The Goddess Ceres

Goddess Ceres~ Roman

The Goddess Ceres is one of great respect and practicality. She is our food, our nurturance and our sacred mother. She offers us unconditional love and protection from all of those things that would harm us. She keeps us well fed, close to her and always under her instruction. This archetype of the great mother is so profound and influential she follows us throughout history in many different cultures. Specifically Ceres in Roman culture is the equivalent to the Greek Goddess Demeter whose daughter, like Ceres Proserpina is also Persephone, Demeter's daughter.  

  • Ceres for the Sicilian people was a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. She was originally the central deity in Rome's so-called plebeian or Aventine Triad, then was paired with her daughter Proserpina in what Romans described as "the Greek rites of Ceres". 

  • Her seven-day April festival of Cerealia included the popular Ludi Ceriales (Ceres' games). She was also honored in the May lustration of fields at the Ambarvalia festival, at harvest-time, and during Roman marriages and funeral rites.

  • She was personified and celebrated by women in secret rituals at the festival of Ambarvalia, held during May. Her main temple is situated on Aventine Hill, one of seven hill tops that surrounded ancient Rome

  • She was depicted in art with a scepter, a basket of flowers and fruit, and a garland made of wheat ears.

  • The word cereals derives from Ceres, commemorating her association with edible grains. The name Ceres comes from the Indo-European root "ker", meaning "to grow", which is also the root for the words "create" and "increase". 

  • In Astrology the asteroid Ceres is named after this goddess, where she falls in your chart will show you how you nurture, any aspects to her will show you whether or not your style of nurturing is healthy or a challenge. It is of common thought that astrologers who work with Ceres feel as though she is Rule the esoteric Ruler of Taurus which is Gaia (earth).  Therefore she is depicted with not only pigs but also with Bulls who are direct representations of fertility.

Who is she connected too?  In Roman mythology Ceres was the daughter of Saturn and Ops. She had several brothers and sisters: Juno, Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto and Vesta. She married her brother Jupiter and together they had a daughter named Proserpina.

Ceres strengths: Fertility, abundance and endurance. This Goddess was also Goddess of transitions, protecting woman at the vulnerable points in their lives: between girlhood and womanhood and the time of change between unmarried life, marriage and motherhood.

Ceres weaknesses: Lived her life through her daughter.

Greek Equivalent: Demeter
Ceres~The grain Goddess

 Ceres Symbolism for conjuring or invoking

Pictured carrying a scepter or a farming tool in one hand and a basket of fruit or grain in the other.

Her sacred animal Pigs. In ancient times ants were used in her temples to predict the weather and the future.

Her sacred plants The chaste trees, corn and pumpkins. Ceres was also offered the first fruits of the harvest. Poppies were her emblem as the grow in cornfields. Following the myth of Ceres loosing Proserpina, all other flowers were banned due to her having lost her daughter to the underworld when she was picking flowers.

Festivals Her festivals marked the different stages of the agricultural calendar. At the Paganalia festival when the seeds were sown,  a pregnant sow was sacrificed to her and the earth goddess Tellus to ensure an abundant crop yield. Her main festival, the Cerealia was celebrated over seven days in late April from April 15-19th. This encouraged the ripening of the crops and prevented pests and diseases. This Goddess was also celebrated both by communities and households in the Ambarvalia which was held each May. Ceres was also considered the Goddess of "law and order."

Ceres & Proserpina painting. Artist unknown

Ceres Archetypes

The Mother
The Mother Archetype is a life-giver, she is the source of nurturing, devotion, patience and unconditional love. The mother also creates for us our first encounter with food and how we view it as a source of nourishment or a something else, such as eating disorders. Our mothers institute a positive or negative relationship with food for us since they are our first teachers. The ability to forgive and provide for her children and put them before herself is the essence of a good mother.

The expression of the shadow shows the Mother can be devouring, abusive and abandoning, taking away our free will to evolve into the women we were created to be. The shadow Mother can also make her children feel guilty about becoming independent and leaving her.
Ceres is a grain Goddess who teaches people how to nurture and harvest her crops. Through this lesson she personally teaches us how we our nurtured too and harvested by our mothers. In turn it calls to attention what kind of mothers we can be. Either a duplicate of our mothers shadow or us walking away from that shadow and bringing our children our own light. 

Ceres as Rescuer
The Rescuer provides strength and support to others in crisis. They act out of love with no expectation of a reward.

The shadow Rescuer expects the rescued party to be grateful and to show that gratitude by offering gifts, emotional and verbal "pats on the back" as they are constantly told how much of help they've been. This places them in the role of martyr. 

The Mythology of Ceres and Proserpina (Demeter and Persephone) Ceres is distraught when her daughter goes missing and does not rest until she has found her. She is frustrated as she is unable to save her daughter for her own desire to grow into a woman and is forced to compromise.

Ceres and Proserpina~Mother & Daughter Archetypes *Artist unknown

How To Work With These Archetypes

The nurturing Mother
Keep in mind you do not have to be a biological mother to have this Archetype. Mothering can be connected anyone who has a natural inclination and patterns of nurturing and devotion to all living things, most especially to people.
If upon deep introspection you discover that you may be exhibiting the qualities of the shadow mother archetypes, that is if you smother your children and are over protective, it's crucial that you seek an deeper understanding as to why you feel and react this way to others need to be independent. Understand that being independent of you doesn't mean, you are not cherished or loved. Seek therapy if you feel it will help you to understand your feelings, spiritual counsel is also an option. 
A truly disturbing but common trend with the shadow aspect of the mother is where the mother  abandons her children, or is so busy that she has no time for nurturing her off spring. Again seek help if you find yourself struggling with your own need for freedom.

Rescuer archetype
The Rescuer is one of your Archetypes if you are always trying to save and help people.
If this is you, find out what your motivations for expressing this need is so that you can make sure there are no hidden agendas or manipulations for attention or love. Remember that love is something that should come naturally because there are feelings, healthy feelings that generate that expression. If you find yourself rescuing others outside of this truth, seek help to work out your feelings so that you can move into a sacred space of unconditional self love and well as providing that to others.

Goddess Blesssings~ Persephone Moon


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