“I believe in nothing, everything is sacred. I believe in everything, nothing is sacred.”
–Tom Robbins, Novelist, strong sexual themes, Vesta conjunct Chiron in Gemini
The asteroid Vesta is associated with the mythology of the ancient Vestal Virgins and both Scorpio and Virgo. Prominent Vesta in the natal chart is associated with the importance of sexuality, at both extremes, abstinence and promiscuity. It is not a sexuality devoid of morality but a sexuality charged with a higher dedication. Sex takes on an importance that is sacred in some regard.
Sexual energy channeled elsewhere is a powerhouse. Vesta is not necessarily about sex, though it can be. Vesta in the chart, at its simplest, is where that deep energy is devoted to a higher purpose. In antiquity, Vestal Virgins tended the fire in the temple, and Vesta is associated with the hearth and the constant fire within. Because of this it is most straightforward to look at the Vesta position to note what a person holds sacred, the center of their fiery devotion, the hearth they tend and protect. Vesta shows where you are dedicated.
The sign of Vesta will show the dynamism, the flavor of one’s devotion, while the house position will tend to outline the areas of life in which it is focused. A Cancer Vesta will strongly feature home, mother and feelings. In the fourth house this might be a private, inward devotion, someone who focuses on the homefront, as opposed to the Cancer Vesta in the tenth house who might make a career of these types of things, like a Martha Stewart.
Share your Vesta placement, if you dare! Do you prefer the fiery devotion side of an interpretation or can you see the sexual energy expressed as the sacred?
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welcome Roxana! definitely… perception and the sense would figure in highly as well.
A male friend of mine has Vesta tightly conjunct Black moon lilith in his 4th house.
He is ‘devoted’ to tantric philosophy which included tantric sex, tantric massage etc.
Part of his philosophy includes ‘worshiping’ genitalia. He sees his own sexual partner as a goddess and literally worships her before making love.
He keeps his tantric massage practice very private as with 4th house.
Great post Satori! I have natal Vesta in Virgo conjunct Sth Node 3rd house. Dunno if thats a good thing but I do need my own wide space away from neighbours, siblings and relatives, no TV or PHONES RINGING and just NOT TALK…this makes me happy lol I do re-emerge when I’m ready but always love retiring to my own peaceful surroundings. I am 1st house Cancer Sun conjunct Merc and Gem Rising with Pluto in Virgo 3rd house ruling my 6th house Scorpio “whew” so home is my haven. Trouble is I think I appear to my family as snobby or something as I do keep to myself and coming from a large family this is tuff (Jupiter Libra 4th house). My progressed Vesta is at 28 degs Virgo right now and yes, I have been “chaste” last 3 years now with all my unused sexual energy goes into a full-blown obsession with astrology these days (I love it!!!) I have a lifelong karmic relationship where his natal sth node/vesta/sun/merc/venus/pluto in 4th house Virgo is unstoppable. Complete devotion to his mother, family and children. His Vesta has progressed into his 5th and has manifested itself into needing time out from children as well as they drain him easily.Unfortunately this can make him appear cold and harsh – I guess that would be the south node influence again (i.e criticism from others). I love my Vesta – I’m getting a pink Vesta tattoo on my lower back – awesome!!
(and that does sound awesome)
Hello Satori and everyone!! 🙂 I feel so drawn to learning more and more about Vesta in my chart. I get a pull from time to time to discover more. I have Vesta in Aries conjunct Mars in Aries and possibly conjunct my North Node in Aries as well, all in the 8th House. Mars in Aries 14°, North Node Aries 13°, and Vesta Aries either 15 or 17.
Vesta sextile Chiron(Gemini), Vesta sextile Mercury(Aquarius), Vesta conjunct Mars, Vesta trine Saturn(Sagittarius) are some of my Vesta aspects. I do have a strong focus on eighth house matters. I’m abstinent for extended periods of time, and I’m very drawn to esoteric sciences. Recently, I’ve been pulled to start developing my own psychic and mediumship abilities, as I’ve had many metaphysical experiences, and recognize now(really as of 2011 I’ve acknowledged this) that this is my life path. Any input is appreciated!! I love hearing astrological or metaphysical opinions from others! 🙂
I have Vesta in Libra, conjunct my IC/Sun. My devotion is very private and inward indeed – which does resonate with the traits and features of both Vesta and Hestia (the Greek counterpart of Vesta): a homely goddess of Ancestry and family hearth (4th House, anyone?). I *do* see the Sexual in the Sacred, and vice-versa.
I just noticed, transiting Vesta is currently almost exact my natal Vesta (23.48) in Libra in my 12th house. I’d say this represents my secret affairs or, well intimate, creative, loving, and overall mentally stimulating conversations with “friends”. It is hidden and I’m enjoying. I’m not complaining for now.
I have vesta in my 2nd house, in piscis. I’m right if i believe that this means that i could be happy “making dreams come true”?
29 degrees Taurus 3H
I tried googling but still don’t understand what this means. I read a line about recharging through silence (i.e. stop talking and withdraw from those around me) that made sense, but the other stuff confused me.
I have Vesta in Virgo conjunct Sun, in the 5th. Definitely feast or famine in regards to sex, but I don’t have the Madonna/whore complex.
My body is a temple. I am dedicated to the betterment of myself, physically, psychologically and spiritually. I’ve noticed many of my relationships were healing, especially sexually, for my partners.
I did sacrifice for my art way back, but realized I was out of balance. Now, when I am truly connected creatively, there seems to be a divine connection. Whatever it is flows through me. It used to be visual art, then the written word, then acting. Now it seems to be bringing joy into children’s lives (not mine, I don’t have any).
My Vesta sits at 0 Libra in the 10th house.
It conjuncts my Sun and squares my chart ruler. Quincunx 5th house Chiron.
I have no idea how this plays out, though I have had many people tell me I’m dedicated to my work.
I was wondering how Vesta on the ascendant or in the first house would alter someones appearance. If anyone knows anything about this or how any other astroid reflects the physical features of a person please do message me!
I dare to share! I have my Vesta conjunct my Venus, Aphrodite and Astart in Pisces in the 8th house!
I have Vesta in my 7H Pisces, opposite Mars. Not sure what it means but it feels dynamic, forceful but perhaps misguided….
I want to share my expirience with Vesta. My Vesta conjuct Chiron in my taurus first house. I dedicated myself to find and define my trueself from a very young age. I attended a lot of seminars, classes, read a lot of self improvement books and finally I entered a spiritual path in my thirties. Discovered my healing abilities and started a healing practice.
I’d like to hear more about your experience. I also have Vesta conjunct Chiron in Taurus, but in my second house. I suppose this has more to do with the resources and investments made to support the self, then just the self/1st house.
My Vesta is at four degrees Gemini in the tenth. Squares my Virgo moon (six degrees) and trines my Libra Pluto at three degrees. The night I met my ex-boyfriend I told him,”I don’t have sex. I write about it. I’m a sexual apprentice.”
Vesta in 1st house, Libra; Venus in Pisces, 6th
Sun (Aquarius, 4th) sq. Pluto (Scorpio, 2nd)
Saturn cj. SN (Scorpio, 2nd)
I had never given Vesta much thought at all until today, as a matter of fact. Noticing for seemingly the first time that its progressed position has been conjunct my natal Pluto rather exactly, I decided to dig up some dirt on it: as coincidence would have it, it is transiting position is in exact conjunction to my natal Sun today! Astrology at work, as usual: perhaps a little “illumination,” greater integration into the ego?
Re: Vesta in the 1st, I would say that above all, my devotion has been to myself. Other people in my life have let me down, society generally gravely disappoints me, and I have let others down, myself, but I have never let myself down. As the Pluto/Sun and Saturn/SN placements attest, I’ve had a challenging life thus far (including among other things debilitating black depression, poverty, and isolation), but I’ve always believed in myself and my ability to pull through. I have never given up on myself; instead, I have learned to use adversity as an opportunity for self-transformation and self-improvement (a bit of the Pluto/Sun here, again). Vesta in the 1st is such a powerful placement– I can’t believe I’ve disregarded it for so long! It’s hardcore, but in typical Libra fashion, I’ve given it a smooth, socially acceptable veneer.
Perhaps Vesta in the chart shows something that keeps people “ticking” through hard times as described by challenging planetary arrangements. In my case, although my Aquarian Sun’s drive to make a special contribution to humanity and my Pisces 6th Moon’s need to humbly serve are sure important and huge in my life, what keeps me going when times get tough is the knowledge that what I do with my self is my responsibility; it has to be me. On some level, this is undoubtedly true for everyone, but I think with Vesta in the 1st, life experiences would serve to make this a major theme, indeed, a necessity.
I have moon+Mercury conjunct vesta (0 degree orb, 21 degrees) in scorpio in the fifth house. Actually, I have my venus in the fifth too except it’s 0 degrees. Truly, I feel very at home when I am being creative; through art and my birth chart just calls for promiscuity so sex too. You do get drained after a boatload of creative expression…I feel as if I need to retreat and take a break once in a while or it is too overwhelming.
I have Vesta in Pisces, seventh house, exactly opposite Mars.
Wow. Talk about a handful. I need to hide! I’m in your face! I need to hide!
I have Vesta in my eighth house. Actually this is what my chart shows: 24 Aries 16′ 14″. Can someone give me a clue what this means?
My Vesta is in Taurus, 11th. house, not sure if I feel any type of sexual energy from this placement!
I have Vesta in Taurus, I’m not sure what this means. ?
My vesta is cj my midheaven in my 10th house. I have Uranus in Leo in my 12th cj my Virgo rising. I evolved into a career from selling parts for home appliances, to repairing food service equipment commercially, to having my own heating and cooling company, and as Vesta was in Gemini, I benefitted magnificently from having one or two faithful technicians always by my side.
yowza. Vesta is right in between my Moon/Saturn conjunct in Scorpio in the 4th (23, 24 and 27 degrees).
I’m very intrigued by this archetype. I have 3 planets in Virgo and 3 in Scorpio, and now I see she lies in an interesting and important place in my chart. I love the words sacred and devotion.
Today, I placed an alter in my room. Above the alter hangs a Rosary from my Grandma that my Mom gave me along with a display of my important values and goals. On the alter, I have a small stack of books; the Bible, the Bhagavadgita, a book on Motherhood and Buddhism and a book written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I don’t have the Women Who Run with Wolves in print but if I did it would be there. That book is sacred to me. It’s full of important archetypal stories for women that have been passed on through generations from all over the world.
There are also two Japanese Lucky Cats given to me by a Brazilian Monk who lived in Japan for over 20 years in monasteries, various crystals, a plant and incense that I light every time I pray. Prayer is sacred, and so is my faith, and gratitude.
I put it up today, so as time flows, i’ll add more devotions. My small town has an artisan fair every Sunday. One of my teen students was showing her art for the first time, and I went to see her. While I was there, I saw a stand full of these bright, colorful, radiant hanging creations with religious images like the Saints and Mary. I haven’t stopped thinking about them. I will purchase one for the alter next time I go. Maybe this Sunday…
Now, I’m off to read a bit more on Vesta. Thank you for this post! <3
I’ve read through the backlog of comments. Fascinating stuff. I have Vesta in Virgo in the 12th house, squaring my Sag sun in the 3rd. I’ve always been fascinated by sex and romance and always in combination. Sex and love. One man, not multiple lovers. The loveof my life is on his second calling to me in my lifetime…each time, right before my Saturn returns. His presence put a halt to my early marriage and now my current marriage. So he remains a secret until I am free…but he never truly is.
Vesta in Taurus in the 5th. It squares my Ceres opposition Moon/Pluto.
Wish I had known this when I was young!! But what a revelation to learn about it now when I’m so not. Wow.
My 6H Cancer Vesta sextiles my 8H Virgo Ceres. Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed taking care of my family as a stay-at-home mother. Interesting sidenote – Vesta rules sisterhood and financial investments. When the Tr Moon conjuncts my Vesta, I usually receive a phone call from one of my sisters or close girlfriends. Frequently I’ll also be dealing with financial matters at this time, too.
Closely conjunct Sun in Scorpio on 5th house cusp. The fire was the only source of heat for years in the old cottage I’ve just moved from. I kept it going pretty much all the time throughout the winters to keep my children warm. Now I have a space for art where I live and somehow that seems parallel.
This is interesting! I never thought of vesta that way. Vesta in my chart is libra on the 1rst house widely conjunct my moon/pluto or at least the moon is sandwiched between Vesta and Pluto. not sure what to make of it… but surely I don’t waste time in relationships unless there’s some depth, some juice.
Can you recommend some books or material about this particular side of vesta?
I have your asteroid report so I know my Vesta is in Aquarius, in my 12th house.
I do believe sex can be a sacred experience and I had a chance to experience sex as something similar, not sacred but an activity without sense of time and immense pleasure with no thought of end. If that makes sense.
The vestal virgins were married to the gods…not man. They were not celibate until the Romans came around and “demoted” them into the “kings prostitutes.” Just another example of how arrogance and aggression spoils the sacred arts. Vesta is the pursuit of kundalini…initiation of the body into our cosmic jetstream; Transmutation of our unevolved equipment into a conduit that is receptive to cosmic energy (something the majority of us are cut off from). Work is necessary for this transformation. It’s not just given to anyone seeking it. Sex in itself is not enough either. Sleeping with a vestal virgin doesn’t automatically get you there, especially when they’re being forced into prostitution by those with wealth and power (the people least deserving of that right – is not half the bible Jesus renouncing material wealth?). Real vestal virgin have enough knowledge of this transformation process (access to the gods) to choose who is ready for that initiation. In the rare case that an initiate is ready, tantric sex brings about those necessary changes in energy. The brain literally changes. Anything else is false pretense forced upon vestal virgins by the prevailing patriarch that dominated when the Romans showed up.
I have vesta is cancer 12th house conjunct eros and ASC trine my north node in scorpio 5th. The north node, in turn, is conjunct uranus scorpio 4th opposite chiron in Taurus 10th and a MC in Aries 10th. Barbara Handclow has a book called “Chiron; Rainbow bridge between inner and outer planets” that discusses the role of chiron opposite uranus in a kundalini “awakening.” Vesta is involved in the kundalini “fire” said to rise up the spinal column activating the endocrine system along the way…until it opens the pineal gland in the brain (ie amrita – divine nectar/third eye)
Vesta in scorpio. Definitely sacred sex. I cannot handle the kiss and tellers. It seems very immature. And of course, with maturation, sex is not the only thing that is sacred. Yes, I would have to say a strong sense of what is sacred.
I have Vesta in… Gemini??? In the 2nd house? I didn’t expect that
Well… I AM dedicated to making a living in the field of translation…
I have Vesta in the 2nd house @ 24degrees, with sun at 28degrees Cancer, can you tell me about this?
Hi! I have Vesta @ 6 degrees. Lilith @ 13 degrees, Sun @24 degrees and Mercury @ 17 degrees all in Cancer in the 12th H. Can you explain about this. Also what are the most important asteroids that i should keep in mind with regards to love and money. Thank you very much!
conjunct moon & South Node in Taurus in 5th; part of a grand fixed square (involving Neptune/North Node/Jupiter in Scorp, Mars/Venus in Aqu, and Uranus in Leo) — poet; through different stretches of my life I’ve engaged in extensive liturgical/sadhana practices (some tantric) — sort of messed up about the spirituality / sexuality axis (mars square neptune), straight, bhakti devotional type poet who teaches classes about love poetry to God… intense inner feminine “nun” devotee in this boy body… there’s a lot of other stuff leaning in the direction of devotionalism… I find prayer deeply soothing… never surprised me that vesta was conjunct moon…
I have vesta in Aries conjunct mars in 12th and a tight tribe orb to Uranus … along with a few other trines, sextiles and squares.
Not too sure what it means….!!!?
Mine is in Sagittarius in 12th house conjunct Uranus and Mercury, Sextile Midheaven and opposing Chiron. Definitely held sex as sacred, I’m an attractive virgin at 32 with a heavy pornography addiction. Saturn finished transiting my 12th house so a lot of my beliefs have changed which is why I just recently delved into astrology. Thing is now that I desire sexual intimacy with another but Mars and Moon in Libra I feel has me unwilling to try something if it can’t be done 100% the way I desire it to turn out but after so much time and my other issues I don’t think I’d be able to deliver. Got a lot of things to work out here.
For a long time, I have felt Vesta might the true ruler of Virgo. I have it conjunct Mars in Aries and there is a virgo quality to my mars. I can be as finicky going about doing certain things as my husband who has a virgo mars, I can me highly perfectionist for being a Pisces. My dad is a Virgo. His Moon is on my Mars/Vesta. I am a daddy’s girl to the utmost-the devotion aspect makes sense.
My Vesta is conjunct my Gemini Sun in the 9th house (4 degree orb). They both make a square with the Moon in Virgo 11th house. Interestingly I also have Vesta’s greek sister Hestia in the middle of a tight conjunction of Mars, Mercury and Midheaven in Cancer.
So yeah… Vesta conjunct the Sun, Hestia prominently on an angle. Definitely makes me interested to explore the two and what they might mean in my chart.
I’m asexual and not sexually active, which might have some significance with these placements. But it isn’t abstinence so much as absence of sex drive… which doesn’t really jive with the whole fire and devotion schtick. Nor would I really see myself as very devoted or spiritual. Maybe it’s all very literal, lol. I AM a virgin guardian of my own hearth and home. 😀
Thanks for asking Satori, I read many of your great articles. My Vesta exactly conjunct antivertex in Taurus in eleventh and opposite Neptune vertex conjunction in Scorpio (fifth house). My impression is that I have difficulties to combine family matters with creativity and romance apart from when I grew up my children (fifth house involved) apart from that I can’t find joy in family life
Virgo vesta in 8th, closely trine moon, venus, rising, uranus, neptune, sextile mc, inconjunct bml. You know how they say it’s difficult finding the needle in the haystack? It’s not that difficult.
Such a thought provoking read! How would you read a Vesta- Saturn conjunction in synastry though? Devotion to the other?
Vesta in my chart is in Sagittarius, conjunct the IC. She is trine my Pluto in Leo in 11th (and also asteroid Karma in Aries in 7th). Having been confined to home pretty much for the last few years with health issues(predating Covid lockdown), and with my progressed Moon in Sagittarius approaching a conjunction with her and the IC, she is becoming increasingly important to me.
She is teaches me how to tend my own flame. I have Neptune in Libra in 1st house and can very easily get pulled into other people’s desires and energy fields and lose sight of my own purpose. I’m growing to love Vesta. I even have a small picture of her on my altar. Under her watchful eye I am cleaning and decluttering my living space, and selling and donating items that no longer resonate with me. d
I enjoyed reading your article…thank you. I have both Vesta AND Lilith conjunct to my IC in the 3rd House of Leo (11° IC, 14° Vesta, and 15° Lilith). I am a singer/musician, dancer, actress, and visual artist. I am very protective of my sexuality and hold it sacredly, within my heart, as I feel it connects me to the divine. I have only been (‘sexually’) with seven men in my life, (I’m 52), and only with my husband for the last 29-years…and I have no regrets!
My Vesta in Aries 4H, exactly conjunct Eris, oppose Persephone (Libra 10H) and widely conjunct my North Node-Amor conjunction.
VESTA – Eris Trines my Sagittarius Ascendant-Uranus conjunction. Widely Trines My Leo Sun.
Sextiles my Chiron-Lilith conjunction (Gemini 7H) and my Eros (Aquarius 2H), and SQUARES my 8th House Cancer Moon.
I am DEVOTED to liberating the Divine Feminine from her Shackles and subjugation through the embodiment of her RAGE, Will, self-assertion and Autonomy. Her ability to be a powerful Warrior, street-fighter, protector of the underdog, sexually confident, and self possessed Divine Self.
This is OF COURSE creates dynamic tension with my internal/maternal – mother to all 8th House Cancer Moon. But that square shows the profound and intense relationship between the Devotional INDEPENDENT Feminine WARRIOR Priestess (VESTA-Eris conjunction) and the Divine Mother – Emotional/Spiritual Protector/Receiver/Nurturer of all.