Be irrestible, detox your life, re-ignite your drive to achieve goals, and exude feminine mystery every day by connecting with the goddess of the hearth fire, Vesta.

Who isn’t drawn to the campfire at any party, right? Who doesn’t want to stare for hours into its depths, and bask in its fabulousness? The fire is centred, reliable, strong… And you could be that too!

Connecting with Vesta can help you find balance between your fierce feminine and nurturing earth mother, and direct that combined energy toward building your prosperity. Walk with Vesta when you need to bring yourself back to centre; focus your passions on a project or business; nurture yourself or your tribe; detox your life; or build the stability that will be your foundation for success.

The ancient Roman goddess Vesta is goddess of the hearth fire specifically. As the traditional centre of the camp or home, Vesta’s energy is ever present in our lives. Her temple in the Roman Forum, the ruins of which are present today, housed a perpetual fire that burned almost constantly for up to 1000 years and which was considered to represent the hearth of the empire and therefore its prosperity and security. Sitting modestly in the city centre while the Roman armies conquered the known world, her temple honoured the knowledge that a strong foundation and heart remained crucial to worldly success.

Vesta today can therefore be found where ever you define your own security and prosperity: the home, the workplace, your own business, your family or tribe.

She can bring you back to centre where you can reconnect with the heart of your passion or goal. She can be a great ally when you need good old ‘bum glue’ to sit still and embrace a routine while you work on the foundations of your project or business.

With Vesta you can find your domestic goddess without compromising the fire in your belly. She recalls the sacred in the everyday; in warming the home, creating light, cooking meals. The hearth may bring a stable centre to your life or home but remember fire is forever dancing, moving, living. This is not a stagnant or bored energy. She is potential personified and directed.

Vesta brings fierce and sexy back into building a home or business. She is woman in all her untouchable changeability. Her warmth and passion burn deep and constant. She’s the warm soft place to land after a hard day; the light to guide you or your loved ones home. People are drawn to her, captivated by her quiet power and mystery, and her endless capacity for quiet energy, love and nurturing.

Vesta is elemental, primal. There is no likeness of her in human form like you see of other gods and goddesses in the Roman and Greek pantheons, and some ancient writers tell us there was never one. She is just the fire. There is purity and simplicity about her. Consider that fire was the receiver of sacrifices in ancient times, purifying the offering by burning away any decay or contamination.

Vesta’s flames have no regard for the unnecessary, shallow busy-ness that often complicates our modern daily lives. She is interested only in substance and the divine work of your true home and path. Working with her can be a great way to refocus and seer away the time wasters from your daily life.

She’s a useful ally when you need to detox your life, your home or your mind and heart.

Seven simple things you can do to connect with Vesta

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Get a small brazier and build a modest fire in your yard or balcony, if you can’t create a fire pit in the ground. Sit by it with a loved one and watch the flames dance. Nurture yourselves while you do, with a warming drink, marshmallows to roast, or some earthy foods like nuts and berries. Better still if you can cook in the coals.

2.

Clean out and detox your home and/or office. Get rid of clutter and things that distract you. Empty that email inbox. Give away clothes you aren’t wearing anymore. (Don’t forget giving things a good wash in this process. Water is the balance to fire, a partner elemental essential for the new growth that comes after her purification work.)

3.

Clean out your ‘to do’ lists and delete things that are not necessary or not true to your goals. Vesta is interested only in substance and the divine work of your true home and path.

4.

Throw a dinner party and cook for loved ones in your home. Nurture them with the work of your hands, and the food of your kitchen. Find and enjoy the sacred in it.

5.

Light a candle, get out some paper, and spend time reflecting on your goals, be they personal or business, and establish plans to keep you focussed on them. What will nurture you through your work? What do you need to be able to sustain the work for as long as necessary? Where would some routine help?

6.

Look up at the sun during the day and reflect a moment on her constant burning energy and the warmth it sends you. Try to do this a couple of times a day for at least a week.

7.

Wear ‘warm’ coloured clothes or accessories to help you stay reminded of the fire in your belly. Try burnt oranges and yellows, warm whites, or a fiery red if you need a boost to get started.

Rome: City and Empire is now open at the National Museum of Australia, offering a rare opportunity to experience Roman artefacts on loan from the British Museum, London.

The British Museum was a favourite haunt while researching for Fire and Sacrifice, where I got to see everyday implements like hair combs, oil lamps, jewellery and cooking utensils that helped me bring the priestesses’ world of second-century BC Rome to life.

Now more Aussies can too (and if you live in fabulous London, do go explore there!). I’ve collected a few of my favourite pieces here for you to see (thanks to the British Museum website).

Roman blue glass perfume bottle 25-100AD.
Roman blue glass perfume bottle 25-100AD.

 

Roman terracotta oil jug, 120BC - 70BC.
Roman terracotta oil jug, 120BC – 70BC.
Roman gold hair pin, 1st Century.
Roman gold hair pin, 1st Century.
Roman terracotta oil jug, 120BC - 70BC.
Roman terracotta oil jug, 120BC – 70BC.

I can’t wait to meet some of my wonderful readers this Saturday, signing books in store at Harry Hartog book shop, Westfield Woden (ACT, Australia).

Come along 10am to 12pm, and let me introduce you to Secunda and her priestesses, you’re going to love them!

Ask me all your questions about these amazing women and the journey behind this project.

Saturday 6 October.

 

VC 1 web sizeWomen who walk with the fire goddess are going to connect at times with her wild, passionate side, and my research has found at least 20 Vestals hauled before the courts for misbehaviour, most commonly taking lovers: a crime punishable by death.

The priestesses of Vesta, or the Vestal Virgins, took a vow of chastity enforced for 30 years of mandatory service from her age of entry at 6-10 years old, through adolescence and the height of her sexuality to the age of 36-40 when she had the first choice to leave. Get the full article here.

Take the personality quiz to see what kind of priestess you might have been…

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The Vestal Virgins were women of fire in every sense.

Not only was a Vestal a priestess of the goddess of the hearth fire, Vesta, she was protectress of Rome, political powerhouse, A-list woman of the city, untouchable, more independent than any other Roman woman, and had the strength of character to withstand a lifetime of strict chastity with the constant threat of punishment by death.

Read more about the lives and roles of these amazing women, and why I’m so fascinated by their stories… 

Priestess of the torch flame

Take the fun personality quiz to see which priestess of fire you are, and get insights on your personal powers and inspirations for success in your world.

We’re all priestesses, but are you more like wildfire (Marcia), a volcano (Licinia), or something else…

Brought to you by Fire and Sacrifice, based on a true story, where the priestesses of fire were real.

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3It’s here! Fire and Sacrifice is now available on Amazon in e-book and paperback.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally share the book with you. As an introductory offer, and to share it with as many people as possible, the e-book is available FREE for the first three days.

Get it today, and please share this link with friends and family who might enjoy the story.

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Much love, Victoria.

 

Roman coin, temple of Vesta
The Temple of Vesta shown on the back of a Roman coin, 73AD. Emperor Vespasian pictured on front. British Museum.

The National Museum of Australia is launching Rome: City and Empire from September 21, where you can see Roman artefacts from the British Museum on loan to Australia!

I spent days on end in the British Museum and British Library while researching for Fire and Sacrifice, and loved every minute. To be surrounded by the history, a story in every object… Exploring, writing, coffee, exploring, writing, coffee…

If you’re in London, I implore you to go explore the Rome galleries to get up close and personal with objects that may well have been used by the priestesses and their families (Room 69, Greek and Roman Life is a favourite for cooking objects and hair ornaments!).

If you’re in Australia, take this great opportunity to see them on loan. I can’t wait to see what the exhibition includes.

Some of my favourite things in the Roman rooms of the British Museum that I can imagine the priestesses of Vesta may just have owned…

Roman blue glass perfume bottle 25-100AD.
Roman blue glass perfume bottle 25-100AD.

 

Roman terracotta oil jug, 120BC - 70BC.
Roman terracotta oil jug, 120BC – 70BC.
Roman gold hair pin, 1st Century.
Roman gold hair pin, 1st Century.

Fire and Sacrifice is now listed on Goodreads, where you can leave reviews and ask me questions, and share with me what else you’ve loved reading. I’ve discovered a couple of interesting historical fiction readers groups in there.

I love hanging out on Goodreads and exploring new books and author blogs – it’s just like a big fat bookstore! Delicious.

Would love for you to connect with me there and let me know what else you’re reading, too! Always on the lookout for great recommendations.

Connect here: with Fire and Sacrifice, or here for my Goodreads author page.