A Month of Devotional Thought — Hestia: Day 20

Today’s topic is what quality or qualities of this deity you find most disturbing. And for me, this is problematic as some of the same qualities that I like the most are also some of the most disturbing when they are used as being the ONLY things that define Hestia. There are many people who…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hestia: Day 19

Today’s topic is about the qualities I admire most about Hestia. I admire that despite being one of the most overlooked Olympians, that she still persists in being in many way the “glue” holding the other Theoi together. Given the often fractious nature of Greek families, it is no surprise that the Hellenic Theoi are…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hestia: Day 18

This is an interesting topic today. It is about how Hestia relates in terms of gender and sexuality. While Hestia is celibate-by-choice, it is MY feeling that Hestia is very open to the variations that are found in sexual preference and gender expression within humanity. Although many of the Hellenic deities appear to be stable…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hestia: Day 17

Today’s topic is about how Hestia relates to other Gods and pantheons. In most cases Hestia has good relations with almost any other God/Goddess who is willing to have a friendly relationship with her in return. This is because the hearth, as the center of the home, is where hospitality is given. And even the…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hestia: Day 16

Today’s topic is how Hestia reflects the values of her pantheon and cultural origins. Speaking as someone who is of Greek heritage, the values of the old Greeks have continued in the modern culture. If you look at modern culture, you see perseverance, a love of home and family, and a spirit of community. These…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hestia: Day 15

Are there any “mundane” practices associated with Hestia? I would counter with the question of whether there are any household practices NOT associated with Hestia. As keeper of the home’s hearth, cooking (especially baking) is intimately associated with her. Also, she would be the goddess most closely linked, in my mind at least, with maintaining…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hestia: Day 13

Today’s topic is what modern cultural issues (if any) that would be closest to Hestia’s heart. This is something that I actually touched on when I posted the first two entries I ever made to this blog. Because Hestia is a guardian of the community as well as the center of the home, I believe…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Hestia: Day 12

Today we discuss the places associated with Hestia and her worship. She is interesting in that she had almost no temples dedicated to her, with the exception of possibly one in Sparta and one at Hermione in Argolis. Instead, all altars and hearths were places where she was worshiped, from the cooking fire in the…