Winds of Olympus

Hestia - Goddess of the Home  
Roman Name - Vesta

Powers: hearth, home, family life

Symbols: hearth, family meal, flowering branch,

                 kettle, sacred fire, veil
Parents: Cronus and Rhea
Siblings: Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Poseidon, Hades
Spouse: none
Appearance: Hestia appears as a sweet, modestly dressed young woman usually wearing a veil.
Throne: Hestia's throne is as simple as she is. It is made of plain, uncarved wood. The cushion was a woven,                undyed wool.
Friends: Dionysus, Aphrodite
Enemies: none

  • Hestia invented houses for mortals to live in.
  • Universally revered by the Greeks. Each town had a public hearth in her honor that held an eternally lit flame.
  • She was much loved by both god and mortal. She disliked the constant family quarrels that took place between the gods.
  • She was also the kindest of the gods and goddesses. It is interesting to note that she alone is immune to the influence of Aphrodite.
  • When Dionysus was added to the gods of Mt. Olympus, that brought the number of gods and goddesses to 13. Since this was considered an unlucky number and Hestia wanted to avoid disagreements among the gods, she graciously gave up her throne to Dionysus and moved to tending the hearth at the center of the throne room.
  • She was the most peaceful of all the gods and goddesses of Olympus.