|The goddess Ceres and the four elements. Jan Breughel|
Plenty’s rich queen, cheerer of fainting souls,
Whose altars are adorned with ripened sheaves.
Mercury to Ceres in The Cobbler’s Prophecy
It’s September, Virgo’s month, and the harvest is coming in. This year, the asteroid Ceres is in Virgo for all of September. Surely this is auspicious, because in all likelihood, Virgo is Ceres sign.
Ceres is the goddess of grain, fertility and motherhood. In Greek, her name is Demeter. Most people know her from the story of the Rape of Persephone. She is the mother who never gives up on her daughter, and who eventually cuts a deal with the Lord of the Underworld himself. She is his sister after all, and just as powerful as he is.
A few years ago, astronomers demoted Pluto from planet to dwarf planet, and at the same time promoted Ceres from asteroid to dwarf planet. Go figure.
So this month, Ceres is at full strength. She certainly promotes fertility in natal transits. Some financial astrologers use her cycle to invest in commodities.
The other thing to watch this month is Mercury’s transit through Libra. Things may get a bit hairy mid-month, especially for Virgo and Gemini.
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