11 Hestia December 26 – January 22 Madrian/Janite + Alternative Filiani

Madrian name for the month (1977-2008 [1] & Koré Di-Jana Ekklesia [2])

Hestia (Alternative Name: Herthe [3])
(pronounced hest-e-ah)
December 26 – January 22

In Ancient Greek religion, Hestia (/ˈhɛstiə/; Ancient Greek: Ἑστία, “hearth” or “fireside”) is a virgin goddess of the hearth, architecture, and the right ordering of domesticity, the family, the home, and the state.

Hestia’s name means “hearth, fireplace, altar”,[A] the oikos, the household, house, or family. “An early form of the temple is the hearth house; the early temples at Dreros and Prinias on Crete are of this type as indeed is the temple of Apollo at Delphi which always had its inner hestia” [B] The Mycenaean great hall which had a central hearth – such as the hall of Odysseus at Ithaca, a megaron. Likewise, the hearth of the later Greek prytaneum was the community and government’s ritual and secular focus.

Hestia’s name and functions show the hearth’s importance in the social, religious, and political life of ancient Greece. It was essential for warmth, food preparation, and the completion of sacrificial offerings to deities.

[A] R. S. P. Beekes, Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Brill, 2009, p. 471.
[B] Burkert, p. 61.


Traditional Symbolism

Fire is a yearthing (coming to earth) of Solar fire.
The fire in the hearth reflects the physical sun within the home as the symbol of Spirit, Supernal Sun.
In traditional societies, humans were “centred” with the Spirit of Déa in their hearts, each household around the hearth, each village around the Temple, all activity directed towards the centre, She who is the Divine Source of all.
The hearth fires were always lit from the altar flame of the Temple.

The kindling of the inner fire, the recognition of the Spirit within, the immanent Déa within the human heart, these are the mysteries of Winter.

Be aware of:
1. The presence of Holy Daughter always.
2. The soul/spirit quest for Déa
3. The reflection of the Divine in all natural things.

Koré Di-Jana Ekklesia

[1] In use by 2 Madrian orders:
Ordo Lux Madriana (Order of Light of Mother God Supreme) 1973 – 1983
[still being used in the corrupted household 1985 – 1989]

Ordo Rosa Ekklesia Madriana (Order of Rose of Mother God Supreme) early 1970’s – 2008

[2] In use currently by Koré Di-Jana Ekklesia a.k.a. Janites

[3] Alternative Name: Hertha

Used by Aristasia 2008, Chelouranya & “The Chapel” 2007 – present day

Changed by Aristasia 2009 to Herthe/Hertha

A misreading of the name of the goddess Nerthus, a Germanic goddess

German name