Ceres, the asteroid representing motherly love, begins its transit through the earthy sign of Taurus from May 8th to July 31st. In many ways, Ceres is an additional ruler of the earth signs, particularly Virgo and Taurus representing Earth Mother energy. This transit, which is just under three months long, urges us to consider how we mother others and ourselves in a practical manner. Taurus thoroughly enjoys taking good care of itself by indulging the senses, and during this transit, taking care in practical, sensual ways is what “good mothering” is all about.
Ceres, an Archetype of The Mother
Ceres is an asteroid that is associated with the Roman goddess of fertility, nutrition, animals, and nurturing. The story of Ceres and her daughter Persephone also brings up the themes of loss and return as Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, the God of the Underworld. Upon eating six pomegranate seeds, Persephone unknowingly committed herself to the Underworld. Ceres, in an attempt to get her daughter back, pleaded with Hades for a fair deal as she was overcome with grief at the loss of her daughter. Hades decided that because Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds that he would allow Persephone to go back to the world of living six months out of the year. The six months that Persephone spends with her mother, Ceres, are the seasons of Spring and Summer while the seasons spent underground with Hades are Autumn and Winter. It is during the Autumn and Winter that Ceres is believed to mourn the loss of her daughter Persephone, and once she returns to her Ceres allows the Earth to experience the abundance of fertility and growth during the Spring and Summer.