Protoplanet Vesta: Domicile in Virgo (Vesta Virgo), Exalted in Scorpio
|May 18, 2011||Filled under Astrology, Asteroids, Current News, Vesta|
- Domicile in Virgo
- Exalted in Scorpio
- Detriment in Pisces
- Fall in Taurus
What are your thoughts? If you don’t agree, that’s okay; however, do leave a comment and tell me why. Lets discuss! 😀
For about a year now, I have been seriously pondering who Vesta (also known as Hestia) rules and who Virgo is ruled by other than by dear ‘flighty’ Mercury. Yes, it’s time for Virgo to be ruled by its very own planet or protoplanet, to be precise!
Vulcan, Ceres, Chiron, and Vesta all crossed my mind; however, after being recently inspired by Emma Belle Donath as well as doing some personal research and contemplation– I decided I’m going with Vesta ruling Virgo and Mercury co-ruling Virgo. And Vulcan does, in my mind, have some connection to Vesta and therefore – Virgo; however, I do not get the impression that Virgo is at home here.
As synchronicity would have it, my Vesta and Mercury are in Virgo and parallel to each other but not conjunct. I also have a stellium in Virgo 8th house; however, Mercury stands alone while all the other planets in Virgo (including Vesta) stand together. This might be another reason I was so passionate about finding a planet to rule Mercury.
As with what other Mercurial types have said, Mercury is best suited to Gemini. There’s just something uneasy about Mercury ruling Virgo without Virgo having a home of its very own.
Also, with excitement I’m following Dawn’s mission which will reach Vesta in July, 2011.
While reading through the website, I was elated to find out that Vesta is no longer considered just an asteroid or comet. It’s technically and officially considered a minor planet and scientists prefer to think of it as a protoplanet. With research done in 2011/2012 this is likely to get further defined.
Symbols of Vesta
Wanting to get the symbol right and being too complex? If that isn’t Virgo’s influence — perfecting, tweaking, and complexity until it’s right — I don’t know what is!
Oh, and for good measure, #16 with the color red symbolizing fire, passion, and strength!
When I was ready to analyze what Emma Belle Donath had to say about Vesta, I couldn’t find her book so I decided to read up on the myth of Vesta and figure out what she sought and seeks. And thankfully that happened because after writing all the keywords and phrases (below), I was amazed at how well it fit Virgo and a side of Scorpio.
Scorpio is known for its sexy self but there’s another side to Scorpio, also to Vesta and Virgo. To fully ‘get-to-know’ Scorpio, Pluto, Virgo, or Vesta, every word (logos) must be heard and investigated because their depths are often hidden.
Scorpio, Pluto, Virgo, and Vesta are detectives of one type or another and they detect all manner of things. The Vestal Virgins detect the flame and ensure it doesn’t go out unless in ceremony once a year. And while they do this, they are hidden.
Because they understand and live a life of “hiding”, they can detect and see you clearly even when you think you’re not hiding too. To meet detective-types head-on, to know them, you must be like them. Put yourself in their shoes. Be a detective too.
Having said that, be sure to have integrity and a good reason for getting to know Scorpio, Pluto, Virgo, and Vesta or you might get into more trouble than expected.
The following functions and wants are divined from the myth of Vesta.
Vesta ‘s functions:
- training of initiates
- secret knowledge
- spiritual separateness
- Utopian existence
- following regulations for safety
- central nervous system (the nucleus)
- physical discipline
- conscious presence
- severe truths
- having purpose
- physical health
- serving others, society
- paranoia or fear of becoming impure
- represents truth, purity
- right living / just causes
- responsible for society
- methodical service
- burning passion
- work over pleasure
- wholesome foods
- holy foods
- trusting in the process
- divine birth
- very late or never birthing
- obsessive work
- minor tasks that have a big impact
- to hide from impurity
- a higher mind
- physical sacrifice
- social distance
- the hiding of the sexual self
- spiritual intercourse
- hard work
- rules followed
- attention to detail
Vesta Rules the 6th house
- Who serves us
- How we serve others
- How we take care of our health
- Duty: Do we want to cheat on our partner or employer? Does work get in the way of good sex or fun? Can we have fun at work? Doing what’s right even if what’s wanted is wrong.
- Vocational training
- Daily chores and tasks
- How we achieve comfort, feed, and take care of our bodies
- Animals that can be used in service (the Donkey is Vesta’s totem animal — a work horse)
- See more about the 6th house
Thoughts, Tidbits, and Notes:
- On May 10th, one day before Mercury was released, “Dawn Observed Vesta with Camera and Spectrometer”.
- March 29, 1807 Vesta was discovered in the constellation of Virgo
- Vesta’s formal name is 4 Vesta and in numerology , the number 4 represents (among other things): earth, planning, organizing, compartmentalizing, and teaching.
- Vesta looks a bit like the shape of a brain / skull.
- Vesta and Virgo are not asexual or lacking sexuality, in fact they have deep passion and it’s a sacrifice to cut that off until 30 years of service has passed.
- The Vestal Virgins were High Priestesses (Scorpio) and were very much desired (Scorpio) because they were so unobtainable. Scorpio connects to the secret knowledge, spiritual intercourse, feminism, etc. of Vesta as well. Scorpio also wants the pure unadulterated truth. And there was some Vesta myth that suggested the Vestals were not Virgins at one point but rather seen as a fertility symbol.
- Vesta is a the daughter Saturn (Capricorn) and Opis. Opis’ children are interestingly: Jupiter & Neptune (both ruling the 12th house), Pluto (I’m attributing Scorpio as exalted in Vesta), Juno (whom I’m likely to attribute to Libra), Vesta, and Ceres (whom I’m currently connecting to Cancer and/or Taurus). Could Opis rule or be connected to Taurus? “The Latin word ops means “riches, goods, abundance, gifts, munificence, plenty”. The word is also related to opus, which means “work”, particularly in the sense of “working the earth, ploughing, sowing”.”
- Spends the longest
- Pluto likes to throw out the trash. So yes, Scorpio can get polluted but it doesn’t like impurity either. That’s why Scorpio really loves the integrity and honesty of Virgo. With the myth, some Vestal Virgins had sex when they shouldn’t have and so they either got whipped or buried alive, underground (so the story goes).
- Six (the house of Virgo) Vestal Virgins kept the eternal flame going (see also, Olympic flame).
- While Vesta’s various symbols are to represent a hearth with fire coming out of it, it also looks like the wheat associated with Virgo the Virgin. Or at the very least the wheat can become bread through baking it (with other ingredients, of course) in the hearth. 😀
- Vesta’s animal is the donkey, a productive work horse.
- There are 16 symbols of Vesta that I could find. Perfection, anyone?
- Virgo squares Sagittarius and given Jupiter pushed Vesta out of orbit and into the asteroid belt, leading to its lack of developing into a proper planet and Jupiter sucking up the area. It’s no doubt they are squaring. But no worries, Virgo forgives and Sagittarius forgets. It’s all good in the end. 😀
- Carol Barbeau says: Vesta represents the sacred flame and high Priestess energy. She began as a worshiped energy as a Vestal Virgin energy. IN pre-Hellenic times Vesta was associated with unmarried temple priestesses who acted as channels for descent of the Moon goddess during sacred sexual rites. These priestesses healed through sexual energy as well as more traditional herbs and were thought to be the first surgeons and doctors in ancient times. The moon energy was honored for visions, psychicsm and also the energy related to prophecy as well as a time to bring down sacred healing energy. By Roman times Vesta Priestesses and this energy had shifted to the more chaste vestal virgins who foreswore their sexuality for spiritual commitment. By this time the male energy had moved into healing and much is suggested at this time that these women were still powerful but were now put behind the scenes but even more powerful.
- Vesta’s main festival is in the sign of Gemini — Vestalia, as observed from June 7-15 — Um, how Gemini and Mercury! ;P
- Vestalia to Vesta (Roman festival)…
June 5 – Festival of Sancus
June 7 – Vestalia to Vesta begins, holiday for fishermen (Pisces — more like the fishes day off!! — Opposite Virgo!)
June 8 – Vestalia to Vesta continues, festival of good sense
June 9 – Vestalia to Vesta continues, defeat of Crassus by the Parthians commemorated
June 10 – Vestalia to Vesta continues
June 11 – Vestalia to Vesta continues, Matralia to Mater Matuta, Festival of Fortuna, dedication of temple of Concord commemorated
June 12 – Vestalia to Vesta continues
June 13 – Vestalia to Vesta continues, Quinquatrus to Minerva
June 14 – Vestalia to Vesta continues
June 15 – Last day of Vestalia to Vesta, Quando Stercus Delatum (all the trash from the previous festivals is thrown into the Tiber)
- With Taurus in fall, it would suggest that Venus couldn’t handle the austerity of Vesta. Taurus lives for pleasure, fine things, and there is very little with Vesta, except for enjoying pleasure because you are in service.
- Any “horns” seen in a glyph or symbol are supposed to represent stylized fire.
- “The rites of Vesta ended in 394, when the fire was extinguished and the Vestal Virgins disbanded by order of Theodosius I” from Wikipedia page.
- Vesta is a minor planet, it didn’t get formed into a full sized planet. With that, we might get a sense that Vesta is humble and unsure of herself.
- Vesta will be in the constellation of Capricornus (my ASC) during my birthday. 😀
- The signs carry out the plans of the planets. It’s my opinion that Virgo and Scorpio do this best.
- Tarot card: Virgo is assigned to the Hermit card and Scorpio is assigned to Death.
- Hopefully I’ll have some time to come back and do a “mini cookbook” on Vesta through the signs.
So, that’s my take on it.
What Others Are Saying
Dawn: Mission to Vesta (2011) and Ceres (2015) | May 11th, 2011 News Article | Wiki: 4 Vesta (Astronomy) | Astro Wiki | Wiki: Vesta (Mythology) | Carol Barbeau on Vesta Virgo / Scorpio | About Vestal Virgins | More on Vestal Virgins | The Goddess Asteroids | Demetra George (.pdf file) | Vesta Ruler of Virgo | 46 Hestia | Mission to Vesta | Elsa Elsa | Anne Massey, C.A.P. | Milky Way Maid | Neeti Ray | Sasstrology | Universal Sky
A Whiter Shade of Pale, Sarah Brightman
A Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum
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