|The astronomical body, Chiron (once thought to be a comet or asteroid, now considered a “planetoid” or small planet-like body) is named after the ancient Greek, centaur demi-god who was horse from the waist down and human from the waist up. Chiron’s orbit, unlike that of the asteroids, lies between Saturn and Uranus, and is irregular in that it occasionally crosses inside the orbit of Saturn. This astronomical characteristic is symbolic of Chiron’s reputation for being somewhat of a maverick. Chiron was no ordinary run-of-the-mill centaur at the mercy of instincts and appetites. He displayed such self-mastery and was so wise and gifted in both the arts of healing and the arts of war and statesmanship, that he found himself mentor to hero’s and kings and their sons. His service was of such value that he was granted immortality by the gods. Chance would have it that he was accidentally wounded in the foot by one of his own poisoned arrows, carelessly tossed by one of his fosterlings (Heracles). Since by this time he was immortal, the result of this mishap was that Chiron was condemned by fate to suffer eternally the agonies of a poisoned wound that could not be healed. In order to obtain release from his endless suffering, the wise old centaur decided to relinquish the mantle of immortality that had been bestowed upon him. He gave it, instead, to Prometheus (who needed it to be freed from the punishment he suffered for mocking the gods and stealing their fire). In this way, Chiron embraced death and found release from his suffering. |
Astrologically, Chiron’s placement in the horoscope indicates one’s experience of the wound that does not heal, (or the wound that does not seem to heal, because although an important lesson may be learned through dealing with it, the wound seems to spiral around with another lesson on a deeper level).
Chiron represents one’s experience of woundedness and the nature of the wound. Second, by coming to terms with suffering through an acceptance of one’s mortality, one arrives at a greater state of wholeness or healing. Third, Chiron shows how one comes into one’s own as an elder or mentor who can provide healing and guidance to others. Thus Chiron also astrologically indicates the ways and means with which you can guide others, as well as the kind of mentoring and healing you seek for yourself.
Chiron in Gemini
With Chiron in Gemini, mentoring and the healing process are associated with the need to be heard and understood, and with learning how to share one’s innermost thoughts and ideas. This applies to both the kind of mentoring you seek for yourself, and the kind that you are eventually able to extend to others. Lack of schooling, educational upheavals, learning disabilities, speech defects, or feelings of intellectual inferiority could lead you to feel wounded or inadequate in these areas of life. You may be very perceptive, but unable to communicate what you know, for the aforementioned reasons or because open honest communication was discouraged during your formative years, and you were made to feel dumb or to doubt your own perceptions due to lack of validation. At the other extreme, over-confidence in or over-emphasis on your intellectual capacities can upset the apple cart in painful ways that force you to adopt a more holistic, less mind-oriented approach to life. Traumatic sibling experiences may be a source of wounding; perhaps you seek a sister or brother figure as a mentor, or encounter helpful guidance from Big Sister/Big Brother organizations. Experiences such as these can evoke your philosophical side and awaken a true sense of wisdom as you struggle to come to terms with the ongoing suffering and the healing sought.
Chiron in the tenth house indicates that issues of healing, wounding, or mentoring (as described by Chiron’s sign placement) play themselves out through the sphere of life that has to do with career and/or social standing. Your profession or career may involve work with healing arts that are holistic or that deal with the reconciliation of the instinctual with the spiritual. Your work may involve mentoring, guidance, or counseling. Your career path may take you through some excruciatingly painful ups and downs before you come into a profession that is healing both for yourself and for others. The inability to fit the executive/business mold or to embrace traditional standards of corporate or “upper class” achievement can be a source of great suffering. Eventually you learn how to integrate and learn from these experiences in such a way that you cyclically reap deeper and deeper healing and wisdom from them.
Chiron in house 1
Mars Square Chiron Orb 1° 18′
Chiron forms a challenging aspect with Mars. The centaur and the warrior butt heads! You may suffer due to opinions that it is unmanly for men to engage themselves in healing, therapeutic or counseling endeavors. Or perhaps you struggle with feelings of lack of confidence or fear of confrontation when it comes to fulfilling a calling you feel to teach or mentor. The ability to cope with confrontation and aggression, as well as to assert yourself and express your drive and your anger in effective ways is, for you, experienced as a painful or wounding issue in some way. You may have been exposed, in early life, to an ongoing atmosphere of subtle or overt abuse and intimidation that prevented you from learning the positive skills of self-assertion and healthy anger. You may fear your own capacity for anger, or believe that all anger is destructive. This can lead to a suppression of anger that builds up and does start to feel threatening. As a result you may, consciously or unconsciously, lapse into passive-aggressive behavior patterns or indulge in backhanded competitive efforts to wreak vengeance on those with whom you are angry. Direct honest expression of your anger can be the most frightening and threatening challenge in the world, yet you long to learn how to be able to handle yourself in such a way. When you do, you find the effects incredibly healing. The trick is to learn to see that the need for healing and the need for confrontation are not incompatible, and that by learning to embrace both these needs you find the solution to these old patterns of conflict.
Pluto Quincunx Chiron Orb 0° 1′
Chiron forms a challenging aspect with Pluto. The mentor/wounded healer archetype within yourself combines with the urge for powerful and transformative experience in such a way that these two aspects of yourself seem to be at odds with each other. You may experience a personal sense of wounding due to issues involving death, sexuality, power abuses, destructive urges, or intense and deeply buried emotions such as rage, jealousy, or possessiveness. There could be an inability to perceive the destructiveness in oneself or others, or a lack of trust in one’s own instincts and gut feelings; in either case, one’s self-preservation skills may be impaired or wounded in some way. You may be attracted to exciting but dangerous experiences that tempt fate – until you get burned enough to recognize that something’s got to change. The challenge is to learn to reconcile the need for healing and wise counsel with the need to deal with power and peak experiences. You need to make room for both needs in your life, and to avoid the natural tendency to unconsciously repress or project one of them out onto others. Once you have embarked upon your own healing journey, you can have a profound healing influence on others who are struggling with issues of power abuses and powerful or destructive emotional, archetypal, or sexual energies. Your avenue of healing or counseling may involve work with shamanism, initiation experiences, depth psychology, or primal or archetypal energies.
Chapter 2: Ceres
Ceres is the expression of the Earth Goddess archetype that has been worshipped in many forms by various cultures. This archetype has always been associated with mother earth, harvests, a transformational journey to and from the underworld, rites of passage, and the birth or resurrection of a fertility deity. The myth of Demeter (da mater or “earth mother”) and the sudden abduction of her dearly loved daughter Persephone by the lord of the underworld contains the same universal symbolism as other Earth Goddess myths. These myths may appear, at first, to be early explanations for the changing of the seasons. They are actually wise, rich, symbolic teachings on such profound themes as loss and renewal, death and rebirth, and the endless transformation that constitutes the very laws of creation to which this universe and everything in it adheres.
On a more personal level, the Ceres myth deals with the severance of the bonds of love and/or attachment. When we experience love as we have known it being taken from us, we can feel as if we have been cast into a realm of eternal darkness, never to return to the world of the living again. We may then be unable to let go of the past, reliving it again and again in our minds – protesting and resisting the present, and demanding that it somehow hand over to us the treasure that has been snatched away.
Yet as with Demeter, who chose to forgo her divinity and wander in the world of humans, after which she was reunited annually with her transformed daughter, it is only when we can give up notions of eternal paradise and immortality that we can relinquish old attachments. Only when we have been humbled by and have accepted those mysterious cyclic forces beyond ourselves that we can be restored to a state of plentitude and abundance in the here and now. Then we can truly understand how our cup must be emptied in order to be filled afresh.
Ceres in the birth chart thus describes what one really cares about, and the way one nurtures others (and needs to be nurtured oneself) in a parental kind of way. It also indicates where one may tend to cling, the kind of separations that can be traumatic, and what one may be required to give up (or share with others) in order to grow. It can also indicate the ways in which we seek for something that seems to be missing, something we didn’t get enough of, as well as the ways that can help us mourn such a loss. As with Demeter and Persephone, Ceres can also indicate the kind of experience that constitutes a rite of passage – the most profound transformation: the death and rebirth of the self.
Ceres in Taurus
When Ceres is in Taurus, nurturance is conveyed through physical means – cuddles, hugs, and plenty of good food! You may even extend your nurturing instincts to the physical earth itself, through such activities as organic gardening and ecological movements. You may have an “Earth Mother” quality to you, and a green thumb that can make anything grow. Any unfulfilled needs for physical nurturing at an early age could be a source of grief through which you learn how to provide this for yourself and, thus, for others. On the other hand, this sense of lack can promote the tendency to accumulate material wealth as a kind of unconscious physical substitute. Loss of material security could be a transformative experience for you, one that initiates you into the lessons of loss and return, death and rebirth, and simply letting go.
Ceres in house 1
Ceres in the tenth house indicates that nurturing is so important to you that it needs to be part of your career (whether or not it’s part of your job description). This need to care for others may have its roots in some experience (real or perceived) of parental rejection in your own personal life. The integration of parenting with the pursuit of a career can be an issue that, if not resolved, may lead to the sacrifice of one over the other. Unfulfilled desires to be a parent can be consciously channeled into your career, where you can make use of your great natural ability to care for others. You are “a natural” in such careers as social work, day-care, and herbal/nutritional or health care professions. Issues of nurturance and performance/achievement may have become intertwined, and if so, you could find it transforming and healing to disentangle the two.
Sun Trine Ceres Orb 3° 31′
Ceres forms a harmonious aspect with the Sun. The qualities of nurturance and emotional bonding combine with the sense of self-essence or self-identity in a natural, easy manner. You like to care for others, and your grace in dealing with life’s losses and difficult rites of passage makes you a comfort to others grappling with these issues. You may have a green thumb, for you have a knack for getting things to flourish.
Pluto Opposite Ceres Orb 6° 50′
Ceres forms a challenging aspect with Pluto. The Demeter-Persephone asteroid encounters the Lord-of-the-Underworld planet, and this lends the whole Ceres myth an extra impact on your chart. You may feel that close emotional ties conflict with your struggle for self-empowerment, or that if you take your power you will distance loved ones. You may feel like Persephone, torn between a powerful mother and a powerful partner who both seem to want to possess you; innocence, loyalties, and empowerment concerns are asking for reconciliation within you. Issues of control may play havoc with nurturing relationships. These conflicts may be rooted in strong experiences of mother or power-wielding figures. The challenge is to learn to see that both the need for nurturing ties and the need for transformation and self-empowerment can and do co-exist within oneself. You’ll need to find ways to meet them both, otherwise chances are you’ll project the denied need out onto others and, eventually, fight with it out there.
Chapter 3: Pallas
As with goddess-myths associated with the other asteroids, the myths that pertain to the warrior goddess Pallas Athena reflect socio-historic upheavals as well as archetypal themes. One of the most interesting aspects of Athena’s myth, as it has evolved, is the changing nature of her birth. In her earliest form she was said to have been born of Lake Triton in Libya, home of the legendary amazons. Her worship was brought to the Greek islands much later by the Libyans themselves as they emigrated across the Mediterranean sea. The story of her birth reflected this migration, for she was then said to be born of Metis – a sea goddess.
Further evolution of her myth reflects the encounter of the goddess worshipping peoples with the patriarchal people invading Greece from the north: Metis (whose name means Wise Counsel), pregnant with Athena, was devoured by the invaders’ god, Zeus, who later gave birth to a fully grown and fully armored Pallas Athena from his head. Later versions of this myth omit altogether any mention of Metis, and depict Athena as having been conceived without a woman’s involvement. Later myth also portrays Athena as bringing about the destruction of both Pallas and Medusa in what appears to be sociological evidence of the attempt to destroy goddess worship. (Pallas, Athena, and Medusa were the three faces of the Libyan version of the triple goddess.) In one of these myths Zeus tricks Athena into killing her Amazonian sister Pallas during a friendly competition. Another myth relates how Athena helped King Perseus to cut off Medusa’s head by giving him a mirror to use so he could avoid her deadly gaze.
Yet, as much as these myths might have been used as evidence of the wise Athena’s denunciation of the Feminine, they also contain symbolism that indicates how Athena preserved the goddess trinity. For, upon the death of Pallas, the grieving Athena placed her sister’s name before her own. As for her attitude towards Medusa, she bore Medusa’s image upon her breastplate and distributed her blood to healers as a regenerative medicine. The symbolic importance of the mirror in the Perseus-Medusa conflict also hints at Athena’s wisdom and gift as a mediator in teaching how to reconcile opposites by seeing in oneself the disowned qualities that are projected onto opponents.
Pallas Athena signifies wisdom and creative problem solving in which a holistic view of conflicting or opposite elements (the Masculine and the Feminine) is required. This sense of fairness is backed up by a willingness to defend or fight for the underdog. Thus Pallas Athena is also associated with fighting for causes. She represents the application of practical skill and creative intelligence in order to best be of service. She was the goddess of war (defense, originally) as well as the goddess of wisdom and culture – patroness of the civilized arts such as pottery, sculpture, weaving, architecture, and animal husbandry. Pallas Athena can also represent the denial of one’s own gender in an effort to cope with situations that require the skills of the opposite gender in order to survive, as well as the struggle to rediscover and reconnect with essential qualities of one’s own sex. Androgynous conditions and healing through feminine wisdom, energy balancing or conflict resolution are also expressions of the Pallas Athena archetype.
Pallas in Pisces
Pallas Athena in Pisces denotes perceptive insight into suffering and the human condition. You may be intuitively subtle or wise in your ability to express empathy, compassion, and unconditional love; and it may be important for you to utilize these skills in your career. You could possess considerable psychic sensitivity, arising perhaps from a natural ability to experience states of mystic unity, or as a result of personal suffering, loss, or deprivation. Your compassion and sensitivity may be expressed aesthetically in powerfully moving song, poetry, or other art forms that emphasize the dreamy, inspirational and ethereal. You may put these abilities to use in the defense of some cause, especially any group that, for you, symbolizes the “suffering humanity” (see Pallas Athena’s house position, below) – indeed you may be a crusader for universal Love. Difficulty may arise if your natural spirituality and sensitivity are directed into a crusade or militaristic campaign for unattainable ideals such as a perfect or divine society – especially if religious guilt is involved. Skills in healing or conflict resolution may lie in the creative ability to work with psychic or faith healing; spiritual practices involving the use of meditation, mantra, or visualization; shamanic journeying or imagery; art, dance, or music therapy; and dream work.
Pallas in house 8
In the eighth house Pallas Athena’s refined sense of wisdom as well as her atypical sense of gender roles affect the domain of one’s sexuality and power interactions with others. Sexuality may not find outlet in traditional ways and may instead be sublimated into transformational esoteric practices, or into business and financial pursuits (at which you are quite gifted). You may utilize your creative gifts or political/humanitarian conscience in fund-raising pursuits (perhaps working behind the scenes, or secretly) to support causes which may aid victims of power abuse or political oppression. Difficulty can arise if Pallas Athena’s energy is expressed as a crusade in which power (whether occult, sexual, or financial) is all that matters.
Sun Sextile Pallas Orb 4° 34′
The asteroid Pallas Athena (the patron-goddess of wisdom, culture and the arts) forms a harmonious aspect with the Sun (one’s sense of identity and essential purpose). Your sense of identity is augmented by your creative intellect and your cultural or socio-political awareness. Creative expression comes easily to you, and you have a knack for finding practical uses for it, sometimes putting them to use in support of socio-cultural activities. You relate harmoniously with both genders and often have creative or wise solutions for conflict resolution. You can draw on an ample supply of courage and wisdom.
Mercury Square Pallas Orb 3° 43′
The asteroid Pallas Athena forms a challenging aspect with Mercury. The need for creative expression and cultural/political involvement may clash with communications, perceptions, or trends of thought. You may experience learning difficulties or frustration of your creativity in an uncomfortable educational system. You may feel mentally challenged by the beliefs, creative abilities, or intellectual capacities of others, particularly if they revolve around non-traditional gender, cultural, or political activities. You may want to support a minority or other worthy cause, but find the oppressed group’s reactionary rage too unreasonable to endure. There may be difficulty in verbally communicating your thoughts on political or minority rights issues, especially if your views do not adhere to the “politically correct” view of the times. You are being challenged to learn that both the need for cultural/creative expression and the need for communication and objectivity can co-exist. It is important, for the sake of your own well being, to find ways to ensure that they do. You’ll need to search within yourself to ascertain whether you might not be unconsciously denying one of these needs and projecting it out onto others.
Uranus Square Pallas Orb 3° 0′
The asteroid Pallas Athena forms a challenging aspect with Uranus. The cultural protectress-patroness of the arts meets the freedom fighter, and lines are drawn in the sand! The need for creative or cultural expression conflicts with the urge for freedom and change. Humanitarian activities or collective enterprises may conflict with one’s involvement in mental or artistic pursuits. Revolutionary ideals and rebellious tendencies could be a little over-zealous, with a contempt for creative or cultural concerns which are viewed as the province of the privileged. Or, conversely, socially or culturally “correct” attitudes could be suffocating, though trendy, and create trouble for the individualist who sees things differently. Identification with unconventional gender roles could create chaotic stress or confusion. The nervous system can suffer from excessive mental activity or from the stress of conflicts like those listed here. The answer lies in accepting both the need for artistic/cultural expression and the need for change and individual freedom. This will alleviate the tendency to unconsciously deny one of these needs and then “see the enemy out there.”
Pluto Trine Pallas Orb 7° 53′
The asteroid Pallas Athena forms a harmonious aspect with Pluto. Your wise and instinctive grasp of the deep inner forces at work in life grants you a psychological depth and a sense of self-empowerment that can benefit your artistic or socio-cultural endeavors. You may support groups that are experiencing or recovering from abuse of some kind. You are able to balance the need for outward mental/creative and socio-cultural expression with the more inner need for regenerative healing, self-transformation and self-empowerment.
Chapter 4: Juno
Juno (whose Greek name is Hera) is an ancient Queen of Heaven Goddess dating from that matriarchal period when the sovereign Deity was female and reigned alone, presiding over the mysteries of birth, motherhood, and the various phases of reproduction. Mythology relates how she was seduced by Zeus, married him out of a sense of honor, endured a marriage characterized by power struggles over issues of fidelity and bearing a line of descent, as well as how she went into retreat occasionally in order to renew and center herself. Her myth parallels the history of social upheaval in the lands where she was worshipped. Northern invaders struggled to impose traditions of patrilineal descent and the worship of their chief god, Zeus, upon the indigenous matriarchal cultures of Mycenaean Greece and Crete. Over a period of hundreds of years of cultural conflict, the two divinities were forced to share the altar.
Thus, in addition to her authority over matters pertaining to childbirth and motherhood, Juno has come to be associated with issues of socially acknowledged relationship, legal marriage, marital fulfillment through commitment and fidelity, and the struggle for equality within a relationship. She represents, also, the kind of power struggles that involve controlling the partner through control over offspring, or through the withholding of sex or emotional intimacy. Juno can also represent committed relationships entered into out of a sense of duty, guilt, or for social reasons.
Juno represents both the need for relationship and the refusal to accept inequality within the context of a relationship. She represents the struggle to balance the need for intimacy with the opposing need for freedom – needs which both partners have, although one of these needs may be projected onto the partner. She can also represent the need to take marriage as a sacred trust, a way that leads to spiritual fulfillment through the reconciliation of the opposites in a state of union. On another level, Juno can represent the way in which one feels rendered powerless by conflict in spite of sincere effort and irreproachable conduct on one’s own part. The harder one tries, the more inadequate one’s efforts seem to be, for there is a tendency to cling to old methods when circumstances have changed and a whole new paradigm is needed before the way clear can be seen. This frustration can sometimes lead to self-depreciation and loss of faith in oneself.
Juno thus symbolizes the transition state between old and new ways of being, where the old fails to meet the needs of the times and the new is not yet manifest. She describes the need for a kind of spiritual self-rejuvenation that is needed in order to see oneself through times of utter disintegration into the future that awaits. Juno in the horoscope thus represents the ways in which we need to renew ourselves, and where our ability to adjust to changing circumstances is most tested. Since marriage proved to be this goddess’ testing ground, Juno in the horoscope also indicates the qualities associated with one’s marriage partner and the ways in which one handles intimacy/freedom needs as well as the jealousy and insecurity that often accompany this balancing act. Juno’s position describes the nature of any control issues, the ways in which such power struggles get enacted, and the type of sacred cows that need to be relinquished so that the path to marital fulfillment can unfold. Juno’s placement in your chart can refer not only to your mate (or the way that you perceive your mate), but to the relationship and to your own behavior in a committed relationship as well.
Juno in Libra
With Juno in Libra, the qualities you seek in a committed relationship are harmony, equality, and a mutual awareness of the other person’s needs. You appreciate a partner with artistic or musical skills, and a sense of good taste – a true lady or gentleman. Someone idealistic, who understands that Yin and Yang, the Feminine and the Masculine, must support each other in order for true harmony to be achieved. It could be that, in spite of your best efforts, you yourself experience a sense of inadequacy or powerlessness when it comes to such matters, or that your partner is doing all the expressing in this regard (or vice versa). This could be a source of difficulty when it comes to intimate relations. Intimacy/freedom needs, childbearing, fidelity, and power issues need to be handled with fairness and consideration for each other, otherwise uncooperative or competitive behavior can result.
Juno in house 3
Juno in the third house indicates that communication and the exchange of information are vital concerns in your relationship. It’s important that you learn from each other, that there is a give and take in this regard, and that one person doesn’t end up as “teacher” and the other as “student.” You and your partner may communicate through lots of letters, daily messages, and phone calls. Siblings and the extended family may enter into the relationship, or networking and community involvement. Issues regarding communication are likely to be a major focus in your relationship. The qualities described by Juno’s sign position (above) indicates the manner in which you can best deal with these issues.
Sun Square Juno Orb 2° 15′
Juno forms a challenging aspect with the Sun. The need for intimacy and a mutually supportive relationship combines inharmoniously with one’s sense of self-essence or self-identity. You may feel that the effort you put into making a relationship work takes all your energy and doesn’t permit you to express your own creative self-purpose. Or perhaps you feel that if you try to fulfill your own personal expression you will not be able to partake in a relationship of equality and mutual support, either because you don’t want to divert some energy into supporting another, or because you don’t think you can find someone who would support your own struggle for self-fulfillment. The challenge is to learn to see both the need to do one’s own thing and the need for compromise in relationship as important, and to find ways to meet both these needs, rather than repressing or projecting one of them out onto others.
Uranus Sextile Juno Orb 5° 19′
Juno forms a harmonious aspect with Uranus. The rebel meets the liberated partner! You are able to take a balanced approach towards the integration of your need for a committed, mutually supportive relationship and your need for freedom, experimentation, and doing your own thing. One partner may support the other’s individual expression, revolutionary ideals or humanitarian endeavors. An interest in human rights activities, group activities, or “new age” pursuits may provide you and your partner with a comfortable way to share and enrich your relationship.
Chapter 5: Vesta
The asteroid Vesta (Latin) is named after the ancient Greek goddess Hestia, first born of the Olympian deities and last released by her father Cronos (father Time), who at one point swallowed all his offspring. Thus she denotes the beginning and the end – alpha and omega – and serves as a reminder of the source from which all things originate and to which all must return. She represents the preservation of sacredness and the state of connection to formless Essence. As such, she is the only Olympic deity not worshipped anthropomorphically; she is symbolized only by the altar and its sacred flame. Thus she also represents any sacred space – be it temple, sweat lodge, or meditation corner – that acts as a container in which we may center ourselves, and feel the presence of Spirit.
In ancient times Vesta was worshipped both in the city center as the flaming altar, and in every home as the central hearth whose embers were literally passed on down through the generations from mother to daughter when the daughter married and established her own hearth. In this manner Vesta came to represent the perpetuation of the spark of life, and of civilization and one’s ancestral and cultural roots.
In early matriarchal societies, priestesses honoring Hestia maintained a connection to this spiritual essence (represented by a sacred flame that they tended night and day). They offered themselves in sacred sexual union in order to teach the divine aspect of sexuality and the need to remain aware of the sacred while engaged in physical life. The priestesses remained unmarried and committed to none but themselves and their worship. Their sons (conceived anonymously during ceremonial summer solstice rites) served as year-kings when there was no royal heir. These customs were finally abolished when patrilineal traditions were enforced and the priestesses were compelled by the Roman king to serve as keepers of the new (patriarchal) civilization and to observe vows of celibacy. To break these vows entailed a cruel death penalty. In exchange for the relinquishment of their sexuality, matrilineal customs, and true spiritual function, the priestesses (Vestal Virgins) were granted freedom from paternal control.
Vesta’s sacred flame represents, in the yogic tradition, the kundalinii force which, when properly awakened and channeled, leads to spiritual development. Thus, astrologically, Vesta has come to represent both spirituality and consecrated (or desecrated) sexuality. This can include a wide range of sexual expressions such as abstinence, renunciation and celibacy, the celebration of spiritually honored sexuality, sexual idealism, and the sacred whore. Astrologically, Vesta stands for that which provides us with inner sustenance; the way in which we are pulled back to our core or inner self; and the struggle between this and the demands of the outer world. Vesta represents the way in which we long to bless others with the fruits of the spiritual resources we have found within ourselves, but it is also the need to retreat and preserve our inner sanctuary against any disrespectful intrusion.
Vesta is associated with dedication, focus, and commitment. She represents those things that helps us focus, the way in which we dedicate ourselves with heart and soul, and that for which we are ready (or compelled) to make a sacrifice. The things indicated by Vesta’s position in your chart may be things that you feel compelled to give up or sacrifice, often out of a sense of spiritual compulsion. Yet they can also be the very things that evoke your dedication – leading to a sense of deep inner fulfillment when you are willing to make some sacrifices on their behalf. Keep this paradox in mind as you read on, for Vesta can express itself one way or the other – or both!
Vesta in Libra
Vesta in Libra indicates that harmony, beauty, and the arts help you focus and center yourself. You use them to both go inward and get in touch with yourself, and to then move outward and commit your focused energies with dedication, zeal, and even sacrifice (described further by Vesta’s house position, below). This dedication to harmony is often expressed in terms of the way you relate with others – especially with a partner. You are capable of considering another’s happiness to the extent that you are willing to deny your own needs totally. (You revere sharing and concern for one another’s needs when it comes to sexuality as well, for through these you experience the most spiritually fulfilling aspects of sex.) It is possible that, through one-pointedness, you focus so much on the ideals of beauty, harmony, and equality that the means becomes an end in itself and you lose sight of the goal these things are meant to serve. If this happens, you can end up feeling obliged to sweeten others’ lives, while expecting and depending on others to do the same for you (it may be against your principles to speak up for your own needs). This can leave you feeling disoriented and out of touch with yourself, and may tempt you to renounce these pursuits. It can be helpful to think of your true Beloved as dwelling within you, in order to develop the same kind of consideration for yourself that you extend to others. By constantly re-anchoring your concern for harmony and equality in your sense of inner spiritual presence, you can renew the sense of fulfilling dedication to your goals.
Vesta in house 3
Vesta in the third house indicates that sacrificial dedication and intense focus are centered around issues having to do with the mind, intellect, education, networking, and communication of thoughts and ideas (perhaps thoughts and ideas pertaining to spirituality and sexuality). You may also experience a sense of self-denial regarding these very same things, so that instead of making sacrifices for the sake of obtaining them, you experience a sacrifice of these very things themselves. You may, for example, experience misunderstandings in communications – a difficulty that forces you to work extra hard in order to get your message across or to clear things up. Perhaps circumstances have prevented you from obtaining the customary education, requiring you to become very one-pointed and dedicated to your educational goals in order to realize them. Careful consideration of these activities or issues will help you understand how to best manage your sense of commitment and remain centered in your self.
Mercury Sextile Vesta Orb 4° 25′
Your Vesta forms a harmonious aspect with Mercury. The need for commitment to a cherished goal and your capacity for self-sacrifice combine with your intellectual and communicative abilities in a natural, easy manner. You have great powers of mental concentration. You may be highly dedicated to your writing, educational, or communicative activities in a way that grants you inner fulfillment. You are able to communicate well about spiritual matters and/or sexual issues.
Venus Trine Vesta Orb 2° 47′
Your Vesta forms a harmonious aspect with Venus. The capacity for dedication and self-sacrifice is enhanced by your sense of pleasure and beauty. You are able to integrate your intense focus on your commitments with the need for pleasure and some healthy self-pampering. You can infuse your intimate relationships with a sense of the sacred, and experience ecstasy through the sensual and the sexual. Your ability to concentrate and focus your energies can be used to support your artistic or aesthetic activities.
Jupiter Square Vesta Orb 0° 26′
Your Vesta forms a challenging aspect with Jupiter. One’s personal quest for meaning, or one’s need for philosophical exploration or adventure may be inhibited by a spiritual or sexual belief system that has become dogmatic or limited in its views about higher studies and the pursuit of knowledge. Or the quest for meaning may languish as a result of an overemphasis on achievement or the pursuit of profit and gain. Perhaps an interest in ceaseless travel, freedom, or adventure has, to your own detriment, resulted in a neglect of your need for commitment to a cherished goal and your capacity for self-sacrifice, or has had a negative effect on your sexual or spiritual life. Your own spiritual leanings could place you in conflict with the prevailing faith or belief system of the times, or perhaps your philosophical views create a split between sacredness and sexuality that causes difficulties for you. Spiritual or sexual conflicts could be related to excesses such as over-eating or fanaticism. By trying to balance the need for ongoing growth, adventure, and questing with the need for dedication and commitment to a cherished goal, you can avoid the natural tendency to unconsciously repress or project one of them out onto others. The same thing applies for the apparent dichotomy between faith/belief system and the need for spiritual and sexual self-empowerment.
Uranus Sextile Vesta Orb 5° 8′
Your Vesta forms a harmonious aspect with Uranus. You can balance the need for spiritual and/or sacred sexual expression with the need for change and excitement. Similarly, you are able to balance your passionate one-pointed commitment to your particular sacred cow with the need for freedom and new ideas. Your willingness to experiment can enhance your awareness of the sacredness of spiritual/sexual energies. You may have a burning passion for technology, computer sciences, or other work with energy fields. You may utilize your capacity for self-sacrifice to support some humanitarian or “new age” goal, or in support of some collective vision of progressive future change.