Vesta represents your capacity to be open to your own sacred nature, to see yourself as divine and to connect with the creative force of divinity in everyone you meet. The position of Vesta in your Human Design chart shows a place in your life where you need to do things your way in order to keep your ‘inner flame’ alight. She brings self-control, disciplined effort and is modest, simple, and creative.
Vesta is a strong indicator for career or calling. She represents an area of life you feel passionately drawn to.
Mythology of Vesta
Vesta was the Roman Goddess of the hearth fire. Her Greek counterpart is Hestia. At that time, her vestal or hearth fire was earth based and had no sacred function. It signified stability and long term security for the family.
Vesta marked out the boundaries of the home – this is where we live. According to Cicero, Vesta represented the vital force at the root of the life of the community.
If we go back in time, ever so slightly, we find a different version of Vesta, in the form of the Vestal Virgins. Originally the vestal fire was absolutely sacred. Vesta’s fire was found in her temples, guarded by her priestesses – the Vestales. If the fire was ever extinguished, it was said, Rome would die.
The Vestales had a very high status within Rome, and were freed of the usual social obligations to marry and bear children.
Even earlier, the Vestales were not virgins, and were owned by no man. They were the holders of the sacred sexual rights of union between men and women. They used sacred sexual expression to bring the sexual nature of the goddess into contact with humanity. “Virgin” births were often used as a way to reinvigorate genetically exhausted royal blood lines.
Vesta is the spark of fertility, the sexual and fertilizing power of the goddess brought to earth. Vesta brings to us the importance of women owning the rights to their own ‘inner flame’ and sexuality.
She also represents the place where we touch the actual BODY of the mother goddess. The role of the Vestal Virgins was to renew the connection between everyday life and the sacred, especially through the physical act of sex. There is a strong ability to transform in the gate where Vesta sits in your design.
The Astrology of Vesta
Vesta is a minor planet, orbiting in the Main Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. These main belt planets act as intermediaries between the inner planets (our inner self) and the social planets – Jupiter and Saturn. The inner planets are about you as an individual. The social planets represent our society, culture, religion, economy. Vesta reveals your personal role in creating a link between the two.
Vesta tends to show a place where you seek to be of service to something bigger than yourself whilst remaining firmly grounded in your own ‘inner hearth flame’. It’s shadow aspect can bring a sense of slavery or submission, as if contained within the boundaries of another, or perhaps working to keep someone else’s flame alive.
In it’s true energy, Vesta represents an area of life where you feel passionate, where you naturally transform life to something more sacred.