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Gems of the Goddess

Today we’re going to look at the Gems of the Goddess Hestia.  Hestia can teach us very important lessons about bringing our fire and our warmth into the world.

Hestia is the Greek Goddess of the Hearth Fire, which means she ruled over all domestic issues.  Her name means “the essence”.  She’s the Goddess of Architecture, Hospitality and Ordinary People.  She managed to stay about the fray of quarreling and politics and gave all “unconditional love”.

One of the ways you can work with Hestia is to be able to see into the heart and soul of someone to provide unconditional love and caring.  You can be generous and kind to everyone you meet, regardless of their baggage.  You are only responsible for how you interact with them.

These virtues define the goddess Hestia: mild, gentle, forgiving, peaceful, serene, dignified, calm, secure, stable, welcoming, and, above all else, well-centered.

Hestia grew up with grace and beauty and was pursued by both Apollo and Posidian.  Hestia decided she didn’t want to be married so she swore on Zeus’ brow that she wouldn’t marry.  She was content to live her life alone because she could follow a path that was her nature and her choosing.

Zeus was so grateful that Hestia averted a war between her two rival suitors; he made her the manager of Mount Olympus.  She would stay home, never leaving Mount Olympus.  Hestia was there to greet those returning – their “Homecoming”.

Hestia makes it so women can be who they are on their own.  A partner is not needed to be whole, even though this can be what many people feel completes them.  There is nothing wrong with having a partner but Hestia is also saying you can be your own best partner.   Many women who are alone and never marry are thought to be an “old maid”.  However, Hestia says you can be a beautiful woman, no matter what is your marital status.  Hestia says reach in and find how you can be nurturing to others but most importantly, how you can be nurturing to yourself.

The circle symbolized Hestia as the “complete” goddess, the goddess who was already    whole because she could “complete within herself.”  Hestia was seen as the center, representing herself as being centered and also the home, family, the area and the world.

The living flame of Hestia was tended to constantly and never allowed to die out.  The flame represented all of life’s energy.  If the flame was allowed to die out, it would create a cold existence.  There would be a lost of prosperity and warmth if the flame was extinguished.  When new areas were developed, Hestia’s fire was carried from the main area’s hearth to light the fire of the new community.  This assured prosperity and fertility for the land, the inhabitants and all others of the world.

So is Hestia telling you to believe in your own internal flame?  It is literal but think about it as lighting your own flame so you can light others.  Your interactions with others can either light or extinguish their flame.  Be careful of your interactions with others.

Hestia reminds us to be the keeper of our own flame.  We have to make sure it doesn’t go out because our flame is what drives us to move forward and create our destiny.  Obviously, working with the fire element can create a connection with Hestia.  Burn a special candle to light the fire within or for someone else. Most importantly, make sure your own fire doesn’t extinguish.