Ceres is soon on the move, going from passionate, intense Scorpio to fun-loving Sagittarius. How does this transit impact us?
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What is Ceres in astrology?
Ceres is technically a dwarf planet (like Pluto) but in astrology, we call it an asteroid (as it was before the dwarf planet designation). Ceres is super nurturing, supportive, caring, and there for you. I describe it as a supercharged Moon (maybe mixed with a little Venus).
You can find Ceres in your own chart on astro.com (in Extended Chart Selection, click on Additional Objects, and select Ceres from the menu).
Ceres in Sagittarius 2023 - 2024 Dates:
General Impact of Ceres in Sagittarius:
Ceres is exiting Scorpio and moving into Sagittarius in late November, and won't be in this sign for long, only spending about 2 1/2 months in this fire sign. Ceres in Scorpio has been intense and passionate, but Ceres in Sagittarius is light and not serious at all. Sagittarius wants to goof off, be silly, and let loose.
This means we're not so serious when it comes to our resources and finances. Instead, we kind of just let things fall as they will, and have faith that it'll all work out no matter what. We're optimistic about this, and we might even feel lucky. We might ACTUALLY be lucky too, so it can work out. But, we have to make sure we don't push our luck, otherwise we can end up in a bad position fast.
It's better if we take the good luck and use it to our advantage, and work on expanding on the resources we have access to, the financial opportunities we can pursue, and the support we have. This can help us bring great abundance, and we can feel better and better about life with everything working out well.
Sagittarius rules travel, so we may spend time traveling, especially going anywhere far. We may find that this soothes us, nurtures us, and helps us feel at ease. Hopefully that means it's not too crazy of a holiday travel season, ha.
Sagittarius is also ruler of higher learning, so we may spend time expanding our knowledge on something, and this can make us feel nourished. We can get support for expanding our knowledge, and can use our expertise to nurture others.
Sagittarius is one of the communication and writing rulers, governing marketing, publishing, and promoting, so this can be a great period for that. Writing pursuits can feel nourishing and we can get support for what we put out there. We do need to be mindful of what we're saying though, and not just throwing out random things without anything factual to back them up.
The start of this transit is strong with Mars moving into Sagittarius the day before. Mars is the planet of energy and drive, so we can feel energized and driven with expanding our resources, finances, nourishments, and support. This is very helpful - because Mercury isn't at all.
Mercury retrogrades, or appears to move backward, December 23rd to January 1st in Sagittarius, and this might throw us off. Mercury doesn't align with Ceres, but it might still be difficult for us to feel like we're meeting our needs and being supported. We may need to find new, different ways to nurture ourselves and nourish our lives, and be open to expanding in ways we haven't thought of before. We may want to lash out during this time, but that doesn't help. So, we just need to get through this period.
Ceres in Sagittarius 2023 - 2024 Aspects:
- Square Saturn in Pisces on November 27th 2023 at 1 degree: This aspect kicks in as soon as Ceres enters Sagittarius, and with Saturn being restrictive, we may not feel the expansive energy of Ceres in Sagittarius right away. Instead, Saturn wants to make sure we're going about things the right way and for the right reasons, and not being impetuous. Any issues around nourishment and support can feel stronger, and some might break under that if we avoid doing something productive about it. Others may simply feel that there aren't as many options as we'd like with our resources or support, but we can manage with what we have until more become available. I also wonder about issues with famine or something disrupting some aspect of the food supply around this aspect since Ceres does rule food and Saturn is lacking.
- Trine Chiron in Aries on December 31st 2023 at 15 degrees: Chiron is the wounded healer in astrology, and links to our emotional and spiritual wounds, our health, and how we can learn and grow. Trines are beneficial aspects, so this is a great aspect to end the year on, and we can focus on how we can best nurture our natural healing abilities. We can reflect on how much we've grown in 2023, and what resources we want to maximize in 2024 that will give us more abundance and nourishment. With Mercury retrograde to end 2023, this would be a great time for routine checkups too.
- Conjunct Venus in Sagittarius on January 16th 2024 at 21 degrees: This is the only conjunction Ceres makes in Sagittarius, and with Venus, this is the planet of relationships and connections, so we can focus on nurturing the connections we have and giving support to the people in our lives. We may crave more support in return, so we can work on expanding our support systems. We may be more in tune with the physical world as well, more sensual and indulgent, and want to relax more.
- Square Neptune in Pisces on January 26th 2024 at 25 degrees: This square to Neptune can bring out the Neptunian fog with our resources and support, and we may struggle to pinpoint what the problem is thanks to the fog clouding our view. This can leave us vulnerable to deception and manipulation, especially if we don't have clear boundaries and lack a good grip on our resources. Any issues with boundaries can become more obvious, and it's important to address this. At the same time, some may become cruel in response, so we need to make sure we don't lose our compassion in an effort to have boundaries. Healthy boundaries are good for us, but not cruel to others.
Good luck with Ceres in Sagittarius! Just gotta push through the start with the square to Saturn and end with the square to Neptune. Don't overdo the discipline with Saturn, and don't let the fog consume you with Neptune.
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