Saturday, March 31, 2007

Behold, the Power of Hestia

Well, here I am, sitting at my computer again, eating cheap chocolate Easter eggs that are still oh so yummy even though they are Da-Cheap.

So let's get to the point....
Since I read Tori Amos talk about Goddess archetypes (in her book, which I really want to read again soon) , I have been very curious about that. How does one go around finding which Goddess out there resembles you the most. Was there even one for me? Because let's face it, I need to forget about huntresses and love-goddesses altogether.

Ideally, I would have loved to find some Celtic Goddess, because of my huge fanaticism for the Celtic culture...But I found the next best thing...this site:

There is a very in dept test over there, go take it!

It turns out that I am more like Hestia, the least known of the Olympian Goddesses, they say. She minds her own businesses, and mostly isn't "Out there".

Here's what they also have to say that pretty much describes me:

"Hestia - possesses an introverted temperament and is focused on her inner, spiritual world. Hestia is an archetype of inner centeredness.

The goddess, Hestia did not take a partner. A Hestia-type woman, today, may prefer to live a more solitary life or live within a community of like-minded, spiritual 'sisters'.

She resists the amorous advances of men, therefore, placing her in the 'virgin' goddess category. (Good Lord! Eeep!) She is independent, autonomous and, focused on her inner spiritual world, she is not seeking a relationship with a man to complete her. Her energy is impersonal and detached. Her awareness is focused.

She is kindly yet distant - she possesses the ability to love impartially

Possible difficulties for a Hestia-type woman in today's world - presenting herself as a 'non-entity', in other words--she has no desire to stand out, and not as a result of her own family or cultural conditioning, rather, by her own conscious choice. (This I need to meditate on...I feel like it could make me understand many things...)

Hestia type lacks assertiveness - she will not speak up - she is out of place in this modern, fast-paced, competitive world.

Hestia type, due to her introverted nature, tends to be undemonstrative with her feelings toward others even though she may care for them.

Hestia types appear to lack outer ambition - she is a home-body and tends to the hearth/the needs of the home.

Seduced by the need for logical reasoning, she will feel compelled to dismiss her keen intuition because she is unable to 'logically explain herself'. (So sad, but so true)

Hestia's wound is more about the fact that she has little place to exist in this society with the current social values on consumerism--'having more', 'gotta-have-it' - which requires increased work hours to enable increased spending, therefore, creating increasingly frantic lifestyle as a result.

Modern women who are less assertive and less intellectual often feel, inwardly, second-rate in our fast-paced, competitive society. A woman exhibiting a quiet presence, following her own internal (rather than externally exhibited) spirituality is, at best, misunderstood and viewed "quirky", or a "loner".

Hestia exhibited an inner strength which rendered Aphrodite unsuccessful in seducing or persuading any love/Eros desire in Hestia - Hestia has strength to resist all that takes her away from her own center.( So *that* explains it!)

Hestia type focuses on her own inner experience/feelings - she is inwardly connected.

Woman in whom Hestia archetype predominates is often a single woman who lives differently from the conventions of society. Her family or married friends who subscribe to "normal" lives may 'pity' her aloneness. However, it is often the unconscious fear of alone-ness--loneliness within the individual that creates the presumption that the Hestia woman is unhappy or pitiable. (Thank you!)

A Hestia woman has cultivated positive aspects of the 'Recluse'--an independent and creative woman, she craves solitude which offers her the sacred space in which she makes contact with her deepest self--the place where she meets spirit."

I think I found my Archetype!

1 comment:

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