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
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.