I haven't blogged about the asteroid goddesses yet even though I do analyze them in my astrology reports. I've decided to start writing about them because their impact in the natal chart is just as important as the planets.
There are 4 major asteroid goddesses and I will write about all of them. But I'll start with Ceres. You may recognize her name from mythology (also known as Demeter); she was an agricultural deity whose daughter (Proserpine/Persephone) was abducted by the king of the underworld (Pluto/Hades). She got Persephone back for 1/2 the year but while Persephone resided in the underworld, Ceres' mourning kept the land in the grip of winter.
So what does she signify in your chart?
- How you give and receive nurturing
- Your mother issues (your relationship with your mother and you, as a mother)
- How you deal with the pain of loss and separation
The house and sign that Ceres occupies will tell you what area of life you are most comfortable giving to others (or not giving in some cases) and how you do this. For example, if you have Ceres in 8th House Libra, you mix nurturing (Ceres) with sex (8th House). But give and take (Libra) is crucial and you pay more attention to your partner's needs than your own. Throw in a conjunction to Pluto and your nurturing could be used to gain power over your partner.
People that have difficult or damaged relationships with their mother will invariably have Ceres in a hard aspect (square or opposition) to one of their planets. Ceres in easy aspect (trine or sextile) describes nurturing enabled by the energy of the planet in question. Ceres in conjunction to a planet can go either way. A conjunction to Jupiter describes someone who gives more and more (and probably received a lot as a child) while a conjunction to Saturn could describe nurturing with limits.
The interesting thing about Ceres (keeping her myth in mind) is that pain and loss is always mixed in with her energy. So is control. Look how she reacted when she lost her daughter; the entire planet was forced to share her grief. Ceres in your chart describes the power your mother has over you and how you translate that power to others. Transits to natal Ceres can trigger issues with your mother, the birth or death of a child or a separation from someone you care about (this all depends on the type of transit, of course).
If you want to know what Ceres is up to in your chart, www.astro.com will generate charts for free. Select "Ceres" under "Additional Objects" and you'll see her symbol in your chart (she'll appear as a scythe).