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Ceres

CeresCeres is most akin to Cancer. In mythology, she was given dominion over agriculture. This was an outgrowth of her concern for nourishment. It was women who were first involved in agriculture in an effort to nourish their families. Ceres’ concern with nourishment is tied to her involvement with Scorpio: Jupiter bequeathed his daughter to Pluto in marriage. Ceres was so saddened by the loss of her daughter that she refused to grow crops. Even Jupiter was unable to control her. As a result, a bargain was made whereby Persephone (the daughter) would be allowed to spend six months with Pluto in the underground and six months with Ceres, her mother. According to myth, Pluto’s hold came because Persephone ate pomegranate seeds during her stay with Pluto. Pluto, ruling Scorpio, the sign of death and regeneration, is associated with immortality through the seed. This connection is very pertinent in light of the necessity of the plant to survive the winter by withdrawing into the root system and by means of the seed which is gathered, stored and protected in order to be used for another growing season. It is important to understand the significance of these connections in terms of the continuity of the cycle of life and death. It is also very interesting that afflicted interactions between Ceres and Vesta are found to be coincidental with the loss of children, either by abortion, infant death, adoption, or relinquishment at some later date. (I associate Vesta with Scorpio.)

Ceres is the largest Asteroid and the first to be discovered. Her orbit is least disturbed by the orbits of Jupiter and Mars. As a result, Ceres shows the least eccentricity in her orbit. She is perhaps the most independent and powerful; the spokesman for the others. I also suspect that she has had a significant influence on the women’s liberation movement. The concept of nourishment has taken on new meaning. Beginning with the industrial revolution, the role of women in the home has been transformed. Agriculture has become automated, and in the domestic sphere, ready-made clothes at the mall, pre-prepared, canned and frozen foods ready to eat straight from the grocery shelves has changed much of our culture’s view of how the family is maintained and cared for. Perhaps even most importantly, overpopulation has sometimes made child-bearing a burden rather than a necessity to humanity at large. As these changes in the domestic world have occurred, the need for nourishment in the area of psychology is becoming very acute.

In the post industrial age, Women have been displaced or challenged to expand how we understand and define nourishment. Perhaps these changes have increased a taste for leisure or resulted in boredom and various kinds of mental breakdown. But generally, women have survived this transformation through education, giving rise to much creative wisdom. Much hostility has resulted due to the fact that after arriving at this point, women discovered that not only were they not being paid equal wages for equal work but even more insulting, they were not even listened to or allowed to assume jobs based on their ability. In spite of this, I sense among most women not hostility, but a desire to communicate, a desire to share the joys that they are discovering are pertinent to creative relationships. Women do not want to dominate men. They want men to recognize and share the nourishing concepts that the transformation of society is allowing them to discover. It is currently more likely to be women who are taking time to learn Astrology, as well as contributing to the expansion of mystical and occult sciences.

When Ceres is strong in the chart, the individual will be concerned with keeping things growing on a positive note. Having a strong Ceres offers an opportunity to bring out the most positive aspects of Virgo. The one danger is the possibility that there is such a strong desire to be helpful that the individual forgets his/her own needs. This, of course, results in serious consequences. This individual must be appreciated for their personal accomplishments. S/he is likely to become so engrossed in what s/he is doing that little thought is given to his/her own needs until made painfully aware that there has not been proper acknowledgement. The rest of the chart will have to show whether or not this tendency becomes a serious problem. We see represented here the mother who builds her life around her children and finds an empty void when they no longer need her help. It is important for the person with a strong Ceres to have several areas for self-expression which will in some way serve a need in a sustaining manner. They are definitely the mothering type. But Ceres is not necessarily possessive. This must be decided from the rest of the chart. Usually, they just want to see things growing in working order. If they have enough to make them comfortable they are usually happy. They seldom worry about old age or poverty. This approach also often contributes to youthfulness in old age. They are always vitalizing their surroundings with hope and signs of progress. They are more concerned with beginnings than with endings.

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