The Bless - Hestia

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HESTIA

THE BEAUTIFUL HESTIA WAS THE OLDEST OF
THE QUEENS OF OLYMPUS. SHE DISLIKED
GOSSIP, SO HARDLY ANY STORIES WERE TOLD
ABOUT HER. BUT IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO
THINK SHE WASN’T IMPORTANT. IN SOME WAYS,
SHE WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL THE
QUEENS.
IN MYTH, HESTIA WAS THE FIRST BORN CHILD OF KRONOS (CRONUS) AND
RHEA WHO WAS SWALLOWED BY HER FATHER AT BIRTH. ZEUS LATER
FORCED THE OLD TITAN TO DISGORGE HESTIA AND HER SIBLINGS. AS THE
FIRST TO BE SWALLOWED, SHE WAS ALSO THE LAST TO BE DISGORGED.
HESTIA LIVED A QUIET LIFE, LEAVING FAME AND ADVENTURE TO OTHERS.
ZEUS’S SON, DIONYSUS SHOWED UP IN OLYMPUS ONE DAY. HE WANTED TO
HAVE A THRONE LIKE THE OTHER KINGS. HESTIA GLADLY GAVE UP HER OWN
THRONE TO HIM. HESTIA WAS THE PARAGON OF THE HEARTH, HOME,
ARCHITECTURE, DOMESTICITY, FAMILY, AND THE STATE. SHE WAS ONE OF
ONLY THREE VIRGIN QUEENS, NEXT TO ATHENA AND ARTEMIS. ... AS THE
PARAGON OF THE HEARTH, SHE PERSONIFIED THE FIRE BURNING IN THE
HEARTH OFEVERY HOME IN GREECE.
ONE DAY THE KING POSEIDON AND APOLLO TOLD ZEUS THAT
THEY BOTH LOVE HESTIA. BOTH OF THEM WANTED TO MARRY
HER. THEY DEMANDED ZEUS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEM.
OTHERWISE, WAR WOULD BREAK OUT AMONG THE KINGS AND
SUCH A WAR WOULD HAVE BEEN TERRIBLE; BUT HESTIA
SOLVED THE WHOLE PROBLEM VERY SIMPLY. SHE REFUSED TO
EVER HAVE A HUSBAND. ZEUS WAS RELIEVED AND GRATEFUL
TO AVOID A WAR. AS A REWARD, HE GAVE HESTIA THE KEYS TO
OLYMPUS. HE PUT HER IN CHARGE OF THE KING’S EVERYDAY
BUSINESS. HESTIA MADE SURE THAT THE KINGS OF THE
OLYMPUS ALWAYS HAD PLENTY OF FOOD, CLOTHING, AND
MONEY.
HESTIA WAS DEPICTED IN ATHENIAN VASE PAINTING AS A
MODESTLY VEILED WOMAN SOMETIMES HOLDING A FLOWERED
BRANCH (PERHAPS A CHASTE-TREE). IN CLASSICAL
SCULPTURE SHE WAS ALSO VEILED, WITH A KETTLE AS HER
ATTRIBUTE. HESTIA WAS ALSO CALLED BY THE NAME OF
VESTA.
BY THE LIFE OF HESTIA, WE LEARN THAT FOR HER; PEACE AND
FAMILY WAS EVERYTHING. SHE SACRIFICED HER LIFE FOR
PEACE IN OLYMPUS. SHE DEVOTED HER LIFE TO OLYMPUS, AND
SERVED HER RESPONSIBILITIES DILIGENTLY. SHE GAVE US THE
MESSAGE THAT WE SHOULD ALSO SERVE OUR FAMILY IN THE
SAME WAY AND SHOULD TAKE CARE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES
OF OUR FAMILY. PEACE SHOULD BE OUR FIRST PRIORITY IN
EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE