Goddess Ananke  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"ANANKE" IS THE GREEK GODDESS OF ATTACHMENTS. SHE IS THE POWERFUL DEITY WHO RULES COMPULSION, CONSTRAINT, AND RESTRAINT, AND PRESIDES OVER ALL FORMS OF SLAVERY AND BOND, STARTING WITH THE BASIC NECESSITIES OF LIFE. SHE WAS THE PERSONIFICATION OF DESTINY, NECESSITY AND FATE, USUALLY DEPICTED AS HOLDING A SPINDLE. ANANKE MATERIALIZED AT BEGINNING OF THE COSMOS, ALONG WITH HER MATE, CHRONOS. BECAUSE SHE WAS SEEN AS THE MOST POWERFUL DICTATOR OF ALL FATE AND CIRCUMSTANCE, THE OTHER GODS HAD TO GIVE HER RESPECT AND PAY HOMAGE AS WELL AS THE MORTALS. SHE WAS ALSO THE MOTHER OF THE MOIRAE, THE THREE FATES WHO WERE FATHERED BY ZEUS.

WHEN SOMEONE IS CAST INTO PRISON, OR FASTENED BY CHAINS, IT IS HER NAME THAT IS EVOKED FOR SHE IS BEHIND ALL BONDS AND HAS A SHARE EVEN IN THE TIES OF KINSHIP, FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE. BECAUSE HER DOMINION IS EXPERIENCED MAINLY IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD, SHE HAS, THEREFORE, BEEN HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UGLINESS OF ALL VIOLENT DEALINGS DERIVING FROM HER COMPELLING POWER. ACCORDINGLY, HER RULE IS FOUGHT AGAINST VIOLENTLY BY IGNORANCE, AND WHEN THIS OCCURS, NEW NECESSARY BONDS MAY APPEAR AS A RESULT.

"ANANKE" WAS WORSHIPPED UNTIL THE CREATION OF THE ORPHIC MYSTERIY RELIGION, AND IT IS THROUGH THE LONG PROCESS OF THE ORPHIC MYSTERIES CULT, IT TRANSPIRES THAT "ANANKE", SYMBOLIZING DESTINY AND THE INEVITABLE, FELL GRADUALLY INTO OBLIVION, UNTIL FINALLY, SHE WAS REPLACED BY THE GOD, EROS,THE GOD OF LOVE AND THE FORCE OPPOSING FATE AND DEATH

"THERE IS A LAW OF STERN NECESSITY,"THE IMMEMORIAL ORDINANCE OF THE GODS"MADE FAST FOR EVER, BRAVELY SWORN AND SEALED:"SHOULD ANY SPIRIT, BORN TO ENDURING LIFE,"BE FOULED WITH SIN OF SLAUGHTER, OR TRANSGRESS"BY DISPUTATION, PERJURED AND FORSWORN,"THREE TIMES TEN THOUSAND YEARS THAT SOUL SHALL WANDER"AN OUTCAST FROM FELICITY, CONDEMNED"TO MORTAL BEING, AND IN DIVERSE SHAPES"WITH INTERCHANGE OF HARDSHIP GO HIS WAYS."THE HEAVENS FORCE HIM HEADLONG TO THE SEA;"AND VOMITED FROM THE SEA, DRY LAND RECEIVES HIM,"BUT FLINGS UNWANTED TO THE BURNING SUN;"FROM THERE, TO THE HEAVENLY VORTEX BACKWARD THROWN,"HE MAKES FROM HOST TO HOST, BY ALL ABHORRED."(EMPEDOCLES, C. 493-C. 433 BC)"

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Hera Queen Of The Gods  

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HERA (Roman name Juno) was the goddess of marriage. Hera was the wife of Zeus and Queen of the Olympians. Hera hated the great hero Heracles since he was the son of her husband Zeus and a mortal woman. When he was still an infant, she sent snakes to attack him in his crib. Later she stirred up the Amazons against him when he was on one of his quests.

HERA, queen of the gods, the daughter of the Titans Cronus and Rhea, and the sister and wife of the god Zeus. Hera was the goddess of marriage and protector of married women. She was the mother of Ares, god of war; Hephaestus, god of fire; Hebe, goddess of youth; and Ilithyia, goddess of childbirth. A jealous wife, she often persecuted Zeus's mistresses and children, especially the half-god Hercules, and was known for her vindictive nature.

On the other hand, Hera aided the hero Jason, who would never have retrieved the Golden Fleece without her sponsorship.

In Greek mythology, Hera was the reigning female goddess of Olympus because she was Zeus's wife. But her worship is actually far older than that of her husband. It goes back to a time when the creative force we call "God" was conceived of as a woman. The Goddess took many forms, among them that of a bird.

Further reading (free e-books):

Albert Pike - The Book Of The Words
Howard Phillips Lovecraft - Poetry Of The Gods
Ea Wallis Budge - Legends Of The Gods

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