Hestia, Hephaestus, and Me

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Hestia, Hephaestus, and Me

My Goddess match is Hestia. Her story is that she is the eldest daughter of the Titans Rhea and Chronos. Like the rest of his children, Chronos ate her upon her birth, but she was eventually regurgitated by him when Rhea tricked him into swallowing a stone rather than baby Zeus. Hestia stepped down from her position on the Olympic counsel, giving up her seat to Dionysus, to become the goddess of the hearth and she kept the hearth lit at Mount Olympus. As one of the Three Virgin Goddesses, along with Athena and Artemis, she ranked among the most respected and revered of the Goddesses.

One facet of Hestia’s personality that I can really identify with is the extreme value she places of the home and family. I believe there is little more important than one’s own family. Another facet is her representation of domestic life. By being the keeper of the hearth she is a symbol of domesticity. The third facet of her personality that I relate to is her contentedness to stay in the shadows and allow the fire to shine for her. I try to let my skills and actions to speak for me.

Hephaestus, the son of Zeus and Hera, is my God match. Sometimes it is said that Hera alone produced him and that he has no father. He is the only god to be described as physically ugly. He is also lame having been flung by Hera, for being so ugly, from Mount Olympus into the sea, breaking his legs. He enabled the birth of Athena by splitting the head of Zeus with his forging hammer. As the smith god he is the patron of metal workers and weavers. His wife Aphrodite, cheated on him with his brother Ares, in the bed Hephaestus had made for her, but Hephaestus got revenge on them because, as they lay in the bed chains emerged and trapped them there, exposing them to the rest of the Olympians when Hephaestus called them all together to witness his adulterous wife and brother.

Being an artist I associate with Hephaestus’ particular desire to create beautiful items,...
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