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Goddesses in Woman: Hestia

This series of articles is about the female archetypes as Jean Shinoda Bolen  described them through goddesses from Greek mythology. Each goddess represents a character structure with good qualities and pitfalls, its own shadow aspects and its own potential for personal growth. This time: Hestia

The archetype

The silent force

A woman who enters the monastery and does all the work ‘out of love for God’, who carries out her work in perfect silence with utmost concentration and devotion, and for whom the household is an exercise in Zen Buddhism, is under the influence of Hestia.

The Hestia archetype allows a woman to become absorbed in what she is doing and to understand the art of turning the simplest daily act into a meditation practice. Under the influence of Hestia, a woman has a very strong, inward focus that allows her to meditate too disciplined and to give spiritual development a high priority.

Of the autonomous goddess archetypes, Hestia represents the only introverted and her virginity lies in choosing uncompromisingly for her own inner peace in a turbulent world. After the feisty aunts Artemis and Athena, Hestia introduces us to a completely different form of autonomy: going your own way in a non-confrontational but determined way, uncompromisingly. Hestia shows us strength in vulnerability. 

The pattern of lifehestia fire

In mythology, Hestia was the goddess of the hearth. In her honor burned a fire in every city that should never, ever be extinguished. If that happened, great calamity would fall upon the city. Hestia’s hearth symbolically held all together.

Hestia was never depicted in any form, did not appear on Olympus, and did not participate in the intrigues and power plays of the other gods. Though unobtrusive, she received the best libation during worship, in tribute to the silent force that held families, cities, and nations together.

Today, the Olympic fire recalls the calm fraternization and unity of all peoples of Hestia’s influence. It is handed over in a relay race and in a solemn ceremony the Olympic fire is lit and continues to burn until the Olympics are over.

This symbolizes the worldview of a Hestia woman: we are all connected and every link in the chain has an influence on the whole. A Hestia woman is subservient and prefers to work as a silent force in the background, keeping everything together in her own, inscrutable and indefinable way. Her motto is: ‘Everyone should sweep his own street’.

This is often narrowly interpreted, but if everyone takes their own small part of the big picture seriously, the whole will function in an orderly and harmonious way. In her psyche there is no room for greed or complacency at the expense of another. She makes no noise, claims no personal honor and moves mountains in the background.

The power of her clear mind and quiet focus gives her the power to sense exactly (a Hestia woman feels) what needs to be done to serve the bigger picture. The influence of Hestia makes a woman intuitive, empathetic to her environment and at the same time she is aware enough of herself not to serve from the reflexive ‘consciousness cloud’ of the vulnerable goddesses, but from a powerful and enlightened self-awareness.

The power of her clear mind and quiet focus gives her the power to sense exactly (a Hestia woman feels) what needs to be done to serve the bigger picture. The influence of Hestia makes a woman intuitive, empathetic to her environment and at the same time she is aware enough of herself not to serve from the reflexive ‘consciousness cloud’ of the vulnerable goddesses, but from a powerful and enlightened self-awareness.

The power of her clear mind and quiet focus gives her the power to sense exactly (a Hestia woman feels) what needs to be done to serve the bigger picture. The influence of Hestia makes a woman intuitive, empathetic to her environment and at the same time she is aware enough of herself not to serve from the reflexive ‘consciousness cloud’ of the vulnerable goddesses, but from a powerful and enlightened self-awareness.

She is looking for a job where she doesn’t have to communicate too much or have to deal with confrontations, but where she keeps everything running from the background. Today, a Hestia woman will often work part-time if given the opportunity, even if she is single. She is not materialistic and settles for enough.

As long as she does not have to have financial worries and can do what is important to her, she will soon be satisfied. The biggest mistake made in this society in the workplace is underestimating a Hestia woman because she doesn’t open her mouth.

She is introverted, likes to be alone, can keep herself busy and calmly goes through what she wants. Her introversion differs from the dreaminess and inclination to please Persephone women because unlike Persephone, a Hestia woman’s self-awareness is very strongly defined, although she may not show it on the outside. A Hestia girl is emotionally independent from an early age.

When something hurts her, she doesn’t cry to her mother or a friend, but retreats to her room and processes her emotions on her own. She also has an exceptionally great capacity for this, for she is in close contact with all layers of her consciousness. Of all the archetypes, a Hestia woman is most easily able to self-heal through introspection. And it is precisely because she knows herself so well that she is her own best friend and has no problem at all with being alone. She needs to be alone. Where many people fear silence because they will inevitably be confronted with themselves, silence is healing and comforting for a Hestia woman.

How is the archetype activated?

If a woman is born with a clear Hestia slant, it manifests itself at a young age. Bystanders can say about a well-balanced Hestia girl: how calm she is, how wise she is, how emotionally mature she is. A Hestia woman has an old soul that shines through her youth at a young age. With this she quickly takes people in, although she does not have a smooth chat.hestiaShe is often late-ripening, but at the same time unusually wise and mature. A Hestia woman often has something ageless that she retains for the rest of her life. Hestia adolescent girls make their own plans with a calm dignity.

Due to their strong inner focus, they are not receptive to peer pressure or the ridicule and rejection they receive for their deviant behavior. They simply ignore the people they don’t like and do what makes them happy. Their spiritual development often manifests itself as early as puberty, often in the form of nature mysticism, an interest in Wicca or Buddhism. They are often drawn to tarot and the like, for their consciousness is largely guided by synchronicity, ‘meaningful coincidence’.

The Hestia archetype can gradually develop in a woman’s psyche as she breaks through the illusion of career and status. Or when her relationship ends and she is forced to live alone for a while. Often, after some time, when she has learned to be independent, she comes to appreciate her autonomy and can also see a house where she lives alone as a home .

When a woman decides to meditate or practice mindfulness, she makes room in her psyche for Hestia. However, it is an archetype that is also accessible to men and in recent years it has clearly been seen that men are engaged in typical Hestia activities.

The special thing about this archetype is that it can’t really be pushed aside, which is the case with others. If a woman or girl is encouraged to develop other aspects of herself, such as Artemis, or Athena, or Demeter, it is done alongside the Hestia archetype. Once Hestia, always Hestia. It gives a woman such a strong inner autonomy that she cannot be suppressed. 

Anonymous and detached

A Hestia woman prefers to stay in the background, where she silently does her serving, unifying work. She may seem like a perpetual slave or maid, and superficially Hestia seems like some sort of ‘household goddess’, but make no mistake! Her work stems from a very highly concentrated inner focus and a detached consciousness, which allows her to assess her place in the bigger picture and her service does not stem from a learned role pattern or self-underestimation. She is aware of her position as a cog in the machinery and she knows that if she does not take her job seriously, the machinery will stall.

Her life fulfillment consists of carrying out her own small but indispensable task with full dedication. Her introversion is therefore no shyness, but a conscious choice to focus on her inner self rather than the outer world. She is in the world, but not of the world. She has detached herself from the search for status and appearances in the outside world and leads a self-chosen, withdrawn, somewhat frugal existence, in the full knowledge that this will make her happier than bragging and impressing.

It is just about impossible for a Hestia woman to deny herself. Even if she has to make very unconventional decisions there. She may be inconspicuous, but she’s a strong woman in the sense that she doesn’t shy away from something when she’s very sure it has to be done. She has detached herself from the quest for status and appearances in the outside world and leads a self-chosen, withdrawn, somewhat frugal existence, in the full knowledge that this will make her happier than bragging and impressing.

It is just about impossible for a Hestia woman to deny herself. Even if she has to make very unconventional decisions there. She may be inconspicuous, but she’s a strong woman in the sense that she doesn’t shy away from something when she’s very sure it has to be done. She has detached herself from the quest for status and appearances in the outside world and leads a self-chosen, withdrawn, somewhat frugal existence, in the full knowledge that this will make her happier than bragging and impressing.

It is just about impossible for a Hestia woman to deny herself. Even if she has to make very unconventional decisions there. She may be inconspicuous, but she’s a strong woman in the sense that she doesn’t shy away from something when she’s very sure it has to be done.

Emotionally stable

A Hestia woman is a stable woman. Her emotions don’t have much of a hold on her. She needs time to work out her emotions on her own. It is only when she has worked through the emotional aftermath of a traumatic event that she knows what she is doing and what impact it has had on her.

She is therefore someone who does not quickly ask for emotional support from others. She does not easily feel emotionally overwhelmed and has enough capacity to process her emotions deeply on her own. She is not prone to depression and, although calm, is usually happy and content.

The Hestia archetype offers a woman the emotional calmness and the ability to sort and make sense of emotions, to put things into perspective and not to take things personally or be too hard on them. A skill that many women crave and for which they often cling to a man ‘because he is so wonderfully stable’.

It is good to know that the female psyche has its own source of inner peace, perspective and emotional stability. Ironically, it is not tough, insensitive masculine decisiveness, but the unobtrusive, subservient goddess of domestic peace. Perhaps taking plenty of time to work out your emotions is a better strategy for dealing with them than crowding them out tough and masculine. 

Define borders

Like no other, a Hestia woman can struggle with what many women under the influence of the vulnerable goddess archetypes struggle with: setting boundaries to the outside world. Because of their ‘cloudy’, unfocused consciousness, these types of women do not have a keen sense of their own needs, they always give in to the pressure to help another and outrun themselves. A Hestia woman knows when to stop. Because she feels herself razor sharp, she feels that it is too much. Although she quickly suffers from stress, she knows when to make time for herself so that she does not get overstrained easily.hestia

Need for shielding

A Hestia woman is so focused on the processes in her mind that she often subordinates her social position to them. Societal demands actually stand between it and its spiritual aspirations. In earlier times, Hestia women often entered a monastery.

The security within the monastery walls, the fact that her basic needs such as food and shelter were taken care of and the literal separation between the secular and the sacred has given many Hestia women a feeling of safety.

If a Hestia woman closes herself too much in her own mind, she can lose contact with society and only move very shyly or even develop agoraphobia. A withdrawn Hestia woman who doesn’t work because she receives benefits or a pension can safely stay inside for a whole week with her own worries and go out alone to do the shopping. Because of the inner richness of her own mind, she rarely feels lonely. Her own company is enough for her.

A Hestia woman shows herself veiled in a metaphorical sense. We associate the veil with orthodox Islam, where the facial veil is used to hide the ‘sinful’ female body, but Hestia has a different purpose with it. In earlier matriarchal cultures, women occasionally voluntarily wore a veil because they felt the need for a screen between themselves and the outside world. That is the essence of Hestia.

It’s not about hiding, it’s about shielding, a Hestia woman doesn’t like exposure. She thinks that’s too hard. Whether it’s a busy supermarket, emotional rapprochement, or busy work, Hestia prefers to keep a screen between her and the outside world. The Islamic use of purdah, to allow women to be indoors as much as possible, originally has to do with this.

The pre-Islamic, matriarchal cultures in the areas where Islam would later develop had a strong Hestia-based women’s culture, which, however, has nothing to do with suppressing or hiding women. Later a layer of abuse was added in the form of ‘house arrest’, burkas and depersonalization of women. Originally, women on their own initiative erected a screen between themselves and the world to create a habitat where their receptivity and intuition could unfold undisturbed.

That’s what Hestia is all about. Hestia is about the sacred in a woman, that part that stands above the worldly worries and is emphatically kept away from them. A veil covers something, but can also reveal something. Just as intuitive insights can be a revelation to one Hestia woman, it can be a revelation to another that behind the reserved facade hides an intense and colorful person.

The house as a temple

Because a Hestia woman is so introverted, introspective and impulsive, it’s not surprising that her home is her refuge. She pays a lot of attention to the decoration of her house. She gives her interior a timeless serenity, so that others often find it pleasant in her home. She masters the art of things like feng shui and energetic cleansing without anyone having to explain it to her—she just knows how those things work.

Her receptive, energetically focused awareness tells her whether things are right or not. Because of her ability to immerse herself in what she does, she often experiences her household as a zen practice and, in addition to washing and mopping, she will also give high priority to energetically cleaning her house, whether she does it consciously or not.

Because of her meditative awareness she experiences her daily activities as a flow of tasks that all have their own meaning and purpose, she does not experience a sharp distinction between ‘work’ and ‘free time’. She doesn’t mind doing her housework, even when she’s busy. It is precisely then that it gives her peace of mind, because for her it is pre-eminently true that peace in your home is peace in your head.

It is striking that this goddess is so associated with the house. The house is a symbol of the subconscious for the Self. When your house is tidy, figuratively speaking, your own psyche is tidy. Hestia is a Marie Kondo avant la lettre. Hestia represents the connection between women, the home, a sense of wholeness within yourself and the meditative, or spiritually cleansing, side of housework.

Subtlety

A Hestia woman sometimes has a subtle sensitivity that lends an extra dimension to what she does. She doesn’t have the extroverted, effervescent sensuality of an Aphrodite woman.hestiaWhere an Aphrodite woman is overtly ‘bling-bling’, a Hestia woman has a subtle layer of ‘sunlight’ glistening just below the surface. She is receptive without becoming passive. It seems as if her mind is waiting for that bit of input with which she can synthesize and thereby produce something special. The consciousness of a Hestia woman, while focused, is not rational like an Athena woman. She has a kind of “spiritual intellectuality” where her experience is highly subjective and determined by intuitive feeling impressions.

She often has a subtle kind of creativity where she’s not groundbreaking or shocking or where she throws open the contents of her subconscious, but she has a way of exposing the beauty of the everyday. And with that she touches Aphrodite, her apparent opposite, but with which she has everything to do with because both goddesses represent the feminine quality of the ‘lively’, from an introverted and an extroverted pole. Many Hestia women are gifted photographers or models.

A Hestia woman has the gift that she can only come to the fore if she leaves her ‘self’ behind for a while and literally puts on a mask and becomes a channel for an energy other than her own. Many gifted actresses and writers are Hestia women because they can pick up a certain ‘vibe’ like no other and make it accessible in some way, in music, prose, or photography and film. She doesn’t have to be famous, or rather not. If she manages to touch a select group of people deep in their hearts, that is enough for her. That’s what she does it for.

The art of a Hestia woman is not compelling and impressive, but rather still and moving. With an arrangement, a gesture, a look, a posture, she can evoke something unearthly and unreal that is nevertheless universal and timeless and therefore touches people. ‘Elf-like’ is a word that describes Hestia art well.

It allows a woman to be confident in herself in a natural way, without having to show others how good she is. So that, even if she is not (yet) successful, she can continue what she is doing without becoming disillusioned with a lack of recognition. Hestia’s great strength is being aware of the quality of your work and continuing to do it independently of social recognition, because it feels right for you. 

Hestia in relationships

Hestia women often remain single, but when they get married, they take their relationship extremely seriously. They are loyal and devoted, although they clearly need space for themselves. They won’t be chasing their man for a career or constantly correcting him.

If she is in a relationship, she will find it a relief not to be alone anymore. Although she can do that, it remains a constant burden for her to earn enough money to live and transact transactions that drain her energy.

She will expect a partner to keep her out of the wind a bit and take the hassle out of it. Hestia women like to leave the nasty chores like tax returns, annoying phone calls, financial administration, taking out mortgages, return faulty products to the store, etc. to their partner.

It’s very tempting to let someone who can do it better than you do that, but oftentimes she doesn’t learn to maintain herself. The advantage of being single is that she has to be able to do that and acquire some essential social skills that Hestia women in the old days sometimes lacked and that left them incapable and disempowered when they were left on their own.

A pattern that regularly occurs with Hestia women is being alone for long periods of time, interspersed with a single relationship that boosts her personal growth. She will then feel strongly that that person came into her life for a reason.

Although she often does not want to commit permanently because a committed relationship stands too much between her and her spiritual aspirations and her intense need for silence and privacy, she will often not want a LAT relationship, which an Artemis woman often finds a solution.

Another typical Hestia pattern is breaking off a romantic relationship because she finds the form of a love affair too demanding, only to continue the relationship as a platonic friendship. A Hestia woman is able to do that because the form of a relationship is not an essential part of how she feels about someone.

She also doesn’t need sex or marriage to seal love. She still loves a man as much as she is his best friend. She doesn’t need to deduce from the form of a relationship ‘where they stand’ as a couple, because a Hestia woman is already rock solid. In himself.

A Hestia woman is quite resistant to sexual abstinence and it sometimes seems as if sex does not exist for her – not unprofitable in the monastery.

It is a curious paradox that the Hestia archetype in a woman often coexists with her apparent opposite Aphrodite, and when a woman combines the obvious sexual attitude of an Aphrodite woman with the spiritual aspirations of Hestia, a woman can mastering sublimation. The sexual desire evaporates on the physical level, making it an engine of spiritual development.

This is the way of tantra, in which the desire, which from an unenlightened, ignorant consciousness, is experienced as unbearable if not fulfilled, becomes a source of joy in the knowledge that all is one and that desire is in fact an illusion because we have always been one the Source. We just forgot. She is then, as it were, ‘married’ to the All.hestia

There can be something irresistibly mysterious about a Hestia woman, especially if Aphrodite is also active in her, in her capacity as a delicate, sensitive woman. She doesn’t expose herself right away, but catches a man’s attention by hinting at what might lie beneath her unapproachable surface .to sit.

She is mysterious, there is still much to discover. That is also part of her ‘strategy’: a Hestia woman does not immediately show herself in a relationship. She carefully senses whether a potential partner will be careful enough with her transparent consciousness and reveals herself bit by bit.

To win over such a sensitive woman, a man has to put his sexual needs aside for a while to give her complex inner self time to unfold. When it’s all about sex for him, Hestia is gone. This way of getting to know each other is pretty much at odds with today’s volatile dating culture, where partners often find each other in the nightlife (where you won’t find Hestia!), through dating sites or speed dating events.

In dating it very much depends on the ‘chemistry’ or the ‘spark’, something a Hestia woman simply does not have strong. Because of her reserved impression, a spark will not quickly jump, and there is often no time for her depth to unfold and the confidence to dare to open herself. That’s why she often seems to stay alone these days, or a love relationship arises from a friendship, or a soulmate relationship where the form doesn’t really matter.

Hestia as mother

A Hestia woman is a devoted, mild mother who takes care of her children carefully and teaches them norms and values. Because she is very reserved, her concern, while genuine, can seem a bit distant to her children.

Mainly focused on domestic and inner concerns, she is not the type of mother who would encourage a child to become good at something or pursue a career. She thinks it is important to give her child the satisfaction of playing a musical instrument, but would not know how to support someone to become a concert pianist. For that, she lacks the purposefulness of Artemis and Athena.

She gives her children a strong home base and teaches them the power of being rooted in yourself – she is that self like no other. She will also often teach them altruism and helpfulness towards others.

Her upbringing is just as phlegmatic as she is: she is not a mother who openly fights for her children, but gives them what they need in a natural way and because of her egolessness her children are not saddled with a mountain of issues and traumas that they later have to deal with. have to get away from.

The Dark Sides/The Repression

The Hestia archetype actually has no shadow. Her bad qualities, if you can call them that, don’t stem from emotional aggression, a blind spot, or a lack of self-awareness.

Being so phlegmatic and introverted, she doesn’t always stand up for herself, can go round in circles without exposing herself to new experiences, and soon settles for whatever life brings. Objectively speaking, nobody has a problem with that, but she herself does not always get the most out of life because of it. 

Choose your battles

A Hestia woman is remarkably egoless. She sees multiple sides to every issue, is not quick to judge anyone and finds very little worth confronting. She is neutral. That is often a nice quality, but can turn into the negative side of neutrality: instead of reacting unnecessarily, let everything happen.

Because her consciousness is not focused on the world around her, she cares little about what happens there and it can’t really affect her. In order not to slip into passivity and to learn to maintain herself in society, it is important that a Hestia woman learns to actually take on the confrontations she deems necessary.

First of all, she needs to determine what she really wants to spend her energy on, then she must commit herself to actually doing so. She conforms so easily that this attitude can put her at a disadvantage. It’s not a bad quality in the sense that it’s a nuisance for other people, but it can create problems for herself if she’s too detached, too neutral, and too egoless.

Because she is initially shocked when someone sharply criticizes her, makes a big mouth or treats her unfairly, she is rarely able to react quickly. She’s always secondary and she’s the type to come back to something later.

If she doesn’t, it’s important that she master this skill. Because she is so detached, she is good at ‘de-egoing’ events. She tells herself that it wasn’t that bad, that the other person must have had a reason to react that way and that she can focus on the positive things better.

That’s how she really feels, but if she doesn’t confront the other person about his behavior, it can undermine her position. Thus, more unconscious, hierarchically oriented people get the feeling that they don’t have to respect such a person because she doesn’t stand up for herself, or saddle her with bad jobs because she does it anyway.

A Hestia woman can make it feel good to finish that rotten job, but the fact remains that she is used as a kind of work mule, whether she likes it or not. A Hestia woman actually has too few bad qualities. She doesn’t bite off, doesn’t take revenge, doesn’t hurt anyone and doesn’t start a fight.

She is literally too good for this world. A Hestia woman actually has too few bad qualities. She doesn’t bite off, doesn’t take revenge, doesn’t hurt anyone and doesn’t start a fight. She is literally too good for this world. A Hestia woman actually has too few bad qualities. She doesn’t bite off, doesn’t take revenge, doesn’t hurt anyone and doesn’t start a fight. She is literally too good for this world. conscious motherhood

The path of least resistance

Because a Hestia woman is not very interested in the outside world, she is often inclined to choose the path of least resistance. She can hurt herself with that. She may prefer to study at MBO level, although she can cope with HBO. Her motivation for this is that she has little time for herself due to a higher study load.

That’s fine, but if she bites through the sour apple (for her that is a real obstacle) of being a bit busier during her studies, she will benefit from this for the rest of her life. The same goes for annoying phone calls, being over-insured, ongoing subscriptions and that sort of thing. If she takes a moment to go through those resistances, it will pay off in more peace of mind (and a better-filled wallet).

Because she is so sensitive to stimuli, she will also sometimes avoid social interaction and outings. Because she is not very sensory, she will usually not enjoy it exuberantly. Still, it is important that she regularly makes appointments with other people or breaks her routine and does something fun. She does have to take a breather afterwards, but it makes her life more interesting and prevents her from becoming alienated from the world. 

Lack of self-profiling

Just as the goddess Hestia had no form, a Hestia woman usually struggles to profile herself. As far as she has a blind spot, he’s there. She seems to be missing a piece of ‘software’ on how to connect, get ahead in the outside world and draw the attention of others to her achievements.

A Hestia woman often goes unnoticed and skipped. She wears a kind of ‘Hestiaburka’. A Hestia woman has to fall back on a ‘persona’ to survive in the outside world. It is important that she cultivate an alter ego that she uses to survive job interviews and the like. She must have some standard phrases in an iron repertoire to survive everyday social situations.

Reserved

Because a Hestia woman does not demand attention for herself and keeps herself in the background as a person, she expresses her love for someone by taking care of that person instead of saying what someone means to her. This can cause her relationship to bleed to death because her partner doesn’t feel like she chose him.

She can also become lonely because she does not realize how much she means to others due to lack of antennae to the outside world and her reserved attitude does not encourage others to be very open with her. A woman who is very encapsulated in her Hestia qualities can kill any human interaction in advance by avoiding or cutting off contact.

Because of this she can be (sometimes literally) virgin in the negative sense of the word: rigid, untouched, never substantially affected. But because of that, she never really tasted life either. She often has the feeling that earthly life is alevel is that she has to reach as fast as possible so that she becomes enlightened. But there is also something beautiful about life on earth, which she will never get to know if she is not open to it. In that regard, she can learn something from her “twin sister” Aphrodite.

Opportunities for growth

Help from other goddesses

A Hestia woman can learn from Artemis to raise the bar for herself and that she should be proud of pushing a boundary or achieving a milestone. She can learn from Athena how to profile herself in the outside world. She can learn from Hera to be less reserved in a love relationship and to clearly show her partner that she chooses him.

She can learn from Demeter that it is okay to demand some appreciation for what you do for someone else and that it is justified to feel passed over when someone takes everything you do for granted. She can learn from Persephone to have a little more carefree fun with other people. She can learn from Aphrodite that you should enjoy the admiration and attention of other people. 

The pre-patriarchal primordial essence

Hestia’s ability to go within yourself and be aware of your divine nature has been inherent in women since the dawn of humanity. Of all the goddesses, Hestia is the least affected by patriarchal patterns. In the kind of society shaped by patriarchal thought, it may not be able to hold its own, but it has not really damaged it.

The Hestia archetype is the only one that does not carry some form of karma with it. At most, she feels a bit insecure about herself because her qualities are no longer appreciated. But she is so rooted in herself that it doesn’t take on problematic forms. Hestia possesses qualities that we need to make society more livable. 

The Patriarchal Wound

Because Hestia has not essentially adapted, the patriarchal wound is not in the archetype itself, but rather in society as a whole. It seems that disaster has struck us because we no longer honor the qualities that Hestia represents. We have extinguished the sacred fire. Social cohesion has disappeared, we have become restless, addicted consumers. There is no longer an inner fire that reminds us of the meaning of life.touch system

It is indicative of this development that many professions that were formerly often practiced by typical Hestia women have been cut back. We thought other things were more important. The coffee lady in the office, who delivered fresh coffee, made the office cozy with fresh flowers and had a chat for everyone, is no longer there. The coffee comes from a coffee machine and the fresh flowers have been replaced by a plastic flower arrangement.

We have no time and no money for it. The housekeeper who lived in the house and who not only made the house clean but also cozy and lively, has been replaced by an anonymous maid who has been hired for a specified number of hours. The governess, who cared for the children of a wealthy family as if they were her own, has been replaced by a crèche. Healthcare has become a product that is ticked off by the minute. There is no more time and no money for Hestia’s warm servitude.

Fortunately, it seems that the ‘Hestian’ values ​​are returning and a small flame is flickering again. There is hope for the future. 

What would the goddess Hestia like to give you?

“Don’t be afraid to be alone. The whole universe is within you, so how can you ever be lonely? There is peace and beauty in the silence. Seek the silence and let its healing power penetrate you. Silence teaches you the value of simple things. Take care of the place where you live, because your home is a reflection of your own soul. When you purify your dwelling place, you purify your own soul.

No work is useless, everything has its place and reason. Surrender to what you have to do and the purpose of the work will reveal itself to you. Any goal is useless, the work itself is the goal. Meditation is in all the small activities of daily life. There is no difference between work and rest, between must and may. Serve, for in serving the differences between you and others are removed. “

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