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Post  Camable on Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:15 am

Does anyone keep an "eternal flame" for Hestia? I like the idea of keeping a flame on my altar all the time for Hestia. I don't know if it has any historical basis (other than the smoldering hearth fire the ancients had), but I think it'd be a good modern innovation. I use a giant novena candle during the day, and was thinking of symbolically transferring the flame to an electric candle when I go to sleep. Thoughts?

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Re: "Eternal Flame" for Hestia

Post  Erodius on Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:41 am

That is no modern innovation — temples in Antiquity would have continually-lit fires, and similar, smaller scale sanctuary lamps have remained a feature of Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, and Orphic telesteria all the way down through the centuries.

If you are interested in keeping an eternal flame lit, here is an article with some recommendations and instructions from the Orphic sodality:

Eternal Flame/Estia Lamp

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"O Best of Gods, blest daimon crown'd with fire . . . hear, and from punishment my soul absolve, the punishment incurr'd by pristine guilt, thro' Lethe's darkness and terrene desire: and if for long-extended years I'm doom'd in these drear realms Heav'n's exile to remain, O grant me soon the necessary means to gain that good which solitude confers on souls emerging from the bitter waves of fraudful Hyle's black, impetuous flood!"
-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
-Iamblichus, Vita Pythagorica

"Truth would you teach, or save a sinking land,
All hear, none aid you, and few understand."
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Re: "Eternal Flame" for Hestia

Post  Camable on Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:09 pm

Thanks for the link. I did a Google search before I posted but couldn't find anything.

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