hera exacted revenge on included Callisto, Semele, Io, and Lamia.
A nymph named Echo was given the job of distracting Hera from Zeus’s affairs. When Hera discovered what Echo was doing, she cursed Echo into only repeating the last few words that others said to her (this is where the modern word “echo” comes from).”
This name was chosen to replace the Roman month of Juno/June.
“The name Juno was also once thought to be connected to Iove (Jove), originally as Diuno and Diove from *Diovona. At the beginning of the 20th century, a derivation was proposed from iuven- (as in Latin iuvenis, “youth”), through a syncopated form iūn- (as in iūnix, “heifer”, and iūnior, “younger”). This etymology became widely accepted after it was endorsed by Georg Wissowa.”
Iuuen- is related to Latin aevum and Greek aion (αιών) through a common Indo-European root referring to a concept of vital energy or “fertile time”. The iuvenis is he who has the fullness of vital force. In some inscriptions Jupiter himself is called Iuuntus, and one of the epithets of Jupiter is Ioviste, a superlative form of iuuen- meaning “the youngest”. Iuventas, “Youth”, was one of two deities who “refused” to leave the Capitol when the building of the new Temple of Capitoline Jove required the exauguration of deities who already occupied the site. Juno is the equivalent to Hera, the Greek goddess for love and marriage. Juno is the Roman goddess of love and marriage. Ancient etymologies associated Juno’s name with iuvare, “to aid, benefit”, and iuvenescendo, “rejuvenate”, sometimes connecting it to the renewal of the new and waxing moon, perhaps implying the idea of a moon goddess.
“Some etymologists would prefer to assume Juno’s name is derived from a word meaning “youth” as in “juvenile”, and that Juno is a personification of the “youthful” or “new” moon. In my mind, this assumption is a clear case of Patriarchal “solarization” of all things masculine and “lunation” of all things feminine. To me, Ju-no, like Ju-peter are the feminine and masculine forms of the same title. The initial syllible Ju/Deju from “deiywu” means “divine” literally “shining”, “daylight sky”, (not “moonlight night”). The second syllables ”no” or “peter” designate the gender of the person as feminine/queen/mother or masculine/king/father. So Ju-no means Divine/Shining-Queen Mother as Ju-peter means Divine/Shining-King/Father.”
Cults of Juno were well established in the Italic states surrounding Rome from antiquity. She was the principle deity of many towns, representing rulership and strength.
Juno was also widely connected with women’s issues. In Latium and Rome, she was the goddess of childbirth in her guise of Juno Lucina. To Ovid, the name ‘Lucina’ is derived from lux or in the plural form luces- the latin for ‘light’, particularly daylight.
Cicero , on the other hand associated it with lucere ‘to shine,’ specifically the moon at night and attributed the name to Juno because of this connection between the moon and the length of pregnancy.
June: The Month of Juno?
As Rome’s Queen of the gods, Juno’s transformation was complete. ‘I love no nation more’ says the Juno of Ovid’s Fasti.
But did the Roman’s love their chief goddess enough to name the month of June after her?
The Ovid’s Juno certainly believed this was the case. “Why call me regina ‘queen’ and princeps goddess, why place the golden sceptre in my hand? Shall days or luces make a month and title me ‘lucina’ and I draw no month’s name?” says the goddess.
But in the Fasti, other dieties appear to argue against Juno’s belief. The goddess Juventas claims that June is named – like Juno herself – from the iuventas, the young people, one of the two age specific groups Romulus divided the roman people into.
The Goddess Concordia attributes the month’s name to an event from the same era but this time referring to iunctus-the joining of the Roman and Sabine communities.
But interestingly, according to Macrobius’s Saturnalia , the month of June was known as Junonius or ‘of juno’ by the Latins of Aricia and Praeneste (1.12.30), suggesting the Roman’s may have inherited the name of the month along with the goddess.
The jury is out on whether the Romans named June after their queen of the gods. But she is certainly the goddess we most associate with the month today.
About Natasha Sheldon
Natasha Sheldon studied ancient history and archaeology at Leicester and Bristol Universities in the UK. She was awarded the Arnold Wycombe Gomme prize for Ancient History and holds a BA honours in ancient history and archaeology and a MA in ancient history and historiography.
Natasha researches and writes mainly on the subjects of ancient history and archaeology. Her specialist area is Roman history. Both of her dissertations in the field of magic and religion in the Roman Empire have been published. They are: The Origins and Meaning of Roman Witchcraft and Roman Magic and Religion in Late Antiquity. Natasha is currently involved in further research in this area.
Hera and Juno – the similarities and differences
“Most of the people thought that Juno was just a counterpart of Hera, and the only difference between them is the country their myths came from, but now we know that Juno and Hera were not just similar in every way but different in some ways also. Hera was the goddess who was famous for her jealousy of her husband’s, Zeus’s, girlfriends and her vengeful nature while Juno wasn’t. She was more of the protective calm mother. Juno was associated with the moon, and was called the moon goddess, but Hera had nothing to do with moons.”
“Juno’s own warlike aspect among the Romans is apparent in her attire. She often appeared sitting pictured with a peacock armed and wearing a goatskin cloak. The traditional depiction of this warlike aspect was assimilated from the Greek goddess Hera, whose goatskin was called the ‘aegis’.”
Clan Jana – Charis [KAR-is] meaning Grace.
Joseph H. Thayer made some significant observations concerning the meaning of charis: “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness…good-will, loving-kindness, favor… charis is used pre-eminently of that kindness by which God [Dea] bestows favors even upon the ill-deserving, and grants to sinners the pardon of their offences, and bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ [Di Jana].”