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Goodness of the Hearth: Hestia

Hestia is the Greek goddess of the hearth fire, hence presiding over domestic life.

Today I received criticism for being a stay at home mom and housewife, now I am no longer a maiden at home but transformed into a crone. So, though I have a young child that most women would have in home as a grandmother… I do not. I started late in my years as a mother. I was much too wild to care for children in my twenties. I love every second being a mom, NOW! The best of my creative skills… and this is how I view it. I must be with them when they need me. I choose not to slave away in the business world of profit. I have always made this as a model of my ambition, which is to work at something that I create, or created…, for the love of it. I find I can follow my goal while being a mother and housewife. Hey, there may be a time that I need to pursue a career. I am working on that.

I have a deeper connection to all of this too. I associate my ways with Hestia. It is an honorable profession and much ignored archetype in today’s world. Yes, my teenager tells me how oppressed and suppressed I am. Living in the 1950s mentality, of man goes to work, and woman stays home with the children. Real cave man stuff, huh? Not for me. In my home there is equality, where my husband and I have personally worked it out. As my kid-creations get older, I am naturally pulling away from them. Hopefully, when they are ready… they can take flight into the world and live the life they choose. My mother was a good housewife. She was an excellent cook, creative and multitasked before the action was coined as a word. That is what I learned from her.

Screw you if you don’t like what I do, or who I am… Because  I am thrilled!! I have a lot of stuff going on, besides… this is my life and not yours!!!

HYMN TO HESTIA

Homeric Hymn 24 to Hestia (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th – 4th B.C.):

“Hestia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless gods and men who walk on earth, you have gained an everlasting abode and highest honor: glorious is your portion and your right. For without you mortals hold no banquet, –where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Hestia both first and last. And you, Argeiphontes [Hermes], son of Zeus and Maia, . . . be favorable and help us, you, and Hestia, the worshipful and dear. Come and dwell in this glorious house in friendship together; for you two, well knowing the noble actions of men, aid on their wisdom and their strength. Hail, Daughter of Kronos (Cronus), and you also, Hermes.”

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