Goddess Hestia Candle Info Page
Goddess of Hearth Fire and Domestic Life
Greek Goddess of Home
Hestia is the Greek Goddess of the hearth, home, architecture, the state, and family. She’s also one of the virgin/maiden Goddesses who is seen as a protector deity. Hestia, Goddess of hearth and home beloved and revered as the center of Ancient Greek life, is veiled by the mists which shroud her mystery. Unlike her sisters who are so visibly part of the Olympic Pantheon, Hestia is not recounted and lauded through mythological stories, nor is her image emblazoned on ceramic and wall. Hestia was instead made visible in the flame that sanctified the living space, as well as the temples, and city. Where her flame burned there was sacredness. She provided light, warmth, and the means of cooking food. She was holiness and life. She never left her home and never went out on adventures to explore the world. Hestia stayed at home, and is really the Goddess of Hospitality, who should be welcomed and honored in every home. Being the tender of the sacred fires, she is associated with the warmth of the fireplace. Hestia gives us the security, peace, and comfort of being safely home and warm.
This Goddess Gemstone Candle can be used:
On Lammas – August 1st or 2nd depending upon calendar (special ritual below provided for Lammas)
When you wish to call Goddess Hestia energy into your life
To honor Goddess Hestia (mantra’s and offering guide provided below)
Crystal: Clear Quartz
Fragrance: Black Chamomile - Soft notes of coconut water and chamomile blend with tea leaves, wild lily and tonka bean.
Herbs: Goldenrod, Yarrow
Goddess Hestia Mantras
Light this candle to honor and call in Goddess Hestia’s healing energy. If you wish, use the mantras provided below when lighting your candle or while performing a ritual of your choice.
Lady of the Hearth
Keeper of the sacred flames of Olympus
Enter this home, you are welcome here.
In your name I light this fire.
In your name I make this offering.
In your name I beseech the Gods of might Olympus.
Enter this home, you are welcome here.
Bring with you peace!
Bring with you prosperity!
But above all things, bring with you protection to all those I love and hold dear.
Blessed may we be…”
Goddess Hestia Offerings
Consider adding some of these items around your candle to honor Goddess Hestia:
Homemade meals, Homemade baked goods, Breads, Sweet wine, Fruits, Pure water, Olive oil, Hot tea, Tea kettles, Gold, light purple, black, silver, and dark red candles, Scented candles that are comforting to you or remind you of home, Scented incense such as Angelica, iris, lavender, and peony, Pottery, Art or statues of donkeys and pigs, Pictures of family, friends that are like your family, or your pets, Pictures of homes you want to live in one day or homes you have lived in, Pictures of architecture that you like, Teacups, Small kitchen antiques like teaspoons, tea towels, etc., Childhood memories like stuffed toys, baby clothes, old photos, etc., Keys, Homegrown herbs, Toys or art of donkeys and pigs, Plants such as angel’s trumpet, poppy, goldenrod, hollyhock, and yarrow, Leaves or blooms from a chaste tree, Gems and metals such as amethyst, garnet, gold, silver, and brass, Tea light candles (real or fake), Your favorite poetry or poetry you have written for Her, Your favorite books, Stories you have written, Art of flames, fire, candles, etc., Crafts that you’ve made, Garmets that you have made such as clothing, blankets, beanies, etc., Homemade lotions, bath bombs, shower gel, bubble bath, etc. (You can ask Her to bless them then use them, She would be happy about doing so)
Lammas Ritual - August 1-2
Lammas is most associated with the first of the harvest celebrations encompassing hay, grain and cereal yields, and appears to best known for its festival atmosphere. The sun during this time is fixed in fiery Leo. You can use your magicks to “set” patterns for the coming winter months.
Step 1: Set up your alter/sacred space as you like. Consider adding some of the offerings/tributes for Goddess Hestia that are suggested above.
Step 2: Cleanse your aura and your space. You can use a burn bundle, incense, sage spray or even use a broom to “sweep” the energy away (Order your Burn Bundle here to assist!)
Step 3: Light your Goddess Hestia candle and repeat the following mantra: “I remain grounded in the midst of chaos and disorder. Hestia’s fire warms those I love on a daily basis.”
Honor Goddess Hestia by doing any of the following activities:
Use a Tarot or Oracle deck and do the following spread from http://www.thecuriouscardslinger.co.uk/
Bake bread or pretzels.
Have an outdoor picnic.
Make a wreath out of grain to honor the harvest.
Go camping and perform your ritual in the woods.
Donate to those who have lost their homes, or help them rebuild.
Donate to food drives.
Per tradition, Hestia should get the first of all food offerings and burnt offerings. Furthermore, you should set aside the first bite of your meal for Her.
If you have a fireplace, light it for Her or build Her altar around it.
Meditate next to a fire (if you can’t make a fire, listen to the sound of fire on YouTube or elsewhere).
Read poetry or a book.
Make a playlist for Her and play it while you clean or cook.
Clean your house/room and keep it nice and tidy.
Collect recipes and keep a recipe book.
Host celebrations at your home.
Take care of yourself, your mental and physical health. Your body is a home for you after all.
Treat ‘yo self! Seriously, She enjoys Her followers loving and treating themselves well. Take a hot bath, eat some ice cream, chill at home for a day, etc.
Pray to Her for protection, inspiration, happiness, guidance, and help getting rid of negative entities in the home, peace in the home, good food, an abundance of food, independence, help to start/tending to the hearth, and strong family bonds
Journal using the following prompts: “What are you harvesting in your life right now? What do you hope to harvest in the coming months? What do you fear might stand in your way?”
Step 5: Give thanks to Goddess Hestia for her blessings and snuff out your candle (if it has been burning for 2+ hours). You are welcome to keep the alter and offerings out for the Goddess if you wish.
Candle Care Tips
Gems may fall towards wick once a large melt pool starts, if this happens just push it back towards the edge so it can burn properly or remove and enjoy your stone sooner. Once your candle is burned down your stone can be washed with soap and warm water to keep.
The first time you light your candle, you MUST let it burn for at LEAST 2 hours! The idea is to create a wax pool that reaches the sides of the candle to achieve an even burn every time it is lit. Burning for less time creates a tunnel that can lead to your candle putting itself out constantly and essentially rendering the candle useless.
Place candles in flameproof jars or cups to double the burn time. Always trim the wick before burning. Even if you’re relighting a candle, trim the wick to 1/4 inch. When the wick is too long it will burn uneven and create soot/smoke.
Keep candles away from direct sunlight. Candles in direct sunlight will lose their colour.
Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. Always snuff out your spell candles as blowing (using the element Air) will undo all your hard work.
Extinguish any candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep ensuring the wick ember is no longer glowing.
Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting.
Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.
Place burning candles at least 6 cm apart from one another. This helps ensure they don’t melt each other, or create their own drafts that cause improper burning.
Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and can cause glass containers to break.
Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick to 1/4 inch, then check for drafts before relighting.
Special care should be taken when burning spell candles that contain herbs. Always remove any labels, ribbons, adornments, make sure the candles not near burnable material and dust off any herbs/resins around the wick of the candle before lighting.
Do not leave burning candles unattended as they contain dried herbs and crystals. Keep candles away from pets and children and from anything flammable.