The Meaning of Vesta in Astrology

Vesta is an important baby planet (recently reclassified) in your personal astrological birth chart.  We associate her with the Vestal Virgins of Ancient Rome, who worshipped Vesta in their temple, under the authority of just one man, the Pontifex Maximus. The all-female environment and the power and control issues with the male in charge, give us Vesta’s meaning.

These were six hand-picked women, chosen by the Pontifex Maximus (the chief priest of Rome) and after the time of Augustus, from 27BC-AD 14, the Emperor himself. They were aged between six and ten. They had to be free of physical or mental deformity. They had to agree to be virgins, for at least 30 years – after which they were set free.

Professor Corey Brennan, from the American Academy in Rome, says, “They had no family; they were totally on their own. This was unique for women in Rome,” adding that “they were also constrained by their positions as guardians of the sacred fire”.

Vesta ruled fire and Romans thought that as long as the virgins kept the flame alive, Rome was protected.  Allowing the sacred fire to die out would lead to the Vestal responsible being stripped and beaten.

The Roman historian Livy documents cases in which Vestals were condemned to death. The Vestal virgin Minucia was accused of having “an improper love of dress”, while others were killed based on the testimony of temple slaves. History tells us more than one was buried alive. Yet, strangely, the virgins led privileged lives and received a substantial pension from Rome. Unlike other Roman women they were not the property of their fathers or their husbands.



Astrology is based on a Roman family tree, and Saturn is the father of Vesta. Perhaps it’s not surprising. He is a symbol of fear and the Vestales were undoubtedly living in fear in their temple. At the same time, men were terrified of being accused of having sex with any of them – the punishment was dreadful. No wonder something as basic as a love triangle, or jealousy within a marriage, can trigger such tremendous, raw feeling. A very old archetype is being triggered whenever Vesta is at large.

This archetype made it all the way from Ancient Rome to the Middle Ages, and today, into modern times – when adultery can still end a marriage and so many professions are still female-dominated, yet with male superiors in charge. In your birth chart, you will see Vesta symbolised by a tiny fire symbol – the sacred flame. Vesta is about the ‘heat’ which can arise in all-female environments where there is competition for male approval or male attention. This asteroid requires special handling, unless you want to be sent back into the Middle Ages in the dark days before men and women figured out gender politics.


Vesta via Twitter British Library


Sometimes a man marries a woman and starts a family, only to find that he has ended up surrounded by females – with daughters, rather than sons. It is also common to find Vesta in female-dominated professions like women’s magazines (with a male publisher at the top) or in airlines, where a male pilot flies the plane and female flight attendants outnumber him. This is the chart for Sir Richard Branson, below.  He was born with Vesta at 10 Taurus (the sign ruling business), Hygiea at 10 Sagittarius (the sign ruling travel) and Diana at 9 Aries (the sign ruling self-promotion).  Even his airline is called Virgin. He is frequently shown promoting himself in the company of women, plural. Virgin’s branding has long been linked with its glamorous female attendants, en masse. Sometimes astrology can be staggering, it’s so literal!

The Richard Branson horoscope shows Vesta at 10 Taurus, Hygiea at 10 Sagittarius, Diana at 9 Aries.
The Richard Branson horoscope shows Vesta at 10 Taurus, Hygiea at 10 Sagittarius, Diana at 9 Aries.


By sign and house, Vesta shows you where you will encounter gender politics. Situations with one male – and two or more females – need careful handling when Vesta appears in your birth horoscope. If you find Vesta in Cancer and the Fourth House, your family will be dominated by women/girls with one man – usually your father – the lone male. If you find Vesta in Leo and the Fifth House, then a baby boy may be born to a single mother with daughters/sisters for company. If Vesta is in Libra and the Seventh House, you may attract love triangles or men with baggage – the classic ‘other woman’ scenario. Where is Vesta in your chart? If she turns up in your Eighth House you may get into financial or property situations (repeatedly) where you, as a woman, are dealing with other woman (or perhaps, the Other Woman) in relation to a man – and the deal at stake.
As you can see in this extract from my e-guide Asteroid Astrology (free to Premium Members) Vesta, found in 1807, made her debut in the same year as the opera La Vestale. She is asteroid number 4 in your birth chart and she is prominent in the chart of novelist Jane Austen, who was born with Vesta at 19 Aquarius in the house of groups, Saturn at 19 Libra in the house of marriage and Mars at 19 Capricorn in the house of ambition.  Austen pulled all this together (from her personal life) into the enduring story of a family of girls, all looking for husbands, in the timeless bestseller Pride and Prejudice. Both Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bennett played the Pontifex Maximus figure in Jane Austen’s story of the ‘virgins’ – the Bennett sisters. Austen’s way of handling Vesta in her chart was to see the funny side – and to write a classic romantic comedy. Vesta is often best handled with a rich sense of humour, and perhaps that is why Pride and Prejudice has flourished for so many years.



The Mitford sisters were another classic example of a Vesta family, as the only boy in the aristocratic clan was tragically killed during the war, leaving all the Mitford girls with their father (Farve in Nancy Mitford’s novels, Love In A Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love) as the head of the household.

The sisters handled Vesta’s heat with varying degrees of success. Nancy, Diana, Jessica, Unity and Deborah (Debo) were often at war with each other, as well as fiercely loyal when Farve was threatening them with punishment. Vesta can turn up when we see feminism in action, but she is also there, when you see a toxic atmosphere resulting when women or girls compete with each other, for a man’s approval.

Nancy was born with Vesta in a conjunction with Apollo, in the Sixth House of work, and also the body. Vesta was at 24 Virgo and Apollo was at 23 Virgo on the day she arrived. Her sister Diana was born with Vesta at 23 Aries and Uranus in a square at 24 Capricorn. Both sisters were involved with men, later in life, who brought love triangles with them. Nancy was fascinated by a Frenchman who could never belong to her exclusively – and who in fact, broke her heart – and Diana found herself embraced by Oswald Mosley and his complex private life.

If you  are a woman and you have a pattern of being drawn into relationships with men who have former wives or girlfriends who cannot let go (and whom, tellingly, they cannot release) or you fall in love with people who are married or dating other women – have a look at Vesta in your chart. Are you repeating family patterns? If you are a man and you find yourself surrounded by daughters, former wives or new wives who are at war with each other, look at Vesta in your chart for clues. This is the Nancy Mitford horoscope, below.

The Nancy Mitford horoscope shows Vesta at 24 Virgo, Apollo at 23 Virgo.
The Nancy Mitford horoscope shows Vesta at 24 Virgo, Apollo at 23 Virgo.



I always guessed that Jimi Hendrix might have Vesta making exact patterns in his natal chart, because of the cover of Electric Ladyland. There is a particular kind of ‘guy’ both in the music industry and other professions too, who delights in the ego massage and attention, of a group of women creating a harem atmosphere around him. Women do not exist as individuals to them, they are merely all ‘girls’ as part of a generally pleasant, personality-free, mass of ladies.  You see Vesta a lot in astrology, too, because it is typically dominated by women, yet frequently puts men at the top of the profession. Ahem!

Jimi Hendrix was born with Vesta at 16 Aquarius in the house of groups (and groupies) sextile Bacchus – the pleasure asteroid – in Sagittarius, in the house of travel. And touring rock bands, of course.

Bacchus is crucial. If you’re going to use Vesta in your astrology, you can’t ignore the other asteroids too, or indeed any of the other heavenly bodies of modern astrology. They all complete the Roman family tree of our planets and their close relatives. Bacchus matters just as much as Vesta, especially if you are reading the birth chart of a promiscuous man who cannot commit. It may be that his pleasure principle (Bacchus) is tied to his need to have an Electric Ladyland.



Men who don’t put out – who are religiously celibate (sometimes literally so) – often find themselves surrounded by women. Why so many female friends? Why so many panting admirers? Perhaps it’s because the power of playing Pontifex Maximus to the ‘virgins’ comes from never actually choosing one to be the harem favourite. Once a choice is made, the game is over. How can you tell if a man has a Vesta problem? Simple. Join forces with the other women and see what happens when it’s (all of you) having a joke at his expense. Vesta men tend to run screaming from feminism as it can feel so threatening.

Jimi, your Vesta is showing
Jimi, your Vesta is showing


It should come as no surprise to find out that not only King Henry VIII (with his six unfortunate wives) as well as Prince Andrew, have strong Vesta patterns.  Henry was born with Vesta at 11 Virgo in aspect to the Moon at 10 Aries. That’s almost an exact quincunx. Andrew was born with Vesta at 22 Sagittarius exactly trine Hygiea at 22 Leo, the sign of royalty, no less. Knowing that ‘Vesta is in the house’ in families can help all concerned consciously manage the situation.

The Prince Andrew horoscope shows Vesta at large (Daily Telegraph)
The Prince Andrew horoscope shows Vesta at large (Daily Telegraph)



What works with Vesta? A sense of humour. Tolerance. Time. Tact. A frank acceptance of the reality of the power issues, when one male is surrounded by two or more females. Vesta can sometimes produce a very painful, even poisonous atmosphere. Perhaps it’s not surprising.  In modern life, we have to find creative and thoughtful ways to cope when Vesta is in the house. Sometimes, awareness is all you need. Just realising that you are having transits to your Vesta can stop you from buying into a potentially toxic situation (if you are a woman) when an old boyfriend wants you to become involved with his new family.

Kurt Cobain is another example of a Vesta man. He left behind a wife and daughter, tragically, when he left the planet too young. He was the Pontifex Maximus.  I find it interesting that he also used to frock up!  Maybe that was his way of handling this asteroid in his chart – he literally removed his male status from the harem. Kurt was born with Vesta at 24 Scorpio, in the house of wills, testaments and legacies, exactly trine Chiron at 24 Pisces.  The sign and house you find Vesta occupying, and the sign and house of any corresponding horoscope factor, making aspects (allow one degree) usually tells you the story. Sometimes astrology is really very simple. Just read the poetry of the signs and the houses they rule, in the natural zodiac/horoscope.



Bill Clinton was born with Vesta at 6 Aries, Mars at 6 Libra and Neptune at 6 Libra. He is the only male in a family with two other females. He and Hillary survived his affair with Monica Lewinsky, but it remains a classic example of what can go wrong if Vesta is allowed to hurt. Obviously the other factors in the chart are the key here –  Libra  rules marriage.  They all survived, and in fact Jupiter will cross Mars and Neptune at 6 Libra as Hillary runs for President. It’s a remarkable time in his life.

Woody Allen, whose chart is shown below Bill Clinton’s, was born with Vesta at 12 Pisces, the North Node at 13 Capricorn, the South Node at 13 Cancer (the sign of family) and Chiron at 13 Gemini. That is a huge Vesta pile-up. One suspects that the Vesta stories in Allen’s life end up in his scripts, because Gemini rules writing. Note that Vesta is tucked away in the house of secrets.

For better or worse, Vesta is a key player in the lives of both these famous saxophone players, Mr. Clinton and Mr. Allen, below! How does Vesta work in your own chart – and the charts of the men or boys in your life? If you are a man, how do you handle the female overload that can happen when Vesta turns up in your chart? As with everything in astrology, the first step towards handling these chart patterns is knowing they exist in the first place. Sometimes, sidestepping Vesta games is simply the best thing – and the obvious thing – to do. And of course, you can also cross the road to avoid the next Vesta type you meet. Women can act out the toxic side of Vesta’s ruthless female competitiveness and betrayal, just as much as men can act out the power-tripping, controlling side of this pattern, too. The key is self-knowledge which is why astrology can be so useful.


The Bill Clinton chart shows Vesta, Mars and Neptune in aspect.
The Bill Clinton chart shows Vesta, Mars and Neptune in aspect.


Woody Allen has a huge Vesta pattern in his birth chart.
Woody Allen has a huge Vesta pattern in his birth chart.



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Hi Jessica,
Thank you for another great lesson. :)
Loved the way you explained Richard Branson, and the rest.
I have Vesta in Taurus at 9, and two more planets at 9.
I also noticed I have three plants at 10.
What does it mean?! Thanks a lot.

Hi jessica,
I will read these articles many times over.
I work in a female environment with a male boss, this confirms my thoughts of the vesta situation in my workplace.
I also have Ceres in Aries.
How can I work both to my advantage.

Hi Jessica,

You seem to be in a writing spree at the moment, which is awesome! I always like reading your astology blog.

Anyway, can you give me an example or context of how my Vesta and Ops at 0 Leo and Bacchus at 0 Pisces show up in my life?

Thank you!

Hi Jessica,

You’ll see I have Vesta in Pisces @ 21degrees?

I only suspect that this could be significant as I also have alot of other factors at 21 (Jupiter in Aries, Juno in Leo & Diana in Aquarius). Also, nearby at 22 (Mercury in Lib, Bacchas in Sag & my Nodes) – is this significant re: Vesta?

Importantly, how best to make Vesta work for me
1) In relationships (currently single and weary) and
2) Professionally?

Thanks again. I love how I’m always looking at my chart with fresh eyes after reading your blogs!

Hi Jessica,

Another great article. My Vesta is 11 Aries and Ceres at 19 Virgo, Diana 27 Virgo. What does this mean? What do I need to take note of? I am in an industry with many women and the senior leaders are usually men, although that has changed over the years. How does this pan out for work and also for personal life (image/name/relationships)?


I have Vesta on my sun, 4 degrees scorpio. In addition, I have Mercury 5 degrees Scorpio. Am I doomed when it comes to love?


I’ve got Vesta at 8 deg Aries. How does this relate to my birth chart & play out in my life?

Hi Jessica,

I have vesta 14 Gemini and then Venus just Opposite in Sag also 14…Aesculapia is also at 14 but in Aquarius. How significant is this i wonder?


Hi Jessica – I’m re-posting this as it seems to have got stuck in moderation somehow. I also remember that Virgin Record’s original logo was two naked women sitting back to back – Mr. Branson showing his true colours early on! I have Vesta in Virgo in the sixth House. I have had several relationships with men who have been my boss and also married plus one relationship with a man who was still living in the same house as his ex. Is this Vesta at work in my chart? Seems like I should only work in jobs where women… Read more »


Many thanks for great analysis
Please shed some light on Pisces Financial Future
This year and 2017.


Hi Jessica, I’ve got Vesta at 2 Gemini, which I find interesting given my ex, who you literally described in the article, who has ex’s that can’t let go. I’ve got no hooks, so I’m not in that pattern. But I think, if I’m reading this correctly from one of your relies above that Vesta in Gemini is about the internet etc, etc. Which is interesting since this is where his previous ex attacked my reputation, and ultimately was the toxic nail that ended us. Would this make sense. Very fascinated and very curious. I would love to know what… Read more »

Hi Jessica,

I have Vesta in 24deg Pices in my twelve house. I cnnot imagine , how it can influence me in my life (DOB 20/09/1975, Slovakia)

Thank you for your help

Jessica you have such a vast knowledge and you amaze me how you apply it to astrology and through astrology to life. I always learn so much and expand my world when I visit your site. Thank you!

Hi Jessica mine is at Aries 14′ how does this work for me ?

thank you

Hi Jessica, reposting as it seems to be stuck in moderation. I’m repeatedly posting this only because i think there is something important for me to know here.

I seem to have a vesta overload. Vesta at 01 in taurus. Juno at 01 in scorpio. Prosperina at 01 in cancer along with ceres, bacchus and panacea at 00 in scorpio. I know this impacts my work and gender politics there but please do shine your torch on this. thank you so much for sharing this wealth of knowledge.

Hi Jessica, I think my comment got lost twice so posting it again, hoping you will get it this time. Jessica, thank you so much for your detailed answer to my question in your ceres article yesterday. And here we go another gem! I have the following patterns: Sun 10 Scorpio, Chiron 11 Taurus, Vesta 10 Taurus, bachhus 9 saggitarius, salacia 9 aquarius and psyche 10 aquarius. I can relate to the gender politics at home which I share with my parents in law, brother in law , his wife and their child. I wont share the whole story here… Read more »
I am reposting this question for a third time, with a different browser and hoping that ‘3rd time lucky’! My questions all seem to get stuck awaiting moderation. So here it was: ‘Hi Jessica, I was glad to see your post about Vesta as this has been puzzling me over the past few months. I have both my Sun and Vesta in 7 Virgo (work?) in my natal chart but I simply cannot understand what it means in relation to my current life, even though Vesta has been highlighted in my chart quite a lot over the past few months… Read more »

3rd re-post, as it seems this post is somehow lost in moderation.
Always a great pleasure to read your insightful article and sharing.
Would you be able to shed some lights about my Vesta’s linkages?
Rdgs, BC

Hi Jessica, thank you so much for your brilliant blog and website – I look forward to it daily! I’ve been studying this to understand my Vesta and see how it impacts me. I have Vesta 2 Aries and see also Ceres 2 Gemini (my sun sign) Apollo 2 Virgo (I have a stellium of Virgo), and Cupido 2 Taurus (my moon sign and also a stellium) . This seems like a pretty powerful confluence I must admit that I’m trying to read this to see the the answer to longing for permanent relationship and marriage but would love to… Read more »
Dear Jessica Cn u plz tell me something abt my daughter ,,her dob is 12th Feb 2003, 7.10am, India…….just discovered her natal chart has Vesta in Libra 17 degree, 8th house in Libra 12 degree, Ceres in aries 20 degree, Juno in Scorpio 19 degree, Pluto in Sagittarius 19 degree, Saturn in Gemini 22 degree, jupiter in Leo 11 degree I am quiet worried on knowing her position of vesta in Libra and Libra in 8th house,,,does this mean she will be suffering in future in her love life by being trapped in triangles!!!!! God this hurts,,,,kindly guide!!! Wht does… Read more »

HI Jessica – I am so glad you posted this article on vesta! I have been trying to figure it out since I realized that I have vesta in Leo in the 12h house almost exactly conjunct my north node in the same placements. I do have a tendency to fall for taken men as of late. Also my Chiron squares vesta from Taurus in the ninth house and Uranus in Scorpio in the third house squares her as well.


I have Vesta at 2 degrees Aries, Ceres at 2 degrees Gemini, Diana at 2 degrees Pisces and Bacchus at 2 degrees Aquarius.

How would this affect Vesta in my chart and mean for me in general?


Hi Jessica – thought I had asked this question and found it sitting here…so reposting as I find this all very interesting. I have also done some looking and have a second part to my query. 1) Hi Jessica – I think my Vesta is in Cancer with Bacchus in Gemini. I seem to attract men who need healing at some level. Would this be right? And, how can I change what I project to attract someone who doesn’t need me to fix them? 2) I have vesta 1 Cancer, Apollo 1 Virgo, Aescuplia 1 Scorpio and Juno 2 Aquarius… Read more »
Dear Jessica, This is a superb article. I have Vesta 12 R and Saturn 18R in Gemini. – Aug 9 2000 is the date that I arrived in the new country where I live now. That was the start of the Saturn return for me (that date is pretty exact since saturn went into gemini on that date). I checked my old passport and that date is stamped as the date of entry – gives me the shivers. Mercury is also at 12 sagitarrius retrograde. Throughout my life, even though i did well in school, I have had to work… Read more »

Hello, Jessica!
I’ve just found your post searching for info on my natal Vesta and I must say, I’m officially a fan! I have a question. I’ve Vesta in 29 degrees Leo in my 9th house. I know 29 degrees is karmic in astrology. What does this mean? I’m confused!

I have Vesta in Libra in sixth house. And the problem is it’s the most dominant powerful energy in my chart tied with Chiron which is in my first house. My third powerful energy is Venus which is also in the Sixth house.

What does this Vesta mean in my life?

Thank you for your interesting article. I have Vesta in Leo conjunct my descendant in the 7th and square my Sun, Venus, Neptune and Jupiter conjunction in the 10th. And opposite Pholus on Ascendant. I have had two relationships with men who had other women around – one a serial philanderer who kept all his ex girlfriends handy, one a married Don Juan. How does one avoid such entanglements having my Vesta position? Regardless of these relationships, ultimately very hurtful to me, I think I would have made a good vestal virgin, or even a nun. I have read that… Read more »
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