Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology of Women - Study Guide Book 2, Goddesses: Chapter 6, Hestia Summary & Analysis

Jean Shinoda-Bolen
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This is the third virginal goddess. Hestia is goddess of the hearth or the very fire pit and a central point of intergenerational family life. This one had a bizarre experience. The goddess of love, Aphrodite, caused two male gods to fall in love with her. Despite this, Hestia rejected the advances of each. Thereby this quiet, virgin goddess of the home caused two Olympian gods to actually be rejected.

Hestia may well be virginal since so much of great importance takes place at the family hearth that includes the prepubescent, right along with the post-menopausal and of course the siblings. Whenever the sexual natures are transformed by the transition into becoming parents, things change from out of the bedroom to the hearth. Virginity has sprung forth, and with Hestia remains a profound and integral part of the familial...

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