Ceres is one of the largest asteroids in our solar system. Located between Mars and Jupiter, it was also one of the first asteroids to be discovered.
In astrology, Ceres is considered one of the five Goddess Asteroids, which include Pallas Athena, Juno, Lilith, Vesta, and of course Ceres.
Ceres represents nourishment, how we long to be nurtured, our relationship with our mother, and our connection to Mother Earth.
It is a highly feminine energy that also rules over things like fertility, farming, and agriculture.
Ceres is named after the Roman Goddess of grain and the harvest. She was responsible for the seasons, for teaching farmers how to grow crops, and for providing nourishment to all living things.
She was also considered the protector of change. She was called when a child went through puberty, during pregnancy, and when a soul was ready to depart from this world.
Ceres was considered the gatekeeper between one state of being and the next. It was her nourishment and nurturing that helped to soothe the process.
It is said that when Ceres is strong in our cosmic skies we can expect some form of transition between one state and the next, this may be seen in our own lives during our Ceres return, which occurs approximately every 4.5 years.
The energy of Ceres also reminds us of our potential to tap in to the energy of Mother Earth and her power to destroy, create, and provide for everything on this planet.
When we ground our energy into Mother Earth, we too can realize our potential to create, to destroy, and to provide.
The symbol used for Ceres is a sickle with a cross at the bottom. The sickle represents Ceres’ connection with harvesting. The cross is said to represent the four elements- earth, air, water, and fire.
The zodiac sign Ceres was in at the time of your birth can indicate how you long to be nurtured. When you are connected to this sense of nourishment, it helps to boost your creative powers, opens your heart, and allows you to be more in touch with those around you.
Here is a brief understanding of Ceres through the signs:
(Instructions for how to find Ceres in your birth chart below)
Ceres in Aries or 1st House
Nourishment is felt when you are free to move, create, and explore. Starting new projects and relying on your own independence can also bring a sense of personal satisfaction. When in need of a nourishing boost, exercise can be your tonic.
Ceres in Taurus or 2nd House
Nourishment is felt when you feel secure within yourself and when you are surrounded by people that you value as loyal and dependable. Spending time in nature can also bring a sense of comfort.
Ceres in Gemini or 3rd House
Nourishment is felt when you feel heard and are able to share and express your feelings in an open way. Journaling and recording your dreams is also an empowering way to self-nurture.
Ceres in Cancer or 4th House
Nourishment is felt when you are surrounded by a loving environment and can be close to your loved ones. A great sense of comfort can wash over you when you are able to support, care for, and guide others.
Ceres in Leo or 5th House
Nourishment is felt when you can take the time to express your creative visions and ideas. Spending time in the creative process can be food for your soul. So can treating yourself to things that make you feel luxurious and special.
Ceres in Virgo or 6th House
Nourishment is felt through having a healthy routine and practices that treat your body as a temple. Productivity and being able to check things off your list can also bring a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, just be sure you are not putting pressure on yourself in the process.
Ceres in Libra or 7th House
Nourishment is felt when you can connect and share with others. Working together to achieve a common goal can bring satisfaction. Intimately bonding with those you love can also bring a strong sense of comfort.
Ceres in Scorpio or 8th House
Nourishment is felt through deep understanding and bonding with oneself and in your most personal relationships. To truly know yourself through all the phases of life is what brings comfort.
Ceres in Sagittarius or 9th House
Nourishment is felt when you are free to explore, travel, and learn at your own pace. There is a sense of comfort that can come through expanding your mind and discovering new things. Travel can also be highly nourishing to the soul.
Ceres in Capricorn or 10th House
Nourishment is felt when you have a sense of direction or purpose. Purpose does not have to be some grand big thing, it can simply be feeling a sense of purpose in any given moment. Gratitude can also assist with this and bring a sense of comfort.
Ceres in Aquarius or 11th House
Nourishment is felt when you are able to think outside the box and do things in your own way. Being limited or bound by rules does not feel nourishing to you. Instead, you long to feel free to live life on your own terms. Feeling supported with this can be a comfort.
Ceres in Pisces or 12th House
Nourishment is felt when you can do things at your own pace and are not limited by the thoughts and opinions of others. You are empathic to the feelings of others, so it is important to surround yourself with people who are loving and kind. It is in these surroundings that you can flourish.
To check where Ceres is in your own birth chart:
- Go to Astro.com
- Click on Free Horoscopes
- Select Extended Chart Selection
- Submit your Birth information
- On the next page, scroll down to “Additional Objects” and select Ceres
- Look for the sign Ceres is in