The asteroid Vesta holds a variety of possible meanings within the chart: it can signal something we hold sacred, can indicate the home front, and can be a marker for attitudes toward sexual activity. So how do we tell the difference? Context will go a long way toward pointing us in the right direction, as the life situation will help define meaning–aspects, too, will add to our understanding. How our Vesta interacts with a potential mate’s chart will tell us what about the other person we revere, and, in the right situation, what we may find sexually appealing in the sense of this being a sacred interaction; it’s sex that represents spiritual communion. Though, don’t make the mistake in cross-chart analysis of thinking that Vesta is always about sex; depending on what it contacts in each chart, it can sometimes indicate a point of mutual devotion. For instance, If you have a child with another person, and you both find the creation and existence of that child to be a gift of spiritual significance, both of you may have the rulers of the 5th involved with Vesta, either within your own chart or cross-chart, or in some way peripherally in contact, such as by being placed in the 5th. This contact suggests that 5th House matters, such as progeny, will be consider sacred by you and your parenting partner in some form.
The best way to look at Vesta is to look at it in its broadest meaning: this indicates something we will dedicate our lives to, that we view as a foremost value in the life, that we define as sacred–and that means that whatever energy and subjects it contacts in the natal chart will be for us the most important and honored concepts we deal with. When we look at it that way we can see that both sex and the home are expressions of that sacred feeling. It can be an excellent contact between charts for showing shared values and ‘bottom lines.’ What any individual chart shows as energies contacting Vesta are the things he or she will generally not budge on when confronted. For example, someone with Vesta conjunct Mercury will likely take communications very seriously, and that includes their own; it may be difficult to disagree openly with this person, as they may see what they say as ‘the last word,’ not to be challenged. The positive side of this may be a high degree of honesty and integrity, and an individual who keeps their word.