In mythology: In Greek mythology, Hestia was the first child born to Rhea and Cronos. By birthright, she was one of the twelve major Olympians, yet when being replaced by Dionysus, God of Wine, she did not protest. She took no part in the love affairs and wars that so occupied Greek mythology. She was free of the conflicts and intrigues of Olympus. She was in charge of the house center and the flame and centerpiece of each house.
In psychology: Hestia is the third of the Virgin Goddesses. Different from Artemis or Athena, she is much more introverted and her focus goes inward. The Hestia woman is averse to all kinds of “drama”, preferring instead isolation, solitude, and tranquility. Hestia is contemplative and often religious, and like Artemis and Athena, she has a focused consciousness. Hestia’s focus, however, is on the inner subjective experience. Hestia’s presence creates an atmosphere of warmth and peaceful order, free of competitiveness and the craziness of modern life. Her biggest challenge is with setting goals. A woman with a dominant Hestia archetype struggles with the expectations of being social and dealing with the “real world” while remaining true to her inward orientation. Many Hestia archetypes are women who are single and remain so for a long time but unlike those who may pity her, Hestia does not have an unconscious fear of alone-ness. She is irritated when gathering with groups or going out to loud places where she may get the feeling that something is wrong with her. A Hestia woman is usually found in the background as prestige, power or material possessions do not mean anything to her. Her sanctuary is inside of her, thus she must go inward to find meaning, peace, and purpose. She has inner centeredness and harmony that allows her to enjoy her daily tasks and spend long periods in joyful meditation.
Love life: If she does enter into a relationship, it may likely be with a Hermes archetype who negotiates the outside world for her with ease. This kind of man usually being extroverted and playful with an ability to create strong social bonds, complements her. Eloquent, crafty, protector type it can be a perfect match for Hestia. She fits the old-fashioned idea of “a good wife.” She looks after the home well. She is not ambitious for herself or for her husband—so she neither competes with him nor nags him. She is not a flirt and isn’t promiscuous. Although his fidelity isn’t of crucial importance to her as it is for Hera, she is like Hera in being faithful herself.
What to learn from her: With her, we enter the realm of spirituality and sacred intuition which are qualities that are more felt than visible and are often described as feminine energies. Women with a Hestia personality bring warmth into any place and group, this archetype teaches us how to transform a neutral place or gathering into a sanctuary simply by your presence, how to transform a house into a home. Hestia brings peace and serenity, awaken the importance of inner sanctuary.
Her wines: Hestia Goddess, as a wise and spiritual woman doesn’t look for new trends, crazy named varieties that nobody heard before and pricy “gems” with high scores. Actually, the famous “100 points” mean nothing to her and kind of reject her. She is happy with old, good, oaky Chardonnay. Hestia in wine has a bit old fashioned taste. She like her white to be bold and full-bodied, and her red needs to be elegant and light. So, she just needs some Burgundy. She adores off-dry wines. You know that French people divide their Champagne into four categories: for the body, for the heart, for the mind and for the spirit. Hestia is always “yes, please” to Champagne (she also buys other bubbles).