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The eternal fire in the Roman temple to the goddess Vesta. The current form, which incorporates the letter 'V', is an astrological simplification, from the 1970s, of the 19th-century form at below right.
Gauss's original symbol
An early (19th-century) variant (a more complex depiction of Vesta's hearth), from which modern ⟨⚶⟩ is a simplification