Imagine if Zeus and Hera went to couples therapy.
It would, quite literally, be chaos. Hera is the goddess of marriage, family and childbirth. Imagine how embarrassing it would be for her to admit that her husband (who also happens to be her brother, I mean, ew) has cheated on her fifty million times. And Zeus is not even ashamed of it. In fact, he's rather proud. He gloats about the fact that he has fathered so many demigods, who have contributed to a rich Greek history. Of course, Hera is furious. She has never even looked in the direction of another man. She is a devoted wife and Olympian, and the others often come to her for guidance, especially about relationships.
How can she help others when her own life is in shambles?
Imagine that she's had enough. She's done with her husband. Even though she symbolises marriage, she leaves her own. Her therapist agrees; this relationship is too toxic and abusive to continue. It's painful, sure, but necessary. The Olympians are shocked. Her own children Ares, Hephaestus and Dionysus are concerned for her well being. Although he's in the wrong, Zeus is furious. After all, the King of the Gods has just lost his wife, even though he didn't really care about her.
Imagine Hera seeks solace in the Hunters of Artemis. She finally becomes independent. She learns to fend for herself, learns that there was nothing wrong with her; that it was all Zeus' fault.
Imagine that after millennia of toil and trouble, Hera’s finally free and happy.
That's what self-love is.
Author: Anika Garg
Editor: Zoyah Virani