When Hestia came at the center of Dark Goddess Collective, a shift began. Whether it was an inner knowing or the harmony of connection in true Hestia style, this shift has continued to ripple outwardly. This first Olympian, symbolic of the social contract, was at the center of every town at the prytaneion. She most certainly made it to ours within the collective and into the center of us as well at our own center. She enlivened our space with profound connection, deep sharing, and gratitude for the abundance of warmth we found with her presence.
|Animal||Peacock, Cow, Sow,|
|Plants||Goldenrod, cinnamon, lavender, cloves, calendula, Chaste Tree|
|Parents||Kronos and Rhea|
|Siblings||Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hermes, Demeter, Aphrodite, Athena, Artemis, Apollo, Ares, Hephaestus|
|Children||None (Virgin Goddess)|
|Symbols||Hearth, Torch, Fire, Kettle|
|Equivalent/Conflations||Vesta (Roman), Tabiti (Scythian goddess)|
Other Interesting Finds
Sin Yeng, Wong. (2016). Araceae of Peat Swamp Forests.
Hestia longifolia is discussed within this article. The most interesting thing is that this plant may have adapted a resistance to fire in its morphology as the region in which it grows is known for its proneness to fire.
The Nature of Fire and The Feminine
Hestia has taken her time in revealing the grand scale upon which fire connects us all. From researching the history of townships and married couples who were in devotion to Hestia, it is true that the symbolic web of fire is woven across the earth in connectedness. A type of unity, or unifying force in devotion to life and connection. It was especially to Hestia that offerings were made for those seeking sanctuary. However, there is something else. A liminality in tune with the seasons, our beautiful Earth showing us the path forward.
Fire at the Core
It is even said that she (Earth) holds within her core the fire of Hestia (Pythagorus according to Walker, quoting Lethaby, referenced below). With the cycle of the seasons, the cycle of the feminine even, that our fire transforms us wholly. As we pass into the season of fall in the northern hemisphere, the last harvests secured, the energy of the fire is no longer in outward shooting vibrancy of energy that yields more fruit. Like the Earth, and like Hestia, it is time to connect down into the roots, to nurture inwardly once more. It is here that I offer bread, some fruits, and wine to show gratitude for the abundance of warmth, connection, and knowingness she has offered our space.
Even if you are not in the northern hemisphere, this time of year is still present with Hestia ~ as it is now that the inner fire is beginning to be stoked into an outward expression (link below to Fabienne, who is fabulous!).
In looking to connect with others, I often find that the flame of Hestia has far reaching threads. It makes me unbelievably happy to see, experience, and sometimes get uncomfortable when finding other writers, bloggers, and creators who have their own experiences, research, and opinions. That is what life is about, right? Connecting. With that in mind, here are few that I found that I love precisely because their style is much different than my own or they provided deeper insight. They give me threads to follow, and I give honor and thanks to Hestia for the fire she weaves with us all:
A Connection to Flow – Rayne’s Experience
Hestia has me working with mudras each day. Today’s is DRIVE! I am so excited for this new journey.
The Hestia Hermes Connection
Rayne is referencing this amazing article I found on Hestia-Hermes connection!
I always appreciate a deep dive into a Goddess that I am unfamiliar with! However, even with a Goddess (like Hestia) that I do know well, its cool to see Her in different perspectives to better understand Her history. I zeroed in on the line in the article that said, “In its polarity, the couple Hestia-Hermes expresses the tension which is proper to the archaic representation of space. Space needs a center, a fix point from which directions and orientations can be defined. But space is also the locus of motion, and that implies the possibility of transitions, of passage from any point to any other.”
It was in reading this that my calling and understanding of Hestia and Hermes began.
I began to understand that there is always going to be motion in life.
Even when there is a beginning place, we often circle back around to the same lesson or situation to go deeper into it, learn more. or see it with greater clarity. It is different each time. It is a moving target (birth/death as well as alpha/omega of any situation), which means consistent change (Space). It further cements that it is within me to be in the center (Hestia) tending the fires, the sparks (desires), and feeding life flow. Simultaneously, I am also (Hermes) clearing and letting go of the ashes or obstacles that inhibit space for new growth and that it all boils down to BALANCE.
While I’m unsure this will make sense to anyone, but me, I thought I’d share my understanding on their connection. Hermes is the messenger (the movement on the outside) and Hestia (the movement on the inside) make a whole, and they are forever in movement and transition. I also am aware that the season of the culling is a time that lingers in the balance half warmth…half cool…..not quite summer any longer….not yet fall. They are the perfect Couple to dance with for this new cycle!
Hail Hestia! Hail Hermes!
Thank you Rayne McLoughlin for all of your insight and the ways in which you flow where she takes you as well!
A Candle & A Key,
Kynes, S. (2013). Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences: A Comprehensive & Cross-Referenced Resource for Pagans & Wiccans. Llewellyn Publications.
Walker, Barbara G. The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1983.
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