Posts filed under ‘Fire’

Vesta and the Phallus of Fire

What we know about the Vestals, that is, Vesta’s priestesses, amd one preserved myth make it clear that the goddess, who was the center, heart and foundation of ancient Rome, was an androgynous goddess-god.

Continue Reading April 11, 2010 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Vesta and the Circle of Fire

Vesta was the holy Fire on the hearth, not only in the private houses, but also in her round house, aedes Vestae, too holy to be consecrated. The symbol of the center being so important I discuss how our ancestors developed the circle, our earliest abstract symbol ,and found its center.

Continue Reading April 2, 2010 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Fire and Why Potters Made Useless Combs of Pottery

Fire transforms the fragile clay object into a nearly indestructible container. In the same way as the jar contains water or cereal, the future mother is a container. Thus, when the potter combs her vases or decorates them with combs or makes useless combs of pottery for the dead, she at the same time symbolizes the Goddess who combs her flaxen hair of nettles and will transform the dead in her womb like the fire transforms the fragile clay into a durable jar.

Continue Reading March 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment


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