Updated: Sep 10, 2020
The four major asteroids (Ceres, Pallas Athene, Vesta, and Juno) located just beyond the personal planets (between Mars and Jupiter) are the doorways to the divine feminine, unlocking understanding, knowledge and ultimately, alignment.
Just as we are composed of all the signs of the zodiac, the asteroids hold place in our energy as well, regardless of gender. They also then have a respective role in collective and human evolution.
The Roman goddess Vesta, sister of Zeus, Juno, and Ceres and the last released from the stomach of her father, Chronus/Saturn, depicts the ‘sister’ archetype. She is also proceeded by the Greek goddess Hestia. She is the virgin goddess passing up multiple offerings of union from the Gods. She stands for self-fulfillment and devotion to one’s own cause. Known as the goddess of hearth, she was seen as the divine protector. ‘Hearth’ meaning fireplace stood for safety, providing warmth, life, and protection of all that is sacred and close to the heart particularly the home and city.
In Roman times the survival of civilization was dependent on the burning of a sacred fire. A temple was built to house a sacred flame to function as goddess Vesta’s, providing protection for the city. People of the city believed if the flame were to go out something terrible would come of it.
The ‘vestal virgins’ were priestesses chosen to dedicate their lives tending to the sacred flame. With this responsibility the normalcy of marriage and children fell away. This also involved taking a vow to 30 years of chastity. The vestal virgins were given more responsibility than women during the time. Even though they were highly respected they were only respected when doing what they were told. Known as a ‘sister’ (nun) they did not belong to a husband or father. These young women were brutally punished if they went against their roles. Most remarkable is the live burials of those who did not follow through on their commitment.
Vesta is the brightest of the asteroids for its volcanic core heats it from within. Vesta therefore symbolized our own inner fire. Vesta in astrology symbolizes our sense of purpose. Purpose carries us through our lives lighting them up and lighting the way through some of our darkest times. Purpose makes us larger than ourselves. This is the living drive of the divine feminine within. The power of our own eternal flame.
Vesta is our point of focus. Do you see yourself living a life free or repressed to the things that mean the most to you? What are the chains that bind you and did you put them there yourself? This is reminiscent of the cost of our freedoms to our own passions and devotions.
The house Vesta resides in the natal chart is particularly important to you whether you are aware of this invisible bondage or not. It is its own symbolic flame you may find yourself tending to for much of your life, usually harnessing from it a sense of oneness and purpose. Anciently, Virgo and Scorpio followed each other on the zodiac wheel. Libra was thought to be brought in through the patriarchy and implementation of marriage. In this case Virgo stands for the Virgin before marriage and Scorpio the sexuality awakened after marriage.
Virgo is often associated with ritual and the 6th astrological house of service orientation and work. Vesta rules any kind of ritual with the intention of purification and cleansing. The keeping of the flame itself centered around attention and discipline. Virgo, known as the ‘virgin’ of the zodiac is a sign of purity. On March 1st every year, around the time of the spring equinox the flame was renewed and celebrated as a time of cleansing and holy newness.
Virgo can be seen as critical, high-strung and focused. There were a lot of strict rules being a vestal virgin. This can symbolize any devote area of one’s life that requires them to take on a certain code of being. Such devotion requires attention pulled from other areas of one’s life.
In a shadow sense of Virgo, the virgins sacrificed their identities for their sacred cause or depending how you view it, lost themselves in their own identity.
Where Vesta in reference of Virgo turned sexual energy inward, Scorpio is sexual energy turned outward. This could also be referenced to the similarity in the glyphs used to represent the signs. The tail of Virgo going in and Scorpio going out.
The sacred flame is that of sexuality. The spark leading to fertility and birth. In the Vesta archetype this sexuality is channeled into spirituality. This philosophy of harnessing sexual power for enlightenment is seen in kundalini awakening theologies. Kundalini is thought to be a concentration of divine feminine energy.
In the shadow sense of Scorpio unconscious memories fearing consumption in distraction create the very distraction one tries to keep themselves from through obsession.
THE INNER FLAME
The Solar Plexus, the third vortex of energy of the spirit body is known as the fire chakra. It is our center of the self, prioritizing discipline and keeping your word to yourself so you can keep it for others.
Focus and drive are harnessed from within. This notion is so powerful in relation to our integrity and capability as human beings. If we do not believe ourselves capable, we begin to fail to thrive. Our fire goes out and we don’t know what we live for anymore. How we light that fire may be different, but the necessity of personal value, consistency, focus, and drive are a universal foundation.
Vesta lives in us all as the holiness and power sustained from within. The sacred fire protected by Vesta is that of the heart center, it is the purity of the heart that gives the sustainability of all life. This is the mastery of oneness.
Vesta rules over altars of all kinds. Also, burned sacred items like herbs and candles. ‘Fire gazing’, a job title of those guarding the sacred flame is recognized as a practice of divinity. This is done by attaining focus asking a question and allowing images to come through a careful gaze into the flames.
The donkey is Vesta's sacred animal based off the myth Vesta was almost assaulted by the God Priupus when a donkey warned her. Donkeys are representative of service. They were thought to be intuitive and sensitive to approaching danger. They became defined by being stubborn and overly cautious when their intuition was no longer valued or trusted. Spiritually symbolized the donkey as taking on the burdens of others. Asteroid Aspects interpreted in an Astrology Chart should not exceed an orb of 3° Positive aspects (sextile, trine) with Vesta in the natal chart show a natural devotion that brings energy into your life. These can be tapped into for surges of creativity and strength we did not know we had in us. Conjunctions with Vesta are particularly powerful for they accentuate the importance of that planet in the native’s life and life purpose.
Hard aspects (square, opposition) with Vesta can feel restricting. Ultimately for growth, harsh aspects to Vesta can show us where we displace our energies. Where we can give too much. Without awareness they can show unnecessary sacrifice and where one holds themselves contempt.