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Goddess of Youth, Brides and Forgiveness

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HEBE (Ήβη) is the goddess of youth, brides and forgiveness, is described as a daughter of Zeus and Hera, and is the minister of the gods, who fills their cups with nectar; she assists Hera in putting the horses to her chariot; and she bathes and dresses her brother Ares.

I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth.

–Doug Hutchison

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History and Myths

She was married to Heracles after his apotheosis and the mother of two sons, Alexiares and Anticetus and as a divinity who had it in her power to make persons of an advanced age young again. She was worshipped at Athens, where she had an altar in the Cynosarges, near one of Heracles. Under the name of the female Ganymedes (Ganymeda) or Dia, she was worshipped in a sacred grove at Sicyon and Phlius.

The name Hebe comes from Greek word meaning "youth" or "prime of life". Juventas likewise means "youth", as can be seen in such derivatives as juvenile. In art, Hebe is usually depicted wearing a sleeveless dress. Hebe was also worshipped as a goddess of pardons or forgiveness; freed prisoners would hang their chains in the sacred grove of her sanctuary at Phlius.

Her successor was Ganymede, the Trojan youth who was abducted by Zeus in the form of an eagle to become the cupbearer of he gods.

Vital Statistics

Titles

Goddess of Youth
Goddess of Eternal Youth
Goddess of Brides
Goddess of Forgiveness
Cupbearer to the Gods

Gender

Female

Status

Immortal

Species

God

Affiliation

Olympians

Weapon

N/A

Home

Mt. Olympus

Roman Form

Juventas

Appearance

Varies

Family

Father

Mother

Spouse(s)

Heracles

Siblings

Ares [ brother ]
Hebe, Enyo & Eileithyia [ sisters ]
Hephaestus [ maternal half-brother ]
Aglaea, The Horai, The Morai, The Muses, Persephone, Cybele, Athena, Enyo, Eileithyia, Artemis, Britomartis, Angelos, Aletheia, Pandia, Ersa, Agdistis & Herophile [ paternal half-sisters ]
Ares, Hermes, Apollo, Dionysus, Perseus, Minos, Heracles, Tantalus, Aeacus, Megaros, Lacadaemon, Tityus, Rhadamanthys, Sarpedon, Amphion, Zethus, Dardanos, Iason, Eetion, Epaphus, Demetrius, Akheilos & Caerus [ paternal half-brothers ]

Demigod Children

Immortal Children

Aniketos & Alexiares [ sons ]

Lover(s)

N/A

Other

N/A

Scope/Powers

Patron Of

Eternal Youth / Brides / Forgiveness

Symbols

Fountain / Chalice / Wings

Sacred Animals

N/A

Sacred Plants

Ivy

Assumed Powers

  • Possesses the natural abilities of a goddess.
    • Immortality
    • Omnipotence
  • Youth Inducement
    • Ability to make others age in reverse ergo making them younger.
    • Age Shifting
    • Age Manipulation
  • Youthful Empowerment
    • Ability to become stronger, faster, more durable, etc. through youthful energy, whether their own or others, possibly unlocking abilities related to the affinity and enhancing the existing powers.
    • Ability to draw sustenance from the youthfulness or even slow or stop aging.

Trivia

Trivia

  • Some consider her to be among the most powerful gods, given that eternal youth is so widely sought for and an element of immortality.

God/Goddess of the Month Awards
Hebe won the God/Goddess of the Month Poll competition for March 2013.

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