Excerpt from my latest Sasstrology article (please leave comments on the Sasstrology site):
"Vesta/planet contacts in synastry are often overlooked. This asteroid is named after the virginal goddess of the hearth fire, and gets lost in the rush to find juicier interaspects. But don’t let the word “virginal” throw you off. Vesta can be as intense as Pluto (she is sometimes described as a blend of Virgo and Scorpio). The book “Asteroid Goddesses”, by Demetra George and Douglas Bloch, describes Vesta’s fascinating mythology. In patriarchal Rome, the sacred flame in her temple was tended by young women who took vows of chastity. If the flame went out, they were whipped. If they broke their vows, they were buried alive. Before patriarchal culture took hold, the vestal virgins served the Mother Goddess and were “…sacred harlots who sexually gave of themselves to strangers – men who came to the temple to honor the goddess and partake of the sacred union.”"