archetypes, Greek mythology, Winter

Hestia (goddess of hearth and home)

Hestia is the anglicised version of her name. Her Greek name - Εστία (pronounced es-tee-ah) - means dwelling. She was the goddess of home, and goddess of the hearth. On Olympus, her job was to take the good stuff from every sacrifice, to any deity, and feed it into the fire on the mountain. And so, part of every sacrifice belonged to her. Every hearth-fire belonged to her too. And, in those days, there were hearth-fires everywhere: in every home, every temple, even up on Mount Olympus.

archetypes, Autumn, cyclical living, inner autumn, inner seasons, menstrual cycle awareness, seasonal living

Autumn + the Enchantress

Nature moves in cycles. We can see it in the dance of the seasons from winter to spring to summer to autumn and back to winter. We can see it in the water cycle, photosynthesis, the food web, and the life cycle of one small basil plant. Everything is constantly in motion -  living, dying, beginning again - and everything is interconnected. We often forget that we are a part of that, too.