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.
|Ceres~The grain Goddess|
Ceres Symbolism for conjuring or invoking
|Ceres & Proserpina painting. Artist unknown|
|Ceres and Proserpina~Mother & Daughter Archetypes *Artist unknown|