Communicator and Networker
The Experienced Crone
I am exploring aspects of Hestia. Just as in the mysteries, Demeter unfolds as a Triple Goddess, so the little written about Hestia has three aspects. Demeter’s three facets incorporate Persephone and Hecate.
While the Demeter facet represents vegetative forces her Hecate aspect is seen in the dark chthonic forces, immanent, stirring deep within the earth. But what of Hestia? What aspects lurk here?
As I have my pencils in hand, as I sit drawing in a meditative state, I have been contemplating the aspects of Hestia, Red Serpent, Lady of the Fire, Web Builder, Wise One.
In his ground breaking work, The Great Mother, Eric Neuman acknowledges that “at the center of the mysteries over which the female group presided stood the guarding and tending of the fire. As in the house round about, female domination is symbolized in its center, the fireplace, the seat of warmth and food preperation, the hearth, which is also the altar.”
Invariably we will find Hestia in her above ground facet, tending to the fire, maintaining and preserving her hearth. But this is only one aspect. The challenge is to unravel others and create a more complete tapestry by the hearth.