goddess of hearth

Myers Briggs by Greek Gods

ENTP~ Hermes, the messenger of the gods
ENTJ~ Zeus, the god of the sky
ENFP~ Aphrodite, goddess of love
ENFJ~ Hestia, goddess of the hearth
ESTP~ Ares, god of war
ESTJ~ Prometheus, god of creation,
ESFP~ Dionysus, god of the party
ESFJ~ Demeter, goddess of the harvest
INTP~ Hades, god of the underworld
INTJ~ Athena, goddess of wisdom
INFP~ Persephone, goddess of spring
INFJ~ Artemis, goddess of the night
ISTP~ Poseiden, god of the sea
ISTJ~ Apollo, god of the day
ISFP~ Iris, goddess of the rainbow
ISFJ~ Hephaestus, god of the forge

Why do people obsess over Greek GODS

Artemis: a queen, one who shuns the presence of men. Ruler of the night sky and the hunt, she doesn’t give a flying fuck about your gender roles.
Women can be single. Women can be hunters.

Athena: a scheming, cunning, genius woman, Athena is the mastermind behind every battle. Goddess of both wisdom AND war.
Women can be smart. Women can be warriors.

Aphrodite: a gorgeous woman, beautiful beyond belief, she was married off to a man she did not love. She refused her husband, and is with the chaotic man she truly loves. She loves romance novels and tragic love stories without your permission or stereotypes.
Women can be independent. Women can be beautiful. Women don’t have to love you because you say so.

Persephone: she is Queen of hell and goddess of springtime, drawing the line between death and rebirth. She loves her husband and mother, but refuses to let anyone tell her who to be or where to go.
Women can be sweet. Women can be brutal. Women can be complicated.

Hera: a practical woman, she is the goddess of marriage, her husband is always off fucking mortals. And she always makes sure he pays for it. This doesn’t stop her from being a fair queen, even more of a ruler than her husband.
Women can be powerful. Women make their own choices.

Demeter: a farm girl at heart, she rules the harvest, her mere emotions causing the seasons. Her daughter eloped with the god of death, and she misses her every day. She loves her loyal farmers and the crops they tend.
Women can be nurturing. Women can be depressed.

Hestia: a goddess of small renown, Hesta gave up her spot on the council to Dionsynius to keep order. She is the goddess of the hearth and home, fire and family. She represents the controlled chaos of a fire in the fireplace or a family in their home.
Women can be sacrificing. Women don’t need to be super to be important. Women can be chaotic.

Enough with this patriarchal Greek society. We all know who really ruled Olympus.

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!

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The Signs as Lesser-Known Gods

Aries: Zelus- god of rivalry and competition

Taurus: Psyche- goddess of the soul, underwent extreme challenges to get her love back

Gemini: Momus- god of satire, mockery, writers, and poets

Cancer: Hestia- goddess of hearth and home, selfless maiden

Leo:  Aglaea- goddess of beauty and adornment

Virgo: Hebe- goddess of youth and cupbearer to the olypians

Libra: Harmonia- goddess of war and marriage; represented unity and harmony

Scorpio: Harpocrates- god of silence, secrets, and confidentiality

Sagittarius: Tyche- goddess of good fortune

Capricorn: Kratos- god of strength and power

Aquarius: Iris- goddess of the rainbow and messages

Pisces: Phantasos- god of surreal fantasy dreams

THE SIGNS AS GODS & GODDESSES
  • Aries: God of Fire & the Seven Circles of Hell, punishing the sinners and heretics
  • Taurus: Goddess of the Home & Hearth, protecting our loved ones and our shelter
  • Gemini: God of Scholars & Education, watches over the spread of information and knowledge
  • Cancer: Goddess of Women, all things soft & feminine
  • Leo: God of Animals & Children, all things wild & free
  • Virgo: Goddess of Snow & Natural Phenomena, cruel yet natural and beautiful
  • Libra: God of Justice & Beauty, vain yet fair
  • Scorpio: Goddess of Death & Darkness, the dead and the afraid
  • Sagittarius: God of Travel & Adventure, new experiences and foreign affairs
  • Capricorn: Goddess of Success & Fame, fortune and notoriety. The She-wolf of Wall Street
  • Aquarius: God of Discovery & Technology, all things metal and shiny
  • Pisces: Goddess of the Ocean & Emotion, the seas are at the mercy of her moods
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Hestia, the virgin goddess of the hearth and the home. She was the first born child of Kronos, Titan of time, and Rhea,  mother of the gods. Solemn oaths were sworn by the goddess of the hearth, and the hearth itself was the sacred asylum where suppliants implored the protection of the inhabitants of the house.

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

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.

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.

Stop downing Hestia

I don’t understand how people try to talk down on Hestia. Yes she is the goddess of the Hearth and Home but do you understand how strong you have to be to control these things? Family is not always easy, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, it’s tough, you’re in a house (or home) with people for most or even all of your life and there’s fighting and crying and Hestia steps in and calms it and brings joy to the home. Also she protects the home, do you know how hard that must be? And how powerful you’d have to be to do this? I mean Hecate, Zeus, Apollo, and Hermes are also protectors of the home and they get great respect so why shouldn’t Hestia? Really in my eyes, Hestia (when the house is threatened) is that silent destroyer that no one wants to mess with. Hestia brings people together so how dare you talk down on that. Hestia is caring and has great strength and she is a Goddess so show her respect!

On Patron Deities

Wicca is traditionally polytheistic, and many Wiccans will speak of their ‘patrons’… that is, a patron God, and a matron Goddess. Patrons and matrons (or just ‘patrons’ when referring to both) are the specific God(s) or Goddesses(s) a Wiccan honors and works with.

There’s no rule about patrons. You can have as few as one, or many. They are usually of the same pantheon but not always.  Having a patron does not mean you need to exclude all other Gods. Generally we don’t believe the Gods are jealous or have the ‘have no other Gods before me’ policies as found in other religions. It’s okay to go to a ritual that worships another God, or to hold a ritual to a different Goddess if you wish for specific purpose.

A lot of Wiccans will tell you they did not choose their Gods, but that their Gods chose them. Many Wiccans feel they get signs of some sort. This may be an image or animal associated with a certain God or Goddess popping up a lot unexpectedly, dreams or visions. Often these are accompanied by those gut feelings, or an inner voice. I recommend doing your research and finding out who the image or animal is generally associated with.

If you don’t feel the calling, you certainly should not feel bad, the deities aren’t rejecting you.You may need to simply employ a little initiative. Start seeking deities, and approach them to see which ones will have you (or have been waiting for you to come to them in your own time). One of the best ways to get their attention is by doing offerings. 

To offer something to a deity is to show and profess loyalty, gratitude and love. These are usually given in rituals.

But in doing so, you must remember the following:

  • What does my deity want and appreciate?
  • How and how often do I have to make offerings?
  • What materials will I use on my altar?
  • How frequently do I have to do it?

Gods/Goddesses of Hearth and Home:

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

Gods/Goddesses of Love and Passion:

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

Gods/Goddesses of Nature:

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

Gods/Goddesses of Prosperity and Abundance:

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

Spirits of Ancestors

  • 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

-A

modern goddess: hestia, goddess of hearth and home

anonymous asked:

I don't know if you've done it before but do you happen to know any myths about asexuals ?

Wow, it’s such an interesting question!

The thing is, myths have usually a simple narration. They don’t delve into the psychological details. There are a lot of myths with celibate heroes. Are they asexual? I can’t remember seeing a character when we can be sure. But it’s very easy to see.

So, I will try and tell a few myth characters who are celibate and could very well be asexual.

In Greek Myth:

  • Hestia, goddess of the hearth, is very much celibate. No romance is known for her, no sexual encounter (which is quite rare for Greek Gods). She’s known for being the sister of some of the most important gods, and for her cult
  • There are two other Greek goddesses known for refusing men’s company and being eternally virgins: Artemis and Athena. Of course, the concept of “virginity” being what it is, some people would argue they were actually lesbians. 
  • For Athena, she could have been in love with Pallas, a young nymph she accidentally killed. But friendship, or romantic asexual love works too.
  • Artemis is well-known for having a lot of nymph friends and expecting total chastity from them. She also seems rather sex-repulsed. Here again, it doesn’t preclude romantic asexual lesbian relationship.
  • @lifeisyetfair noticed that Hippolytus, Theseus’s son, refused relationships with women and was devout to Artemis. So it’s not only a goddess thing. :-)

It gets more complicated with religions - and the associated myths - which value celibacy a lot. A lots of mythical saints are totally celibate, but when nothing is told about potential temptations, it doesn’t say whether they were actually asexual or just very devoted.

  • Here is an article (in French, I don’t know if you read French) about some saints who married but did not consummate their marriage (with the wife consenting, or even being very much in favor)
  • And of course there is Jesus. Not everyone will agree about it, but I mean, it’s a really plausible interpretation.
  • The Buddhism has similar positivity towards celibacy, and a lot of celibate heroes and divinities. One of my favorite is Kuan-Yin, goddess of compassion.

Another type of myth where I read asexuality and aromanticism very easily is the one of the girl who doesn’t want to marry. She’s expected to, but refuses, and it’s not a story about her changing her mind.

  • One of my favorites is the origin story of the Iuvet people (in French again, sorry). A girl is abandoned by her father because she refuses to marry. She’s expected to die, but she survives, thinking she’s a bad girl. She travels, and manages to create humans, and a village without ever bearing children, only with magic. At the end, she takes revenge on her father, and the story insists that what she created was actually good.
  • Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea, was a human woman once, and one of these girl who didn’t want to marry. In some stories, she’s seduced by a spirit, but in most of them, it’s a forced marriage by her father. Anyway, she escapes him, but as he tries to stop her she falls into the cold ocean, and her father cuts her hands. She becomes a lone and powerful goddess. (Some legends give her a girlfriend, but I think they’re modern ones)
  • In some versions of the myth, Mulan is one of those girls and actually refuses the emperor’s son (and not for another man).

But I hope I’m wrong. Does someone know myths that more explicitly express asexuality?

Greek Goddesses

Hera/Juno

Queen of the gods and Goddess of marriage, women, childbirth, and royalty

Hestia/Hesta/Vesta

Goddess of the hearth, chastity, and home

Persephone/Kore

Queen of the Underworld and Goddess of springtime

Aphrodite/Venus

Goddess of love, beauty, and sexual desire

Artemis/Diana

Goddess of the hunt, virginity, archery, the moon, and all animals

Athena/Minerva

Goddess of wisdom, reason, intelligent activity, literature, handicrafts, science, and warfare

Astraea

Goddess of innocence and purity

Demeter/Ceres

Goddess of grain, agriculture, harvest, growth, and nourishment

Ananke

goddess of inevitability, compulsion, and necessity

Nesoi

Goddesses of the islands and sea

Gaia

Personification of the Earth, mother of titans

Hemera

Goddess of day

Nyx

Goddess of night

Nemesis

Goddess of retribution

Hecate

Goddess of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, crossroads, mist, trivial knowledge, and necromancy

Psyche (Thank you Hollyjinx for correcting me)

Goddess of the soul

Flora

Goddess of spring, flowers, and plants that bloom 

Selene

Goddess of the moon

Iris

Goddess of rainbows

Nike

Goddess of victory 

Nemesis 

Goddess of retribution and fate 

Hebe 

Goddess of youth 

Eris

Goddess of discord

Harmonia 

Goddess of harmony 

Calliope

Goddess of epic poetry 

Celio

Goddess of history

Erato

Goddess of lyric poetry 

Euterpe

Goddess of music

Melpomene

Goddess of tragedy

Polyhymnia

Goddess of choral poetry

Terpsichore

Goddess of dance

Thalia

Goddess of comedy 

Urania 

Goddess of astronomy