Have you ever heard of the Greek Goddess Hestia? In ancient Greek religion, Hestia is a virgin goddess of the hearth, architecture, and the right ordering of domesticity, the family, and the state. She is referred to as the Greek Goddess of Hearth and Home. Hestia was the most influential and widely revered of the Greek goddesses, yet, the least known today.
Hestia’s vision of a house was that it should truly be a home, a place where one’s body, spirit, and relationships would be nurtured and replenished. The house was a place to “come home to” after exposure to the cold and chaos of the external world.
The center of Greek life was the domestic hearth. Every home had a hearth that was dedicated to the goddess, and each day began and ended with a ritual requesting that she protect and nurture the family within.
She is associated with the warmth and comfort of the welcoming fireplace. She presided over the cooking of bread and preparation of family meals. She reigned over personal security and happiness and the sacred duty of hospitality. It’s also been said that Hestia is credited with the invention of building houses.
The circle symbolized Hestia as the “complete” goddess, the goddess who was whole, “one complete within herself”. Hestia was seen as representing the center, the center of the home, family, city and even the world itself.
It’s a different perspective for sure! I want all my family and friends to feel welcomed and warmth in my home too.