Effective date of transit: 4/15-7/18/16
“There’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful.” ~ Shia LaBeouf
Helios ASTROLOGICAL reading of Ceres in Aries– Look at that woman up there. She is confident as shit, swallowing a flaming stick, in nothing but (very provocative) lingerie, showing herself and her awesome tattoos. God, I think I’m in love… Anyway, this is your role model for Ceres in Aries- Be bloody, bold and resolute! (laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm MacBeth! [Sorry, can’t help myself. Grew up more on a stage than in a house, and always had a special place for the Scottish Play- That line is burned into my memory. Its even a much used tag here! Go on, click it- you know you want to!])
Now, while Ceres was in Pisces, you were beat down pretty hard. Shit got heaped on you over and over again, and now you are buried under it, defeated and reeking to high heaven. You didn’t know what to do to get out from under it or how to go about doing it, so you were paralyzed. You gave up, and let it happen. You did what you had to do to get through- You have to forgive yourself for that, stop tormenting yourself over the past; it is set in stone and done (well, not from a non-linear quantum/multiverse perspective, but still)- you have the present to worry about.
This transit is a major shift in the energy. This is what you need. This is where you start to stand up, shake off the merde, and get the fuck out of the quagmire you have become stuck in. This is action, this is unapologetic candor and unleashing the awesome that you have held back. If you wait to do so you will suffocate and die under your own guilt and regret. Do not allow that to happen- and make no mistake, indolence now is equivalent to suicide. Do not resist the flow by staying stuck where you are- Get out NOW, consequences be damned. Get to where you need to be to succeed. If you can’t make it happen right this second, start planning ASAP. No one is coming to do it for you. No one else gives a shit. Go do it yourself or it WILL NOT GET DONE.
Let me regale you with a story that is not that well known about Ceres/Demeter. Now, if you have the faintest idea who she is, you probably know her from her supporting role in the Original Lifetime Movie that is the Persephone saga, but what if I told you that she had her own adventures while she was wandering the earth, looking for her lost daughter? WELL SHE DID. The one in particular I want to discuss is the Demophon story, aka the Elusian Mystery Cult.
Abridged version- Persephone flees is abducted from her extremely overprotective Mother who abandoned her in a random field. Persephone is taken to the underworld, to be Hades’ bride, but no one but Helios and Hecate seem to know what happened and they refuse to speak because Zeus arranged this and swore them to silence. Ceres rants to Zeus, and refuses to allow the crops to grow, and all life on earth is threatened while she goes wandering the earth to find Persephone. In her wanderings, just as she is about to give up, she takes a break at Elusis, where she meets the queen, who just so happens to need a nursemaid for her son, Demophon. Demophon is sick, and Ceres takes care of him while his parents run the country or whatever. Now, they are kind of nice to her, so she decides to repay them by making Demophon immortal, because that’s just something she can sort of do I guess… She takes him off of people food and feeds him solely Nectar and Ambrosia, the food and drink of the gods, which gives them their strength and immortality [partially]. The other part of the immortality process is a bit trickier though… She plunges the poor kid into a blazing fire nightly, burning away his mortality. One night, as she was almost done with the process, the queen barges in, and understandably flips her shit, sending Ceres into one of her now-famous tirades. Meanwhile, Demophon gets left in the fire too long, and he burns to death, which of course Ceres blames on the queen for being a shitty parent. Right around this time Helios and Zeus decide its a good idea for a reunion between mother and daughter, and send Mercury off to facilitate it, leading to more wacky underworld hi-jinks and shenanigans, but before she leaves she teaches agriculture to a random kid, saving Greece and humanity from dying out the next time an insane, grief stricken mother goddess ravages the earth out of pettiness.
Even though he dies at the end, Demophon finds life as a central figure in the Elusian Mystery cult, a religion focused on life, death, rebirth ad the underworld. They believed this story (along with other secrets they held) could provide clues as to the method Ceres used to make Demophon immortal, so that they could do it themselves.
Ceres can burn away the impurities in you and raise you up higher than you ever dreamed. All you have to do is let her.
Artemis’ TAROT reading of Ceres in Aries
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Ceres is the mother. According to myth, her mourning of Proserpina’s return to the underworld is what brings us the cycle of the seasons; and therefore she is also the ruler of the great cycles in our life. When floating through the arena of Aries, she becomes a fierce mother who teaches through action and fosters independence.
Ceres in Aries is my personal natal position for the great mother, so her dark mama approach is very familiar to me. She doesn’t take shit, she will push you into the deep end of the pool so you have no choice but to learn how to swim, and she will test you at every turn. This is how a Ceres in Aries person teaches and this is how they learn. Ceres in Aries will make sure that we are ready for this next step in our journey, and she will be our partner in crime along the way. People ruled by this energy to not sit well with being told how to do just about anything. They are happy to take suggestions and advice, but in the end you must KNOW that it is their choice what they do with their life. And they want the same for you.
What does that mean for us? Well, it means that a time is coming where we are going to start standing up for the things we want – no matter what other people might think of them. That’s a pretty amazing energy.
For this ingress, I pulled The Sun crossed by The Hangman. The rune that will clarify the energy is Hagalaz (hailstorm). It’s time to grow up. It’s time to regain our independence and our ability to drive our own fucking life. We are familiar with all of the things we need to tackle and all of the things we need to get rid of in order to start our new life. At our center, we know what we need to do, and we’re finally ready to do it. Something is urgently whispering, “There is no time like right now!” You will finally have the drive to start taking action and pushing yourself, and those you care for, into more expressed versions of yourselves.
The way toward thriving is to get up and take what you need. Inaction and suspended ego are not going to work for you right now. The Hangman is water, he is stillness, he is quietly peering into the next dimension. He is willingness to let go of the ego, and he is not boding well for our ego infused happy sun energy that is trying to shine out. Sometimes we need the ego. Sometimes we really need it to puff us up and give us power to actually manifest shit in our lives. Put yourself out there!
Because Ceres is entering Aries, I get a feeling that we are all being re-born as a new version of ourselves. We are infants in this new stage, feeling out how to use our brand new powers. The best way? Ceres in Aries says just DO. Play. Act. Take initiative and dive in. It doesn’t matter if you have a plan or not – do something. It’s the only way to learn how you need to proceed from here.
Compete playfully with your friends (this will be a great way to recharge during this period). Look at the things in your life with child-like eyes. This sense of independence and curiosity is exactly what we will need in order to keep afloat with the wacky energies coming our way the next few months. Don’t fear. Ceres in Aries doesn’t have time for fear in the midst of doing. We WILL do this, and we will do this together. The real question is… Can you keep up?
TAROT READING: The Sun CROSSED BY The Hangman