MotherHouse Goddess Temple is celebrating Summer Solstice and the Goddess Vesta with a Solstice Circle on June 20, 2019 at 8pm eastern. Join us live or connect later with the archive recording. Actual Summer Solstice is June 21, 2019, but we are gathering the evening before.
Summer Solstice is the mid-term of the year. It is the longest day and shortest night and the height of the Sun’s zenith in the sky. From a zodiac perspective, the Sun enters Cancer on June 21 and we may feel our attention being drawn to the home and comforts that make us feel safe and secure (traits of Cancer), and also apropos for the Goddess Vesta.
Vesta is a fire Goddess, a Temple Goddess, the living embodiment of the sacred flame who was rarely depicted in human form. In Rome, the Temple of Vesta was a fundamental ritual center that housed the Vestal Virgins who had the most important duty of tending the sacred flame, Vesta herself.
The Roman Goddess Vesta is derived from her Greek sister, Hestia. Most of the myth that comes to us from ancient times is from the Greek Hestia since Vesta was considered the flame, the fire itself.
Vesta is also considered the Roman Goddess of Hearth and Home. She is the virgin goddess of the household and of fire. Early origins indicate that Vesta was originally a Goddess of childbirth. She is an earth deity as well, controlling the domestic arts, including cooking and cleaning.
I look forward to bringing Vesta and the Summer Solstice to you! And don’t forget, Vestalia was celebrated from June 7 to June 15. Time to clean out your temple and sanctuary!
The Goddess Hestia and Hearth Mothers – Article by Constance Tippett