The astrological symbol for Vesta looks like a stylised flame in a hearth, perhaps reminding us of the eternal flame in Rome, which was kept burning permanently as a symbol of the belief that Rome was eternal. The flame was attended by six Vesta Virgins. In Greece she was known as Hestia. The Olympian Zodiac shows Hestia associated with Capricorn due to the fact, perhaps, that she is associated with diligent work with both the affairs of home and state. She is also associated with Virgo as the natural essence of the asteroid seems to resonate with the service-oriented nature of this zodiacal sign. She was the protector of home and family, never married and chose to remain a virgin. She was praised as a protector of city and state, and was perhaps the most beloved of all the gods. She was the first child of Cronus [Saturn] and Rhea and the elder sister of Zeus [Jupiter].
Her genealogy makes her one of the original gods and titans, but we have relegated her to the rank of an asteroid, yet the gods assigned to the Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are a part of her family tree. Vesta rules devotion, sexuality and health. Known as The Virgin and The Sister, Vesta represents the powerful woman who sees beyond the scope of herself. Her motivation is the goodness and fulfillment of a greater cause – an uplifting of the soul or the four education of a generation. This asteroid’s position in your birth chart affects your attitude toward fitness and health. Vesta encourages us to see the long-term benefits of revering our bodies. The Vesta woman is devoted, dedicated, and powerful. She is confident in her sexuality (or her decision not to be sexual).
Women with strong spiritual convictions, who believe deeply in their causes, often have a strong Vesta influence on their lives. These women know a lot about their areas of expertise and others often consult them for guidance. Vesta, also known as Hestia, is associated with spiritual truth and cultural values. Known as the keeper of the flame exuding warmth and good feeling, she was Goddess of the Hearth. It is indicative of personal integration, like an old soul being happiest in surroundings that have stood the test of time, where the home fires have been kept burning so to speak. It is comfortable, yet there for a purpose.
Wherever Vesta falls in the birth chart will show the area in which we are most likely to be committed to a purpose. It also shows where, periodically, we have to withdraw to recharge our batteries.