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CERES IN ARIES nurtures others by granting them independence and showing them how to be independent, strong, and action-oriented. Under stressful aspects, this combination can lead to a feeling of inadequacy or incompetence as a result of competition from a dominating parent or caretaker. Ceres in Aries can be fiercely protective of loved ones, and at times may also describe the single parent.

 

Ceres is nurtured by action and physical activity. What kind of action? Any kind. Aries isn't that particular as long as it's moving. If you have this placement, you are less likely to nurture others by being cuddly. More likely, you will take them on some strenuous activity. If you have children with this placement, they may require fewer hugs and more mutual activities with you.

 

Means active harvest. These natives can be called do-gooders because they are overly eager to be helpful. There is a conflict between masculine drive and feminine gentleness, causing them to seem constantly busy. They quite often tire before completing their planned projects. Concerned with results, they may be termed 'goal-oriented'.

 

These people identify nurturance with autonomy and being granted independence. In turn, the Ceres in Aries individual nurtures others through promoting their self-determination and self-sufficiency. To feel truly loved, this person must receive these experiences from his or her significant others. Pathology or imbalance can occur when the child feels either dominated by the nurturer or pushed toward autonomy before he or she is ready to take on this responsibility.

 

CERES IN TAURUS nurtures others by providing them with the basic necessities of life, especially the tangible resources that bring a sense of stability. One’s inner mother feels secure when financial benefits are plentiful. Under stressful aspects, Ceres here can feel overly dependent on possessions, or that one’s self-worth is based on how much one has. Ceres in Taurus nurtures self and others through the sense of touch.

 

Want to nurture someone with this placement? FEED THEM. A lot. These folks will also feel nurtured if you massage their shoulders and the back of their necks Hard, and for a long time.

 

Desires to grow living things. These are people with beautiful, natural physical bodies who have no problems with sex. There is a soothing grace of movement, making them pleasant to be around. With strong fertility urges, these people sometimes grow herbs on their windowsills or have plots in the community gardens. They may raise health gardens. They may raise health foods for money.

 

These individuals receive nurturance through physical sustenance, a sense of stability, and being touched and held. In turn, they can nurture others by fostering their physical security and providing for them in tangible ways. Feelings of self-worth and acceptance are derived from learning how to provide materially for themselves. Imbalance results when the individual over-identifies with substance, and feelings of material lack promote excessive hoarding of possessions.

 

CERES IN GEMINI may nurture others or feel nurtured through communication, education, and travel. Talking things out makes one feel loved and accepted. Under stress, this placement may lead to problems with duality, mental confusion, or an overemphasis on persuasion and intellectual superiority. Ceres in Gemini nurtures others by sharing important information, and through visits that enhance points of view.

 

Let's talk. Or write. Any sort of communication will make a Ceres in Gemini person feel nurtured. Gemini is also the sign of variety and short trips. Travel and doing several little tasks at once are other things that will bring up that nurtured feeling when Ceres is in Gemini.

 

Gives a thoughtfulness concerning the life-sustaining acts. These are people who talk about ecology and health foods. They adhere to the theory of 'live and let live' so there is no aggression in this placement. Natural teachers, they sometimes work with retarded children and youth. They are quick to lend a helping hand to friend and neighbor alike.

 

These people receive nurturance through being educated, talked to, and listened to. These people nurture others mentally through communicating knowledge to them. Self-acceptance is based on feeling smart or intellectually competent. Imbalance occurs when feelings of mental inadequacy lead to learning difficulties or to attempts to intellectually impress or verbally manipulate others.

 

CERES IN CANCER is strongly paced, and feels deep emotional bonds with family members, especially with the mother and/or children. Ceres here expresses itself in a kind and caring way, and provides loved ones with both emotional and physical support. Under stressful aspects, this placement can lead to an overly sentimental or dependent relationship. Ceres in Cancer also nurtures other and self with food.

 

These people feel nurtured around the home. Hugs definitely can work here. So can housework. They want to be mothered and are good at mothering in turn. The negative side is they may get the "Cancer Crazies" when they feel a need for nurturing, the "Nobody loves me, nobody cares about me, and I'm going to die in the poorhouse" syndrome. In that case, just tease them like crazy. It will shock them out of it.

 

Tends to care for people and animals efficiently. They may seem impersonal as mothers because of the blending of emotions and mental expression. They would prefer to train and teach rather than to cuddle and smother. This is a practical expression of domestic concerns that relieves the moodiness of Cancer.

 

These individuals receive nurturance through bonding with the mother, feeling loved, and being fed. If these needs are met at an early age, these people will excel at caring for others physically and emotionally. Self-acceptance is based on one's ability to express feelings and master emotions. Imbalance occurs when the child is either deprived of nurturance or smothered with love and affection. Excessive neediness or emotional dependency are the resulting psychological afflictions.

 

CERES IN LEO feels nurtured and nurtures others by expressing personal talents, creativity, and independence. The parent with Ceres in Leo takes care of the child by encouraging a sense of self-confidence. Under stressful aspects, this placement can lead to a feeling of inadequacy over one’s creations, or what one takes pride in. Ceres in Leo feels nurtured when personal efforts are appreciated.

 

Attention, respect, and admiration will make this one feel nurtured. Put on a show for their benefit. Better yet, make them a participant. Leo's motto is "Nothing but the best." It may be expensive sometimes, but that will make Ceres in Leo feel nurtured. If you want to go via a cheaper route to satisfy someone with this placement, do something to make them the center of attention and admiration.

 

Gives a strong life support system with a natural creative energy. Both a love of and a respect for children and nature are found. There is also the ability to work creatively with the hands in such fields as gardening, weaving and pottery. Here are our life squad volunteers, PTA workers and ecology promoters.

 

These people identify nurturance with self-expression. Ideally, the parents will foster in the child a sense of pride, confidence in his / her ability, and an appreciation for the creative efforts of others. These people can nurture others by helping them to express their creativity - thereby making a unique impression upon the outer world. Self-acceptance is based upon one's ability to create and share something he / she takes pride in. The inability to do so may bring self-rejection and lack of self-confidence.

 

CERES IN VIRGO is strongly placed, and fosters a sense of service to others, a love of work, and a feeling of competence. This placement leads to excellence in craftsmanship, but under stress can bring a perfectionist attitude. Parents may be overly critical, or one’s inner parent may never be satisfied with the result. Work in the health services or food industry is common with this placement.

 

Put them to work, especially detailed work. Sometimes Ceres in Virgo people will try to nurture you by criticizing you. Don't let them get away with it. However, they can also feel nurtured if you give them a highly detailed criticism. This is OK in moderation, but don't let yourself get carried away. If you are a parent with a Ceres in Virgo child, always give them work to do around the house - or even in your business!

 

Likes to nurse people. The nurturers of the world, they give of their own energies to revitalize and restore people who come into their sphere of contact. Being interested in nutrition, they care for the body properly. Here is growth without waste.

 

These people identify nurturance with perfection or with service. Ideally, the mothering experience can foster the child's sense of competence, discrimination, and self-discipline, which gives the ability to extend skills to others. Nurturing is expressed through teaching others to achieve excellence by right application of skills and talents. Feelings of self-worth arise through mastering a skill or technique and expressing it in the work world, or through feeling useful to others. Imbalance often results when the children are constantly criticized for their efforts, no matter how good they were. This can lead to an obsessive need to be perfect and to be critical of the imperfections of others.

 

CERES IN LIBRA nurtures self and others by developing a cooperative attitude and a sense of sharing. One nurtures self by developing meaningful relationships, and the caretaker with this placement shows how to excel in social interactions. Under stress, Ceres in Libra may place too much importance on being accepted by others, and forget self-development. Ceres in Libra loves fine dining.

 

These people are nurtured by beauty. And Libra, remember, is always impressed by the small, subtle things that show you care. Good manners and a tasteful, balanced appearance will work wonders here. They will also tend to nurture others in the same way, with small, tasteful touches.

 

Prefers to be fair and truthful in dealing with people at all times. They are reliable and dependable in relations with others, and like for all to share benefits equally. Here you will find people who are concerned with equal employment opportunities. They judge according to their own concepts of what is fair.

 

These individuals identify nurturing with co-operation. Ideally, the mothering experience fosters a sensitivity to others and a positive attitude toward relationships. Nurturing is expressed through imparting instructions on how to interact, co-operate, and exhibit right conduct in egalitarian relationships. Self-acceptance may be based upon one's demonstrated ability to create harmony in one's relationships and environment. Imbalances occur when one is so other-directed that he or she places being accepted above a need for self-determination.

 

CERES IN SCORPIO is an exceptionally powerful placement and nurtures others by imparting a sense of life’s most significant passages and the importance of deep family bonds. Ceres here nurtures others or self through total transformation, a process that involves emotional self-control. Under stress, personal relationships may be plagued by jealousy, possessiveness, or resentment. Ceres in Scorpio may be a healer or facilitator.

 

Ceres in Scorpio people tend to feel nurtured through sex. They could also make their sexual partners feel nurtured. This is wonderful if you are dating them, but more of a problem if the person with this placement happens to be your child. Contact with anything deep, mysterious, or transforming will also bring up that nurtured feeling. Those with this placement would probably (assuming no severe afflictions to Ceres in their chart) feel nurtured if they visited Pompeii or some other archeological ruin. Probably, Ceres in Scorpio would be a good placement for a doctor or heath care professional because Scorpio rules healing and they could make their patients feel nurtured during the therapeutic process.

 

Ignores setbacks and defeats while continuing on toward their goals. There is regenerative power in times of ill health. Psychic ability may be present without training.

 

These natives identify nurturance with intense and deep emotional bonding. Ideally, the mothering experience was intimate and fostered a sense of emotional self-control. Nurturance is expressed through emotional commitments to others and through acting as a catalytic agent that transforms or heals them. Self-acceptance may be gained through transforming one's own inner negativity and lack of trust into the healing power of love. Imbalance occurs when feelings of isolation are expressed as selfishness, jealousy, envy, anger and revenge.

 

CERES IN SAGITTARIUS nurtures others by showing them how to explore their environment and expand their horizons. One nurtures oneself and others by finding a sense of personal direction; one encourages an optimism that creates success, and how to enjoy life as a journey. Under stress, this Ceres placement can lead to the feeling that life is meaningless or that one has no moral compass.

 

My Ceres is here. Knowledge, wisdom, and adventure are the nurturers here. This placement can make you feel nurtured while on long journeys. If you are intellectually inclined, you could get that nurturing feeling through giving advice to people or by teaching or instructing them in some way. Reading about abstract philosophical topics could have the same effect. You can also make other people feel nurtured or inspired by giving them advice or instruction.

 

Enjoys mental speculation about various theories and ideas. A natural sense of freedom combined with genuine optimism may cause these natives to overextend themselves. In every case investigated so far, this placement has had periods of uncontrolled growth such as warts, tumors and cysts that were benign but had to be removed surgically.

 

These people identify nurturance with the freedom to explore and expand their horizons. Ideally, the mothering experience encouraged and fostered these needs. Nurturing is expressed through teaching others how to expand their mental and physical horizons (e.g., the guru or spiritual teacher). In addition, the Ceres in Sagittarius individual may help others to develop a philosophy or belief system that gives meaning to his or her life. Self-acceptance may be based on the ability to find purpose in one's life and constantly move forward in consciousness. The failure to do so may lead to the belief that life is meaningless and purposeless ("a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing" - Hamlet). Feelings of aimlessness that cause the person to wander without direction may result.

 

CERES IN CAPRICORN nurtures others by showing them how to succeed in life. With this placement one feels nurtured by a sense of achievement. This is the wise-mother placement, one who teaches others how to take responsibility for their own lives. Under stress it can lead to excessive dependence on position or status as a substitute for creating loving or caring relationships.

 

Feeling organized and in control makes this one feel nurtured. Since Saturn, which has the effect of reducing things, rules Capricorn, the early nurturing received was probably, well, wanting. Even if the family happened to be wealthy, the parents could have been cold, withdrawn, or believed in giving strict discipline to the children in order to keep them from being "spoiled." People with this placement will nurture you by making sure that everything is arranged and organized properly. Try to get them to lighten up a bit.

 

This is a blending of the maternal and paternal principles into a workable combination. Learning is a pleasurable experience for these natives, who are disciplined more effectively with rewards than with punishments. Because Ceres in this sign softens the soul's testing, the person is encouraged to continued effort by defeat. This is a good bridge for communication and teaching as well as natural leadership.

 

These individuals identify nurturance with achievement. Ideally, the mothering experience taught the child how to be responsible, organize his / her time, and to carry out plans that would lead to the accomplishment of specific goals. Nurturing others takes the form of teaching them to be responsible for themselves, as well as giving them practical tools that they can use to succeed in the outer world. Self-acceptance is derived from tangible accomplishments that the individual attains through his or her own efforts. Imbalances occur when the person equates feeling loved with how well he or she performs in the world. This leads to the syndrome of using outer achievements to impress others in order to gain their recognition.

 

CERES IN AQUARIUS nurtures others by developing their sense of social justice and an acceptance of their own uniqueness. One feels nurtured when accepted by the group, or when participating in causes, or in activities shared by people with similar goals. Under stress, Ceres here may feel disconnected from others, or that one is socially inept. This placement fosters a sense of personal freedom.

 

If it's weird, someone with Ceres in Aquarius will be likely to find it nurturing. Being with friends would also be a nurturing experience, and the friends, in turn, will probably feel nurtured. However, the early nurturing received was most likely erratic. When mommy isn't there when the child is crying, the kid has to eventually cut off from the feelings of abandonment. Eventually, the child grows up, starts dating, and, when they really like somebody, up comes the feeling "I need you." That's when they get the great urge to run away. The negative side of Ceres in Aquarius is that it tends to have contact difficulties in intimate relationships.

 

Can humor other people into doing jobs for which they are best adapted. This placement brings tact and the ability to compromise, making them well liked by all.

 

These persons identify nurturing with individuality. Ideally, the mothering experience fostered self-determination and a recognition of the rights of others. Nurturing is expressed through teaching others to accept their eccentricities and themselves, even if they 'follow the beat of a different drummer'. Self-acceptance can be gained through following one's own original and unique path. Imbalances may occur if the child was not given limits and guidelines, and therefore received more freedom than he or she was prepared to cope with. This would manifest as the 'rebel without a cause', the individual who needs to gain inner control and self-discipline so that he / she can handle the responsibilities of freedom.

 

CERES IN PISCES nurtures others by imparting a sense of connectivity to a larger whole. One may feel nurtured by identifying with all of humanity, or some spiritual mission. Ceres in Pisces is extremely compassionate and concerned about the welfare of others. Under stress, this placement can lead to feelings of abandonment or helplessness. Ceres in Pisces is the lover of the universe.

 

Imagination and fantasy are the keywords here. Ceres in Pisces folks are nurtured by anything imaginative. Being near the sea, hearing the sound of the surf, and smelling the salt air will also do the trick. When you are in a down mood and need someone to listen to your troubles, to lend an uncritical and sympathetic ear, find a person with Ceres in Pisces.

 

Tends to narrow philosophical and religious issues to the core of their meaning and then to apply these principles to their everyday lives. They distill the essence of information given to them. Intuition is used in a practical way, and all experiences are analyzed impersonally. This may esoterically be called the sorrow before the spring.

 

These people identify nurturing with compassion. Such a person receives nurturance through feeling connected to and unified with a reality beyond him or herself. Nurturance is expressed through alleviating the suffering of others – either through empathy or inspiring in them the qualities of faith, universal love, and recognition of a transcendental reality. Self-acceptance may be based upon the ability to serve others selflessly without expecting anything in return. Imbalances occur when the individual does not receive the proper reassurance and emotional support as a child. This often leads to feelings of helplessness and powerlessness that in turn promote the victim-martyr syndrome.

 

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Ceres in the first house gives a natural grace in dress without excessive adornment. Good taste, modesty and stability are evident in appearances, rather than extreme flair in clothes. Many of these people wear their hair in natural styles and use very little makeup. With Ceres rising or angular, we often find people who are dedicated to caring for the home.

 

Ceres in the first house implies the projection of one's personality as nurturing, sympathetic, and concerned for others. One may identify one's role as being a parent or provider. It may be necessary for this person to nurture him- or herself.

 

People will always be mistaking you for their mother, even if you are a guy. That's because Ceres in the 1st house people just seem to be nurturing. This effect is lessened if Ceres is located more towards the end of the house, or in a different sign from the Ascendant. There can be a problem if you happen to have a lot of planets in Gemini, like a friend of mine. She would rather talk than nurture, but emotionally needy people gravitate towards her constantly.

 

 

Ceres in the second house uses resources efficiently. This flow of creativity may range from a household of flowers in Taurus, to care of children in Leo, or growth of money and prestige in Capricorn. They are always concerned with the steady growth of resources including money. Placed here, Ceres gives a grace to the body movements which can soothe and heal other people.

 

Ceres in the second house represents an urge to nurture by providing fundamental needs - shelter, food, and money for loved ones. There can also be an obsessive attachment to what / whom one loves, creating struggle for independence on the other end. Nurturing oneself may take the form of buying things, indulging, or pampering oneself.

 

If well aspected, your physical nurturing needs will always be provided. And you will tend to nurture others in the same way. And nothing makes you feel more nurtured than a large bank balance and a full refrigerator.

 

Ceres in the third house makes people think and talk about the natural functions of life. In dealing with neighbors, close friends and relatives, they believe in letting everyone have their own moral standards. These people are good at such things as organizing neighborhood picnics. A concern for children of the mind as well as those of the body is evidenced here. These natives talk to their plants and small pets.

 

Ceres in the third house suggests nurturing through feeding ideas, teaching, and exposure to a variety of ideas and stimuli. Nurturing is expressed through creating networks that link together one's friends and associates.

 

Nurturing could have been provided for you by brothers and sisters, or even neighbors. Conversely, you could have been the one nurturing them. Your words tend to be nurturing. This could be a good placement for a therapist or counselor.

 

Ceres in the fourth house prefers natural wood tones in decorating. When preparing meals, they will consider nutritional balance and value of the meal as well as the gourmet appeal. There is a balancing of feeling and communications. Home may be used as the base of operations or the work area.

 

Ceres in the fourth house can signify an idealized image of mother nurturing in the home and family. One's role as a parent is the foundation of the chart and life. In a universal sign this may manifest as mother to the world or whoever comes into the home. When Ceres is near the IC, the mythos of Ceres is especially predominant as a psychological foundation - an emotional connection with the themes of loss and return of loved ones, or of rejection and acceptance.

 

Being home nurtures you, and there is a tendency to nurture anyone and everyone in your home. It's as simple as that. But you could also feel nurtured by the homes in general, so this is a good placement for dealing in domestic real estate.

 

Ceres in the fifth house brings the ability to heal and soothe. Aspects to Ceres may also indicate fertility. These people might adopt children. Natives of this placement enjoy long walks in the country or out-of-doors, where they can watch the birds and animals. They are not usually gamblers or speculators.

 

Ceres in the fifth house denotes the experiencing of nurturing issues through a strong involvement with children or the creative arts. One is nourished through play or through putting oneself in risky situations.

 

The tendency with this placement is to feel nurtured by fun, sports, games, romance, children, gambling and speculation, you name it. Any form of excitement will do. There will likely be a need to feel nurtured by romantic partners, and, conversely, to nurture them. Be careful, though, about getting a nurturing feeling through gambling.

 

Ceres in the sixth house combines an interest in nutrition with concern for the body and the well being of fellow workers. Living in a natural setting aids mental and emotional health for these natives. If they cannot live in the country, they need trees and flowers around the apartment or house. These are the people who clean up debris from the office party or see that the office is ready for the next day's work. They accept the routine details in office or plant. Look under keywords for more specific indications of job application.

 

Ceres in the sixth house symbolizes fulfilling one's needs through engaging in the day-to-day activities of maintaining the efficient functioning of one's family. There is a strong service aspect here especially in the areas of nutrition and health. A parent who works, or has values of the work ethic, is also symbolized by this position.

 

Work could easily give you that nurturing feeling. People with this placement would either tend to nurture co-workers or feel nurtured by them. This placement can also feel nurtured by doctors and other health care workers.

 

Ceres in the seventh house likes to see the realistic balance of relationships. They recognize the value of being generous, and expect others to do the same in a quiet, unassuming manner. Reliable and helpful, they are aroused to action by the underdog in any situation. Often they nurse their mates through serious illnesses.

 

Ceres in the seventh house points to a need to nurture or be nurtured and protected by one's mate. One's parent is often a role model for one's relationship needs. There is sometimes difficulty in outgrowing a dependent relationship with one's partner. Unconditional love provides and essential foundation for egalitarian functioning.

 

This placement would either tend to nurture partners (both marital and business) or attract partners who nurture them. Strive for a balance if you have this one, otherwise either you or they will be doing all the work, and that could eventually cause resentment.

 

Ceres in the eighth house brings a natural interest in the reproductive processes on the physical plane and a curiosity about reincarnation on the esoteric level. Natural foods are restorative in times of ill health; and proper nutrition can prevent illness. Study of biological sciences or work in that field has been found here in every case compiled.

 

Ceres in the eighth house indicates receiving nurturing through intense peak experiences and through deep emotional involvements. Sexuality is often an essential component in giving and receiving nurturance. Nurturance may also be expressed through assisting the dying in hospice settings.

 

You poor thing. You need sex to feel nurtured. Oh well, we each have our cross to bear. Carry on (and I'm sure you will). Actually, you might also nurture your partner with this one. The 8th house also rules other things besides sex. This placement is also good for nurturing people who are undergoing a process of rehabilitation. Demetra George points out in her excellent book Asteroid Goddesses that Ceres in the 8th house might also be found in the horoscopes of those who work in a hospice providing nurturing to those who are dying.

 

Ceres in the ninth house uses philosophical ideas in a practical and useful way. Higher education is undertaken for career advancement. They may camp, hike or bike across country.

 

Ceres in the ninth house suggests nurturing oneself and others through the pursuit of knowledge, freedom, truth, and travel. There can emerge the development of philosophies that address the question of providing for fundamental human needs, e.g. Marxism. This placement can also denote philosophies that are based upon the worship of the all-nurturing mother such as those that revere the Virgin Mary or other goddesses.

 

You would tend to feel nurtured by taking long trips, either physically or mentally. Travel will do it, but so could study and discussion of religious or philosophical matters.

 

Ceres in the tenth house is the organized executive. This is the dependable worker who gained prestige or advancement through hard and diligent work.

 

Ceres in the tenth house connotes expressing the nurturing urge by caring and providing for others through one's profession or social destiny. Careers and public work in children services, health care, and food-related businesses can fulfill one's sense of social responsibility. This position of Ceres may indicate that love is given conditionally, based upon the performance or achievement of the child. When, however, the child fails to live up to parental or societal expectations, he or she may feel either rejected or abandoned. Hence, many individuals with Ceres in the tenth house must learn to love themselves for what they are, not what they do.

 

Well, this placement can make you popular (even if you don't want to be). As soon as you set foot in public, people will start coming to you for nurturing. Not in private, thankfully. At least you will be safe in private. Even the boss could come to you for this (or you might have a tendency to nurture the boss). Conversely, you could tend to attract bosses who like to nurture you (hopefully with constant raises). You could also be attracted to careers ruled by Ceres, namely anything connected with food or clothing.

 

Ceres in the eleventh house adds respectability to New Age activities as well as bringing together groups of people for humanitarian causes. Ceres tones down the desire to be controversial or shocking. They ease co-workers into the proper slots.

 

Ceres in the eleventh house symbolizes extending the nurturing urges into the collective – extended families, mothers' support groups, child-care co-ops, and communes. This position can also show giving birth to humanitarian visions and ideals. One may express or receive mothering through one's friendships.

 

The tendency here is to nurture your friends or attract friends who nurture you. Since the 11th house also rules your hopes and wishes, you could easily have a wish to nurture large groups of people, perhaps by joining (or founding) a humanitarian group of some sort.

 

Ceres in the twelfth house keeps the feet on the ground in religious endeavors. The intuitive ability is strong, but useful rather than mystical. They live their beliefs. These natives may be found serving in hospitals or institutions. Ceres here protects against being hospitalized for mental or emotional illness.

 

Ceres in the twelfth house denotes karmic themes in the responsibilities of parenthood and in the development of empathy and understanding for the suffering of others. This position may symbolize experiences such a loss, illness, rejection, and denial of one's parents or children. The key to relieving one's own grief is to extend love and assistance to those in pain or need. This position of Ceres denotes the potential for nurturing the entire universe, and connection to higher reality through unconditional love.

 

This is the house of hidden things, psychological problems and "restrictions." Whatever is in this house shows what we don't want to show to the world, or even to ourselves. Ceres in the 12th house can show that nurturing needs were suppressed. This could also make it difficult to nurture others. On the positive side, this placement could channel these frustrations into charity work where you provide nurturing to the poor, the sick, and the unfortunate.

 

Ceres in aspect to Sun: The nurturing principle combines with identity and purpose. This combination suggests that one's identity and self-image will center around being a parent or nurturer.

 

Nurturing will tend to be part of your character. With the harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile and trine) the effects are smooth and easy. You probably had a nurturing father, and the nurturing you received was compatible with who you are (the Sun).


Harmonious aspects signify the desire to love and care for others. These individuals may become intensely involved with their families, growing or preparing food, or serving the needs of humankind. In some instances, this aspect indicates work with the dying, or the capacity to be productive and fruitful in one's endeavors.


Stressful aspects point to potential conflicts between being one's own person and taking care of others. This can lead to self-sacrifice for the benefit of family or denial of intimacy and closeness with loved ones. Excessive attachment can produce smothering relationships or separation and loss. Other problems may include a low self-image, the thwarting of one's nurturing needs, or reoccurring themes of depression and rejection.


The resolution of these challenges lies in developing a positive sense of self-worth so that one may extend and receive loving, non-judgmental support. Counseling and therapy can clearly facilitate this process.

 

The stressful aspects (square and opposition) show problems. The opposition could mean that you tend to nurture others, but not yourself. Conversely, it might be an indicator of someone who always expects others to nurture them. The square means that the early nurturing you received (especially from the father) was not compatible with the type of person you are, or that you tend to be suspicious, or even reject the nurturing that you really need. For example, suppose the Sun is in Aries and Ceres is in Cancer. This person needs lots of soft, emotional nurturing, but that is not in accord with the self-sufficient image that Aries has of itself, so the needed nurturing is rejected.


The conjunction indicates an individual with a pronounced need for care and nurturing. (Does the complete aspect pattern support or deny the need? Why does one feel such a need to be taken care of? Compare House and Sign plus aspects.) This conjunction often appears in charts where the 'father' has been the nurturing parent or where conflict between the parents regarding nurturing have been major; there is some self-preoccupation and with 'taking care of the self' as well; finding the way to genuine self-nurturing.


Ceres in aspect to Moon: The nurturing principle combines with emotional responsiveness.

Ceres-Moon configurations describe a personality type who has a deep longing to be needed by others and to exchange emotional energy with them. With harmonious aspects, this need is fulfilled through selflessly giving to others and nurturing one's surroundings.

 

The harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile, and trine) are really easy to deal with here. One's emotional needs and nurturing requirements are compatible and work well together. The nurturing received from the mother tended to be favorable. There will probably be an instinctive need (the Moon) to nurture others.


Stressful aspects point to the conflict between meeting one's own personal needs and those of the family. Other problems that may arise are separation anxieties, fears of rejection, and feelings of isolation. The stressful aspects (square and opposition) are indicators that the early nurturing from the mother was not compatible with your emotional needs. With the opposition, there is usually some issue with "others" over nurturing. Perhaps someone with the Moon opposite Ceres will concentrate on nurturing others in order to avoid their own emotional needs. It could work in the other direction as well, with the person always searching for (even demanding) constant nurturing from someone else, demands that can never be satisfied by any amount of nurturing because there is an emotional void that never seems to be filled. The square means that the nurturing the mother gave was not right for your emotional needs. For instance, if the Moon is in Leo and Ceres is in Taurus, you would tend to have an emotional need for attention and respect while all you got was lots of food and clothing.

 

This denial of emotional fulfillment can be healed if the individual becomes sensitive to the emotional needs of others and strives to forge an emotional bond / bridge with them which is mutually supportive.

 

Ceres in aspect to Mercury: The nurturing principle combines with mental expression.

Here we have people who can nurture through their minds and receive nurturance through intellectual stimulation. These people associate being loved with being understood.

This is a nice aspect for a therapist to have because you can nurture others with your words. It is also good for a salesperson or someone who writes advertising copy for the same reason.


Harmonious aspects signify the ability to communicate empathetically with others and have rapport with beings who exhibit various levels of intelligence: children, the mentally disabled, plants, and animals.


Stressful aspects indicate difficulties in communicating one's nurturance needs to others, especially the family. A common example is the person who expects others to know what he or she needs without having to say so, and becomes angry when the other person doesn't 'come through'. The stressful aspects indicate that the words you heard as a child were not very nurturing. Be careful that you don't do the same to your own children.

 

Integration can be achieved if the individual develops new communication skills that enable him or her to clearly articulate his or her needs and actively listen to and receive the responses of others.

 

The conjunction and inharmonious aspects: Telephone conversations between mother and child; conversations about and with children; letters between same; incidents involving cars, driving and telephone conversations / news of children; calls and trips for plants, foods / or trees; foods that affect the nerves; caring / nurturing words; events with maternal aunts or uncles; discussion of care given or received.


Ceres in aspect to Venus: The nurturing principle combines with the feminine principle of love and sexuality. The individual with a Ceres-Venus contact may link the feeling of being attractive and loved to subconscious images of self-worth.

Harmonious aspects depict the ability to nurture others through expressing sensual tendencies or erotic sexuality. These individuals have an aesthetic appreciation that enables them to create nurturing and harmonious environments. This is an extremely fertile aspect for physical and artistic creativity. Oh for a lover with the harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile, or trine) between Venus and Ceres! The ability to express love and affection and the nurturing nature are in harmony. They can love you and feed you at the same time. These people will tend to be nurtured by beauty and beautiful things, as well as by pleasant social gatherings.


Stressful aspects point to potential conflict between personal needs for intimacy and the needs of family. These individuals may experience feelings of being undesirable and sexually unattractive; hence, unsatisfactory relationships and painful rejections may result. Because Ceres represents the parental imprint, one may also project a negative parental experience onto his or her partner. The stressful aspects (square and opposition) indicate that what you need to feel happy and your nurturing needs are out of alignment. Perhaps the clothes you were given as a child made you feel ugly. There will tend to be nurturing issues with partners and lovers. With the stressful aspects, you could constantly attract partners and lovers who always seem to require nurturing from you. Conversely, the nurturing you get from them never seems to be right. As always with the stressful aspects, do not look upon this as some terrible fate, but rather as a problem that needs to be solved or as an obstacle that needs to be overcome.

 

The key to transforming the above challenges lies in balancing parent / child needs and roles with equality / relationship needs. It may also be helpful to redefine one's inner feminine self-image in order to magnetize nurturing and supportive sexual interactions.


Finally, stressful aspects of Ceres to both the Moon and Venus can often point to food complexes. When Saturn is involved, starvation (e.g. anorexia nervosa) will possibly occur; when Jupiter comes into play, the individual may overindulge and substitute food for love. In such cases, the individual needs to find security, love, and acceptance through channels other than food. Therapy may be helpful to catalyze this transformation.


The conjunction: to show love by 'acting like a Mommy'; to want to nurture and take care of people one loves ('Don't forget your boots, dear... and here's money for lunch... don't eat anything to upset your tummy'). To make money by 'tending' others and helping them grow and develop; to have a sweet tooth!


Inharmonious aspects: financial exchanges with children; children have love and appreciation problems; there is some conflict because money is perceived as a substitute for other kinds of nurturing / relating; concern about grocery or lunch money.


Ceres in aspect to Mars: The nurturing principle combines with the masculine principle of action and assertion. The individual with Ceres-Mars contacts links the ability to act and to be effective in the outer world to subconscious images of worth.


Harmonious aspects denote a productive individual whose drive and energy are channeled into caring for or defending others. This person may also take on the role of single or primary nurturing parent. Energy, action, and nurturing combined. This person feels nurtured through physical action, adventure, and even combat. When it comes to nurturing others, they can dive right in and nurture you whether you want them to or not.


Stressful aspects may indicate that the child's needs for independence and autonomy felt thwarted by a dominating parent. As an adult, this person could feel inadequate, incompetent, or powerless. When Saturn or Pluto are involved, the individual may experience harsh discipline as a child, or may embody these qualities as a parent. There may also exist the tendency to overdo caretaking of others. The stressful aspects (square, opposition, and, here, the conjunction as well) are an indicator that the early nurturing tended to be in conflict with the need for assertion. The parents could have withheld nurturing when the child was in an angry mood, causing the anger to be repressed. Conversely, at least one parent could have expressed anger at the child's nurturing needs, affecting the child's sense of self-worth. Adults with the stressful Mars/Ceres aspects may get angry when asked to nurture others. They may even get angry when they have to nurture themselves!

 

The resolution of these challenges lies in balancing self-will with the desire to nurture and be nurtured. It may also be helpful to transform one's subconscious self-image and replace thoughts of fear and inadequacy with those of confidence, courage, and self-reliance.


Ceres in aspect to Jupiter: The nurturing principle combines with the expansive, broadening urge. This combination combines a social vision and exploratory urge with the values of Ceres.


Harmonious aspects indicate the desire to nurture generously, which is best expressed through education, philosophy, religion, and travel. Involvement with the large-scale production, provision, and distribution of food and other basic services is often possible. Jupiter expands whatever it touches. At least there will tend to be plenty of early nurturing, whether the kid wanted it or not. Even in a poor family, where there is little to go around, this will be the child that gets more of the goodies. The nurturing given will also tend to be excessive.

 

Stressful aspects can denote the exaggerated experience of nurturing (the smothering parent) or an over-identification with the parental role. The inability to say 'no' to other people's needs can deplete one's own nurturing reserves or lead to personal overindulgences such as overeating.

 

The stressful aspects (square and opposition) could be an indicator of much too much early nurturing, and generally not the kind the child wants or needs (especially with the square). For instance, if Ceres is in Libra (feeling nurtured by beauty) and Jupiter is making a square from Capricorn, the child could feel suffocated by getting excessive nurturing of the "practical" kind (ugly, but practical clothing for example). As an adult, they could nurture others in the same excessive, uncaring way and never be aware of what they are doing.

 

Jupiter under stress aspects shows where we never listen because we think that (in that area) we "understand" everything already. If the rest of the chart agrees, Ceres/Jupiter aspects could be an indicator of someone who joins (or starts) organizations to fight for the rights of the underdog to be nurtured. If the aspect is a stressful one, they will nurture those poor underdogs whether they want it or not.

 

The resolution of these challenges lies in balancing personal and transpersonal nurturance. It is also helpful to expand one's vision of nurturing to encompass social and cultural forms of providing for others - e.g., becoming involved in world hunger programs, etc.


The conjunction, harmonious aspects and inharmonious aspects: long-distance phone calls between mothers and children; offers of help; discussions of travel and / or improvement; traveling with or because of one's children.


Inharmonious and harmonious aspects: legalities due to children; dealing with the medical or academic professions in connection with the children; issues connected to grandparents or in-laws; problems with assimilation or food (or liver / gall bladder reactions); irregularities in the appetite; large or festive meals.

 

To those who have learned to work with Ceres, this asteroid may bring long life. Ceres in aspect to both Jupiter and Neptune is found in the charts of the world’s oldest humans. According to the 2001 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, Eva Morris holds the official record for being the oldest human. She was born on 11-8-1885, and died peacefully in her sleep at an English nursing home just 6 days before her 115th birthday. Eva was born with Ceres sextile Jupiter and opposite Neptune, giving her an innate ability to take care of herself, especially in a spiritual sense, since Jupiter and Neptune are the two planets associated with faith.

 

Guiness recognizes Jeanne Calment as the oldest person ever who has authenticated birth records. She was born on February 21, 1875, and died in 1997 at age 122. She was born with Ceres trine Jupiter and sextile Neptune. While the publishers of Guinness Book require a birth certificate for authentication, when considering church records, the oldest person ever was probably Maria do Carmo Jeronimo, a former slave from Brazil, who died on June 14, 2000, at age 129. She was born on March 5, 1871, and has Ceres in Virgo square Jupiter and inconjunct Neptune.

 

Ceres in aspect to Saturn: The nurturing principle combines with the urge to create form and structure. This combination can signify a solid and realistic foundation for nurturing activities.

 

Saturn organizes and restricts. With the harmonious aspects (sextile and trine) between Ceres and Saturn, the early nurturing received will be adequate, efficient, and well organized. As an adult, this person will tend to nurture in the same way.


Harmonious aspects enhance stability, longevity, and depth in one's nurturing relationships. Traditional family values are strengthened and strong emotional support systems are formed.

 

Stressful aspects suggest potential thwarting or blocking of the nurturing function due to a variety of causes. One's parents may have withheld love and validation, demanded certain behaviors in exchange for their approval, administered harsh disciplines, or simply been absent. In other cases the parents may have been too responsible, doing everything for the child who had trouble discovering his / her own strength. In addition, this individual may feel overly obligated and constrained by the responsibilities of caring for his / her children or elderly parents.

 

The stressful aspects (square, opposition, and, here, the conjunction) tend to diminish the early nurturing. Many with this combination will say, "What early nurturing?" Even in a wealthy family where there was plenty of everything, those with this combination usually get the short end of the stick. As adults, they could also withhold nurturing from others, regarding it as too "sentimental" or "impractical." If you come across anyone like this, tell them that it is really impractical to be miserable.

 

The resolution of these conflicts lies in learning how to be one's own parent by nurturing and caring for the child within. In this way, the Ceres-Saturn individual can learn to care for himself or herself as well as for others.


Harmonious and inharmonious aspects: Separation from children; children have conflicts with the father (over other angular or aspecting planets); children involved in 'second chances'; children face enormous responsibilities and hard work.


Inharmonious aspects: Restrictions, limitations and burdens through one's children; children seen as a burden; exchanges of irresponsibility; to feel that the nurturing was neglected because of a parent's ambitions or job requirements; to perceive the mother as cold or managerial; to feel that the father (and the mother's relationship with him) precluded normal nurturing (ie., the father may have gotten the care and attention that the child wanted and needed); difficulty with eating because of problems with teeth.


Ceres in aspect to Uranus: The nurturing principle combines with individuality and intuition. This combination has the potential to universalize the nurturing impulse into humanitarian activities.


Harmonious aspects can suggest original and innovative approaches toward caring for others and developing family structures. Ceres-Uranus individuals are often advocates of human rights and especially support children's individuality. This aspect can connote a highly developed intuition concerning human nature that enables the person to establish rapport with people of various races and nationalities.

 

Harmonious aspects: Surprises / innovations with plants, foods, herbs or vegetables; doing new, different or exciting things with one's children.


Stressful aspects may signify unreliable and erratic nurturing experiences which might lead to difficulty in forming emotional bonds. The child who is raise in a 'broken' home or who rebels against his or her parents may later experience the conflict between personal freedom and family closeness. In addition, this aspect could point to difficulties in listening to and trusting one's own thoughts and intuitions.

 

Stressful aspects between Ceres and Uranus indicate that the early nurturing was erratic. Like stressful aspects between the Moon and Uranus, this could cause contact difficulties as an adult. When these people feel a need for nurturing, they could simply run. What is happening is that, as an infant, the unstable nurturing caused panic (if I don't get nurtured, I'll die). The panic is frequently dealt with by denial (I don't need them). Sure, the child survives, but when they grow up and start dating, they eventually meet someone that they start feeling close to. At that point, up comes the emotion-laden thought, "If they find out I need them, they're going to leave me and I'll die!" Solution: leave first.

 

Except Uranus doesn't just leave. It ejects. People with stressful Ceres/Uranus aspects are more likely to get romantically involved with unstable types who are incapable of providing nurturing. Then they go to an astrologer and complain that they can never find a good person, and when are they ever going to meet their soul mate. At that point, the best thing to do is tell them that if they were to meet a soul mate, they would probably mess that relationship up too. The instability is a diversion. Their real goal is to avoid and ignore their own nurturing needs and the childhood panic they felt by not having those needs met. Once this is recognized, steps can be taken to break this self-destructive pattern.

 

Inharmonious aspects: Upsets; unexpected / sudden events through children or through their friends; rebelliousness in children; exchanges of rule and role breaking in the parent-child relationship; seeing the impact of peer pressure on children.


The resolution of these challenges lies in integrating one's individuality and visions of change with one's concern and need for loved ones.

 

One feels like a global citizen. Perhaps one’s personal family is too dysfunctional to identify with, or for other reasons the individual relocates away from the ancestral background. This may mean living in a foreign country, getting involved in a humanitarian cause, or otherwise bridging racial, cultural, or religious roots.


Ceres in aspect to Neptune: The nurturing principle combines with the transcendent urge. This combination can indicate a sensitizing of the nurturing impulse to create a depth of compassion and empathy for all beings.

 

If you have this combination, you can feel nurtured by your imagination. When it comes to nurturing others, you will tend to add a note of fantasy. Parents with this one can play imaginary games with their children. The positive side of Ceres/Neptune can be very loving and giving. There is real feeling behind the nurturing, and people will notice it. A good outlet would be doing volunteer charity work with a Ceres quality, such as working to collect food or clothing for the poor and needy.


Harmonious aspects can signify the desire to selflessly give, based upon the experience of unconditional and absolute love obtained through spiritual devotions. This aspect may also symbolize psychic sensitivity to the emotions of others that enables these individuals to serve as healer-helpers in their chosen roles or professions. This aspect may also indicate artistic and acting abilities.


Stressful aspects can point to unrealistic perceptions of loved ones and consequent feelings of disappointment or deception. The resulting emotional neediness may predispose the individual to playing victim as a way of receiving attention in the form of nurturing. Or, unable to bear the emotional pain and isolation, this person may seek refuge in various forms of escapism – drugs, alcohol, or withdrawal.

 

Watch out for the stressful aspects (conjunction, square, and opposition). Neptune is the planet of sympathy, and, when Ceres is in stressful aspect, it could indicate a tendency to try to "nurture" people who are constantly draining you, like the alcoholic who is always falling off the wagon and needs you to pick them up "just one more time." It could easily work out the other way as well.

 

The person with Ceres in stress aspect with Neptune could be the one who is "needy" and constantly drains everyone around them, until those people get fed up and leave. Then, they search for another sympathetic soul to con into providing "nurturing" and the cycle repeats. The irony is that no amount of nurturing will ever feel satisfactory because the Ceres/Neptune stress aspect means that, deep down inside, there is a feeling that the nurturing is undeserved.

 

Neptune is also the planet of escape. The stressful aspects could also indicate a tendency to feel nurtured (or avoid the pain of not feeling nurtured) through alcohol or drug abuse. Needless to say, in cases like these, therapy is a necessity. The resolution of these challenges lies in finding one's source of nourishment through the experience of oneness and unity that connects all beings. Ministering to the needs of others, without self-sacrifice, also enables the Ceres-Neptune individual to fulfill his / her deep longing for wholeness and unity.


Inharmonious and harmonious aspects: Illnesses of children; sense of loss through mother and children; children require sacrifice and sympathy; an emphasis on fluids or liquid 'foods'; to need to purify the diet and to be nurturing of one's own sensitivity.


Inharmonious aspects: Food allergies; strange reactions to foods; uncertain identification of the mother; to be cared for by nurses / nursemaids; to feel a sense of loss in connection with the mother; to have trouble with food as part of the vulnerability of the body; disappointment and deceptions through the children.

 

The individual might feel driven to take care of the less fortunate in society. Spiritual needs may nurture the self, as well as inspire one to fee others spiritually as one develops a sense of compassion. Tom Cruise with his Sun conjunct Ceres and trine Neptune is a good example of this combination. His devotion to scientology provides an outlet for these impulses. Another example is Jennifer Butterfly Hill (2-18-74), an environmental activist who lived on top of an ancient ponderosa tree for two years to protest the clear cut of an old growth forest. Her Ceres is in cause-oriented Aquarius and forms an exact sextile to Neptune, giving her a deep compassion for trees as living beings.

 

Under stressful aspects, the Ceres-Neptune individual may develop a dependency on drugs, fall victim to deception, or otherwise become a celebrated victim. Kurt Cobain (2-20-67) is a prime example here. The founder of grunge music was a hopeless heroin addict. His Ceres is found in the communications sign of Gemini, but forms a hard aspect to Neptune. Likewise, Martha Stewart has natal Ceres in the 2nd house of money, where it forms a close square to Neptune. Her fall from grace centered on illegal insider trading – in other words, financial fraud. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has Neptune conjunct her Midheaven where it forms a square to Ceres in the 7th house of partners. At the time JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963, transiting Ceres and Neptune were forming a conjunction right on her Scorpio Ascendant.

 

To those who have learned to work with Ceres, this asteroid may bring long life. Ceres in aspect to both Jupiter and Neptune is found in the charts of the world’s oldest humans. According to the 2001 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, Eva Morris holds the official record for being the oldest human. She was born on 11-8-1885, and died peacefully in her sleep at an English nursing home just 6 days before her 115th birthday. Eva was born with Ceres sextile Jupiter and opposite Neptune, giving her an innate ability to take care of herself, especially in a spiritual sense, since Jupiter and Neptune are the two planets associated with faith.

 

Guiness recognizes Jeanne Calment as the oldest person ever who has authenticated birth records. She was born on February 21, 1875, and died in 1997 at age 122. She was born with Ceres trine Jupiter and sextile Neptune. While the publishers of Guinness Book require a birth certificate for authentication, when considering church records, the oldest person ever was probably Maria do Carmo Jeronimo, a former slave from Brazil, who died on June 14, 2000, at age 129. she was born on March 5, 1871, and has Ceres in Virgo square Jupiter and inconjunct Neptune.

 

Ceres in aspect to Pluto: is an extremely powerful motivating force and may bestow unusual abilities on the individual. These may include the ability to heal or facilitate major life changes. Daniel Radcliffe (7-23-1989) has Ceres in dexterous Gemini closely aspecting Pluto in magical Scorpio. His starring role as Harry Potter demonstrates some of the supernatural talent that may appear in various guises with this aspect. Many individuals with challenging Ceres-Pluto aspects feel called to work in hospices, where they assist or guide patients through the door of death. The schizophrenic genius John Nash (6-13-28) overcame tremendous psychological forces to achieve a semblance of normalcy and claim the Nobel Prize. Russell Crowe, who played John Nash in the film A Beautiful Mind also has a natal Ceres-Pluto aspect.

 

The stressful aspects (conjunction, square, and opposition) can indicate what I call negotiation nurturing. It goes something like this. "You want some nurturing? OK, first you have to do this for me. You want some more nurturing? Then you will have to do that for me." In other words, the nurturing is not given freely. There is frequently a power struggle. A negative Ceres/Neptune (see above) will drain or be drained. A negative Ceres/Pluto, by contrast, will coerce or be coerced. On the positive side, a Ceres/Pluto person can nurture others back to health even if (especially if!) they are at death's door. They can transform others through nurturing. On the negative side, they may never want to let go (remember the myth of Persephone).

 

George W. Bush was born with Pluto in his 1st house opposite Ceres. Bush’s Pluto is conjunct Mercury, a combination that produces a very focused political ideology. With Ceres modifying his Mercury-Pluto, Bush found success in the campaigns by touting “Compassionate Conservatism.” One may assume that his wife Laura had a hand in developing this philosophy, since Ceres is in the 7th house of partners. Ceres here also denotes his father’s influence, and many of W’s advisers come from George, Sr.’s cabinet. VP Dick Cheney (1-30-41) for example, was the elder George’s Secretary of State, and his Aquarian Sun is exactly conjunct W’s Ceres. The 7th house is also the house of open enemies, and one of W’s staunchest opponents is the environmental faction, which is symbolized by Ceres.

 

Ceres association with the environmental movement can be seen in John Denver’s horoscope. He was born with Ceres conjunct Saturn in vocal Gemini, and located right in his Gemini 1st house. Denver was well known for his songs about nature, and when he became a celebrity he began a speaking tour that promoted various environmental groups and causes. He established several environmental organizations himself and became an enduring symbol for protecting natural habitats. Here the Ceres-Saturn connection comes through as taking personal responsibility for the continuous survival and well being of nature.


The nurturing principle combines with the transformative urge. This combination emphasizes the archetypal Ceres-Pluto theme of loss and return that teaches that one cannot become attached to the life that one has created and nurtured.


Harmonious aspects denote the ability to share one's physical and mental / emotional / creative offspring. There may exist a deep understanding of the human psyche and physical world that enables the individual to facilitate others in their life / death passages. Becoming a parent can transform one's values and create greater tolerance and acceptance of others.


Stressful aspects may signify intense emotional crises brought about through the loss or separation of loved ones. Intense grief, sorrow, and depression may result. If the person tends to grasp or attempts to possess his or her creations, power struggles may result.


The resolution of these challenges lies in transforming one's attachments through accepting the teaching of the Ceres-Pluto myth - that return and renewal follow letting go, that every death is followed by a birth, and that every loss is replenished by a gain. Thus, a real understanding of this truth permanently erases the fear of loss from one's subconscious mind and replaces it with trust, acceptance and joy.


The conjunction: To feel overwhelmed by the mother and by her attempts to control and manipulate; to be forced to eat; to have food-related compulsions (such as binge-eating); to have psychological complexes that manifest in the diet; to need to release the attachment to the mother (and vice versa!); to 'take care of people who are in radical circumstances'.


Inharmonious aspects: To have psychological undercurrents in parent-child relationships; to experience 'powerlessness' through the birth experience (C-section, surgery, etc.) or through parenting; to feel 'forced' into motherhood / parenthood or into the role of nurturer / caretaker, and to see that the role can become a vindictive psychological 'weapon' and entails radical changes in the life situation; to use food or nutrition as a basis to alienate or control others; to control one's diet as a compensation for other areas where one feels helpless or powerless; to experience the mother as too psychologically shrewd or too penetrating.


Ceres in aspect to the Ascendant: The conjunction: Increased importance of nurturing exchanges, 'tending' or 'caring' for' and events that deal with food, shopping or meal preparation.

 

If Ceres makes any aspect to your Ascendant, people will come to you for "nurturing" whether you want them to or not. This is especially true of the conjunction. The harmonious aspects (sextile and trine) generally do not cause problems here. Neither do the conjunction and opposition, for that matter. Nurturing can be both given and taken smoothly.

 

The square aspect is the real problem. There will tend to be battles with partners over who is giving and who is getting more nurturing. Remember that an opposition to the Ascendant is a conjunction to the Descendant. Someone with that aspect could make nurturing the centerpiece of their partnerships. On the positive side, that means they just like to nurture partners. On the negative side, it could indicate that are neglecting nurturing themselves, or that they attract partners who drain them.


Inharmonious aspects: Indicate a need to 'take care of oneself' (physically, and otherwise, and especially to watch the diet); the square also shows inadequate mothering when natal; the mother may have rejected the child's appearance and ways of coping / dealing with the world; the mother is part of what the child has to cope with and defend against.

 

Ceres in aspect to the Midheaven: This could indicate a career that is ruled by Ceres: professional chef or other jobs connected with food, work in the clothing industry, or any sort of activity where nurturing is done. The only aspect that may be a problem here is the square, which could indicate that the parents disagreed over the best way to nurture you.

 

Ceres in aspect to Chiron: known as the Wounded Healer, is often found in the charts of health practitioners and alternative healers. The caring, sensitive aura of the Ceres individual combined with the awareness of other realities and dimensions as denoted by Chiron may inspire vocational or professional outlets. These include being an astrologer, massage therapist, chiropractor, herbologist, acupuncturist, or naturopath. Many nurses and doctors also have this combination.

 

Ceres by transit can bring traumatic life changes, especially when it’s under difficult natal configurations. Jackie O’s Ceres brought her a lifetime of such tragedies, and Superman actor Christopher Reeve is another example. Reeve was born with Ceres in restless Gemini and opposed to Mars, a natal alignment predisposed to accidents while traveling. On May 27, 1995, during an equestrian competition, he suffered an accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. At the time, transiting Ceres was exactly conjunct his Leo Ascendant (which rules the physical body) and transiting Mercury had just turned retrograde which conjunct his Ceres.

 

Ceres in aspect to Pallas: The nurturing principle combines with the mental-creative urge. This combination shows the potential to bring powerful creative forces into play.


Harmonious aspects describe the successful channeling of pro-creative energy into mental and artistic creations as well as political activity. There may exist a positive identification with the primary nurturing figure. In many instances, a high regard for education and learning will be imparted from parent to child.


Stressful aspects can point to a denial or rejection of the mother and an over-identification with the father. Psychologically, this can manifest as the alienation from one's feminine origins and nature that in turn can block one's creative abilities. Women in particular may feel forced to thwart their mental / educational developments in order to serve the needs or expectations of their family.


The resolution of these challenges lies in successfully reintegrating the empathetic values of Ceres with the intellectual pragmatism of Pallas. This more holistic integration can give the individual a new and freer expression of his or her creative abilities and perceptions.

 

Ceres in aspect to Vesta: The nurturing principle combines with the dedication and focusing urges.


Harmonious aspects can indicate an intense devotion to family, or the ability to experience nurturing through one's work, vision quest, or spiritual practice. In some instances, the Ceres-Vesta individual may become inspired to dedicate his / her life to serving and nurturing others.


Stressful aspects can point to an alienation from the parenting role, barrenness, or sterility. There may exist a conflict between family demands and one's personal need to seek solitude or to be engrossed in work. Conflicts regarding 'working mothers'; working hours or interests cause some isolation or alienation between parent and child; conflicts often are centered around food or meals to demonstrate the interpersonal distance.


Resolution of these challenges can be achieved through learning to balance the needs of the self with the obligations and responsibilities one has for others. The many parents who combine a rich family life with a fulfilling career focus evidence that this integration is possible.

 

Ceres in aspect to Juno: The nurturing principle combines with relationships needs.

These contacts signify themes of blending the unconditional acceptance of Ceres with the conditional relating of Juno. In some instances; the partner will become the primary recipient of one's unconditional love and nurturance; in others, parenting may serve as the focal point of the relationship.


Harmonious aspects signify an ability to develop nurturing and egalitarian partnerships in which the 'children' of the union (whether physical or mental / creative) are accepted and integrated.


Stressful contacts may point to potential disagreements with one's mate over child-rearing. If the children are from a previous marriage, then conflicting pulls of loyalty will be intensified. In addition, the individual may experience conflicts between his / her responsibilities as a partner and as a mate; or a general dissatisfaction with one's marital role, whether it be husband, wife, mother, or father. To have differences over child-rearing (or custody) with the partner; to have difficulties in the marriage where the children are used as pawns or for bargaining power / position; to have conflicts with the partner that are blamed on the partner's childhood or / and attitude toward children; to have a difficult fusion of 'Mommy' and 'Mate' perceptions and needs; to have conflicts with the partner dealing with food or meal schedules.


The key to integrating these aspects lies in the formulation of new role models. Therapy can be helpful in reconditioning the subconscious images and social imprinting that keep us locked in old response patterns. In this way, one can meet the challenge of creating nurturing and supportive relationships denoted by the Ceres-Juno aspects.

 
Found by Sandye Sievers, this article was written by Michael O'Reilly