Hello Campers, and welcome to the third edition of Meeting the Minor Gods! We all know about the Olympians and how they came to be in power, but have you ever wondered who some of the other gods are? Today we will be learning a little more about The Horae!
The Horae are the goddess of the seasons and the natural progression of time. There are several different groups of Horae:
The first three are sisters, and the daughters of Zeus and Themis, the Titaness of divine law.
Eunomia: goddess of good order and lawful conduct
Dike: goddess of justice and the spirit of moral order
Eirene: goddess of peace and the essence of tranquility
The second Triad of goddesses were in charge of growth, development, and the stages of life, particularly of Flora.
Thallo: ‘The one who brings the blossoms’ she is the goddess of blooms and the protector of youth and innocence.
Auxo: ‘The increaser of plant growth’ she is the goddess of vegetation, plants, and fertility.
Carpo: ‘The one who brings the food’ she is the goddess of the harvest, and the guardian of the earth
The third Triad of Horae consist of the following:
The Horae of the four seasons are the daughters of Helios, the Titan of the sun, and Selene, the Titaness of the Moon.
There is a final set of Horae that govern over the distinct hours of the day. The hours run from just before sunrise to just after sunset, thus winter hours are short, summer hours are long.
Auge: first light
Mousike: the morning hour of music and study
Gymnasia: the morning hour of training and exercise
Nympha: the morning hour of ablutions and bathing
Sponde: libations poured after lunch
Elete: prayer, and the first of the afternoon work hours
Acte: feast and pleasure, the second of the afternoon work hours
Hesperis: evening, the final of the afternoon work hours