I originally wrote a version of this post in May 2012, about the Virgoan qualities of the Feminine, and had a strong intuitive nudge that it was time for an update.
She speaks. Her medicine must be needed even more right about now. No big surprise, eh?
In ancient Rome, these qualities were symbolized and embodied by the Vestal Priestesses, keepers of the flame, and Vesta-Hestia — the heart and hearth fire at the center of everything.
Other traditions also knew and made a point of honoring and tending these qualities, this powerful essence, by different names. Priestesses of Bhrìghde, for instance, kept the flame, too.
Vestal Virgo Qualities – Mono-dimensional, and More Graceful Expressions
In traditional ‘surface-level’ astrology, Virgo is associated with ‘being detail oriented’, fastidious, and organized, at best; and nit-picky, crushingly critical, and even a wee bit (or big bit) of a hypochondriac in the shadow-expression.
Having lived with a variety of Virgos throughout my life — Virgo Risings, Virgo Suns, Virgo Moons — I’ve experienced those Virgo traits up close and personal.
Also, those of us born in the mid-Sixties with the Uranus-Pluto Conjunction in Virgo have a particular sort of ‘wiring’ (or the potential) for transformative Virgo magic. (Your unique type of magic depends on the various facets in your astro-blueprint.)
As with all in Life and Wisdom, there is something richer — something more intricate and wondrous in its untapped potential — when we dive below the surface.
Virgo is considered to be ruled by the Mercury-Hermes archetype — associated with ritual magic and the magic of the Word. An interesting clue is found in the notion that where Hestia’s fire burned within a temple, a statue of Mercury-Hermes stood just outside the temple’s doors, hinting at a connection between the two.
Occasionally, some astro-peeps assign Chiron to Virgo as a dominant archetype — the potential of the Wounded Healer (which requires healing first one’s self!).
But to me, Hestia — called Vesta by the Romans, and one of the oldest of Goddesses — shines some light on Virgo Wisdom.
It makes perfect sense, and gives a greater depth of meaning, to the Virgo gifts we have available to us.
If you have prominent Virgo – Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and/or chart ruler in Virgo particularly – there is always the opportunity to check in on whether you’re being the nitpicky, crushingly critical or negative, and possibly hypochondriac Virgo, or are ready to take it up a notch and embrace a higher Virgo magic.
Again, those of us born in the mid-Sixties with the Uranus-Pluto in Virgo conjunction have a particular type of Virgo magic to share with the world. Interestingly, the first batch of us are currently having our Chiron Returns (those of us with Chiron at 8 degrees Pisces had 3 Chiron Returns and a 4th close call, so really got activated in recent years!).
(Read these Sophia’s Children musings about those Life Milestones and Phoenixing GenXers and other soul-group activations.)
A lesser-known fact about Virgo is that it also relates to the archetype of the Vestal Virgin Priestesses — the famed and highly respected Priestesses of the Goddess Vesta who tended the sacred flame and other important things in the Roman Empire.
Remember that ‘virgin’ also meant sovereign – whole unto herself – as well as “untouched by man.”
In the ancient Greek culture, the flame of Hestia burned within every temple, city center, and home.
There is much to share, because Hestia-Vesta is an absolutely vital facet and archetype of the Feminine needing to be reclaimed in these times of great transformation.
Given that Sophia’s Children is dedicated to the remembering and re-emergence of the mysteries, initiations, and practices of the Via Feminina, there posts exploring many facets of the Feminine here – the Inner Way of Magdalene, the media-oracle Feminine, and many more.
In the meanwhile, suffice it to say that Hestia (a.k.a. Vesta, Bhrighde, etc.) represents our very core of Wisdom, individually and collectively. Our Divine Spark.
For those who feel called (or just intrigued), you can begin to learn more about how Virgo-Vesta-Hestia weaves into your essence by looking to see where Virgo and the asteroids Vesta and Hestia are located in your astro-charts.
These are some of the shiny breadcrumbs we can follow to the core of our own soul-essence and heart-purpose.
See, if we’re not honoring Hestia-Vesta – and tending the inner hearth-flame – we will not be acting or expressing wisely or truly in the world.
What’s more, if we’re not honoring Hestia-Vesta — and this is more vital for some of us than others — we’ll run smack dab into the brick wall going a thousand miles an hour. Trust me on this one — that ‘splat’ takes a lotta time to recover from.
The Vestal priestesses tended an actual flame at the center of Rome as a symbolic gesture, to keep ‘front and center’ the reminder of tending the Flame (the priestesses and later nuns of Bhrìghde in Celtic lands did the very same).
As ‘Keepers of the Flame’, they were really the devoted tenders of the Feminine Soul — the wellbeing and habits of wild bounty — in the collective and the community.
Even the very macho, War-and-Empire-driven Romans recognized that this was essential to the ultimate wellbeing of the whole civilization, much less the community and individuals in it.
Key themes to play with as you awaken and move through the day: discernment, devotion, introspection, sacred tending, and a core integrity inspired by the sacred. The Inner Way symbolized by Mary Magdalene.
Have you felt these energies and themes calling to you over this year so far?
How do you answer the call and cultivate the remembering of your inner Feminina?
Spark ‘bold stirrings’ as you orient into the coming months and year:
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Lots of love,
Featured image credit: Spirals in Nature. PD-CC image courtesy of Schrista.
October 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm
I love what you write and I wonder myself If Hestia is going to cooperate with her brother Poseidon and her father Cronus who are both in water signs right now. Our beautiful Aphrodite in Virgo may also bring abundance to many of us and may she do it for all in need…and we know so well that there are many out there. Thank you Jamie for one more beautiful post. love and light
October 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm
Thank you, Marinela. Yes, indeed – may it be so that these energies are cooperating with one another and shining the blessing-juju! Right now in transit, the asteroid Vesta is at 24 Gemini and asteroid Hestia is at 13 Libra — and of course, each of us can check our astro charts to see where these are natally. (In my chart, Hestia is conjunct my moon in early Gemini and they’re trining natal Vesta at 0 Libra. Plus, Vesta is conjunct ASC in my solar return!). How about you – how do Hestia and Vesta express in your chart? More on Hestia-Vesta and their archetype-cohorts soon. xoxo Love, Jamie
October 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm
“When people ask, Where have you been these past twenty years, why dont you come out very often? I say, I’ve been in my cave underground, working, writing, caring for la familia…. but stay tuned… there will be sightings.” – clarissa pinkola estes
” Reminders to walk my Authentic Way — that I’m not here to conform to a status quo that holds no meaning for me”. – Jamie walters.
October 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm
You’re welcome, Ashley. Thanks for visiting. 🙂 The Clarissa Pinkola-Estes quotation you’ve shared is *perfectly* Hestia-Vesta in her Hearth & Home expression. I love that quote (probably because it suits me to a T! 🙂 Lots of love, Jamie
October 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm
Wonderfully stated, Jamie. And, Ashley, I love the Pinkola-Estes quote as well. It is so what I’m about right now too.
October 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm
Thank you, Barbara. We’ve both been in the Hestia-Vesta Zone, so have been experiencing her deeply. 🙂
October 6, 2012 at 3:50 am
I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it via Bing. You’ve made my day. Thx again!
October 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm
Thank you, Anni ~ I’m glad you enjoyed the post (it’s nice to find what we’re looking for!). xoxo, Jamie
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October 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Thanks for visiting Sophia’s Children, Andrea, and for taking the time to post — and share — the blog entry. Blessings, Jamie
October 13, 2012 at 2:31 am
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May 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm
I have this dream from childhood that made such an impact on me, that i vividly remember it from more than 20 years ago.
In the dream I am flying, and flying fast. Almosy uncontrollably fast…most of the flying occurs down narrow passageways between two brick walls. As soon as I come close to a wall I immediately turn just in time to miss hitting the wall. That is until I run smack into one of the walls head on. No turn. At this very moment I am jolted out of my dream by my body hitting the floor in my room. I rise up off the floor, get back in the bed and go back to sleep. I have never again dreamt that dream. I do however have others that reoccur.
Your comment about the asteroids Hestia (which feels so familiar) and Vestia and traveling 1000 mph in to a brick wall immediately reminded of my dream. How do I find out about these asteroids in my chart? I am intrigued.
May 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm
Greetings – welcome to the conversation. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that dream; seems like you were traveling, perhaps? Yes, the asteroids can be ‘shiny breadcrumb’ clues, particularly those that we feel a strong resonance with and/or those that are situated prominently in the astro natal chart. They can be clues to our own individual ‘mythology’ if you will (purpose/dharma aligned).
To find them in your chart … if you’re familiar with some, you can include them in a chart (like the extended chart selection option at astro.com) or have someone run an initial chart for you and start there. I’d be happy to run a quick astro chart for you with a selection of asteroids I often include (though I may track others when working with a client).
You can email me directly re the latter (running a quick chart for you with a selection of asteroids) – jwalters ‘at’ ivysea ‘dot’ com.
Several Sophia’s Children posts include asteroid references … Chariklo is a recent one, if you haven’t seen it.
May 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm
Thank you. I will read more posts.
May 8, 2014 at 11:11 pm
p.s. Here’s the link for the post on Chariklo (Chiron’s Feminine complement, the feminine healer …):