The ancient Greeks believed that meteorites were special objects worthy of veneration. Many Greek temples enshrined rocks that had reportedly fallen from the heavens. The Perseid Meteor Shower radiates from the constellation Perseus, and is named for the sons of this ancient Greek Hero. Continue reading “5 Sacred Ideas for Harnessing the Power of Perseid Meteor Shower”
A flame within a chalice, first deigned by Hans Deutsch in 1941, is a primary symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. Many of our congregations kindle a flaming chalice in gatherings and worships and feature the chalice symbol prominently. What does this have to do with the greek Goddess of Home and Hearth? Continue reading “Hestia Symbolism in the Unitarian Universalist Association”
Hestia, was the daughter of Cronus, Titan of the Harvest, and Rhea, Mother of Gods. Part of the first generation of Olympians, she was the sister to Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Hades, Poseidon. Hestia is the first and last, oldest and youngest, of the children of Cronus. First born of the siblings, she was the first to be swallowed by Cronus in his attempt to circumvent prophecy and not have his throne usurped by his children. A Homeric Hymn from 700BC tells us that as the first to be devoured by Cronus, she was also the last to be yielded up again.
Aphrodite has two birth stories, with the most commonly believed story is that from Hesiod’s Theogony, that she was born when Cronus cut off Ouranus’s genitals and threw them into the sea. So potent was the sky father that a great sea foam arose and from the sea foam Aphrodite was born and was carried to shore a on a scallop shell, fully formed and radiating beauty. In the Illiad however, Homer it is mentions that Aphrodite’s parents were Zeus and Dione.
White Oak Grove CUUPs is happy to announce that dates have been confirmed with the church for our 2017 Hellenic Special Interest Group. We will meet on the third Friday of each month in the church’s library from 6:30 – 9pm, with the lesson starting at 7pm.