First and Last: A Devotional for Hestia

Edited by Terence P. Ward
Price: $12.99
Publication Date: 4 April 2017
Place of Publication: Asheville, North Carolina
ISBN: 978-1544055886
Pages: 218 pp
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5″ x 8″

She is the First, and She is the Last.

Eldest and Youngest Child of Heaven and Earth.

The Hearth at the Center of Creation.

Few myths and rites for Hestia survive from the classical world. A Goddess primarily of the domestic sphere, She was so central to ancient beliefs and practices that the Greeks actually wrote down very little about Her. She simply Was.

And Is.

And so we come to the purpose of this anthology: not just to present ancient material about the Goddess, but, more importantly, to fill in the gaps in belief, practice, and understanding which were not handed down through the intervening millennia. Within these pages, Her devotees recreate Her worship, craft new devotional practices, write new hymns and songs and even myths, develop new recipes, and create new artwork in Her honor.

Hestia remains highly revered and respected, and new devotees are finding their way to Her. As in ancient days, she receives both the least and greatest of offerings. May she never be forgotten.

First and Last can be purchased in paperback format through Amazon, and through Barnes and Noble. All of the proceeds from First and Last – as well as many of the other volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina series – will be used to help promote the revival of the worship of the Greek and Egyptian Gods, with a portion of the proceeds given to a worthy charitable organization in their name.  So, not only will you be getting a wonderful book about the modern worship of Hestia – but your money will be going to do good work and help the revival of ancient polytheistic religions.

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Prytaneum by Devon Power… 3

Dedication … 4

Introduction by Terentios Poseidonides (Terence P. Ward) … 10

From the Desk of the Editor-in-Chief by Rebecca Buchanan … 12

First and Last by Jennifer Lawrence … 13

Musings on Hestia by Merit Brokaw … 15

An Offering to Hestia by Alexeigynaix … 21

Hymn to Hestia VI by Rebecca Buchanan … 22

For Hestia, on the roads by Terentios Poseidonides … 23

A Ritual for Hestia: Home Blessing by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 24

Wanderer’s Hymn by Allie Hayes … 28

Invocation to Hestia by Jay Logan … 29

A Call to Hestia by Tina Georgitsis … 31

Ἑστία ἐστι by Edward P. Butler … 33

Hearth and Fire by Chelsea Luellon Bolton … 47

The Tale of Erinna and Philôn by Rebecca Buchanan … 51

Invocation by Frederic Lord Leighton … 58

The First of February by Eric Paul Shaffer … 59

Hestia’s Tale by Merit Brokaw … 61

Forever My Own by Gerri Leen … 84

Queen of Hearth and Home I by Kathy Mac … 86

The Sacred Fire by David W. Landrum … 87

The Bath of Hestia by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 100

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Hestia, Hospitality, and Interstate Relations in Classical Athens by Nicholas D. Cross … 102

Hestia of the Campfire by Lyssa Little Bear … 118

Prayer for a Peaceful Home by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 119

Gluten-Free Italian Spaghetti Meatballs by Alexeigynaix … 120

To Hestia on Her Birth-Feast by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 123

Hymn to Hestia by Jessica Orlando and Peter Ringo … 124

Queen of Hearth and Home II by Kathy Mac … 128

Salmon Dorie Recipe: An Offering for Hestia by Sparrow … 129

Hestia’s Domestic Bliss by Verónica Pamoukaghlián … 131

An Unusual Holiday for Hestia in Roman Egypt by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 133

Hestia’s Colors by Rachel Iriswings … 142

To Hestia by  Karen Salvati Harper … 144

Hestia, First and Last by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 146

Hymn to Hestia by Leni Hester … 148

In Praise of Hestia by Lyssa Little Bear … 149

Hearthsong by Jason Ross Inczauskis … 150

Darkness Bright by Jay Logan … 152

Goddess of Little Renown, But Lasting Prominence by Elani Temperance … 154

Hestia of the Flame by Amanda Artemisia Forrester … 169

Hestia … 171

A Tale of Vanity and Modesty: My Covering Story by Lyssa Little Bear … 172

Prayer to Hestia by Merit Brokaw … 176

The Hearth as Witness by Gerri Leen … 178

Hestia, The Heart of the Cosmic Order by Ann Hatzakis … 180

Hymn to the Fire of Naukratis by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus … 184

Haikus for Hestia by Rebecca Buchanan … 187

Hestia: An Acrostic by T.J. O’Hare … 188

O Keeper of the Flame by Lyssa Little Bear … 189

In Honour of Hestia by Ariadni Rainbird … 190

To Hestia by Jessi Robinson … 191

Prayer to Hestia, To Be Spoken By the Dying by Alexeigynaix … 192

The First and the Last by Sparrow … 193

Hestia by Laurie Goodhart … 195

Appendix A: Epithets of Hestia compiled by Chelsea Luellon Bolton … 196

Appendix B: Public Domain Hymns to Hestia … 198

Appendix C: Our Contributors … 200

Appendix D: About Bibliotheca Alexandrina — Current Titles — Forthcoming Titles … 213