Pair of bronze figures, probably Zeus and Hera Greek, Geometric Period (circa 750–700 B.C.E.) Possibly from Olympia. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston via http://www.mfa.org
Theogamia, celebrated in late January or early February, is the anniversary of the wedding of Hera and Zeus. It is said that their honeymoon on the island of Samos lasted for three hundred years.
It is an especially good time to reflect that lasting partnerships don’t “just happen”, whether for humans or for deities; such relationships require unlimited amounts of respect, compassion, and dedication from each participant. And in the same way the commitment of Hera and Zeus to their marriage creates and preserves the stability of the cosmos so, too, the dedication of human partners creates a comforting and safe refuge in the home.
“For there is nothing better than this: when two people maintain a household together in oneness of mind, a great woe to their enemies, and joy to their friends.” - Homer, The Odyssey