This may come as an interesting fun-fact, but our own Tera Lynn Childs worked for a time as a teacher. And while it’s been a while since she taught (and even longer since I was in school), I happily accepted her assignment this week to write about my favorite goddess.
Hestia was greatly respected by the Greeks. They saw her as the deity who best exemplified tranquility, peace, gentleness, and kindness, and strong family life. Her symbol is a hearth and the tamed fire that burns there. Greek colonists would kindle fire from her hearth in the prytaneion and keep it lit until they reached the hearths of new towns and cities. There is one of these at Olympia and at Delphi.
However, she only rarely appears in any works of art and temples, and it's not even certain if any examples of Greek statues of Hestia still exist. But here is the Giustiniani Vesta portrait that is believed to be of her.
I am drawn to Hestia because of the very characteristics for which the Greeks admired her. Especially tranquility, which continues to allude my always-on-overdrive writer’s brain. I could definitely stand to do more smell-the-roses stuff!
Of Hestia’s qualities (tranquility, peace, gentleness, and kindness), is there one you could go for in a bigger dose?
And speaking of this Greek earth mom type, Happy Mother’s Day to all. And if you’re still looking for a gift for mom (or yourself), I wholeheartedly recommend Tera Lynn Child’s first release, Oh.My.Gods!
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