Ceres is often called an asteroid in astrology, however it's technically a dwarf planet like Pluto. While Ceres is not considered as part of the main ten planets, I personally use Ceres like it is (one of my quirks). I think Ceres deserves way more respect!
Ceres Astrology & Your Natal Chart
There are ten planets in a standard astrology chart (again not including Ceres). Each planet links to a different part of your personality and life. Your natal chart is a snapshot of the locations of the planets, other bodies, and houses in the Zodiac at the moment you're born and from the location you're born at.
Ceres is argued to be the natural ruler of earth sign Taurus, sensual, grounded, and confident, and that would mean Ceres naturally connects with the second house of money. I personally still use both Venus and Ceres for Taurus.
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Ceres in Astrology: Nourishment
Ceres is the planet of nourishment in astrology. In your natal chart, your natal Ceres rules how you nourish yourself, essentially what you need to feel nourished, and where you need to be nourished in your life.
When it comes to transits, transit (moving) Ceres can bring nourishing energy to the areas of life ruled by the house in your natal chart it's touring, and you may find that you need to nourish these areas now to feel secure. Aspects by transit Ceres and to natal Ceres can impact your ability to nourish and to feel nourished.
Ceres in Astrology: Nurture
Ceres is a nurturing planet, and wants us to feel nurtured in our lives. The sign and house placement of your natal Ceres can show how you nurture and where you channel this nurturing energy, and transits involving Ceres can show where your nurturing energy is focused at the moment and how well you're using it or not.
Ceres in Astrology: Support
Ceres rules support, and it's what we need to feel supported and secure, as well as how we show support to others. In your natal chart, the sign and house placement of your Ceres can show how you give support and where, while the aspects can show how well you do this and any blocks.
Transits involving Ceres can impact your ability to be supportive and encouraging, and to feel supported and encouraged at the moment. Transit Ceres in the natal houses can show where you need support right now.
Ceres in Astrology: Resources
Ceres is the planet of resources in astrology, and which includes any and all resources. This can start with physical resources, physical items you own, as well as money. It can also include mental and emotional resources you have though, and this can be shown via your natal Ceres.
Transit Ceres can impact your resources and finances, and the natal house transit Ceres tours can show where you're using resources or with what. Transit aspects to your natal Ceres can impact your ability to use what you have and have what you need.
Ceres in Astrology: Food
In mythology, Ceres presided over grains and agriculture, so Ceres rules food in astrology. Your natal Ceres can show your relationship with food, your favorite foods, and your cooking ability (or lack thereof). I find Ceres transits can show when you eat a lot, overindulge, or go to the other extreme and don't eat enough, or get sick from food or with something that impacts your ability to eat.
Ceres in Astrology: Quiet Strength
As the story goes for Ceres, her daughter was kidnapped by Hades, ruler of the Underworld (Pluto). Ceres was so distraught, that she abandoned tending to the grains, and everyone almost starved to death. The Gods struck a deal with both Hades and Ceres that her daughter would spend half the year with Hades in the Underworld (as his queen), and half the year with Ceres above ground.
Moral of the story? Don't mess with Ceres! This is a surprisingly strong body, but it may not be very obvious (like say, Mars or Pluto). It's a quieter, more subtle kind of strength, but one that becomes a great force.
On the downside, this can mean that your natal Ceres may show where you end up having to stand up against your own Hades/Pluto at some point in your life. But, know that it's also where you might be strongest and most resilient.
Ceres in Astrology: The Mother
I just mentioned the myth of Ceres involving her daughter, so Ceres also links to the mother in astrology, along with the Moon. When manifested well, Ceres can be the incredibly nurturing, supportive mother; but when not manifested well, Ceres can be too dominant and controlling. No matter what, a strong natal Ceres is often a feature in the natal charts of people who have had a strong mother influence in their lives (for better or worse).
(another reason I like adding Ceres to the major planets is Ceres is feminine, and only two of the major planets are [Moon and Venus], so Ceres gives some more of that energy)
Where Your Ceres Energy is Found
For everyone, look to the Zodiac sign and natal house your Ceres falls in. The energy of the Ceres sign is how you nurture, support, and are resourceful, while the areas of life ruled by the house your Ceres falls in are where.
Planets that are conjunct (aligned with) your natal Ceres can benefit from the supportive, resourceful energy of Ceres. That planet can be an area where you have plentiful resources and get lots of support in your life. On the other hand, it may also be an area where you have to fight for your rights/power/position.
Transit (moving) planets aspecting your natal Ceres can bring some temporary energy for Ceres matters. This can impact your ability to nurture and be resourceful with Ceres, but can also impact the areas of life ruled by the house your Ceres falls in.
The most challenging aspects to your natal Ceres can be hard transit Saturn (since Saturn restricts, this can restrict the resourceful, supportive energy of Ceres), and hard transit Pluto (remember Pluto is Hades so there can be a fight over power and control).
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A Strong Natal Ceres in Astrology
Some may have a more important natal Ceres. This can be the case for you if you have:
- a stellium (3+ planets) including your natal Ceres
- your natal Ceres conjunct an angle
- your North or South Node in your Ceres sign
- your 1st house ruler conjunct the natal Ceres
- your natal Ceres anaretic (at 29 degrees)
- natal Ceres retrograde or conjunct a retrograde Mercury, Venus, or Mars
If your natal Ceres is in a stellium, getting support with that stellium can be more important for you to actually use it. You can also find that you're more resourceful with that stellium, and whatever it's focused on may involve using resources in smart ways. There is potential for abundance here.
Natal Ceres conjunct an angle make it more important to nourish that area of life and maximize the resources involved with it. If conjunct your natal 1st house ruler, Ceres can seep into your personality, and you may be extra supportive of others, encouraging, and use your resources to be of help.
Ceres in your North Node sign can mean you have the potential to be extremely nurturing, and to have abundant resources in your life, but you may shy away from this initially and have blocks to work through. Ceres in your South Node sign can mean you're extra support and resourceful, but may fall back on this too much and not give yourself enough, or fight too much. Ceres with the Lunar Nodes can show "motherhood" is important as well, either you becoming a parent being important for you at some point, or your own mother/parents having unusually strong influence on you.
When your natal Ceres is anaretic, you can play up the energy too much or not at all. You can have extreme lack in your life, not get enough of what you need, and feel completely unsupported; or you can take too much, perhaps hoarding and being emotionally selfish. Middle ground is always needed with the anaretic degree, and you need to both give yourself what you need while not taking away from others' needs.
When your natal Ceres is retrograde or conjunct a retrograde Mercury, Venus, or Mars, this can mean that you manifest Ceres in a way that is different. You likely struggle with manifesting your Ceres in your early years and feel you don't have enough (financially physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually). This is because you need to find another way of manifesting Ceres, and this might be different from what you would consider to be "normal". Once you do figure this out, you can be quite abundant and feel secure.
Suggested Reading: Natal Ceres in the Houses, Natal Ceres Aspects, Transit Ceres in the Houses and Transit Ceres Aspects for general interpretations