“To Hestia, Fumigation from Aromatics. Daughter of Kronos (Cronus), venerable dame, who dwellest amidst great fire’s eternal flame; in sacred rites these ministers are thine, mystics much blessed, holy and divine. In thee the Gods have fixed their dwelling place, strong, stable basis of the mortal race. Eternal, much formed, ever florid queen, laughing and blessed, and of lovely mien; accept these rites, accord each just desire, and gentle health and needful good inspire.”
~ Orphic Hymn 84, Thomas Taylor Translation
For the Ancient Greeks, the Goddess Hestia was the hearth, the fireplace, the altar. In the home, she was the family hearth and presided over the baking of bread and preparation of the family meal. Hestia also was the sacrificial flame and in every temple she received a portion of all the sacrificial offerings to the deities, ruled over all communal feasts, and received the first and last libations of wine.
When Poseidon and Apollo offered for her hand, she requested of Zeus that she remain an eternal virgin and so she is. This calm and dignified Goddess then took her place at the center of the people’s everyday life and the center of the rituals of state.
The presence of Hestia creates sacred space. As the hearth, Hestia was considered to be the center of the Universe, the center of the Earth, and the center of every home. Modern conveniences have shifted the hearth as the center of the home, but when we seek it, we find that there is a center, a place of gathering, the space that exudes comfort, the space that represents all of our feelings of “home”.
Join me for our MotherHouse Goddess Temple Free Goddess Meditation Circle for January celebrating the Greek Goddess Hestia on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 3pm eastern!
The Goddess Hestia as Keeper of the Flame (article on MotherHouse) by Constance Tippett
Goddesses in Older Women by Jean Shinoda-Bolen
Pagan Meditations: The Worlds of Aphrodite, Artemis, and Hestia by Ginette Paris