I love long, luxurious baths. I'm talking, essential-oil laden Epsom salts, candles, and after-bath oil decadence accompanied with a bit of tranquil spa music in the background. It's how I roll....and it's also how I give myself a bit of a wind-down after the typically busy days that I have. Draw your water and add … Continue reading Day 2 of Mindfulness: Bathing
Create a sacred space that is yours and yours alone -- whether it be outside or in a corner of a room. Create a welcoming space where you can meditate, read, or perform your rituals. I have had both indoor and outdoor sacred spaces. Blessings from the Hearth.
Once again, I was gifted this beautiful invocation with no author attached. is it yours? It's stunningly beautiful! I call to Hestia, gentle one, heart of the home, honored daughter of mighty Kronos and fair Rhea; as first and last born of those ancient Titans you take of all first and final offerings. Peace-loving goddess, … Continue reading June 18: Sacred Month of Hestia
I was gifted this beautiful prayer a few years back. I have no idea where it came from or who crafted it. If it's you...please let me know so I can give appropriate credit. Bright-veiled Hestia, heart of the happy home, goddess who binds together a family, who strengthens a city, the household is your … Continue reading June 17: Sacred Month of Hestia
Plant an herb garden showcasing Hestia's sacred herbs -- even if it's in pots! Basil, Bay, Oregano, Marjoram, Mint, Sage, Spearmint, Rosemary, Thyme, Savory, Fennel, Coriander, Parsley, Dill, and Anise are all herbs held as sacred by Hestia. Blessings from the Hearth.
Keep a shrine to Hestia in a central location. I have a small statue of her in my kitchen on the window sill, but her primary altar is on the mantel of our fireplace. It's a sizeable mantel, but Hestia takes center stage, with two ritual taper holders flanking her sides. Rocks, along with other objects … Continue reading June 4: Sacred Month of Hestia
Is your life such a hurried rush that you never seem to be able to take the time to slow down? I firmly believe one of the problems of our stressed out society is that no one takes the time to slow down and savor moments. What are we doing? Rushing to working. Working while … Continue reading Bathing As a Sacred and Ritual Tool
Hestia is the first recipient of all sacrifices and meals. Prepare a ritual plate for Hestia's offerings. In our household, Hestia's offering plate is a small, special (and pretty) plate that we use exclusively for her. After meals, Hestia's offering is placed outside on a special altar until morning (Hestia's offering becomes an offering to … Continue reading June 3: Sacred Month of Hestia
Honor Hestia by making bread by hand. Let's also honor some of my ancestors from Russia by making "Black Bread". Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons Dry Yeast (or, 2 packets yeast) 1/4 cup warm water 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon yellow cornmeal 3/4 cup cold water 3/4 cup boiling water 1 Tablespoon olive oil, plus more for … Continue reading June 2: Sacred Month of Hestia
Recite this Homeric Hymn to Hestia Before Your Meals: Hestia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless Gods and men who walk on earth, you have gained an everlasting abode and highest honor: glorious is your portion and your right. For without you, mortals hold no banquet, -- where one does not duly pour … Continue reading June 1: Sacred Month of Hestia