Vesta

Pantheon: Roman
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Alternate Names/Spellings: Vesta Mater
Gender: Female

Vesta is the goddess of the hearth, bakers, and the personification of fire. Families would gather each morning at their household hearth to give Vesta a sacrifice. She was not usually shown in art, but the flame that always burned in her temple, kept burning by the Vestal Virgins, represented her. This fire was rekindled every year on March 1st. Vesta's main festival was held on June 9th, though she was honoured during many others throughout the year. Her sacred stone is chrysoprase.

In art, when she did appear (usually on coins), Vesta appeared as a seated and veiled woman holding a sceptre and the Palladium in her hands.

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