goddess of hearth

Basics of Kitchen and Cottage Witchcraft

Kitchen witches believe that the kitchen is a sacred place where all of the magick happens. They focus on the use of edible ingredients and kitchen tools.  A cottage witch is a witch that brings magick into the house and are protectors of the hearth and home. They bring cheer and warmth to every room they enter. Their focuses are on the family, home, and daily needs. Both the cottage and Kitchen witch believe that by honoring the home it honors the Gods and Goddesses. They bring magick into everyday life and daily chores.

Ways a Kitchen and Cottage witch can bring magick into a home:

  • Create a kitchen altar
  • Stock your shelves with herbs and spices
  • Bring maximum feng-shui to your home
  • Keep the home physically and spiritually clean
  • Paint the house walls in colours that bring happiness, warmth, and coziness
  • When making a sandwich put mustard or mayo sigils on it
  • When making meals add herbs that correspond to your magickal needs
  • Decorate the home according to the sabbats
  • Brew some special teas
  • Make your own candles, salves, and tinctures.
  • Make offerings to Gods and Goddesses of hearth and home.  
  • Ask your deities to keep your house safe and healthy.
  • Create your own recipes and add your own touch of magick to them
  • Put intent into everything you cook and clean
  • Make an incantation or short song to sing while you stir.
  • Inscribe your wooden spoons with sigils  
  • Carve your wooden shelves with sigils - carve them at the bottom of the cupboard to remain discreet
  • Craft oils, incense, soaps, potions, and salves.
  • Make herbal remedies
  • Chant while cleaning or preparing a meal
  • Use numerology in their practices by the number of times they stir or the number of times they knead dough.
  • During the mead moon, brew mead with magickal intent.
  • Decorate the home with your own art or art done by your children, poems, knits, woodcraft’s, paintings, quilts, diy’s, or tapestries.
  • Enchant your crafts.
  • Use weather magick, candle magick, ribbon charms, and anything else used to add magick to your home.
  • Honour the ancestors.
  • Bless the home.
  • Start a garden and will it with organic and in season fruits and vegetables.
  • Charge herbal oils by moonlight or candlelight to heal, bless the home or to clean and protect the woodwork she polishes with it.
  • Scatter charm bags, witches ladders, chimes, and bells around the home.
  • Grow an indoor jungle
  • Learn herbal remedies to treat MINOR injuries
  • If you work with meat make sure to thank and honour the animal it came from.
  • Sing or play music to raise good vibrations
  • Bake and cut cookies in shapes to match your intentions
  • Provide someone in need with a free meal
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen to bring magick into it

What their altar may display:

  • Candles
  • Tools used for sacred use
  • Four elements
  • Statues of the honoured deities
  • A doll weaved of corn
  • A kitchen witch’s altar is often displayed in the corner of the kitchen and is not permanent
  • Food made by the witch left as an offering

Some beliefs followed:

  • Magick is not used to inflict pain on others or block anyone’s free will
  • Believe in living simple lives
  • Believe in using organic items, products that aren’t animal tested, recycling, and composting.
  • Creativity is a form of devotion
  • Keep peace in the household
  • May the home always contain good food, good talk, and good company
  • Welcome guests into the home with open arms

Cottage and Kitchen witch superstitions/wives tales:

  • Stir clockwise to bring good luck
  • Never stir with a knife as it is considered bad luck
  • Place a piece of amethyst near the stove top to make the food cooked there tastes better
  • If an apple bursts in the oven while baking it means good luck is on its way for the cook
  • Eggs that are cracked while they boil is a sign that visitors are on their way
  • Dropping silverware means that company is coming
  • Spilling water on the table cloth means that rain is on its way
  • Seeing a spider in the house is good luck, killing it is bad luck
  • Wild animal tracks in the snow encircling your house is a sign of good luck and protection
  • When your cupboard doors are left opens it means that people are gossiping about you
  • If a broom drops across the doorway it means that you will soon head off on a journey
  • If you spill salt throw it over your left shoulder to undo any bad luck
  • To keep evil spirits away chop an onion in half and place it on the window sill

Chosen tools:

  • Wooden spoons
  • Knife
  • Bowls
  • Cooking pot or cauldron
  • A ritual knife used to only cut spiritual ties
  • A Fire place
  • Broom
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Kettle
  • Jars and bottles
  • Sewing kit
  • Cook books

Spells are cast to bring:

  • Healing
  • Prosperity
  • Protection
  • Abundance
  • Happiness
  • Fertility
  • Harmony
  • Peace

Deities worked with:

  • Hestia
  • Frigga
  • Brighid
  • Demeter

May your house stay warm and full of magick!

==Moonlight Academy==

Hestia Aesthetic ; requested by @brokenshardsofmoonlight

In Ancient Greek religion, Hestia is a virgin goddess of the hearth, architecture, and the right ordering of domesticity, the family, the home, and the state. In Greek mythology, she is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and the eldest of the Olympian Gods.

The Signs as Greek Gods and Godesses

Aries: Ares (god of war)

Taurus: Hestia (virgin goddess of the hearth)

Gemini: Apollo (god of prophecy, healing, and the sun and light)

Cancer: Hera (goddess of women and marriage)

Leo: Zeus (god of lightning and the heavens)

Virgo: Dionysus (god of the vine)

Libra: Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty)

Scorpio: Hades (god of the underworld and wealth)

Sagittarius: Artemis (goddess of the hunt, moon, and the natural environment)

Capricorn: Athena (goddess of war and wisdom)

Aquarius: Persephone (goddess of spring and queen of the underworld)

Pisces: Poseidon (god of the oceans)

Ideal Offerings for Gods and Goddesses

Hearth and Home Gods:

  • Food: Bread and grains, cooking oil, salt
  • Drink: Milk, wine, cider
  • Herbs: Rosemary, thyme

Gods of Love and Passion:

  • Food: Eggs, honey, apples
  • Drink: Wine, fruit juice
  • Herbs: Lavender, sandalwood

Garden/Nature Deities:

  • Food: Bread, cornmeal, fruit
  • Drink: Milk, water
  • Herbs: Bay

Gods of Prosperity and Abundance:

  • Food: Grains, dairy products like cheese or eggs
  • Drink: Milk, beer
  • Herbs: Mint, pennyroyal, catnip

Ancestor Spirits:

  • Food: Any meal from your family’s table
  • Drink: Drinks from the family table
  • Herbs: Sage, sweetgrass

Childbirth or Fertility Goddess:

  • Food: Eggs, baked sweets like cookies
  • Drink: Milk (including breast milk)
  • Herbs: Rose, sandalwood, apple blossoms
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Modern Mythology: Hestia

She is the Greek goddess of the hearth and home. Less active than her siblings, Hestia chooses to lead a quiet life. Her home is warm and welcoming with a fire that’s always burning and the smell of roasted marshmallows scenting the room. She doesn’t see her family for weeks, even months, but on the days she does she embraces them as if no time has passed at all.

modern goddess: hestia, goddess of hearth and home

Element Names: Fire

Word Names

  •  Arson
  • Ash
  • Blaze
  • Burn
  • Candle
  • Cinder
  • Clinker
  • Coal
  • Corrosion
  • Dragon
  • Ember
  • Fire
  • Flame
  • Flare
  • Flicker
  • Flint
  • Fuse
  • Glow
  • Kindle
  • Lava
  • Melt
  • Napalm
  • Obsidian
  • Phoenix
  • Pyre
  • Ray
  • Scorch
  • Sear
  • Singe
  • Smoke
  • Solar
  • Spark
  • Tinder
  • Vatra (Bosnian)
  • Wick

Names with “fire” related meanings

  • Aden/Aiden/Edan: Irish, meaning “little fire”
  • Agni: Hindu, meaning “fire goddess”
  • Alaz: Turkish, meaning “god of fire”
  • Atish: Persian, meaning “fire, splendor”
  • Azar: Persian, meaning “fire”
  • Bero: Basque, meaning “hot”
  • Calida: English, meaning “hot”
  • Canicus: Scottish, meaning “born of fire”
  • Fiammetta: Italian, meaning “little fire”
  • Hestia: Greek, meaning “goddess of the hearth, fireside”
    • Option: Vesta, the Roman version of this goddess
  • Ignacia/Ignacio: Spanish, meaning “fire”
  • Kalama: Hawaiian, meaning “flaming torch”
  • Keegan: Irish, meaning “fiery”
  • Kenna: Scottish, meaning, “fire born”
  • Option: McKenna
  • Kimba: Aboriginal, meaning “brush fire”
  • Mishal: Arabic, meaning “torch”
  • Pele: Hawaiian, meaning “lava”
  • Pyralis: Greek, meaning “of fire”
  • Ra: Egyptian, meaning “god of sun/fire”
  • Safara: African, meaning “fire”
  • Serafin: Polish, meaning “burning one”
  • Tanwen: Welsh, meaning “white fire”
  • Vulcan: Roman myth, god of fire and crafting

Last Names

  • Eld: Swedish, meaning “fire”
  • Von Brandt: German, meaning “fire”

Not a complete list, but hopefully good for inspiration. Feel free to add (especially to the last names section…I had a tough time finding anything).

Happy writing!

Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901)
“Vestal” (1874)
Symbolism

Vestals were priestesses of Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth, home, and family. They cultivated the sacred fire of Vesta that was not allowed to go out. Vestals were freed of the usual social obligations to marry and bear children, and took a vow of chastity in order to devote themselves to the study and correct observance of state rituals that were off-limits to the male colleges of priests.

08/02/2016 13:16:38
a glyph to keep the raging, eternal fire within me from hollowing me out from the inside. and also, somehow, to keep it from being extinguished. i need a balance, or somewhere to channel it; i need to grow as it burns, to keep it within me but make sure it doesn’t consume me entirely.

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Mythology Meme 3/9 -> Frigg

Frigg is Odin’s wife. She is the goddess of marriage, motherhood, managing the household, hearth and keeper of the domestic arts. She has the power of prophecy, but she does not tell what she knows. Her children are Baldr, Höðr and, in an English source, Wecta; her stepchildren are Hermóðr, Heimdall,Tyr, Vidar, Váli, Skjoldr and Thor. Frigg’s companion is Eir, the gods’ doctor and goddess of healing. 

Scheherazade did not take the title of Magi of Reim, but its Supreme High Priestess.  In Ancient Rome, the highest-ranked religious figure was a woman: the Virgo Vestalis Maxima, head priestess of the vestal virgins, devotees to the goddess of the hearth, Vesta.

Roman historians claim the vestals were raised to prominence by King Numa Pompilius (circa 717–673 BC), who some speculate had organized numerous state-enforced rituals and holidays not out of a great fear of the gods, but to unite–or distract—ordinary Romans from infighting.

The vestals were held as living paragons of virtue and purity who tended the eternal flame of Vesta thought to be tied to the fate of Rome.   According to Roman historian Pliny the Elder, the vestals were commonly thought to have magic powers, including the power to immobilize runaway slaves (as long as they were still in city limits).  They were allowed to vote (unlike other Roman women) and could free prisoners or slaves with a touch.  

New priestesses were selected during childhood and were required to be free of any physical deformity. Once initiated, priestesses would serve for 30 years, during which time they must remain chaste.  As ‘virgins of the state’, a vestal losing her virginity was a form of treason, and the punishment was to be buried alive.

Just a friendly reminder that Nico is the only person who doesn’t ignore Hestia

“I recognize you now,” I said. “The first time I came to camp, you were sitting by the fire, in the middle of the commons area." 

"You did not stop to talk,” the girl recalled sadly. “Alas, most never do. Nico talked to me. He was the first in many years. Everyone rushes about. No time for visiting family." 

"You’re Hestia,” I said. “Goddess of the Hearth." 

the signs as greek goddesses
  • Aries: Eris (goddess of strife, discord, contention and rivalry)
  • Taurus: Demeter (goddess of the harvest and to the growing, preserving and harvesting of grain, mother of persephone)
  • Gemini: Atalanta (a competitive warrior goddess, adventure and amazing runner, turned into a lion by aphrodite)
  • Cancer: Eirenne (goddess of peace)
  • Leo: Hera (queen of the olympian goddesses, goddess of marriage)
  • Virgo: Athena (goddess of wisdom, war, domestic crafts)
  • Libra: Maia (spring goddess)
  • Scorpio: Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty)
  • Sagittarius: Nyx (goddess of nighttime and darkness)
  • Capricorn: Hestia (goddess of the hearth and home)
  • Aquarius: Dike (goddess of moral justice)
  • Pisces: Iris (goddess of the rainbow)