A Month of Devotional Thought — Hestia: Day 5

“Γῆς παῖς εἰμι καὶ Οὐρανοῦ ἀστερόεντος· 
αὐτὰρ ἐμοὶ γένος οὐράνιον· τόδε δ’ ἴστε καὶ αὐτοί.
δίψῃ δ’ εἰμὶ αὔη καὶ ἀπόλλυμαι· ἀλλὰ δότ’ αἶψα
ψυχρὸν ὓδωρ προρέον τῆς Μνημοσύνης ἀπὸ λίμνης.”
“I am the son of Earth and Starry Heaven; however my race is of heaven and this you know yourselves. I am parched with thirst and i´m about to perish, please give to me quickly the cold water which flows forth from the fountain of Mnemosyne.”
As today’s topic is the family relationships of Hestia, the above quote seems very appropriate although technically She is the grand-daughter of Ouranos (Heaven/Sky) and Gaea (Earth) who were the original rulers of the Cosmos. These two primordial beings bore the Hundred-handed Ones, the Elder Cyclopes, and the Titans (6 male and 6 female). The Titans overthrew their father to rule the Cosmos.

The Titans Chronos and Rhea were the parents of the Elder Olympians — of which Hestia is BOTH “eldest” and “youngest” because of a prophecy Chronos received before the birth of his children that he would have a son who would overthrow him as he had his father. Chronos would swallow his children at birth. The first one born was Hestia — followed by Haides, Demeter, Poseidon, and Hera before Rhea tricked Chronos by having him swallow a stone in the place of Zeus. 

When Zeus grew to “adulthood”, he got Chronos to vomit up his siblings and they fought the Titans for control of the Cosmos and they became the Elder Olympian Gods.

Although She herself did not have any children, her siblings did and Her nieces and nephews include Athena, Artemis, Apollo, Dionysus, Hermes, Hephaestus, Ares, and Persephone.

These are the CLOSE relatives of Hestia — although there are more that I haven’t been able to mention in a short post.

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