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Hestia (Vesta)

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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

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