Astrology of Now: Ceres, Abundance or Famine
As the goddess of grain and agriculture, Ceres was one of the most important deities in Rome. The “world of Ceres”, a pit with a stone lid, was ceremonially opened three times a year – August 24, October 5 and November 8 – and offerings were left for the goddess of abundance.
Right now, Ceres is in moist, fertile Cancer. Cancer is, of course, one of the most fertile signs, but it is also associated with the sea, tides and the Moon. In many parts of the world right now, the earth is literally bathed in water.
Ceres has just had a meeting with Venus in Cancer, and an opposition to her mortal enemy, the kidnapper of Proserpine her only daughter, Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld. It’s interesting that “the world of Ceres” was also underground. She was the one of the only people — gods or mortals — able to strike a deal with Pluto. When her daughter is Queen of the Underworld, the land sleeps — it is winter. But there is more than one kind of winter: there are famines and floods.
Of course these floods around the globe have fallen between the eclipse and the huge Full Moon in Pisces on September 6, which conjoins the Lord of the Sea himself, Neptune. On that day also, Ceres will make a perfect square to Jupiter in Libra — the sign of measuring the grain — and Uranus in Aries — the sign of the individual. This generational opposition — between Jupiter and Uranus — is due for its final hit on September 28, and Ceres is transferring energy between the two in a hard aspect.
It might be an idea to leave an offering for the goddess right now. Like Saturn, she wields a blade which cuts down more than John Barleycorn.