Ceres Meaning & Persephone Syndrome


What does Ceres mean in Astrology? Dark goddess Ceres was discovered in Sicily in 1801. The new planet was named after the Roman grain goddess because of her close mythological and cult connections to this Mediterranean island. Enna in Sicily was said to be where Proserpina was abducted by Pluto, who apparently flew out of the volcano, Mount Etna. (The Greek versions are Persephone, her mother Demeter and her nasty uncle Hades, god of the underworld.)

There are some very interesting synchronicities. When Ceres was discovered she was exactly, and I really mean exactly in alignment with fixed star Algol by 0 degrees 00’! The Algol connection with Ceres is all the stranger because Medusa’s head is also found on the Sicilian flag.

The Sicilians have mixed Ceres symbolism with Medusa by entwining the snakes with sprigs of wheat. Therefore there must be some esoteric connection between Medusa and Ceres. Later we will see the snake symbolism again with the stars involved in Ceres’ discovery chart.

Below I present the YouTube Version of this post.

Ceres was discovered at 8pm on the very 1st day of the 19th century. [1] For 50 years Ceres was actually classified as the 8th planet until the rest of the asteroids started to be discovered in 1851. The discoverer of Ceres, a Sicilian monk and astronomer, Giuseppe Piazzi wrote in his notes that Ceres was sitting on the shoulder of the bull (Taurus).

Algol was at 23º Taurus in the 1800’s. Ceres has a great affinity to the sign of Virgo due to the Virgo constellation’s brightest star Spica being the chaff of wheat in the hand of the Virgin. As we have seen in my rundown of the Virgo decans, the Persephone theme is very strong.

Darling Persephone is Ceres’ beloved daughter Kore, as she was known before Pluto ‘took’ her. Ceres’s themes are far more complex than simply ‘Earth Mother’. Unfortunately, this expression is so over-used that it just conjures up images of hippie chicks with buggies full of babies and organic vegetables. Ceres is far more social than that (Like Jupiter and Saturn).

Remember Ceres comes between Mars and Jupiter so it’s not really a personal planet, nor is it just another mummy moon. Another problem with the ‘Grain-goddess’ brand is that it seems very one dimensional. I mean it’s bread right? How complex can buns get?

You cannot look at Ceres in isolation because she really comes in a trio with Pluto and Eris, both mythologically and in the story of her reclassification as a dwarf planet. But I will come back to the simplicity of the Earth Mother because it’s so simple and obvious that we can overlook it’s importance.

Ceres & The Persephone Myth & Kore

So Ceres is not just sun kissed, golden fields of corn. In fact this being Darkstar of course we must look at Ceres’ dark shadow, and like all the planets she has one! The Persephone myth is integral to Ceres’ meaning, as Robert Graves believes Persephone is the younger self of Demeter (Ceres). Before Persephone’s abduction she was the maiden/virgin Kore and after her abduction she was named Persephone. In terms of astrology we can say that that Ceres could signify the maiden Persephone and Eris the post-abducted Persephone. We could also play around with the triple goddess and say that;

Ceres/Kore = Maiden
Eris/Persephone Sotiera = Saviour maiden/mother
Pluto/Ceres = Crone

Ceres is about natural law and the cycles of life. The three dwarf planets are really a transformation based on the seasonal changes. The mourning that Ceres suffered at the loss of her daughter Persephone (or her own childhood/virginity) is mirrored in the infertile winter season.

Hades for the Greeks was also the god of riches and deep in the underworld we find gold if we go deep enough. It is interesting death is associated with these buried treasures, whereas life is Ceres’s territory. Above ground, the ‘wealth’ is the land and our energising connection to it. (Check out ‘Earthing’.)

Opium poppies are associated with Ceres
as Persephone was said to be picking them in a field when she was ‘raped’. Their blood red stains in the blazing field of gold signify the breaking of the hymen during the first act of sex, but they are also the start of menstruation for the blossoming young woman. We have to look at the myth in context with the times.

In ancient Greece, sometimes when a couple wanted to marry, but the parents wouldn’t allow it, the suitor would ‘kidnap’ his beloved and they would spend the night out in the country somewhere. After that it was assumed the virgin had been deflowered and they would now have to marry in order to save the girls honor.

On a personal note this happened in Sicily too where my grandmother aged just 15 eloped with my grandad who was in his 20s I believe. Huzzie! Only kidding Nonna, but my dad was the result. This is quite a quaint story, but by today’s standards, my grandad would have been considered a pedophile.

P3d0philia and Abduction

100 years ago women were probably more mature by aged 15 as life expectancy was a lot shorter. Women became parents earlier and therefore learned responsibility. Teenage abduction may not have been such a shocker in the past because Sicily was under Muslim rule for a good 500 years. Mohammed had a 9-year-old wife, so this mentality might have rubbed off on the Sicilians.

The earlier you get the girl, the better she is groomed into the obedient slave characteristic of Ceres/Pluto relationships. It’s important to understand some of the culture behind Ceres as she really is a product of the front line where East meets West. Ceres cosmic birth in Sicily means she must have absorbed some of that front line, edgy culture.

ceres5So the dark side of Ceres brings themes of abuse, rape, abduction and in the worst cases, p3d0philia. There is very definitely a Svengali influence too seen with young singers in the entertainment industry, like Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears.

These starlets were groomed from a young age by their Hollywood handlers/producers. These producers will be Pluto, while Ceres can be the stage mother or the daughter herself. To make things more complex, there is another Greek god named Plutus or Ploutos (the Greek word for wealth) who was actually the son of Demeter (Ceres).

This represents the aspect of Ceres that is extremely materialistic, for in Dante’s inferno it states that “Plutus is the demon of wealth who guards the forth circle of hell ‘The hoarders and the wasters’ Dante likely concluded that Plutus symbolised the evil of hoarding wealth.” Wiki.

Ceres & Narcissism

There a lot of bleed between Ceres and daughter Persephone. This confusion also occurs with Hades (Pluto) and Plutus. Hade’s mother-in-law Ceres, has a son (Plutus) who is also an aspect of Hades himself! This complicated scenario really mirrors the phenomenon of enmeshment found in Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Narcissistic parents often create triangulation between siblings.

One child will be designated the ‘Golden Child’ while the another ‘the scapegoat’. Persephone shows all the symptoms of being the scapegoat, while her half-bother Plutus (wealth) is certainly the golden child. Of course these roles can flip around now and again, just to keep the children on their toes.

Persephone may start off as the golden child in the shape of Kore, while she is still very attached to her mother. Kore is groomed to be the little star, a mirror of her mother’s unfulfilled fantasies of fame. This is a lot to live up to and if Kore/Persephone fails she then becomes the scapegoat. Persephone can also become scapegoat by pairing with a badboy Pluto.

The Plutus sibling can be the golden child by being Ceres’ substitute husband her real husband has failed in some way or has left the home. This, of course, is a very incestuous type of relationship. Either way, this negative Ceres is engulfing her children and becomes the devouring mother.

The Dark Traid

ceres-sicilyCeres, Eris (Persephone) and Pluto are a triad. In psychology some of the cluster-B personality disorders are grouped together and called the “Dark Triad”. They comprise of Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychopathy. These mirror quite well the negative manifestations of Ceres, Eris (Persephone) and Pluto. So we get:

Negative Ceres = Narcissism as defined by Wikipedia; “ Grandiosity, pride, egotism and a lack of empathy.”
Negative Eris = Machiavellianism; “ Manipulation and exploitation of others, a cynical disregard for morality, and a focus on self-interest and deception”
Negative Pluto = Psychopathy; “ Enduring antisocial behaviour, impulsivity, selfishness, callousness and remorselessness”

Being brought up by a narcissistic mother can force the young scapegoat Eris/Persephone to become Machiavellian, just in order to survive. Eris can feel so unloved that she resorts to manipulation in order to gain the love that she does not believe will be given unconditionally. I will go into this much deeper in the Eris post once I rewrite it. But there are overlaps between innocent Ceres as Kore and Persephone as Eris. The way out of this character malfunction (as a result of Negative Ceres’ emotional abandonment), often does come in the shape of an abduction by Pluto. This forces Persephone to see her dark side and accept that she has indeed been abused by her own parent(s). In this way she goes through the dark night of the soul and starts to re-member her shattered ego. Her journey to the underworld and back shows this transformation.

In this video, I look at the astrological factors that make one more likely to be the scapegoat or the golden child to the narcissist parent. I look at examples from my family triad through our natal charts, synastry bi-wheels and Davison charts.

Narcotics & The Cave Man

When negative Ceres experiences the loss of her narcissistic supply from her daughter she becomes distraught. Like the myth, she withdraws her material support (the abundance of nature’s bounty) and falls into a winter of depression. Her massive pride is hurt, how could Persephone leave her for that bad boy Pluto?! Another association with Ceres is the poppy, so Ceres may take to numbing her pain by taking narcotics.

Note the etymology, narc-issism, narc-cotics is interesting to say the least! Narkotos is the Greek verbal adjective of narcoun “to numb, to make unconscious.” Now I know this all looks very bleak, but Ceres rules cycles and all is not lost here. This mourning period is just a stage. All mothers go through this stage when their children leave home and also when they go through the menopause. (so Ceres can describe this stage in a woman’s life too.)

plutus1A man will experience Ceres through his relationship with his mother or rubbing up against feminists! It might also manifest as the typical mother-in-law problem, where the mother Ceres feels threatened by her son’s new wife.

Again the risk of triangulation comes into play, where the wife is seen as being manipulative and seducing the son away from loyalty to the mother Ceres. Men can have addiction problems too obviously which can bring problems of zoning out with porn, video games as well pain-numbing chemicals.

Men have a natural need, however, to quietly contemplate, as primitives they would go to their caves (Modern day shed.) or chop wood, or stare into the fire (Modern day BBQ.) so they are naturally more inclined to be hypnotised by the computer screen. However in some ways this is fairly normal behaviour for men and a balance is what’s needed as always. So when I say ‘she’ in this post I mean the part of both sexes that is earth-connected, our pagan self.

Pentagram To Pentacles ~ Ceres World

Ceres in the modern world suffers at the loss of sacred pagan rituals that connected her to the land. Positive Ceres is the herbalist, the farmer, the magical cook, the nurse and healer who feeds and nurtures her family. It is a very traditional female role, and if she ends up stuck in an office she then becomes overly materialistic.

The gold grain of the earth (‘Grana’ in Italian is another word for cash) becomes replaced by gold coins or jewelry. The magic of the pentagram becomes instead a craving for pentacles. You can see this very clearly in the tarot cards and the elements, where pentacles are associated with earth signs and the material world. Earth signs are also the ones most connected to the earth spirit and are the original pagans.

When the Abrahamic monotheistic religions swept across pagan Europe they replaced the worship of earth deities with what are basically alien sky gods. The original ‘mater’ial world was looked down upon, and as women (or really the feminine in alchemy) were deemed closer to nature, they were also seen as lesser, more animalistic beings also.

So what this means for our earth mother Ceres is that she has been de-spiritualised. It is dispiriting to feel less worthy than your male counterparts. Self-worth plays a huge part in whether a person becomes a narcissist or not. Ceres resonates quite strongly with the 2nd house of self-worth. The house also rules the direct fruits of one’s labour and one’s personal money. Opposite in the 8th house Pluto is associated with other people’s money, debt and usury.

Sorcery also belongs here, the means that fake money and credit are created. This, of course, keeps workers in bondage as their labour is taxed. 8th house money is parasitical because it makes money from money rather than talent, skills or labour that 2nd house money does. So 2nd house workers/artisans are literally being vamped. How this relates back to Ceres is the notion of narcissistic supply. When Ceres cannot be energized by the sacred earth she will feel drained like she is dying. This is when she will resort to the fake energy harvesting that is retail therapy.

Parasitical Plutocrats

ceres3Plutocrats love to destroy national/cultural identity (Which ultimately comes from the land we live on.) because that way we resort to identifying with consumer brands. So you become a Hollister person, a Prada, a NorthFace or a Mac person… Your car says who you are, not the fact you are Welsh, Texan, Cockney, Parisian, etc etc.

Note these are all Westernised areas, because most other ethnic groups have their religion as a unifying sense of oneness and strength. We have lost this thanks to globalism and this has been a deliberate strategy (More about this in the Eris post..) One thing that I think does unify us in the west is our love of nature and animals which is all very Ceres.

Even when we are forced into the cities, we just love pets! Our cats sleep with us and there is that ritual of walking dogs in the park. We love our gardens and window boxes too. Ceres campaigns against animal cruelty and tries her best to be eco-friendly. These are her positive traits.

The negative side of Ceres comes up due to the degeneracy of morality in culture generally. According to ‘numerous studies’ (says Wikipedia) men (and what’s more Caucasian men) are supposed to show higher levels of all of the dark triad traits. But as hinted in my psychopathy post, I think this is extremely misleading as surely the deviousness of these traits would not actually show up in tests!

The most honest victim of an abuser will have probably picked up the ‘Dark Triad’ virus. These ‘Victims’ are more likely to test positive because they have come to believe they are “selfish, manipulating, self-obsessed (read self-conscious) etc”. This is, of course, the result of being raised by an abusive parent. The scape-goat child often has all these “Dark Traid” traits projected onto them by the whole dysfunctional family. They grow up believing they are dirty, evil and incapable of loving another. This is because the narcissist child is constantly told they are not devoted enough to the needy parent.

The same goes for a relationship with a Pluto Dark Cupid who wants total admiration, but nothing Persephone does is ever good enough. These are the toxic/vampiric relationships I mentioned in the ‘Dark Cupid’ post. Any attempt for Ceres types to be true to themselves is seen as a betrayal from Pluto, which the forces them to piece together a very fragile ego in secret. In my Eris post (which will be a part 2 to this post) I will focus on more positive solutions to Ceres’ dilemma and how this is related to the transpersonal and even the survival of the pagan soul of earth. Eris will be the resurrection, the phoenix from the flames of this shattered Ceres.

Balancing the Dark Triad

Recent studies of narcissism between the sexes show that men still outrank women, but the figures for women are rising extremely fast so that the gap has shrunk considerably. What can we make of this? It seems that the Dark Triad is simply a product of so called ‘modern life’, it’s disconnection and it’s pressure on women to be as productive financially as men.

As more women become ‘educated’ they are picking up this Dark Triad virus, and figures show that the more educated a women is the less children she is likely to have. But the risk-taking element in the ‘Dark Traid’ is also what gives men their drive and inventiveness, which is why men have more of the ‘symptoms’. Ceres is about balance really, and usually these Pluto males are reined in by the grounding action of their Ceres wife. But if that balance is upset and the Ceres wife also becomes Plutonic, then the balance tips towards a Pluto overdose. Therefore we will see more psychopathy in society.

Ceres, goddess of fertility, shines brightest in the role of the primary care giver. This naturally falls to the female since she is the gateway of life. While researching the Dark Traid I came across the correlation of matching fast-mating strategy with the likelihood of having Dark Triad traits. “ I just can’t control myself. The Dark Traid and self-control” shows where tests were conducted and not surprisingly it was found that psychopathy (ie Pluto) showed all the symptoms of a fast-mating strategy. To understand this better, look up r/K selection theory on the web. But basically;

r = fast; which is a promiscuous life-style, many partners, many children, high sex drive, low willpower, low investment parenting, risk-taking, instant gratification.
K = slow life strategy; which is late sexual maturity, less partners, small family, high investment parenting, planning for the future, high self-control, lower sex drive.
It’s not either/or, most people fall on a spectrum.

Sexual Morals & r/K Theory

CeresThe r/K is often portrayed as r = rabbits and K = Wolves, making it easier to remember which is which. Of the ‘Dark Traid’ traits, Machiavellianism (Eris/Persephone.) has more of a question mark over it, for it correlated with K (wolf) strategy for men, but not for women. It also was the one most dependant on outside influences rather than ones innate nature and is, therefore, more malleable.

This is why I think Eris is more descriptive of a process rather than a fixed trait. Narcissism did not show for r (Rabbit) strategy at all, so I would argue a Ceres narcissist can shows quite the opposite strategy to Pluto, because Ceres at heart is a classic slow K (Wolf), ultra-conservative, very loyal and traditional.

The ‘rape’ of Ceres/Kore by the Plutocracy, could be what is producing the unnatural state of narcissism in the world today. Ceres is not allowed to be natural anymore, as society is degenerating towards the fast r (Rabbit) mating strategy. You can see this all over the media, but especially pop music which is aimed at the young.

I have already written a post about the denigration of the divine feminine & feminism relating to the Uranus/Eris conjunction in 2016. The archetype of Ceres has not fared well under free love and the pill. The ripping apart of extended families has left Ceres shattered and undervalued. Chastity, morality, and decency are ridiculed, well if you have an unbridled sex drive then it serves you to make your sexual prey feel like a silly little prude doesn’t it?

Narcissism Epidemic & Grooming

Belittling is a powerful weapon, as is the pressure to fit in with your peers. “Everyone else is ‘putting out’ what’s wrong with you, are you gay/frigid or some sort of weird religious freak?!” A Persephone who has been groomed not to set boundaries by an engulfing Ceres parent becomes easy prey from the fast ‘r’ Pluto predator. But it’s not just behavioral pressure from the Plutocracy, there is also psychological pressure to keep your disapproval of bad behavior to yourself. One must never call a woman a ‘slut’ for sleeping around or judge single mothers. We are all equal these days!

Women can be just as fast ‘r’ Pluto as men even though the figures for cervical cancer show that women suffer far more from having multiple sexual partners then men do. Ceres suffers because no matter what she does, she will get emotionally attached to a male just by having sex with him.

Ceres women who say they ‘can take it or leave it’ repeated run the risk of disconnecting and numbing their heart center and thus becoming the negative Ceres. Maybe Venus can do that kind of thing successfully, Venus is the courtesan after all, but never Ceres! The naturally conservative ‘K’ Ceres takes things slowly and naturally, force her into promiscuity and she will feel her temple has been defiled. She will hate herself.

Ceres, Annunaki & Tiamat

As the largest asteroid, Ceres is thought to be the core of a planet that broke up to form the asteroid belt and that is that. All the other asteroids in that belt are named after female Greco-Roman deities, so Ceres is a shattered goddess who literally needs to re-member herself. Trauma-based mind-control does the same thing, rape and torture attempt to shatter a soul.

A myth for consideration regarding Ceres is the Annunaki myth of creation, which also talks about shattered planets. According to legend, there once was a planet the size of Uranus between Mars and Jupiter called Tiamat. There was also a strange wandering planet called Niburu that had an extremely large interloping orbit (Something elliptical like Sedna’s)

This planet collided with Tiamat and she shattered her to pieces. Those pieces formed the asteroid belt. Apparently, Earth at this time was further out and in the path of this collision. So it’s like a snooker ball effect. Niburu hits Tiamat, Tiamat shatters, then collided with Earth enough to take off a large chunk. Earth is also pushed out of its position as 5th planet from the Sun to becoming the 3rd from the Sun.

CeresWhat if Ceres was the largest chunk of Tiamat and it was this part that took a large chunk out of the Earth? This would connect the two. Niburu is also interesting in that it has had so much speculation over it since the days of Zecheria Zitchin. It’s been called Planet X and the 10th planet, but then so has Eris..

We know that Eris has a huge orbital reach, though it’s not far enough to match with Niburu. In terms of the Persephone myth and the relationship between the three dwarf planets, they do connect symbolically with the Annunaki myth. If some terrible tragedy did hit earth and we are matter of the body of this Earth, somewhere in our genetic memory we will have the trauma buried as an archetype.

As above, so below, when humanity started to remember, new discoveries in the cosmos happen. The astronomers give these objects seemingly random mythical names, but in time the astrologers piece together symbolism. Nothing in the universe is an accident when it comes to words and etymology. Words are spells..

No one can prove whether the myths are fact or just some strange psychological truth. Some say the Annunaki is really about genetic manipulation on Earth and that we are trauma-tised by that fact alone. Whether fact or fiction, the myths seem to corresponds with what I have been finding in work with my clients.

People who have Ceres in hard aspect to Ascendant, Sun or Moon will have the darker Ceres themes play out in their life. These folk might find studying mythology particularly fulfilling, especially the Greco-Roman goddesses that comprise the asteroid belt. It may help them piece together lost parts of their life that they have disconnected from.


It may also help them to avoid the classic reactions to having suffered narcissistic abuse; Fight (Mars), Flight (Jupiter), Freeze (Saturn) or Fawn (Venus). If Ceres is in hard aspect to any of the planets in brackets this might be one of your symptoms. I would add another, let’s call it ‘Far Out’! This would be something akin to ‘spiritual bi-passing’, were any religion or spiritual practice is used as an escape. This especially includes New Age type beliefs, so for that, I would put Neptune and this would include the abuse of sacred herbs. Maybe ‘Far Out’ is a mix of Flight and Freeze tho… Anyhow, narcissistic abuse is a huge topic, but I will refer you to SpartanLifeCoach on youtube who became an expert on the subject after having a Dark Cupid type relationship himself with a woman.

One of the gifts Ceres scapegoats develop is heightened intuition and precognition as a result of having to second guess their abusers’ actions. This is a defense strategy. Also, Ceres makes a fantastic nurse because they are so used to putting the parent first and having to constantly read their emotions so that their empathy is huge.

The problem with having not developed strong boundaries, however, means Ceres absorbs the mood of everyone around them. They make good counselors too of course but need to develop a strong Saturn psychic shield or they will soon get drained and suffer burn-out. I realize it can be confusing that sometimes Ceres will operate as the abusive parent and other times Ceres is the Scapegoat and even the Golden Child. You would need to look at the whole chart of course.

Shamans, Black Sheep, Seers, Weirdos…

ceresInheritance is one of the themes of Ceres. What one passes down to the next generation motivates one’s life, whether it be heroic family traits, talents, property or wealth. I have seen very gifted people with harmonious Ceres aspects. Sometimes the crisis experienced in childhood can become a creative spur to be excellent in a given field.

The Cere-bellum in the back of the brain governs balance and involuntary body movements. Ceres/Chiron connections turn up a lot in Yoga teachers (Mind/Body balance), while Ceres/Lilith shows in herbalists and pagan witches. I like the point that SpartanLifeCoach makes in his vlog about Scapegoats titled; “ Shamans, Black Sheep, Seers, Outliers, Weirdos, Outcasts, Sensitives, Psychics and Healers” which just about sums up the Ceres child.

Ceres Discovery Chart

Sensible, earthy and responsible Saturn is rising. So straight away we have the themes of protection and parental responsibility. It is absolutely highlighted by that tight square from Ceres to Saturn. This can be a fear of letting go of the material world and one’s possessions and that includes ones children, remember Saturn even ate his! Both Ceres and Saturn have the scythe on their glyph too which may represent the severing of the umbilical cord as well as the obvious reaping of the harvest.

Anu is the Annunaki version of Saturn and Anu was supposed to have given us the ability to farm. We have a striking Yod to Pluto which is not surprising giving the Persephone myth themes I have already discussed. Traditional family values and respect for the ancestors are Saturn guarding the ascendant. Saturn is opposing Venus, so affection is expressed with difficulty, it’s far tougher love and discipline here, like a matron. There is also practical magic. Ceres can rule nurses and midwives. As mentioned previously, the 2nd/8th house axis resonates with the Persephone myth. A Dionysian Pluto in Pisces in that Plutonic 8th house of course. Virgo/Kore is fitting as the sign in 2nd house of self-worth. Virgo/Pisces can be Victim/Saviour.

Saturn is on fixed star Alfard in the water snake. Alfard 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”. [2].

The condition of Saturn is important since is is rising, I haven’t looked at the AC star itself because we cannot be 100% about the time of this chart, but around 8pm would most certainly have Saturn within range of the AC. I think Saturn on Alfard is important because it shows the danger of addiction problems particularly within vampiric/toxic relationships and with painkilling drugs such as opiates.

Toxic Relationships

Saturn with Alfard according to Ebertin: “… poisoned hatred in women, gas poisoning, danger to life by wrong use of drugs and overindulgence of good living, smoke inhalation and danger of suffocation….. A ‘poisoning’ is also possible in a relationship between man and woman in marriage.” [3] The ‘poisoning hatred’ could also be a jealous, narcissistic mother or mother-in-law.

But there is hope because the chart ruler is the Sun which is in mutual reception with Saturn, this is the sort of leadership that is benign, wise and paternal. Patriarchy is not always bad!! In nature the male animal is King and that’s worked for millions of years. It makes sense that the woman shouldn’t be out fighting, with all its attending risks of injury. The next generation and the survival of the tribe depend above all on the mother’s safety and health.

Bearing all this unfashionable traditional talk in mind. Mercury is on Ras Alhague in Ophiuchus; 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.” [4] These days it is traditional family values that are regarded as old hat and scoffed at by ‘progressives’ who want to deny biology. But Ceres says ‘how can you improve on nature?’

The boom of organic products and the fight against GMO at least confirms that! Ras alhague found in Ophiuchus is the snake charmer, which can be seen as the Lilith constellation. Lilith will always have trouble submitting in relationships. But in this chart she is on powerful patriarch Betelgeuse, making her a natural leader over other women and a patriotic Queen to her King. Ceres also is fantastic organising mothers groups or even some sort of terribly old-fashioned women’s institute!

Natural Law

CeresCeres then at her best can be Florence Nightingale tending to men in battle. Ceres is a strong feminine woman who isn’t a feminist. The main theme is defending the homestead and supporting the men who do that too. If she channels her energy this way it will then dilute the tendency to smother and possess her children or creations. But she must also learn to let her man wear the trousers or the emasculating gorgons star of Algol can take effect.

Sun on Vega in the Lyre gives artistic talent, and Ceres is fertile with ideas, “Vega is said to pave the way to riches and fame. However, if other influences play a part, this wealth may be lost again.” [5] and the trine to Mars gives the pushy stage­mother. Mars on the MC makes her confrontational out in the world.

The Venus square Neptune will have romantic notions of what love should be. Yes, you shall marry a handsome prince my child, but not the prince of darkness! The polarity between Ceres and Pluto will always play out if Ceres tries to cling to her children too hard. Maybe this conflict is needed. I don’t know where this quote comes from, but I think it sums Ceres/Pluto polarity quite well; “The threat of death is what makes life so sweet.”

1. Giuseppe Piazzi and the Discovery of Ceres
2 & 5. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. p.193
3 & 4. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.50. p.75-76.
Picture Credit: La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Frank Cadogan Cowper. 1926

75 thoughts on “Ceres Meaning & Persephone Syndrome”

  1. What if a person (myself) has a Ceres Conjunct Regulus Conjunct exact at 29 degrees in the 2nd House? Would that mean that these qualities that you mention are extremely strong? I also have a strong Eris (Conjunct my MC in Aries at 1 degree).

  2. Marina, I appreciate what you’ve written in this fascinating exploration of Ceres as part of a ‘Dark Triad’ with Persephone and Pluto (and Eris), including your assertion that you intend this piece to be “combative” and to incorporate elements of your personal experience. As I read this, I recalled that both you and your ex-husband have mentioned in past astrology articles that your ex-husband has primary custody of at least one of your children (and on another continent and indeed another hemisphere, no less). I’d always assumed that your decision to give him primary custody and to do so within a context of such vast geographic distance was a feminist-influenced call for you. However, this 3-part Ceres write-up — and your other writings on feminism — make clear that I was wrong. Instead, this 3-part post on Ceres and the Dark Triad — itself a reflection of what you posit are part of the lost virtues of what you present as the lost cultural past — suggests another question. Given that, for a woman, voluntarily relinquishing the raising of one’s kids to one’s husband in a distant land engages Ceres-/Persephone-like themes of motherhood and loss — but does so within the context of choice/volition as opposed to force/coercion — how do you see your own motherhood role within the triad? That is, are you Ceres? Shadow Ceres? Eris? Or all of these, at different times, along a trajectory?

    • WRONG! My ex has primary custody of his children from ANOTHER woman. Nothing to do with me. He was my second husband. I live with my daughter from my first husband and she is my only child. I would never in a million years give her up.
      The reason for breaking up with my second Australian husband was that it would tear away his kids from their mother if he came to live in the UK or mean my daughter would be separated from her father which I could never do either.
      I am most definitely an over-protective Sicilian mother Ceres!

  3. Beautifully written, expressed, and really spells it out very clearly. I was your friend on FB for a while. Love your blog and your take on astrology. I hope you will have a book coming out some day. The internet is all fine and well but this is BOOK level insights. I am helping friends who are now “old” and being thrown out by society as no longer of any value. One typified ceres and one did not but both now find the only value they have is how much money/property they have left that can be exploited or taken by men/corporations and how much they can be exploited by a very crass ugly materialistic Disneyfied version of what dignity and life should be like in a single room living with none of your own possessions, housed and fed in assisted living with their shallow events where your fellow neighbors just age and die. Fun never ends in 21st century america. Both women worked hard their whole lives and now they see everything they associated with their lives literally stripped away when they had a serious health problem. I googled ceres today because one of them has natal ceres conjunct transiting uranus with uranus return and they are not laying down but their entire life has been ripped from them as if they were dead. Here, you go live in this assisted living place quietly with a cat and don’t make any noise or trouble. It’s insane but she is not the only one this is happening to it’s happening to many many seniors and the assisted living facility (owned by a large corporation) vacuums all their wealth into it at obscene prices until they go to nursing home or die. Really hard to watch. They have no rights often a lawyer gets guardianship. They no longer have right to vote nor to marry. Literally no one cares what she wants or needs. She has no clothes, all of her possessions in storage. I hope to make a documentary about it.

  4. I have Ceres, Persephone (399), and Neptune in a tight conjunction and part of a larger stellium that includes my MC, Venus, and Black Moon Lilith. This mess is opposite my Moon, square Uranus and Jupiter, and square Chiron. On a more positive note, this stellium also serves as the top of a Grand Kite (which includes a Sun/Pluto/Mercury trike conjunction sextile the Ceres stellium).
    Obviously, I need more information about the Ceres, Persephone, Pluto triad.
    Thanks for this, if you have more articles let me know.


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