In the last installment, we explored the meanings of the asteroids
by sign, house and conjunction in
a particular individual's chart (2/15/54; Newton, MA; 2:18 pm). Now we will go further, looking
at the aspect relationships to the rest of the chart. We will
start with Vesta.
Vesta: Rulership, Sign and House in this chart
that Vesta (keywords:devotion/service, workaholism and sister
issues) was worshipped by the Greeks as the
of the Hearth, the keeper of both the sacred fires, and the
home fires. In Roman times, Vesta became associated with
the chaste vestal virgins, solely devoted to keeping
fires burning, sublimating their natural and personal expression.
Because of this lineage, you may note some definite c
orrespondences with the sign of Virgo. Additionally, others see
resonances to the sign of Scorpio, through her varied sexual
(possibly due to sublimation or confusion) and occult expressions.
According to Demetra George and Douglas Block in the central
work on the subject, Asteroid Goddesses, Vesta rules and impacts
the following areas:
* personal integration or daily routines
* maintaining health and spiritual balance
* sexual expression, as well as "complexes"
* spiritual and devotional service
* spiritual scholarly pursuits
* one's work patterns
* one's sense of purpose or dharma
* groups that share a common purpose
* heritage, preservation & conservation
* safety & security
In the chart of the U.S. Homeland Security's Water Security
Project, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Projection Agency
(start date: May 18m 2003; 8:30 am; Washington, DC), we see the
powerful Aries warrior Pallas Athena, opposing the fastidious
Vesta in the precise sign of Virgo in the 4th house of home.
This perfectly depicts an aggressive warrior protection stance
presented to the global arena (10th house), combined with a detailed
and careful analysis of our underground water systems, to preserve
security at home, and in our homes, as it affects our inner sense
of security (4th house).
the sampe chart we have chosen for this series (2/15/54; 2:18
pm; Newton, MA), Vesta is in the sign of Pisces, blending
the mystical realm with that of reality; visionary principals
with practical application. Vesta in the 10th house demonstrates
a spiritual purpose with the discipline and focus, once one realizes
one's path, to work assiduously.
to Vesta: Top o' the Chart!
Vesta on the midheaven within 3 degrees, throughout the
career of the native whose chart we are focusing on, this
individual frequently veered toward overwork, often teetering
on the brink
of workaholism. With the inconjunct to Neptune in the 4th,
over time, she seems to have found greater balance between
personal life and professional life, allowing the Neptunian
aspects of both her Libra in Neptune and her Pisces Vesta
to guide her spiritually and to be in "flow." George
and Bloch provide the example of Pope John I who had a powerful
Scorpionic Vesta in the 10th house, conjoined Mercury in Scorpio.
We have already determined that Vesta is in Pisces, angular,
in the critical 29th degree, within 4 degrees of the Aries midheaven.
The Aries midheaven is part of an exact fire grand trine, which
includes Mars in 3 Sag in the 5th house, and Moon in 2 Leo in
the 1st house. Hence, the watery and intuitive Vesta rides the
wave of the fire grand trine.
Additionally, on closer observation, Vesta makes the following
aspects to the rest of the chart:
· Inconjunct or Quincunx to Pluto in the 2nd in Leo
· Inconjunct or Quincunx to Pallas Athena in Virgo in the 2nd
· Inconjunct or Quincunx to Neptune in Libra in the 4
· Out of sign trine to Mars in Sag in the 5th; Out of sign trine
to Moon in Leo in the 1st
· Trine to the South Node in the 12th, Uranus in Cancer in the
12th and Asc in Cancer
· Sextile to the North Node and Chiron in Capricorn, to name a
Now let's take Aspect by Aspect to see how this affects the
expression of the chart:
or Quincunx to Pluto in the 2nd in Leo and Inconjunct or
Quincunx to Pallas Athena in Virgo in the 2nd
or quincunx is 150 degrees and points to a tendency for alienation
or a disconnect. Some kind of effort to understand each point
of view of the two sides of the quincunx is required beyond the
comfort zone to find a way to connect or a means of integrating
these energies which do not fundamentally have any affinity for
In this placement, Vesta is angular, conjunct the midheaven,
and expressing a life purpose, career or place in the world that
is either intuitive, healing, artistic or visionary. Additionally,
the 29th degree marks a critical incarnation, fueled by an the
easy passion of the fire grand trine for individuality, freedom,
fun, charismatic self-expression and new ventures.
The inconjunct to Pluto in the 2nd in Leo points to issues regarding
prosperity and an adjustment or lessons that need to be learned
associated with charismatic expression of selfhood; focus on
accruing power, impact and financial fortune in the native's
field with a desire to approach her work purely intuitively,
spiritually, selflessly without ego or ambition.
An example that may be given if of someone who in previous incarnations
may have taken vows of poverty and therefore, is fundamentally
unable to integrate generating prosperity through spiritual practice
and service. The conjunction to the midheaven in Aries would
offset this, however and add a good healthy dose of self expression
and getting one's needs met through one's career and independent
social standing as an innovator or entrepreneur.
The other inconjunct is to Pallas Athena in 0 degrees Virgo
in the 2nd. This demonstrates that this individual relies on
her intuitive and artistic guidance to fulfill her career direction
with adjustments and lessons needing to be learned about integrating
practical, technical skills where she may have much untapped
ability, but doesn't always realize this or feel confident in
*Inconjunct or Quincunx to Neptune in Libra in the 4th
Here Neptune softens the natural alienation between these
elements. As Vesta is the natural ruler of Pisces, so it bridges
schism. Here the individual may need to make adjustments concerning
her career and her personal homelife; her desire to go it alone
(conjunct Aries on the midheaven), with her affinity to develop
partnerships, close ties with both family and the significant
others, with her natural capacity to work collaboratively.
This three series of quincunxes demonstrate a need to combine
spiritual mission with practical financial planning, technical
skill; valuing prosperity, at the same time, not to neglect homelife,
family, partnership and the benefits from working collaboratively.
This will require some ongoing effort on the part of the native.
of sign trine to Mars in Sag in the 5th; Out of sign trine
to Moon in Leo in the 1st: forming a grand trine with the Midheaven
(a trine is a natural, harmonious flow between like
elements or 120 degrees, that is easy and effortless and generally
most beneficial. A grand trine is when three points in the chart
all trine, forming a triangle that is extremely beneficial and
may bring great benefit.)
As we mentioned in Part I of this series, the angular Vesta
is powerful and adds watery intuition and compassion to the fiery
grand trine. It points to a natural, beneficial flow between
attaining one's independent purpose, through fiery, fun, theatrical
and adventurous means, coupled with spiritual devotion and mysticism.
The 29th degree of Pisces Vesta indicates a pressure to complete
a spiritual objective, combined with a new 3-degree fiery cycle
of fun, ease, adventure, personal accomplishment and acknowledgement.
This integrates old world wisdom (29th degree of Pisces) into
a lifetime of youthful, childlike insouciance and play (early
degrees of fire signs), naturally, easily, with beneficial rewards.
*Trine to the South Node in the 12th, Uranus in Cancer in the
12th and Asc in Cancer
This natural flow between the psychic and multidimensional 12th
house south node may point to an easy carry over of spiritual
gifts from previous incarnations. These may have been lifetimes
spent in spiritual practice outside of day-to-day life, such
as a monastery, nunnery or priest or priestess hood.
This probably indicates that she has easy access to the work
she does, as well as the intuitive energies that flow through
her body from past incarnational experiences. Her projection
of herself in society and in day to day life with be watery,
nurturing (Cancer) and elusive (Pisces), as both personal angels
(midheaven and ascendant have an easy ethereal watery flow.
to the North Node and Chiron in Capricorn
(A sextile is an opportunity
that once activated through effort will flow
easily. It is marked by a 60-degree angle. Here we are using
a 5-degree orb.)
This is an encouraging aspect which indicates as she expresses
her Vesta in Pisces midheaven and makes efforts to work with
others (7th house -students, clients, collaborators, family members
and partners) as a teacher, healer or mystic (Chiron), that this
will congruently address her personal relationship wounds (Chiron),
as well as allowing her to move toward her soul destiny of facilitating
healing for others (North Node in Capricorn on the 7th house
This is meant to provide a sampling, rather than a complete
roster of Aspects, giving a flavor of how these energies might
the individual on whose chart we are focusing is having
a potent transit to the 10th house of career and life purpose
with Venus in Rulership in Taurus, in close concert with
Vesta in Taurus. This indicates that she is establishing
herself in the world as an "expert" in manifestation, is
valued by others for this, and has demonstrated a mastery of
2nd house issues (as both Venus and Taurus, naturally rule
the 2nd house) of prosperity thinking and effective money management,
The transiting Taurus Venus and Vesta have recently sextiled her natal Venus in Pisces (the sign of her natal Vesta). This indicates
that she now easily sees the opportunities to work in both the
spiritual and practical realms and has resolved any discomfort
on the soul level justifying earthly comfort and prosperity (Taurus,
2nd house) with success (Vesta midheaven, natally; Pluto Pallas
conjunction in the 2nd natally) and spirituality (Vesta in Pisces
and Venus in Pisces).
This Taurus transit with Venus and Vesta to the 10th may also
indicate she is beginning to establish a body of work, or something
tangible to show for her efforts (Taurus) and is demonstrating
considerable success (Venus and Vesta in the 10th, by transit)
at this time.
North Node/Chiron: Fulfilling the Life Purpose
We may find encouraging, given the psychological themes for
Vesta mentioned in Asteroid Goddesses, that the native
in line with her life purpose. As we have noted, she may
have sublimated desires for partnership and close family
a complete focus on work,career and life purpose for a significant
period in her life. This is very much in keeping with her
Chiron and North Node in Capricorn in the 7th.
That Vestal period of focus and commitment on career could have, in fact, provided healing for her and her relationship sector,
building more healthy parental foundations and connections to
others, as she developed authority and respect in her field.
This is in alignment to her North Node/Chiron conjunction in
the 7th in Capricorn which sextiles her natal Vesta.
In other word, the planets, natally and by transit, are working in concert
propelling this individual toward her ultimate purpose on the soul level and
that she has taken the actions required
to fulfill the expression of her destiny.
In our next installments, we will further delve into the meanings
of the aspects and current transits to the remaining three
key Asteroid Goddess (Juno, Ceres and Pallas Athena), and how
they impact this natal chart.
about the Asteroid Goddesses and their interpretation
By Demetra George: Asteroid Goddesses (also by Douglas Bloch)
*Asteroid Goddess Report Writer- Astrolabe (also by Douglas Bloch