(A portion of this post comes from this much longer article if you’d like to read more.) . Ceres was first discovered in 1801 and immediately classified as a planet. When Neptune was discovered in 1846, it was much larger than the other asteroids and was therefore retained as a planet and the others were demoted to the asteroid belt along with thousands more asteroids that were discovered over the next 200 years. In 2006 when Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet, sending astrologers everywhere to quake in their boots for fear of Pluto’s retribution (just joking, friends!), Ceres was reclassified by the Astronomical Union as a dwarf planet along with Pluto. However, NASA still classifies Ceres as an asteroid.
In any event, Ceres emergence as a dwarf planet coincided with the Kyoto agreement on climate change and the second hottest year on record. Al Gore produced the film “An Inconvenient Truth” which arguably began the politicization of the climate debate. You may remember from your mythology that Ceres is the Roman name for Demeter, the Goddess of the Grain. Demeter is an archetype for Mother Earth – unlike Gaia, a rather formless deity representing the Earth and likely was associated with pre-Olympian matriarchal religions, Demeter and then Ceres were human figures. Ceres is a mother goddess, representing the sustenance of the Earth to feed humanity, as well as the cycles of life and fertility as well as deprivation symbolized by the loss of her daughter to the Underworld which resulted in starvation.
As I work with Ceres more in personal readings, it is becoming more clear to me that Ceres acts as a higher octave […]