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Olympus: Hestia

September 9, 2010
Hestia’s Kitchen

Image Credit: Chuck Gumpert 

Hestia

 

Identity: Olympian goddess of the hearth

Descriptive archetype: A gentle, reserved woman

Symbols: Flaming circle. Veil. Domestic hearth or fireplace

The Greek Myth

Hestia was one of the older goddesses, sister to Zeus, Demeter, Poseidon and Hera. Her name means ‘hearth’, or the place in the house where fire was burned, food was cooked, and from which warmth and comfort were derived. Fire was very important to primitive people, and not just for practical reasons; it also provided a dialogue between men and gods via the sacrificial flame.

Hestia’s origins are obscure, and neither Hesiod nor Homer appear to be familiar with her. She was essentially a virgin goddess who chose a modest existence in spite of the splendours of Olympus. Her mien was one of reserved dignity and repose, which served to contrast her with the more robust and flamboyant female Olympians. Although unmarried herself, Hestia protected the hearth and home, ensuring continuity and stability therein.

Upright Meanings

Dedication to duty. Service, Focus. Discipline. Modesty. Tranquility. Humility. Prudence. Acceptance. Continuity. All avenues of selfless service to others.

Reversed Meanings

Withdrawal. Reclusiveness. Spiritual snobbery. Mental imbalances resulting from lack of polarization – an unfulfilled inner need for a satisfactory personal relationship. Refusal to accept the realities of the world.

~ Words Murry Hope, Olympus: An experience in self-discovery

Breaking News from The Muse

I noticed that Murry Hope does not mention Hades in the roll-call of Hestia’s siblings……..an intriguing exclusion.  

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Further Reading: Of the Element of Fire

Morning is rising
Suddenly I open my eyes
Sun don’t catch me
Lying here by your side
We’re just like children
Playing with matches
Hidden from the world

We’ve started a fire
We’ve started a fire
We’ve started a fire – we can’t put out

Kiss me then let me
Go before the sun is high
One kiss, one spark
Danger when the power is dry
We’re just like children
Playing with matches
Hidden from the world

We’ve started a fire
We’ve started a fire
We’ve started a fire – we can’t put out

Na Na Na’s

Morning is rising
I’m lying here by your side
Daylight comes shining
Burning right into my eyes
We’re just like children
Playing with matches
Hidden from the world

We’ve started a fire
We’ve started a fire
We’ve started a fire

~ Lyrics Paul Kelly

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