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Hestia (Vesta)

  • Profile

    Everybody had a warm place in their hearts for Hestia, the goddess of hearth and home. Way back in the day, both Poseidon and Apollo tried to marry her. She wasn't into either of them, though, so she begged Zeus to let her be a virgin forever. Zeus gave her the go and tasked her with taking care of the sacred hearth fire of Olympus. It may not sound like a particularly awesome job, but Hestia loved it. Being the goddess of the sacrificial fires was a particularly sweet gig because she got first dibs on every animal that was burnt in offering to the gods. Mmmm, barbecue.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Hestia

    Nickname

    Vesta, Hesty

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Olympus

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Goddess of the Hearth and Home (basically, I get to hang out by the fireplace all day).

    Education

    Rhea School of Homemaking

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-Zeus

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Kronos (Dad)
    Rhea (Mom)

    Siblings

    Zeus
    Poseidon
    Hades
    Hera
    Demeter
    (I know, we're quite a family.)

    Children

    Sorry, I'm a sworn virgin.

    Friends

    Zeus
    Poseidon
    Hades
    Hera
    Demeter (Family first!)

    Enemies

    Priapus, the awful little god who tried to have his way with me
    Santa Claus (And no, I'm not a Grinch. He's just always desecrating my chimneys with his big fat belly.)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Permanently single

    Interested in

    Nobody. Thanks, though! ;)

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
    The Waltons
    Little House on the Prairie

    Quotations

    "Love is the only bow of life's dark cloud. [...] It is the air and light of every heart, builder of every home, kindler of every fire on every hearth."
    – Robert Green Ingersoll

    "May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating." 
    – Irish Blessing

    "Take me home country roads
    To the place I belong, 
    West Virginia, mountain mama
    Take me home, country roads."
    – John Denver

    "We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love."
    – Mother Teresa

    "The world has suffered more from the ravages of ill-advised marriages than from virginity."
    – Ambrose Bierce

    Books

    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    "To Build a Fire" by Jack London
    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
    "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving (I love a good ghost story by the fire.)
    Dracula by Bram Stoker (Another spooky tale best read by firelight!)
    The Open Hearth Cookbook by Doris Simpson
    The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Their truly is "no place like home.")
    "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost
    "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (Gather ye rosebuds)" by Robert Herrick (Some of us have all eternity to gather rosebuds…)
    "The Cricket on the Hearth" by Charles Dickens

    Music

    Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
    Country Roads by John Denver
    Salvation Song by The Avett Brothers
    Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel
    There is a Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths
    Give Peace a Chance by John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band
    We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel
    Let It Snow performed by Frank Sinatra

    Movies

    The Wizard of Oz
    Julie and Julia
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Spirited Away
    A Christmas Story
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    Mary Poppins
    Brave

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Hearths
    Homes
    Better Homes and Gardens
    Potpourri
    Cross-stitching
    Barbecues

    Interests

    Home Economics
    Hearth-ology

    Groups

    Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
    Marshmallow Lovers
    Fireplace Fanatics
    Pacifists
    Sworn Virgins

    • Spotter's Guide

      Aw, shucks. You're looking for Hestia? Well, that just makes us feel warm and cozy inside. She sometimes gets overlooked, but being the goddess of the hearth and home and one of the original Olympians makes her a big deal in our eyes. You'll have to head up to Mount Olympus to find her. She spends all day everyday tending the sacred fire at the heart of Olympus. If you can manage to make it up there, you should totally take the time to have a chat with the woman. She's the nicest, most mild-mannered, friendliest lady you'll ever meet. There's no doubt about it, Hestia will warm your heart.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Middle-aged
      Build: A little plump (hey, she doesn't get much exercise)
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Brown
      Facial Hair: Nope
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: A kettle, a flowering branch
      Clothing: Modest homespun robes, sometimes a veil
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: No need

      Typical Companions:

      She's usually alone by the hearth, but all the gods drop by to say hello once in a while.

      Known Hangouts:

      The hearth of Olympus—she can't really leave

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Theogony by Hesiod

      Hestia and her siblings get swallowed whole by their daddy, Kronos, in this ancient poem. (Pretty amazing that Hestia came out so well balanced after this; we'd still be in therapy.)

      The Library by Apollodorus

      Check out another version of Hestia's cannibalistic introduction to the world. And you thought your life was weird.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Library of History by Didorus Siculus

      Not only is Hestia an awesome hearth tender, she's also a dope architect according to this ancient poem.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Fasti by Ovid

      Ovid gives you the low down on how Priapus almost took advantage of Hestia (Vesta) in her sleep. Can you say creep?

      Dec 20, 1998

      Xena: Warrior Princess

      Hestia herself shows up when someone tries to harm one of her priestesses in this TV series.

      Dec 20, 1999

      Hercules

      Betty White gives voice to Hestia in this Disneyfied version of the adventures of Hercules.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

      In this novel, Hestia appears as an eight-year-old girl to give some advice to Percy Jackson.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Clash of the Titans

      The goddess of the hearth makes a cameo in this Hollywood blockbuster.