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Sun 01° Virgo 27' 13"
Moon 05° Libra 12' 16"
Mercury 05° Virgo 58' 47" 
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Venus 27° Cancer 55' 04"
Mars 22° Leo 23' 21"
Ceres 18° Cancer 23' 40"
Pallas 13° Taurus 09' 50"
Juno 02° Capricorn 44' 03" 
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Vesta 17° Virgo 41' 35"
Jupiter 20° Libra 38' 39"
Saturn 21° Sagittarius 10' " 
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Chiron 27° Pisces 41' 11" 
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Uranus 28° Aries 20' 44" 
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Neptune 13° Pisces 10' 22" 
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Pluto 17° Capricorn 08' 56" 
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N Node 24° Leo 12' 21" 
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Vesta

VestaThe essential quality of Vesta is more mysterious and hidden than the other major asteroids. I associate it with Scorpio and Pluto. It suggests lower forms of life being sacrificed as food for higher forms. It is symbolized by an altar flame and involved with sacrifice, death and regeneration. Yet the altar flame is eternal and must be rekindled from another altar or by direct sunlight. The Phoenix, which rises out of its own ashes, is the most esoteric symbol for Scorpio. It also suggests the complete cycle of death and rebirth.

In using this planet in charts, I have found a definite involvement with sex. Vesta in mythology was the sister of Jupiter and asked to be permitted not to marry and remain a virgin. It is associated with celibacy as well as sterility. It seems to me we have grounds to suspect a mystical, transmuting sexual power which is involved with kundalani fires. There is considerable evidence that transmuted sexual energy may be used for all forms of creative achievements. The whole subject of sex has been severely perverted, first by the doctrine of original sin and later, a Victorian puritan ethic. Sigmund Freud was the first noted individual to expose what our perverted sex morals were doing to society, even though he no longer speaks to conditions today. I feel he properly assessed the situation he studied. The influence of the Asteroids came to our attention coincidentally with the failure of the sex taboo to maintain a hold on mankind. Pandora’s Box was opened to the light of day. But we are still looking for something that isn’t there, leaving no stone unturned to find out what it’s all about.

Certainly exposure is the first step to correcting any distorted situation. And I am convinced that Vesta has been instrumental in this exposure. But I am also convinced that its influence does not stop there. Vesta, the virgin, suggests Immaculate Conception. Of course this is a laughable idea except where mental brain children are concerned. Perhaps there is a meaning also hidden in the celibacy of religious orders. I suspect that when the furor of exposure dies down we may discover some real meaning in the subject of sex.

In the meantime, we have the concept of the hearth fire which, on cold winter nights, holds the family together. There is a security-oriented and stabilizing quality to Vesta. Scorpio and the eighth house are also concerned with the material resources of the partnership which sustains the partnership. In much the same way, Vesta is concerned with tradition, law and order, cohesiveness, security in numbers, and sacrifices made to belong to the security of the group. There is also the concept that in order to save one’s life you must be willing to lose it. The big question remaining in the mind of humanity: “Lose it for what”? You may find you have lost it for a mess of pottage. Everything in life has a price tag. We make judgments. We sacrifice our freedom for the security of the group or we sacrifice our security for our freedom. In the same way, sex has been used as a barter tool in relationships, rather than the ideal we talk about which involves intimacy and love. I suspect that sexual energy is also released through hand-to-hand guerrilla warfare. Perhaps our more sophisticated push-button warfare will prove not to be as satisfying. But then again, it may represent the ascetic, withdrawn religious control of the sexual energy and a sense of power to kill from a distance.

Moving from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age focuses attention on the whole question of freedom vs. security. During the Piscean Age we were asked to have faith and believe. Our faith was supported by the church of the saved, representing a complete sacrifice of the individual’s will to God’s will and the church. Now we are beginning to recognize that as a form of slavery. We want nothing on faith anymore. The founders of the US risked the security of their homeland to explore unknown worlds. Soon the old security needs took over but not with as much power. Today, in our affluent society, we are approaching the utmost in security, yet we are not secure. Enough is not enough. The need for freedom is not yet understood but it is becoming a valid subject for discussion with more and more sacrifices being made on its behalf. Vesta is the regulating force; perhaps the roots, the foundation on which these choices are made. According to Jesus, “If thine eye be single thy whole body will be full of light.” I think this needs to be qualified since the singleness of purpose must be aimed directly through a narrow gate.

The power of positive thinking is a popular concept today. Training is being offered in developing the alpha waves of the brain to allow concentrated singleness of purpose. Jesus talked about the “pearl of great price” for which everything would be sold to obtain. I am sure that it is true that a person can have anything if they are willing to sacrifice everything else. We have all had the experience of getting something we desperately wanted and either not recognizing what we ordered or realizing its inadequacy once it arrived. “Be careful what you wish for – you just might get it!” Just what is it that we could be justified in sacrificing everything for? It seems to me that the whole wheel of reincarnation is an attempt to define just what it is that we want.

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