The ancient Greeks believed that the goddess Hera had the special ability to curse and bless marital harmony as well as betrothal and bestow fertility. She was known as the patron of childbirth, who favored successful birth; however, she could also curse childbirth, resulting in death during birth or a protracted labor.
Hera was known to the ancient Greeks as the goddess of kings and empires, as she protected them along with royal dynasties. In addition, she was the protector of heirs and inheritances, having the ability to favor the birth of a male heir. She was also known as the queen of heaven, protecting and supporting clear skies, the air, rain and constellations. She had the ability to favor cool breezes and her curse was felt in the form of storms.