CERES

By | October 25, 2011

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The astrology for Ceres is so stunning right from the start, because the horoscope for the discovery of Ceres has this minor planet exactly on the fixed star Algol in Medusa’s head! And that really is exact at 0 degrees 00’! Ceres was discovered in Sicily, she was named as such because of her close mythological and cult connections to this Mediterranean island. Enna in Sicily was said to be where Persephone was abducted.

The Algol connection with Ceres is very strange because Medusa’s head motif is also found on the Sicilian flag. They have mixed Ceres symbolism with Medusa by entwining the snakes with sprigs of wheat. Later we will see the snake symbolism again with the stars involved in this chart. The whole thing is pretty uncanny.

Ceres was discovered as early as 1801, the 1st day of a new century at 8pm [1]. For 500 years it was actually classified as the 8th planet. Ceres was discovered by a Sicilian monk astronomer, Giuseppe Piazzi. He wrote in his notes that Ceres was sitting on the shoulder of the bull (Taurus). Perseus the constellation that contains Algol lies behind the Bull in the heavens. Ceres is credited as having possible rulership of Virgo due to its brightest star Spica being the chaff of wheat in the hand of the Virgin. However I’ve always thought Ceres also has an affinity with Taurus and the 2nd house too.

Ceres Discovery Chart


Back to the chart. Sensible earthy Saturn is rising. Everyone knows Ceres as the earth mother. So straight off here we have the themes of mothering, nurturing, child custody and parental responsibility absolutely highlighted by that tight square from Ceres in the chart to Saturn. We have a striking Yod to Pluto containing the Moon, making this a Hades Moon:

“The Hades Moon, and the devouring mother, is reflected too in life-threatening childhood events: difficult birth, traumatic separations, alienation and rejection….
There is indeed a treasure at the heart of the Hades Moon. It offers the gift of empowerment and regeneration, the strength to face fearlessly whatever must be.” [2]

This mirrors everything I have been finding about Ceres so far. I have always felt there was such a heavy Plutonic influence, but I thought it just came from the Persephone myth. However it is more than that, Pluto is right here in her birthchart, smacking us in the face full force with that Yod. The other planet of seperation and death of course is Saturn, which as we have seen weighs heavy on the ascendant. Even that is opposed poor Venus, the affection is expressed with difficulty, it’s far more tough love and discipline here, like a matron. Practical magic. Ceres in her Virgo guise rules nurses and midwives so this is fitting.

ceresSaturn is on fixed star Alfard in the water snake. With Saturn: “Strong passions but cool, cautious and slow to anger, secret and sorrowful love affairs of short duration, domestic disharmony, danger of death by poison”. [3]. The condition of Saturn is important since is is rising, I haven’t looked at the AC star because we cannot be 100% about the time of this chart, but around 8pm will most certainly have Saturn within range of the AC. I think this star is important because it shows the dark side of Ceres addiction problems particularly with toxic relationships and opiates. Saturn with Alphard according to Ebertin: “… poisoned hatred in women, gas poisoning, danger to life by wrong use of drugs and over indulgence of good living, smoke inhalation and danger of suffocation….. A ‘poisoning’ is also possible in a relationship between man and woman in marriage.” [4]

TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS

Asteroid ceres,Mercury is on Ras Alhague in Ophiuchus, yet more dark influences. Ceres not a barrel of laughs so far. “Unpopular attitude and criticism through religion, philosophy or science; difficulties in marriage and quarrels fostered by others, trouble through opposite sex, not very good for gain.” [5] Ophuichius is the snake charmer and for me it is the Lilith constellation. Our Lilith will always have trouble submitting in relationships. Lilith in this chart is on brave Betelgeuse, making her even more of a fighter and a spiritual warrior here. Ceres as Florence Nightingale, Joan of Arc, healer and midwife. If she channels her energy this way, as a saviour, I think it dilutes the tendency to smother and possess her children or creations. Ceres is very concentrated, like Marmite, you can spread it very thin.

But it’s not all bad news! The bass of the Yod is a free-spirited Moon sextile Uranus. Ceres has a wonderful, wicked sense of humour with the Moon conjunct Jupiter and will be rather kooky in the 12th. But this Neptunian house will also give her the famous mothers intuition. The trouble with the 12th is it can be a bit hit and miss. Uranus in the 2nd is really on the money though, with flashes of pure genius and prolific creativity which we have seen in some of the gifted Ceres subjects.

Sun on Vega in the Lyre supports this talent , “Vega is said to pave the way to riches and fame. However, if other influences play a part, this wealth may be lost again.” [6] and the trine to Mars give a pushy stage-mother I would think. Mars on the MC looks just about right for Ceres. Bossy, mouthy and apt to put her foot in it. Embarrassing in public yes. The Venus square Neptune will have romantic notions of what love should be. Yes you shall marry a handsome prince my child. Oh God, please no, not THAT one, not him on the bike. I didn’t mean Prince of Darkness…. where did she go?…PersephonAAYE!!?


Find Ceres in Your Chart

1. Create your chart HERE.
2. Choose “Extended Chart Selection”.
3. Select Ceres in the “Additional objects” box.

You can learn more about aspect from Ceres to the Sun and Moon in Ceres Aspects.

1. Giuseppe Piazzi and the Discovery Of Ceres – pdf “Lacking an invitation, Piazzi was totally unaware of the society’s plans when at about 8:00 p.m. on January 1, 1801, while working on his star catalog, he detected what he termed a tiny star in the “shoulder” of Taurus (Piazzi, 1801).”
2. Hades Moon, Judy Hall.
3 & 6. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. p.193
4 & 5. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.50. p.75-76.

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40 thoughts on “CERES

  1. catfish moon

    In my natal chart, Ceres and Algol are at the same degree! They are 3 degrees from my midheaven and 4 degrees from my south node.
    I have resonated with both of them forever. Ceres absolutely fits my adult life as mother and herb grower.

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  2. Maureen

    I just found out I my Ceres and the fixed star Scheat are exact degrees. I have a lot of issues around nurturing, especially feeling like I have to really be assertive to get my needs met (Ceres opposing Mars).

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