anonymous asked:

Hi I don't know who Hestia is but would you please tell me about her?

LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT MY HOME GIRL HESTIA.

Meet my gal.(photo cred: http://www.theoi.com/Ouranios/Hestia.html ) Hestia is Zeus’s oldest sister. See, Cronus didn’t give a shit about his kids’ gender and ate em all to protect himself. So Hestia got stuck at the bottom of Cronus’s stomach, with all her brothers and sisters on top of her. She didn’t complain once.

Because Zeus has to rescue his siblings in order, Hestia got rescued last. She still didn’t complain.

After the Titan-Olympian War, Hestia became goddess of the Hearth. At the time, it meant fireplaces and also home, because the fireplace was the central part of the Grecian home.

This quiet-ass bitch doesnt show up again until Zeus’s like 18th kid, Dionysus, comes to Olympus looking to join his immortal fam. Problem is: there ain’t enough seats. So, my home girl Hestia just straight up gives her nephew her seat and is like “yeah my throne’s the fireplace anyway, so i’ll just sit on the floor in front of it it’s chill”

Did i mention she’s one of only three vestigial (non-sex havin) goddesses in the entire Greek Parthenon? Yeah. She is.

She’s literally the chillest Greek deity ever.

There’s really only one myth about her, and it’s that she screamed so loud she scared the shit out of an attempted rapist because she heard a donkey bray.

She never turned anyone into animals, no curses. Just chillin by the fireplace, fendin off fuckboys and being ace/aro as fuck.

TL;DR: Hestia is super duper chill, probably ace/aro, selfless, and just really wants to tend her fire alone thanks.

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Greek Mythology:    Hades & Persephone

So I grabbed my king and ran away
to a land of death,
where I reigned and people whispered
that I’d been dragged.
I’ll tell you I’ve changed. I’ll tell you,
the red on my lips isn’t wine.
I hope you’ve heard of horns,
but that isn’t half of it. Out of an entire kingdom
he kneels only to me,
calls me Queen, calls me Mercy.                                                                                                    -Daniella Michalleni, “Persephone Speaks”

the aesthetics of the gods
  • Aphrodite:the bruises of love bites left by lovers on necks and thighs; smudged lipstick from hasty kisses; blood red roses with their sharp thorns still intact; the way you hug someone you love when you reunite after a lengthy separation
  • Apollo:polished instruments gleaming, held like the most precious of jewels by their owners; a sunny day with a clear blue sky where there are no clouds in sight; the rough script of poems penned out on scraps of paper or napkins before they're forgotten; when music is so loud that you feel it reverberating in your bones; the pale lines of fading scars
  • Ares:the hands of a fighter, short finger nails and bloodied knuckles; split lips that have scabbed over; the smooth and intricate lines of old weapons you see mounted on museum walls; deep trenches dug out from the earth; the way barbed wire contrasts against whatever it surrounds
  • Artemis:loose braids with wild flowers slipped in; the majesty of tall trees stretching up endlessly towards the heavens; the wide and captivating eyes of wild deer; cloudy nights where the moon is just barely peeking through; the colorful fletching of arrows drawn back to rest upon cheeks and along jaws
  • Athena:the straight and steady way a soldier stands at attention; fingertips smudged with ink; a stack of books to read piled on the floor or a nightstand; eyes gleaming with the glow of new ideas; the quiet and contemplative aura of museums and libraries
  • Demeter:the way sunlight catches dust motes in the air through the gaps in the leaves of the trees; the feeling of life you get from standing in the middle of an orchard with bees buzzing around you; crocuses and snowdrops peeking through the last dredges of winter's snow
  • Hades:the bleached bones of animals in the forest when moss has begun to engulf them; the way that graveyard angels look like they're weeping in the rain; the solemn aura of old churches, citadels, synagogues, temples, and mosques
  • Hephaestus:the pleasure of holding something you've created in your palms; the soft glow of heated metal; the intricate beauty of cogs and gears fitting together precisely and working in tandem; the smooth and polished surfaces of high-rise business buildings
  • Hera:the lacy white of flowing wedding gowns; the way a couple's hands look clasped together; pairs of old wedding rings that are scratched from years of use; the feeling of surrealism that comes from looking at old family portraits; getting used to sharing a space with someone else and then seeing the mannerisms you've unknowingly adopted from them
  • Hermes:the way that the low beam headlights of a car touch the roads that stretch ever onwards at night; old maps yellowed at the corners from their age; the way that things rush past when you look out the window of a car or train; quick hands slipping deftly into pockets and taking what they find
  • Hestia:the light and protection of street lights in an otherwise dark city; the warmth of your bed on cold winter mornings; the heat of a fire as you sit around it with people you love; the comfort of a home-cooked meal
  • Poseidon:the way light looks when you're seeing it shine down from deep underwater; the effervescent colors of cresting waves; the eery beauty of shipwrecks; the ripples created when you trail your fingertips through still waters; dust clouds kicked up by the passing of strong hooves
  • Zeus:the way that storm clouds darken the edge of the horizon; silhouettes framed against the sky by flashes of lightning; the splay of feathers of a bird's outstretched wings; the polished and tarnished brass of old fashioned scales
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.

The signs as demigods
  • Aries:son/daughter of Ares
  • Taurus:son/daughter of Nemesis
  • Gemini:son/daughter of Hermes
  • Cancer:son/daughter of Demeter
  • Leo:son/daughter of Aphrodite
  • Virgo:son/daughter of Hephaestus
  • Libra:son/daughter of Apollo
  • Scorpio:son/daughter of Hades
  • Sagittarius:son/daughter of Athena
  • Capricorn:son/daughter of Zeus
  • Aquarius:son/daughter of Dionysus
  • Pisces:son/daughter of Poseidon
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Greek Mythology: Hades & Persephone 

“Aren’t you afraid of my darkness, my dear?” Hades asked with mischief in his eyes.
“No,” Persephone replied, “You haven’t even seen mine yet.”   kfg

Devotional Acts Don’t Have to be High Maintenance

Many gods will be perfectly pleased with easier, less high maintenance forms of devotion. The gods I worship are, for the most part, more focused on the intent behind the offering than the offering itself. This is especially good for disabled or mentally ill patrons who might not be able to do every sort of devotional act. Some low-energy devotional acts:

  • eating food associated with the god
  • giving some of that food to the god by placing it outside (make sure it’s safe for animals to eat too)
  • dressing in clothing that reflects the god
  • decorating with animals/figures representative of the god
  • reblogging/blogging pictures associated with their symbols
  • reblogging and reflecting on prayers/hymms
  • starting a devotional blog
  • ‘inviting’ your god to do certain asks — like watch a show that makes you think of them
  • draw them pictures
  • write them songs, poems, or stories
  • read a passage from a book out loud to them
  • tell them good morning and good night
  • do simple research online, like looking up pictures of the god