God Is Ugly (& Crafty)

Hephaestus’ Forge‘ tells the tale of a master craftsgod, known for his skill and cunning, a most ‘ungodly’ appearance, a war thwarted by an arranged marriage, an unfaithful wife, and an inspired girdle!

Hephaestus was the Greek god of fire, craftsman, forges, artisans and a number of hot crafty related things.

So put down that glue gun & read his tale

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Hephaestus had powerful parents!

Zeus, his father had a problem on his hands. Many of the male deities wanted to marry the beautiful Aphrodite. Their fighting grew more and more problematic for Olympus. To finally put an end to the quarrels for her hand, Zeus arranged a marriage for her with Hephaestus.

It was his ugly appearance that inspired Zeus to choose him, so that the match would not inspire jealousy among other male deities. It was also his ugly appearance and a lack of love in the match that caused Aphrodite to have many affairs with both gods and men. The Dom Deluise type with a club foot was not for her.

Tired of the humiliation, one day Hephaestus created a magic net, which he would use to catch Athena and the war god Ares in bed together. He would bring them together before the gods and thoroughly humiliate them among their peers. Poseidon felt so sorry for them he convinced Hephaestus to release them and paid their fine for the indiscretion.

Maybe Hephaestus should have ‘borrowed’ Aphrodite’s credit card and visited my website!

In his forge on Olympus, Hephaestus would go on to produce many of the gadgets and equipment of the gods, like Hermes winged helmet. He had also made Aphrodite’s girdle which inspired love and passion, which perhaps worked a little too well

Move over Victoria’s Secret. They don’t make girdles like they used to.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading the story and your very kind comment! So very much appreciated! I got your email and will be replying to it later on today. I am flattered and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      1. That is wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for such a kind comment! I hope you are well and having a beautiful day!

    1. Thank you John! I am glad to hear you like the colours! I hope you are well and having a wonderful weekend.

    1. Wow! Thank you for such a very kind comment Don! I appreciate it and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

    1. Thanks for the kind comment! I can see the desert at night πŸ˜‰ I think I am going to have to play with those colours some more. I hope your week is going well!

    1. haha! I am glad you liked that line. It made me smile when I wrote it too πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your kind comment and I hope you are having a great day so far!

    1. Thank you so very much for your very kind comment Tiffany! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

    1. Thank you πŸ˜‰ Hope your week is going well. Just getting over a cold so feeling much better πŸ˜‰

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  2. i love the idea of war and mind
    forced to stay in the same bind
    so smart war may result with ease
    and because smart war is peace
    it can be a good thing
    or the end of everything

    1. It is a smart way of thinking. Finding peace to me is always the better way! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I am really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the story and thank you for such a nice comment! I hope you are well.

    1. Thank you so very much for your very kind comment! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. An interesting piece. I keep thinking I’m seeing people or something else in it through a haze of time – I suspect I could turn it in my hands for days finding images – more fun than shapes in clouds.

    1. Thank you for the interesting comment. I love your analogy of watching clouds and looking at vases. I have made the same comparison myself. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Jay, this is a new comment to an older post. I just wanted to find a place to tell you how amazing your pottery designs are. These pieces are breathtaking. Beautiful.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I so much appreciate the encouragement and apologize for my tardy reply, the spam filter here in wordpress seems to have gotten the better of me. I hope you are having a wonderful 2020 so far full of love and adventure.

    1. Thank you so much for a very nice compliment! Wishing you all the best this holiday season!

    1. Thank you Cindy! So glad you like it πŸ™‚ Hope you are keeping well today! πŸ™

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